BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY STEVE WHEELER
When Brentwood quarterback Cade Granzow can’t get it quite going with his arms, he’s got his legs to lean on.
The dual-threat Bruins signal caller scrambled his way for 125 yards and four touchdowns, giving him one of the most dynamic rushing performances for a QB in the county this year.
He also threw for 108 in the air, one of those that insane fourth quarter dart to Avery Williams with seconds to go that set up the game-winning touchdown. His feet accounted for all 28 of the Bruins points in the 28-21 win against Centennial.
The sophomore Granzow has been one of the best overall players in the county this season and has helped power his young Brentwood team to a strong 8-2 record and a Region 6-6A title.
He’s about to enter a new world in guiding a team through the treacherous Class 6A playoffs, though he’s seemingly gotten better as time as gone on, and is quick to adjust from making a mistake.
Outside of his general talent, that’s one of the most impressive factors about the young passer. He’s got as quick a memory as anyone around and has cemented himself as a dangerous quarterback to lead this team for the next two years after 2018 ends.
Granzow’s strong night in pulling running duties earns him our Player of the Week honors to close the 2018 regular season in Williamson County.
Brentwood senior Michael Burke helped carry the rushing load with 179 total yards rushing. He was a major factor in helping the Bruins get down the field against a tough effort from the Centennial defense. And, of course, WR Avery Williams earns an honor alone for his big fourth-quarter catch to help the Bruins get a win.
Centennial RB Jariel Wilson rushed for two long touchdowns (from 96 and 70 yards out) to finish his prolific Cougars career. We’ll have much, much more on the future Austin Peay Governor here soon. Be on the lookout for that.
RB Tre Carlton also had a good night for the Cougars, helping pace the offense.
CPA QB Ryan Eledge finished his final regular season game with 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-10 win over FRA. He’s set to lead the undefeated Lions through what’s hoped to be a state run. Senior WR Noah Henderson had 94 yards and a score.
FRA RB Brogan Wilson, last week’s POTY, had 179 total yards in his final regular season bout.
BGA QB Nick Semptimphelter, another young QB phenom in the county this year, helped the Wildcats get a big win over Lipscomb Academy with 138 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Garnett Hollis Jr. hauled in two of those.
Senior RB Matt Gaca finished the regular season ahead of Franklin’s playoff slate with a 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels’ win over Dickson Co.
Page senior QB Cade Walker had a big night to close the Patriots’ magical regular season with 283 yards and two touchdowns. One of those went to WR Michael Burdick, who finished his last October game with 133 yards and a touchdown. Miles Bonn had 78 yards and a score.
BA RB Tomario Pleasant rushed for 115 yards in the team’s 17-0 win over Ensworth.
Ravenwood QB Brian Garcia continued his strong season as a junior starter with 153 yards, two rushing TDs and a throw for a score in the team’s defeat of Independence.