BY CORY WOODROOF|HEAD PHOTO BY KINDALL BUCHANAN
As you look over the week in Williamson County football, there’s a theme.
School’s in session, and it’s time for some testing.
We’ll talk about our Game of the Week tomorrow, where the Page Patriots, fresh off breaking in the new turf field with a Battle of 840 win over Fairview, will head over to Nolensville to take on the upstart Knights, who boast our first Player of the Week in Colton Dooley, whose 180-yard, five touchdown performance versus Fayetteville should open eyes across the rest of the county.
Patriots and Knights dueling it out stands as the week’s marquee event, but there are plenty of other intriguing games on the slate as the football season winds on.
CPA will get benchmark test from Ensworth
Though high school football legend Ricky Bowers is no longer at the helm of the Ensworth Tigers, the longtime private school juggernaut will still be a formidable foe for any and all who cross their path.
Coming off a 14-6 scare against Lipscomb Academy, the Tigers will no doubt want to establish more traditional performance this week.
Their opponent? The CPA Lions.
CPA bounced Stratford in the opener, with quarterback Ryan Eledge throwing four touchdowns. If this is a sign of the kind of season Eledge is going to have, the Lions are going to be in good shape with whoever the play.
Both Div-II schools will have state aspirations, and it’ll be fascinating to see if Ingle Martin’s squad will be able to use their home opener to both signal Ensworth’s not as sharp as it usually is and assert its dominance in a district well-up for grabs.
Ohio State commit and running back/linebacker Kane Patterson will be leaned on here, of course, on both sides of the ball. They’ll need to balance the offense to salt the clock should things get close and, well, stop the Tigers’ run game should things get close.
Once the Lions’ Den gets going Friday, we’ll know if CPA has what it takes to make a major statement to the rest of their district and region.
“We can beat Ensworth, and we can beat you, too.”
Can Sheffield, Indy rebound after Oakland flop? Not if Summit has its way
Few players in the county can get you worried like when Independence wideout T.J. Sheffield comes calling, though the Purdue commit didn’t exactly get the season started off with a bang.
He was held to a muted 23 yards on three receptions last Friday against Oakland, a 46-7 home loss that no doubt had the Eagles working hard in practice to rectify whatever mistakes were made.
Indy will get a Summit team, fresh off a win, to battle against before their district play starts the week after.
The Spartans look like no slouch this year. They willed a 12-7 win over rival Spring Hill last Friday to get their first victory over the Raiders in nearly a half-decade. That means something. With standout running back George Odimegwu charging Summit’s offensive attack, the Eagles will need to be on their toes when planning to stop the versatile threat.
Though, don’t expect Sheffield to stay down for much longer. He’s always prone to go off for a big night, and he’ll, of course, want to get his 2018 going as he plays his last year for the Eagles.
Oh, and let’s not forget, former Summit quarterback Ethan Cash is now with Independence. Idaho commit and senior QB Nathan Cisco got the bulk of snaps against Oakland, but don’t be surprised if Indy coach Scott Blade gets his transfer involved in the offense against his old team.
If the home teams wins, it’ll be a stabilizing victory for an Independence team who needs some good vibes before the Aug. 31 road tilt against Centennial. If it’s Summit, then watch out for the Spartans. They could be a surprise team to watch in the county this fall.
Brentwood looks to avenge 2017 playoff loss
The Brentwood Bruins are riding high after their last-minute district win over Franklin, but Friday presents a new-yet-familiar challenge for this young team.
State contender Cane Ridge will make a visit to Brentwood Friday, the last team to hand Ron Crawford’s team a loss. The Ravens defeated the Bruins 28-13 last November, signaling that there will be more than a win on the table for Brentwood this week.
It’s a chance to prove the fresh faces could be, in and of themselves, a point of growth for the team.
If the Bruins are ready to take down Cane Ridge, they’ll be right there with Ravenwood to contend for the district.
But, if we see regression, it might signal the Bruins will be more up-and-down this season than fans will hope.
Around the County
Brentwood Academy will head to Father Ryan in a clash of district rivals, an important one for their schedule…Franklin will hope to take down Murfreesboro team Riverdale on the road after their tough week one loss to Brentwood…FRA will look to rebound against South Gibson in its home opener…BGA will face their first big test of the season away at Nashville Christian…Centennial will hope to shake off their blown lead against Ravenwood as they host Hendersonville…as for Ravenwood, they’ll head to Siegel to further prove they are a state contender once more…Spring Hill will head out to play Columbia Academy.
Be sure to check back with us Wednesday for our preview of Page and Nolensville’s big game.