Indy-Beech spotlights UT commits on CSS-TV


Indy-Beech spotlights UT commits on CSS-TV

By CAROL STUART / Franklin Home Page

Independencees home game with defending state champion Beech on Sept. 13, featuring three University of Tennessee commits, will be televised live across the Southeast on Comcast Sports South cable.

Independencees home game with defending state champion Beech on Sept. 13, featuring three University of Tennessee commits, will be televised live across the Southeast on Comcast Sports South cable.

Rashaan Gaulden and Vic Wharton III, two-way players for the Eagles, will be part of the IHS secondary trying to slow down Beech record-setting running back Jalen Hurd. All three have committed to play for the Vols starting in 2014.

Kickoff will move to 7:30 p.m. for the CSS-TV broadcast.

eWe are excited about the opportunity to play in front of a television audience,e first-year Independence head coach Scott Blade said. eThis will be great exposure for our program, school, and community as a whole.e

IHS also boasts Missouri recruit Finis Stribling IV, a cornerback and 400-meter track state champion. Wharton, a former standout at Christ Presbyterian Academy, and Gaulden, who previously played at Brentwood Academy, both transferred to Indy last year but Gaulden wasnet eligible due to transfer rules.

eCSS wanting to broadcast our team to more than 5.5 million viewers, along with our recent recognition as one of the top academic schools in the nation,e is affirmation that Independence High School is truly embracing the WCS Vision,” Principal Todd Campbell said.

“We are very excited for our team, students, school and entire community to be a part of this broadcast.e I think it will be one of the top games of the season.e

Independence also is one of four Williamson County football teams to be spotlighted in Middle Tennessee on the Thursday Night Lights televised region games of the week this fall.

The Eagles will host Centennial in a District 11-AAA game on Thursday, Oct. 10, to be shown on Nashvillees WXUP-Channel 30.eeThat game was already scheduled for Thursday due to Williamson Countyes fall break.

Brentwoodes home game with Blackman on Thursday, Aug. 29, will also be broadcast in the Nashville market on Channel 30. And the Nov. 1 season-finale showdown between host Brentwood Academy and three-time Division II-AA state champion Ensworth will be shown on a Friday night version ofeTNL.

2013 Thursday Night Lights TV schedule

Games kick off at 7 p.m., WXUP-Channel 30

Aug. 22 (Week 0):eeMt. Juliet @ Lebanon

Aug. 29 (Week 1):eeBlackman @ Brentwood

Sept. 5 (Week 2): Franklin @ Dickson County

Sept. 12 (Week 3): MBA @ Pearl Cohn

Sept. 19 (Week 4): Hendersonville @ Gallatin

Sept. 26 (Week 5): Beech @ Siegel

Oct. 3 (Week 6): Antioch @ Hillsboro

Oct. 10 ((Week 7): Centennial @ Independence

Oct. 17 (Week 8): Father Ryan @ Pope John Paul II

Oct. 24 (Week 9): Blackman @ Oakland

Nov. 1 (Week 10): Ensworth @ Brentwood Academy (Friday night)

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