BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON
Well, we’ve reached the end of our regular season here in Williamson County, with the local teams all trying to finish the season strong.
Teams like Ravenwood, Independence, Brentwood, Centennial and Franklin all can accomplish big goals with wins, and could take tough losses. Teams like Page and Nolensville can build on promising seasons into historic playoff runs for their schools. Christ Presbyterian Academy could complete an undefeated season.
No matter the matchup, everyone’s got something to play for as the playoffs grow near.
We’ll have more on Ravenwood and Independence for our Game of the Week.
For now, let’s take a look at two key matchups.
Brentwood, Centennial to look for strong finishes
The Brentwood Bruins and Centennial Cougars were always scheduled to meet this Friday, and both teams probably knew it’d matter for them to bring their best for the final game.
The Bruins could cap off an 8-2 season with a win against the Cougars and position themselves to win the Region 6-6A if Ravenwood can defeat Independence. The dominoes fall differently if Indy wins, and if Brentwood loses.
The Cougars will no doubt want to get this one Friday, as it’d decide whether or not they’re headed to the playoffs. Centennial and Franklin are both jockeying for that last spot, with the Rebels headed out to vulnerable Dickson Co. to try and cement their own playoff berth.
No matter where everyone slots out, the Bruins defense will have its hands full with prolific Cougars RB Jariel Wilson, while Centennial’s defense will need to do its best to take on Brentwood’s arsenal and mobile QB Cade Granzow.
One of the big deciding factors of this game will be watching Wilson for the Bruins. He’s got the talent to turn a game single-handed, and Centennial will essentially be heading into its first playoff go-around with the need to win here.
There will be plenty to watch for this 6A regular season finale that will have ripple effects into November.
CPA seeking perfection as FRA comes calling
It’s no secret 10-0 is on the horizon for CPA if they can get a win against a dangerous Franklin Road Academy team Friday.
The Lions are having a dream season in what’s to be Kane Patterson’s final year with the school before he heads down to Clemson. They have a chance to give him one last October win in a CPA uniform, but it won’t be easy.
FRA’s Brogan Wilson has been one of the best running backs in the county over the season, and QB Sean Casey has poise in the pocket to hit his receivers, one of whom is Oregon commit Lance Wilhoite.
The FRA defensive line is stout and hard to run on, particularly with Tymon Mitchell, a future Georgia Bulldog, leading the charge. CPA has the best backfield in the county with Patterson, Sam West and Andrew Madden, though the Lions may want to lean harder on QB Ryan Eledge to go against the FRA secondary. Once Mitchell and company get comfortable, they make it a long night for any group of rushers.
The Lions also get home-field here, which only helps in their quest for perfection. Time will tell if they can become the lone WillCo team to get to that golden 10 wins.
The rest of the slate:
BA will look to rebound after a two-game skid on the road at Ensworth…BGA will host Lipscomb Academy…Nolensville will welcome Marshall Co….Summit will visit Lincoln Co….Franklin will take the trip to Dickson Co….Page will face Columiba…Spring Hill will try to get its first win against Lawrence Co….GCA will finish the year with Fayetteville.