BY KEVIN WARNER and CORY WOODROOF
The 2018 high school football season kicked off Friday night for many teams around Williamson County.
After deep playoff runs a year ago, Christ Presbyterian Academy and Battle Ground Academy looked strong in their first games of the year, while Independence and Franklin Road Academy faltered. Nolensville also impressed in their opener.
CPA booms past Stratford
CPA rattled off 34 unanswered points to begin their game on the road against Stratford and never looked back.
The Lions had everything working through the air Friday night. Senior quarterback Ryan Eledge threw for four touchdowns. Eledge hooked up with senior wideout Noah Henderson, who amassed 1,171 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving in 2017, to begin the scoring early in the first quarter. Eledge then found senior wideout William Horne for the Lions next to score.
Running back Sam West added a touchdown in the third quarter on the ground, before Eledge and Henderson hooked up again to close out the scoring for the Lions in their opening game of the season.
CPA host Ensworth next week in their home opener. – KW
BGA gooses Forrest
The Battle Ground Academy Wildcats won their season opener going away to Forrest Friday night. The Wildcats scored 42 unanswered points total in a dominating victory.
BGA jumped all over Forrest with a 14-0 first-quarter lead, which included a 4-yard touchdown by senior running back Tiy Reed, and a block punt recovered for a touchdown by freshman Zion Morris.
Quarterback Nick Septimphelter had quite a night. The junior connected with running back Briston Bennett and wide receiver Garrett Hollis Jr. in the end zone for scores of six and 14 yards, respectively. The signal caller completed 18 of 22 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
Senior wide receiver in Georgia Tech commitment, Chico Bennett, had five receptions for 97 yards to lead the receivers.
Bennett and Reed also added another score on the ground each to help the Wildcats to a commanding victory to open the 2018 campaign. The Wildcats traveled to Nashville Christian School next week. – KW
FRA drops opener to Davidson Academy
Franklin Road Academy Panthers never really got going Friday night for the road opener. The offense sputtered early, when Davidson Academy returned an interception for a touchdown to put them up 6 – 0 in the first quarter.
It was 20-0 Davidson before the Panthers got on the board, thanks to a Sean Casey connection to wide receiver Kingston Gardner in the second quarter.
Davidson Academy would add another trip to the end zone before the half.
Panthers running back Jeffrey Vercher would score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the score respectable. One on a 14-yard scamper, and the other a 69-yard connection from Casey.
FRA travels to South Gibson next Friday. – KW
Independence falters against Oakland
Independence couldn’t muster enough to take down Murfreesboro heavyweight Oakland High, losing 46-7.
Quarterback Nathan Cisco had six completions for 59 yards and two picks, while star wideout T.J. Sheffield had a quiet night with 23 yards on three catches.
The Eagles (0-1) will look to rebound next week when they host Summit. – CW
Nolensville’s Dooley has big night against Fayetteville
Senior running back Colton Dooley had five, count ’em, five touchdowns in Nolensville’s road season-opener against Fayetteville, 41-28.
It was quite a way to ring in new coach Paul Derrick’s first season as head coach of the Knights.
Nolensville (1-0) will face Page in their home opener next Friday. – CW
Photo from CPA’s Stratford game in 2017.