BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON
Here are a few guesses at how this week’s slate in WillCo football might go.
Independence vs. CPA
The marquee attraction of the week will see the electric Independence offense go up against one of the county’s best teams in undefeated Christ Presbyterian Academy.
We’re not sure if this is the week Nathan Cisco returns to his starting spot or if the Eagles will continue to roll with Ethan Cash (coming off a 5-touchdown, 450+ yard performance against Brentwood’s stout defense), though we do know not even the mighty Lions will be able to fully contain the two-headed wideout monster of T.J. Sheffield and Isaiah Collier.
Kane Patterson will lead the charge to make Indy one dimensional by stuffing the run; RBs Colby Logan and Tyrus Jackson will have their hands full with CPA’s front seven.
Though, the game might be won for the Lions on the other side of the ball.
The Eagles haven’t seen a backfield like CPA’s yet, with Patterson, Sam West and Andrew Maddon perhaps leading the most dangerous group of running backs in the county right now. QB Ryan Eledge and WR Noah Henderson are always dangerous in the air, so watch for them if Indy decides to sell out against the run and trust their secondary to make plays.
Indy will give the Lions a run for their money with Scott Blade’s coaching and that offense, but the home team will prevail here.
Prediction: CPA 34, Indy 24
Brentwood vs. Father Ryan
The Ravenwood Raptors have already dispatched of the D-II Father Ryan Irish this season. Can Brentwood follow suit?
They’ll be looking for some quick redemption after last week’s upset loss to Independence, and who would’ve guessed a D-II opponent might be just the trick?
The Irish are on a four-game losing streak and will no doubt want to make October count if they’ve got any chance at a postseason berth. Though, Ravenwood put up 35 on this defense and limited its offense to 14. It feels like the Bruins are more than capable of doing that.
The Brentwood offense looked out of rhythm against Indy in the first half, so there’s no doubt head coach Ron Crawford has emphasized getting off to a better start in practice this week.
It feels like this is the week the Bruins get back on track after last Friday’s slip-up.
Prediction: Brentwood 41, Father Ryan 21
BA vs. McCallie
I honestly don’t know if anyone is going to beat Brentwood Academy this year.
The next two weeks, home vs. McCallie, home vs. arch-rival MBA, feel like the two most logical places for the Eagles to stumble, but that might be just rote speculation at this point. This team is loaded, top to bottom, well-coached and a bulldozer through any and all on their schedule. There’s a reason they haven’t lost a game in two years.
This will be BA’s biggest test thus far this season, then MBA will be their biggest test thus far this season.
But you’d be silly not to take the Eagles in any game from here to December. This is a title team.
Prediction: BA 35, McCallie 21