FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial faces Indy, BA primes for home opener, Page has test


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial faces Indy, BA primes for home opener, Page has test

STORY BY CORY WODOROOF | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY

The 2019 football season in Williamson County is already a fifth of the way over, if you’d believe it.

Some teams, like Brentwood, Ravenwood, Summit, Page and Brentwood Academy, sit 2-0 and have some breathing room as they face the rest of their schedule.

Other teams, like Indy, Centennial and Franklin, are 1-1 and are trying to capture the momentum that gave them a win and push away the stuff that didn’t really help.

Some teams are still looking for their first win.

No matter where you are, Week Three is another opportunity to really start building something to stand on come October, work out kinks, strengthen strengths and grow where you can.

Our Game of the Week will see the Ravenwood Raptors chasing another 3-0 start against Region 6-6A foe Franklin. More on that soon.

The week’s slate has no shortage of fascinating match-ups, so let’s take a look at what’s ahead.

Centennial, Indy square off 

The Centennial Cougars and Independence Eagles have had pretty similar starts to 2019.

In Week One, both teams got soundly defeated by teams they know well (Centennial lost to red-hot Ravenwood; Indy fell to upstart rival Summit), but last week, both teams got back on track with victories (Indy topped CPA on the road, Centennial defeated Smyrna at home).

This week, these two Region 6-6A teams will take on each other in what’s shaping to be a pivotal game for both teams.

Indy quarterback Ethan Cash has been one of the better players at the position this year in WillCo, and his young Indy arsenal is shaping up with him. Their defense is better than it was a year ago, and getting a road win against CPA is no joke.

Centennial sees its senior QB Grayson Marcel growing as more of a leader on the offense without Jariel Wilson around to lighten the load in the run game, but Wilson’s replacement, Desmond Smith, has had a really nice start to the year.

Last year, Centennial came back with an explosive second-half to top Indy in a 60-40 victory, so you know the Eagles will be trying to even the score at their house.

Who gets to 2-1, and who heads to 1-2? We’ll know soon enough.

BA heads home to face McCallie 

Last year, McCallie played spoiler to Brentwood Academy, being the first team to take down the Eagles in nearly two years.

Friday, BA heads back to their home turf to face the team that spoiled their 2018 chances at another perfect season.

Quarterback Wade Williams is a year wiser, as is electric running back Jordan James.

The nucleus that made BA a state contender always morphs and changes with an influx of new talent, making them perennial state contenders for a reason.

Their first region bout of 2019 will help us gauge where this BA team is and what their early ceiling will be.

Page could get revenge game from Shelbyville Central 

Last year, Page kicker Chase Tidmore booted a last-minute field goal against Shelbyville Central to give the Patriots their first region title in 20 years.

Friday, Shelbyville Central heads back to Rudderville to try to even the score.

The Patriots look just as good as they did last year, with QB Cade Walker continuing his inspired play and receiver Miles Bonn picking up where Michael Burdick left off.

Page getting a 3-0 start on the year would be another major feather in the cap of this program renaissance, but the Golden Eagles will no doubt love to play spoiler.

We’ll see how the Patriots face their biggest rival when things get going Friday.

The rest of the slate…Brentwood will host Dickson Co. …FRA will host Lipscomb Academy in a region bout…Nolensville will travel to Spring Hill to find a 3-0 start…Summit will welcome Columbia Central…BGA will face off against Goodpasture at home…CPA will square off against visiting Champagnat Catholic (FL)…Fairview will travel to Chetham County Central…GCA heads to The King’s Academy…Father Ryan hosts region foe Baylor.

Five games to check out: 

  • Our Game of the Week, Franklin heading to Ravenwood, will be a really fun atmosphere. Everyone needs to try to see the Raptors, one of the best football teams in the state, at some point this season.
  • Page’s rematch with Shelbyville Central will hold plenty of intrigue, and Page always sees great turnout. The visiting stands will be packed for this revenge game.
  • Summit continues to be a must-watch team, and any Spartans fans should turn out to see if the team’s able to get to 3-0, one of the best starts in program history.
  • BGA’s home opener will be Jonas Rodriguez’s first game as a head coach in front of the Wildcats crowd.
  • Of course, Centennial at Indy is a must for Region 6-6A fans. This one could have playoff ramifications down the line.

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