BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON
Here are a few guesses at three key games going on in Williamson County this week.
BGA at FRA
As the D-II teams get at it, I really think this one comes down to who slows down the run game.
Both Brogan Wilson for FRA and Kaleb Seay for BGA are coming off three-touchdown, major yardage weeks, so you can probably guess who each team was game planning for in practice this week. With BGA fielding a young quarterback in a road environment this week, you could imagine they’ll want to lean on the ground game as much as possible.
This one feels like a toss up. FRA has home field and a win streak building; BGA has plenty to brag about on both sides of the ball. Neither team has let up much on defense this season. Both offenses are poised to explode without notice.
Let’s surmise that BGA struggles with Oregon commit Lance Wilhoite and Georgia commit Tymon Mitchell in trying to slow down the Panthers’ aerial attack and in establishing their own ground game, respectively.
The win streak continues on Franklin Road.
Prediction: FRA 31, BGA 24
Summit at Centennial
Another bout of teams with very, very similar plights, both Summit and Centennial could be fielding freshmen quarterbacks. Destin Wade’s been under center for the Spartans all season, but Cannon Plowman could be the freshman having to get used to life in a starting role if regular Cougars QB Grayson Marcel is still out with injury.
Both teams have offenses centered around stellar, versatile running backs. Summit thrives on getting RB George Odimegwu involved in all roles on offense, while Centennial loves to get Austin Peay commit Jariel Wilson out in space, where he can make haste against any defense in the county.
Both teams are fighting for playoff spots, making this one key for both outfits. Plowman’s going to be on the ropes defending Cool Springs against a Summit team that can beat anyone they play when they’re on. Though, consistency has been lacking for the Spartans this season, so they’ll need to put their best foot forward, no matter who’s under center.
Plowman’s got Coach Matt Kriesky’s full support and should hang tough. But the visitors feel like good bets here, as long as they can contain Wilson just long enough to get out of Dodge.
Prediction: Summit 24, Centennial 20
Fairview at Ravenwood
Ravenwood feels due for a good win.
Though Fairview is putting together a heck of a season and QB Kam Harris-Lusk is one of the best doing it right now, the Raptors just look good at home, hungry to rectify a recent road loss. Fairview should be contenders in their region, but this is a step up. I just don’t think the Yellow Jackets will have the string to really get a road win against a team like Ravenwood.
Though, they’ll put up a fight. The Raptors will need to get off to a fast start to ensure Fairview isn’t left lurking with a small deficit. Here’s to the guess that Coach Matt Daniels will have his guys ready for this one. It should be a good, momentum-building win for a team in the Region 6A sweepstakes.
Prediction: Ravenwood 35, Fairview 17