WILLCO FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial seeking first win


WILLCO FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial seeking first win

BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON 

We’ve got two weeks in the books for our Williamson County football teams, and we’re beginning to get a look at what these teams will look like as the season goes on.

In the WillCo school district, there are no shortage of impressive teams. We’ll have our look at the Game of the Week Wednesday, with Ravenwood heading into Franklin in what’s sure to be a fascinating bout. The Rebels look much improved this year, and the Raptors seem to always find a way to win. This one’s got district ramifications and will of course be one to watch.

In the private school sector, Brentwood Academy, Battle Ground Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy are all 2-0 and already look like state contenders. The titans of D-II ball know no sleep, after all.

Let’s see what this week’s slate brings.

Centennial needs to get district win now 

One of the tougher storylines coming out of WillCo football right now is what’s going on out at Centennial.

No one will question what Matt Kriesky’s done with that outfit since he’s arrived, as they’re coming off a 4-7 season that still managed to get them at 3-2 in their district. That’s good enough for the playoffs but not good enough to get past a quick exit.

The Cougars have RB/DB Jariel Wilson, one of the county’s best all-around players and an Austin Peay commit. But, of course, Wilson can’t do it by himself. After a nightmarish home blown lead to Ravenwood to start the season and a tough home loss to Hendersonville, Centennial is now at 0-2 and needs desperately to declaw the Eagles when they visit Friday.

Independence is coming off a big 42-32 win over Summit that saw its offense look like it could be the best overall scoring attack in the district. QB Nathan Cisco, WR T.J. Sheffield and WR Isaiah Collier are fresh off being our Players of the Week and will be a tough test for this Centennial defense that wore down against Ravenwood and didn’t have much of an answer for Hendersonville.

Centennial is also trying to avoid going 0-3 at home to start the year. It’s nice to get so many home stands in August, but the Cougars risk letting all three slip away, two of which are district matchups. It’s a tough spot to be in; a loss would put them at o-3 at home and 0-2 in the district before September even gets here. Dickson County is the only district team left on the schedule who travels to Cool Springs, too.

The rest of the district lineup is away, as is their tilt against playoff foe Cane Ridge.

There’s a lot riding on this Indy game for Centennial. If they can get the win, it’ll reset the season’s tough start. If they lose, the Cougars are going to have to hope for a near-perfect September. The playoff will be much harder to hunt for after that.

The rest of the schedule: 

Spring Hill will look to get its first win of the year as they host red-hot RB Colton Dooley and NolensvilleBGA will head out to Goodpasture to continue to build up its strong year…FRA will try to get its first win of 2018 at Lipscomb Academy…CPA travels to Smyrna…Page will make a road trip to Franklin Co. for its first district test…Brentwood will take on another district opponent on the road at Dickson County…Summit will host district foe White Co…BA will host Pope John Paul II as they continue to build on a fine opening.

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