FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Nolensville, Summit prepare for clash


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Nolensville, Summit prepare for clash

BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY

We’re already approaching Week Four in Williamson County football, if you can believe it.

We’ve got a handful of perfect records up for grabs this week for teams like Brentwood Academy, Battle Ground Academy, Ravenwood, Christ Presbyterian Academy and Page.

Actually, two of those teams will meet this Friday in our Home Page Game of the Week. More on Page/Ravenwood Thursday.

We’ve got aplenty more coming your way that should excite local football fans for some quality contests.

Let’s see what the week holds.

Two identical teams clash in all-county bout

Have you seen that Spider-Man meme where the two friendly neighborhood heroes look at each other in shock as to the familiarity?

That might be how things are Friday night when Nolensville (2-1) heads out to Summit (2-1).

Both teams have posted up impressive wins (Nolensville has routed Fayetteville and Spring Hill, Summit has paved over White County and edged Spring Hill) and are trying to build school-best seasons.

Both young programs have seen their share of growing pains, but Brian Coleman’s Spartans and Paul Derrick’s Knights seem to be finding stability.

They both also host dual-threat quarterbacks in Summit’s Destin Wade and Nolensville’s Brandon Wharton II (a recent Murray St. commit), and dangerous offensive weapons in Summt’s George Odimegwu, one of the best to ever sport a Summit uniform, and Nolensville’s Colton Dooley, who’s mounting a landmark season for the Knights.

The big questions for this one will be if Wharton can get back to action after missing two weeks in the stead of reserve QB Ryder Galardi, who has gone 1-1 in his time under center, and if Summit’s defense will struggle against Nolensville’s high-power offense like they did against Independence.

However this one goes, it’ll feel like a key season moment for the victor. Hitting 3-1 in early September would be huge for either program and could clear the gates for even more key moments.

Which one of these Spider-Men will be left swinging? It’ll be a big storyline to crawl through as Week Four gets going.

Battle Ground Academy’s Septimphelter looks like next Wildcat star 

Have you heard of this Nick Septimphelter fellow?

BGA’s new signal caller is lighting teams on fire as his program stands at 3-0 and set to host Boyd-Buchanan Friday.

The junior QB already has 819 yards and nine touchdowns in three weeks of play and looks to be riding high in his first year as the Wildcats’ starter.

Right now, BGA is going to be fighting tooth and claw with the CPA Lions for that district crown, so it’ll be important for both teams to pace themselves before their bout on Sept. 14.

We’ll see how Semptimphelter does as the season goes on, but right now, his continued elevation into the starting role could help BGA a ton come November. But, first, CPA. Septimphelter getting that win would be big for his young career and his hungry team.

As for CPA, they’ll face down Pearl Cohn at home Friday before next week’s big clash.

Other Games on the Horizon

Spring Hill will host Riverdale…Independence will look to rebound as they host Hillsboro…Franklin will head out to McGavock…Centennial will travel to Cane Ridge…FRA will host Donelson Christian…BA will head out to West Park Prep…Brentwood will visit Stewarts Creek…Grace Christian Academy will host Cornersville.

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