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Mostradamus speaks: Playoff semifinal predictions

Summit beat Beech.

Beech beat Henry County.

So … ?

It probably will not be as simple as that when the Spartans travel to Paris for Friday’s Class 5A state semifinal contest, but the fact that they’ve already gone on the road and claimed a postseason victory against a battle-tested squad should be a check in their favor on the weekend’s checklist.

Past that, Summit – the only 5A semifinalist from last year’s ‘Final Four’ – hasn’t lost since dropping a 27-20 decision in Week 4 to eventual Class 6A quarterfinalist Franklin. The Spartans (12-1) take a five-game (on-field) winning streak into the semis, along with four ‘COVID wins’ that disrupted the second half of their schedule.

The down time hasn’t seemed to have much of an adverse effect, as Summit’s three playoff wins have come by an average of 19 points.

Henry County, meanwhile, hasn’t lost over that time frame either. In addition to that 21-14 Week 2 loss to Beech (at Milan), the Patriots (10-2) fell two weeks later at Class 6A semifinalist Brentwood by a 55-17 deficit. From there, though, they’ve posted eight straight victories and done so in impressive fashion, by an average margin of 44.3 points.

An offense that centers around senior RB Jermarcus Johnson (1,687 yards, 25 TDs) and sophomore QB Ryan Damron (1,351 passing yards, 15 TDs) has done the bulk of that damage, with sophomore RB Zamaryion Kendall chipping in 487 rushing yards and 14 TDs.

Still, Henry County’s success includes wins over six teams that finished at or below .500, compared to five for the Spartans.

Led by Mr. Football finalist Destin Wade, Summit’s offensive versatility has made them a tough out and should continue to do so. After rushing for 624 yards and passing for 166 in postseason wins over Hillwood and Columbia Central, the Spartans opened up the air game and threw for 218 yards – and four touchdowns – along with 230 rushing yards in the Beech victory.

Meanwhile, a defense sparked by DEs Tre Hunter and Caleb Jolley and CB Konata Werts stands to get a lift from LB Keaten Wade, who has played in just one game this season because of a foot injury but is expected to see time Friday.

It all points to Summit slipping past Henry County and making a return trip to Cookeville.

Mostradamus’ pick: Summit 34, Henry Co. 26.

Also (home team in bold):
Oakland over Maryville
Brentwood over Bartlett
Oak Ridge over South-Doyle
Elizabethton over Nolensville
Haywood over Lexington
Alcoa over Red Bank
Pearl-Cohn over Milan
Trousdale Co. over Meigs Co.
Peabody over Waverly
South Pittsburg over Coalfield
Fayetteville over Lake Co.

Last week: 3-2 (.600)
Season: 75-26 (.743)

Monday on the hardwood

Summit girls 56, Harpeth 38

S 18 5 18 14 – 56
H 10 14 5 9 – 38

Summit (56) – Ellie Colson 25, Bergen Allee 8, Claudette Runk 8, Myah Kratzig 7, E.K. Bratton 3, Cydney Wright 3, Jaidyn Ramzy 2

Harpeth (38) – J. Kham 13, C. Stuart 10, E. Russen 5, L. Watson 4, N. Meadows 4, A. Tapia 2

3-pointers – Summit 7 (Allee 2, Runk 2, Kratzig 2, Bratton), Harpeth 6 (Kham 2, Stuart 3, Meadows)

Summertown boys 70, Fayetteville 51

F 12 18 13 8 — 51
S 18 17 17 18 – 70

Fayetteville (51) — Brayden Hockett 13, Camaurionn Taylor 8, Marquese Nance 8, Bryson Casey 8, Tyeus Lane 7, Teondre Love 4, Amarijea Kelso 2, Wyatt Grace 1

Summertown (70) — Gavin Burleson 32, Grayson Burleson 16, Zane Akins 6, Grant Burleson 4, Kaden Trotter 4, Skyler Trousdale 4, Javen Edmiston 2, Jake Smith 2

3-pointers – Fayetteville 10 (Hockett 2, Taylor 2, Nance 2, Casey 2, Lane, Love), Summertown 8 (Gavin Burleson 3, Grayson Burleson 2, Akins 2, Trousdale)

Fayetteville spoils Richland’s return, homecoming

By Chris Yow

LYNNVILLE — Rest or rust? That has been the question for most teams coming off the mandated 14-day quarantine period following positive COVID-19 tests. 

For Richland, the answer was not very clear on Friday night in a 20-6 loss to Region 5-1A foe Fayetteville. 

“I thought we had a good week of practice,” Richland coach Nick Patterson said. “We had a good game plan, and we did some things really well tonight, but they were just too quick on the ends for us.”

Richland QB Sam Edwards tries to elude Fayetteville’s Tae Foxx (25) on Friday night during the Raiders’ 20-6 loss at home. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Patterson’s game plan was to run between the tackles on offense, and the plan worked well on the Raiders’ first drive. Getting as close as the Fayetteville 24-yard-line on the 10-play drive, Richland showed no signs of rust until a pair of negative plays turned the ball over on downs to the Tigers. 

Fayetteville’s offense continued the trend, going backward on their first two plays. On first down, Richland’s Johnathan Young sacked Sam Holdemeyer, and the Raiders then dropped Tigers’ running back KJ Jackson behind the line of scrimmage on second down. Unfortunately for Richland, Holdemeyer stayed upright on third down and heaved a pass to Isaiah Thomison, who took it 82 yards to pay dirt, followed by a Graham Pace 2-point conversion to go up 8-0 in the first quarter.

Richland’s offense had success on the first play in each of the next two possessions, gaining first-down yardage, but then were forced to punt three plays later each time.

Fayetteville took advantage of the tired Raiders defense, going 74 yards on eight plays, including a 37-yard scamper from Pace on 3rd-and-6 that set the Tigers up for a 2-yard Pace score on the next play. 

“Graham Pace is a beast,” second-year Fayetteville head coach Kenny Morson said. “He has big-play ability every time he touches the ball for us.”

Fayetteville running back Graham Pace (7) finished with 145 rushing yards to lead all runners on Friday night in his team’s 20-6 win over Richland. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Indeed he does, as Pace finished as the game’s leading rusher with 145 yards on 17 carries, most of which came from the ‘wildcat’ formation.

On the ensuing drive, Richland answered with a six-play drive that covered 63 yards and ended with a Trey Walkington 13-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Sam Edwards connected with Austin Seals on a 36-yard pass from midfield to set up two straight Walkington carries. 

Fayetteville, however, extended the lead back to 14 points on the next drive when Pace went 29 yards to pay dirt with just under two minutes to play in the half, which proved to be the final margin following a scoreless second half.

Patterson was complimentary of his team’s effort in the game, but credited Fayetteville’s athleticism for creating the space necessary to win. 

“They’re a good football team, and we played right there with them for the entire night,” he said. “We just have to be able to finish those drives when we get on their side of the field.”

Morson said he was impressed with Richland’s strength. Fayetteville improved to 5-1 on the year, and 4-0 in Region 5-1A play. They have won five straight after dropping their season opener. 

Richland fell to 2-2 on the year, and is now 1-1 in the region with three league games remaining against Cornersville, Huntland and Moore County. Being on the field at all after two weeks off, however, was a good feeling.

“We are happy to be out here playing football tonight,” Patterson said. “It was awful the last two weeks.”

Fayetteville 20, Richland 6
At Wayne Hobbs Stadium, Lynnville

F 8 12 0 0 20
R 0 6 0 0 6

Scoring Summary
First Quarter

FHS – Isaiah Thomison 82 pass from Sam Holdmeyer (5:05) Graham Pace run

Second Quarter

FHS – Pace 2 run (7:28) Run failed
RHS – Trey Walkington 13 run (4:22) Kick failed
FHS – Pace 29 run (1:53) Run failed

Team Statistics

First Downs 14 11
Rushes-Yards 43-234 32-93
Passing Yards 91 79
Com-Att-Int 3-5-0 7-10-1
Penalties-Yards 4-22 1-15
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Individual Statistics

Fayetteville – Graham Pace 17-145, KJ Jackson 20-103, Cam Sheridan 1-0, Sam Holdmeyer 5-(-14)
Richland – Austin Seals 19-84, Trey Walkington 2-14, Sam Edwards 10-3, Mason Lawing 1-(-8)


Fayetteville – Sam Holdmeyer 3-5-1-0 91
Richland – Sam Edwards 7-10-0-1 79


Fayetteville – Isaiah Thomison 2-86, Jaterious Derrick 1-5
Richland – Austin Seals 2-42, Ethan Workman 1-12, Jack Norman 1-10, Mason Lawing 1-7, Ethan Ehrhardt 1-4, Landon Griggs 1-4