FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial, Summit face non-conference tests


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Centennial, Summit face non-conference tests

The Williamson County football slate is already in its sixth week, and we’re beginning to see who the playoff contenders are, and who might be already thinking of ways to improve for next year.

Our Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Game of the Week will find Brentwood High School, riding high off a Battle of the Woods win over fierce rival Raenwood, facing Christ Presbyterian Academy, riding high off a stunning upset over then-unbeaten rival Battle Ground Academy.

Besides that Brentwood-based matchup, we’ve got two really intriguing non-conference games afoot for two WillCo teams.

Centennial will get their hands full with Shelbyville Central 

Centennial has a good grasp right now of the last playoff spot to come out of Region 6-6A after missing November football last year, but Friday night’s game will be a good test for them.

The Cougars host Shelbyville Central, a quality 5A opponent, and will look to get to 4-2.

Desmond Smith has been the star of the Centennial offense this year, a tough running back with good speed and big play potential. He reminds you of his predecessor, Jariel Wilson.

If Centennial can get a convincing win at home against the Golden Eagles, it will portend well for the rest of the season.

They’ve still got their annual Brentwood game ahead (though they’ll host this time), and the Battle of Franklin with FHS (1-4 this year). So there is still football to play, of course. But, right now, Centennial is in a good place.

Summit looks for 6-0 with Clarksville Northwest game 

The Summit High School Spartans are teetering on the verge of a 6-0 start.

In what looks to be, by far, the best Spartans team in school history, Summit hosts Clarksville Northwest with a chance to keep the unbeaten record alive in front of the home crowd.

The Spartans haven’t gotten into the meat of their region schedule just yet, with a home stand against Page (10/4) and a road bout with Shelbyville Central (10/18) still on the slate, but they could be the favorites in each of those games.

They’re in the driver’s seat right now for Region 5-5A, but those two opponents could spoil the party. It’ll be on Summit to keep the momentum going, and they can start that Friday night with Northwest.

The rest of the slate…

Brentwood Academy hosts West Toronto Prep…Battle Ground Academy welcomes East Nashville Magnet..,Fairview will travel to Greenbrier…FRA hosts RePublic for Homecoming night…Franklin heads to McGavock…Grace Christian Academy travels to Webb School…Independence has a road game with Hendersonville…Nolensville hosts Columbia Central…Page heads to Giles Co….Ravenwood, Lipscomb Academy and Spring Hill have bye weeks.

Five Games to Check Out: 

  • Getting a look at Brentwood and CPA will be the must-see game this week. Is Brentwood about to go on a hot streak to end the season after its Ravenwood win? Can CPA pull off another massive upset? It’s appointment viewing Friday night at BHS.
  • Nolensville’s Homecoming is sure to be a good time, and fans of the Knights will get a chance to celebrate the team’s perfect start with a potential 5-0 record to close the night, should they win.
  • The Summit/Northwest game will be good, if only to see how the Summit fans are responding to their best team in school history.
  • Centennial/Shelbyville Central is just a good Xs and Os matchup for general football fans.
  • If you’ve got a little gas money to spare, the Page/Giles Co. game might be a fun destination. The Brickhouse at Giles Co. is a great high school football venue, and it’ll be a good night of competition for the Patriots.

Photos by Matt Masters (CHS) and Alex Willis (SHS). 

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