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Mostradamus speaks: Predictions for Week 7

Schedule subject to change.

Never has that phrase been more accurate than in relation to the current Tennessee high school football season.

Pandemic outbreaks, and measures to prevent such, continue to wreak havoc on the local schedule – leaving a couple of teams shorthanded for this weekend and cancelling a key Region 5-5A contest, as Summit will not travel to Page.

With all the turmoil, Mostradamus and his crystal ball are getting quite the workout. Lets see what we can see for Week 7.

Columbia Central (4-2, 1-1) at Franklin Co. (1-4, 0-1): Central goes on the road for a key Region 5-5A game looking to buck a trend. The Lions opened the season with back-to-back wins over Spring Hill and Dickson County before losing to Summit in league play and to longtime rival Giles County. They take another two-game streak into Winchester, with victories against region foe Lincoln County and against Nolensville, both at home. A bright spot in the latter win was the emergence of a 1-2 punch in the run game with junior Christian Biggers (63 rushing yards, TD) and senior Justin Buchmann (42 rushing yards, two TDs), to go with QB Brady McCanless, who completed 15 of 19 passes for a season-high 155 yards. Central, though, is expected to be without a couple of players because of COVID contact tracing. Franklin County picked up its first win under new coach – and ex-Rebel – Justin Cunningham last week, defeating Grundy County 55-8. The victory followed narrow losses to Coffee County, Rockvale and Lincoln County as well as a 41-7 defeat at the hands of Tullahoma. Playing with a boost of confidence, Central should extend its win streak. Columbia Central 27, Franklin Co. 17.

Huntland (3-3, 0-1) at Mt. Pleasant (0-4, 0-2): The Tigers’ early-season struggles continued with Saturday’s loss to visiting McEwen, as the hosts came out of a COVID-prompted quarantine with nearly a dozen players unavailable in their fourth straight loss. Mt. Pleasant is expected to be shorthanded yet again as the Hornets arrive off a 39-0 win over Lookout Valley. The victory snapped a three-game skid during which Huntland was outscored 120-21 by Fayetteville, Cascade and South Pittsburg. Expect the Tigers to further involve freshman RB Keevan Cooper, the team’s leading rusher with 247 yards and three TDs, as they try to get untracked offensively. Huntland 31, Mt. Pleasant 15.

Maplewood (0-1, 0-0) at Spring Hill (0-4, 0-1): With Metro Nashville Public Schools beginning athletic competition last week, Maplewood made its debut in Week 6 – and it was a rough one, as the Panthers fell to East Nashville 51-6. As the visitors continue to round into shape, Spring Hill comes off a Week 6 loss at Class 6A seventh-ranked Mt. Juliet. It was the Raiders’ first outing after a COVID pause forced cancellations against Lincoln County and Tullahoma. Ball security will be vital for Spring Hill, as three early turnovers set the tone for the 28-0 loss at Mt. Juliet. The Raiders committed seven turnovers in their prior losses to Columbia Central, Summit and Nolensville. Spring Hill 17, Maplewood 13.

Richland (2-2) at Zion Chr. (3-3): This will be a clash of two diverse offensive philosophies, as the visiting Raiders employ a run-first, read-option attack while Zion will look to throw early and often. Luke Perko has been the linchpin of the Eagles’ offense, running and throwing for a total of 1,329 yards and 15 touchdowns. WR Sam Sullivan has emerged as Zion’s deep threat, with 14 catches for 259 yards and five TDs. The Eagles had a three-game win streak snapped with a last-second loss last week against visiting Collinwood. Richland returned from a two-week COVID pause and dropped a 20-6 Region 5-1A decision in Week 6 to visiting Fayetteville. Senior RB Austin Seals, who’s rushed for 78-plus yards in each of his four outings (451 yards, two TDs total), and junior QB Sam Edwards (267 yards, three TDs) key the Richland ground game; the pair has three 100-yard efforts to their credit this fall. Richland 31, Zion Chr. 25.

Summertown (3-3, 0-2) at Forrest (4-2, 2-0): Two weeks removed from a top 10 ranking, the Eagles won’t have an easy time reversing their three-game slide as they travel for a Region 5-2A contest. Summertown’s consecutive losses to Donelson Christian, No. 3 Lewis County and Loretto – the latter two in league play – have seen the offense generate just over 10 points per outing. RB/WR Javen Edmiston (380 rushing yards, 119 receiving yards, seven offensive TDs) has been the Eagles’ most productive performer, but they’ll need more output from RB Aniken Johnson and QB Colton Shaffer to pull off what would be an upset against a Rockets squad. in the last two weeks, the Rockets defeated Loretto and Lawrence County to gather some momentum after a 2-2 start. More significantly, they’re unbeaten since sophomore Micah McClendon sustained a spinal injury during their Sept. 11 loss to Moore County. Forrest 27, Summertown 20.

Independence at Brentwood*, canceled
Jackson Chr. at Columbia Acad.*, canceled
Summit at Page*, canceled
*region game
Last week: 5-3 (.625)
Season: 28-9 (.757)

No. 5 Spartans travel to Page Friday in Region 5-5A play

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After an impressive 42-0 Week 6 win at Northwest, Summit retained the No. 5 spot in this week’s Associated Press Class 5A statewide top 10 poll.

The Spartans, who moved to 5-1 (including a ‘COVID’ win over Overton in Week 5, return to Region 5-5A play Friday at Page. Summit won its only previous league contest, defeating Columbia Central 35-0 in Week 3, and is scheduled to follow its trip to Page (2-3, 0-1) with region games against Franklin County, Shelbyville and Lincoln County to close its slate.

In other area games this week involving AP Top 10 squads:

● Independence travels to No. 5 Brentwood (4-1, 1-0) in Region 6-6A play. The Bruins picked up a ‘COVID’ victory last week when Christ Presbyterian Academy was unavailable to play. Indy (4-1, 2-0) extended its winning streak to four straight with a 35-23 decision over visiting Hendersonville.

● Tullahoma (6-0, 2-0 Region 4-4A) maintained the No. 3 position in Class 4A poll after defeating Lincoln County 56-13, with Marshall County (5-1, 1-1) moving up to No. 4 following its 28-7 Week 6 win over previous No. 4 Springfield. The Tigers host league foe Lawrence County (3-3, 1-1) Friday, with the unbeaten Wildcats taking on visiting Nolensville (3-2, 2-0) in a pivotal region contest.

● In Class 2A, Lewis County (6-0, 2-0) continues at No. 3 after downing Hickman County 47-7. The Panthers travel Friday to Eagleville (2-4, 1-1) in Region 5-2A play.

● From Region 5-1A, Fayetteville (No. 3), Moore County (T-No. 5) and Cornersville (No. 9) remain ranked. The Tigers (5-1, 4-0), who defeated Richland 20-6 last week, are set to travel Friday to Cornersville (5-1, 2-0) after the Bulldogs’ non-region win at Middle Tennessee Christian. Moore County (5-1, 1-1) is idle this weekend.

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The top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and the top five teams in each of the state’s three Division II financial aid classifications as selected by Tennessee Associated Press-member sportswriters and broadcasters follow (first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 28, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote and previous ranking):

Class 6A

1. Oakland (9)                        6-0     132  1
2. Maryville (4)                      5-0     128  2
3. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett (1)        5-0     105  3
4. McMinn Co.                      5-0     98   4
5. Brentwood                          4-1     85   5
6. Riverdale                          5-1     69   6
7. Mt. Juliet                         5-0     61   7
8. Science Hill                       5-1     37   10
9. Ravenwood                          3-3     22   8
10. Bradley Central                    4-1     9   NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Class 5A

1. Knoxville West (12)                 6-0     138  1
2. Powell (2)                         6-0     126  2
3. Knoxville Central                   4-1     96   4
4. Beech                              3-1     95   3
5. Summit                             5-1     85   5
6. Rhea Co.                        5-0     77   6
7. South Doyle                        5-1     51   9
8. Henry Co.                       4-2     47   7
9. Knoxville Carter                    4-2     23   8
10. Tennessee                          3-2     10   NR
(tie) David Crockett                    4-2     10   NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Class 4A

1. Elizabethton (12)                   5-0     136  1
2. Hardin Co. (2)                   6-0     125  2
3. Tullahoma                          6-0     114  3
4. Marshall Co.                    5-1     90   5
5. East Hamilton                      4-1     71   6
6. Creek Wood                         6-0     66   8
7. Springfield                        5-1     49   4
8. Anderson Co.                    4-2     45   7
9. Lexington                          5-1     39   9
10. Sullivan South                     5-0     34   10
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Class 3A

1. Alcoa (12)                         5-1     138  1
2. Covington (2)                      6-0     128  2
3. Red Bank                           4-0     107  3
4. Loudon                             6-0     99   4
5. Milan                              5-1     77   6
6. Westview                           5-1     52   8
7. Claiborne Co.                    5-0     51   9
8. Fairview                           3-1     49   5
9. Pearl-Cohn                         1-0     28   10
10. Kingston                           4-1     21   7
Others receiving 12 or more points: Gatlinburg-Pittman 16

Class 2A

1. Peabody (12)                       6-0     132  1
2. Meigs Co. (1)                    6-0     125  2
3. Lewis Co.                       6-0     109  3
4. Watertown                          5-1     85   4
5. Bledsoe Co.                     5-0     80   6
6. Marion Co.                      3-0     69   5
7. South Greene                       6-0     61   9
8. Hampton (1)                        4-0     47   10
9. Trousdale Co.                    4-2     38   7
10. McKenzie                           3-2     14   8
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Class 1A

1. South Pittsburg (13)                5-0     130  1
2. Copper Basin                       6-0     109  3
3. Fayetteville                       5-1     101  5
4. Coalfield                          4-0     86   6
5. Greenfield                         5-0     67   8
(tie) Moore Co.                     5-1     67   7
7. Lake Co.                        2-1     55   2
8. Huntingdon                         4-2     50   4
9. Cornersville                       5-1     45   9
10. Monterey                           4-0     32   10
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Division II-A

1. Davidson Acad. (13)               5-0     130  1
2. Donelson Chr.                        5-0     106  4
3. Univ. School of Jackson        5-1     102  3
4. Jackson Chr.                   6-0     101  5
5. The King’s Acad. (1)                  5-1     85   2
Others receiving 12 or more points: Friendship Chr. 12

Division II-AA

1. Christ Presbyterian Acad. (11)    4-0     133  1
2. Christian Acad. of Knoxville (2)   6-0     116  2
3. Grace Chr.-Knoxville (1)               6-0     107  3
4. Lipscomb Acad.                    3-2     83   5
5. Evangelical Chr.                    3-2     39   4
Others receiving 12 or more points: Goodpasture 32; Lausanne 27

Division II-AAA

1. Brentwood Acad. (13)              6-0     138  1
2. McCallie                           4-1     122  2
3. Baylor                             3-0     108  3
4. Montgomery Bell Acad. (1)    3-0     98   4
5. Christian Brothers                    4-1     81   5
Others receiving 12 or more points: none

Independence football shut down due to COVID-19

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With a critical Region 6-6A game against Brentwood scheduled for Friday, Independence’s football team has been shut down for at least the rest of this week due to COVID-19 protocols.

According to an email obtained by SM-Tn Sports, Independence has closed its campus due to a high number of COVID-19 contact tracing until at least Monday, Oct. 5.

All extra-curricular activities, including Friday night’s football game with fifth-ranked Brentwood, have been postponed. If the game cannot be rescheduled, it would be ruled as a forfeit win for Brentwood and a no-contest for Independence.

Independence becomes the fifth area school to have to postpone or cancel games due to COVID-19, joining Columbia Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Richland and Spring Hill. CA is still in a two-week quarantine and will also miss its game Friday against Jackson Christian.

Postseason golf in full swing

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Shelbyville’s River Bend Golf Club and the District 3 Division II-A tournament field took their toll on participants from Columbia Academy, but one local product moved on to regional competition.

CA junior Jenna Montgomery was among five individuals to move on next week’s DII-A Middle Region tourney at River Bend, finishing at 125.

“It shows a lot of improvement on her part,” coach Madison Smith said of Montgomery. “Last year she struggled pretty badly. She didn’t make it the full 18 holes and had to withdraw.

“Completing the tournament and advancing – I’m really proud of her. She’s worked hard.”

On the boys side, CA eighth-grader Seth Hulen finished at 90, with freshman Beckham Faulkner posting a 91 and sophomore Grant Woodridge shooting 113.

“I was pleased with how our eighth-grader and our freshman did, being so young,” Smith said. “It’s a tough group to battle against, with our district. I was very pleased with the scores they posted. I couldn’t have expected any more from them. They’ve worked very hard.”

Zion Christian senior Dylan Samuels shot a 98.

Zion Christian senior Dylan Samuel (left, with coach A.J. Long) competed in his first district tournament Monday at Shelbyville’s River Bend Golf Club. Samuel shot a 98. (Courtesy photo)

“He played well considering this was his first golf season,” Eagles coach A.J. Long said. “The course was fairly difficult, what with the weather conditions. He was middle of the pack amongst individual scores.”

Connor Brown of the host team, Webb-Bell Buckle, claimed low individual medalist honors with a 73 – one shot ahead of Grace Christian’s Pierce Holsinger. The Feet took the team title with a 316, with Battle Ground Academy (324) and Franklin Road Academy (328) also advancing to Monday’s regional. Individual qualifiers include Holsinger, Middle Tennessee Christian’s James Carr (78), Christ Presbyterian’s Christopher Hanson (78) and Elijah Moore (80) and Grace Christian’s Joshua Breland (80).

For the girls, Providence Christian (155), BGA (156) and FRA (163) advanced in team competition. Tzunami Polito of Franklin Road Academy was the low medalist with a 75, one stroke better than BGA’s Jackie Henderson and PCA’s Isabella Johnson. Individual qualifiers include Webb’s Kennedy Clarkson (97), Middle Tennessee Christian’s Morgan Winfree (98), CPA’s Laura Finley Hasenbank (124), Montgomery and CPA’s Madison Spann (139).

Runk returns to state: Ravenwood’s boys and girls teams will represent Region 6 in next week’s Large Class State Championships after winning Monday at GreyStone in Dickson. Summit junior Claudette Runk tied for third overall with a 79 to clinch her second berth in the state field in three years, while Independence’s Piper Davis finished at 81 – two strokes short of advancing.

Summit’s Claudette Runk displays her third-place medal from Monday’s Region 6-Large Class golf tournament. Runk will advance to next week’s state tourney, making her second appearance, after shooting a 79 at GreyStone in Dickson. (Courtesy photo)

Ravenwood’s Shelly Jang shot 2-under 70 for low medalist honors, with Franklin’s Sophie DiPaolo carding a 76. Runk and Brentwood’s Brooke Brummett each finished at 79.

The Lady Spartans, with Runk, Maddie Combiths and Hannah Sundberg, finished third at 186 – behind Ravenwood (154) and Franklin (167).

The region championship team and the top three individuals not on the winning squad advance to state competition, which is set for Oct. 6-7 at WillowBrook in Manchester.

Summertown tee times set: Boys and girls play at the Small Class State Championships begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at WillowBrook.

With Summertown playing for a third consecutive girls title, senior Kaley Campbell will tee off at 9:20 on hole No. 1, followed by freshman Karlie Campbell at 9:30 and junior Lanie Campbell at 9:40. Freshman Max Johns will go off at 8 a.m. on No. 10 for the boys, making their first state tourney appearance, followed by senior Drake Blackwood at 8:10, junior Eric Wilkinson at 8:20, junior Harrison Gobble 8:30 and eighth-grader Cole Campbell at 8:40.

At the net: In District 3-II-A volleyball tournament action Monday, both Columbia Academy and Zion Christian saw their seasons come to an end.

CA lost in straight sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-19) at Franklin Road Academy, while Zion Christian won a play-in match against Webb-Bell Buckle in four sets before falling to host Battle Ground Academy 25-9, 25-17, 25-5.

2020 Gridiron stat leaders

Rushing
(games, attempts, yards, average, TDs)

Destin Wade, Summit 5 62-631 10.2 9
Jaxson Campbell, Independence 5 63-569 9.0 9
*Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 6 84-543 6.5 4
Austin Seals, Richland 4 67-451 6.7 2
Javen Edmiston, Summertown 5 67-380 5.7 5
Christian Biggers, Columbia Central 5 83-329 4.0 2
Sam Edwards, Richland 4 40-267 6.7 3
Keevan Cooper, Mt. Pleasant 3 23-247 10.7
Tre Hartwell, Independence 5 47-243 5.2 2
Colton Shaffer, Summertown 5 69-229 3.3 4

Passing
(games, completions, attempts, yards, TDs, interceptions)

Jaxson Campbell, Independence 5 64-118-940 10/1
Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 6 63-106-687 6/4
*Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 6 36-81-663 10/3
Destin Wade, Summit 5 36-59-587 7/2
Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 4 38-86-333 1/3
Colton Shaffer, Summertown 5 26-61-322 2/2
Sam Edwards, Richland 4 20-36-154 1/4
Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad. 3 16-44-145 2/7
Te’Varius Strayhorn, Mt. Pleasant 3 10-23-122 1/3
Bryce Miller, Richland 1 2-4-90 1/0

Receiving
(games, receptions, yards, average, TDs)

Calvin Wilson, Independence 5 14-360 25.7 6
Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 6 15-248 16.5 3
Ty Lockwood, Independence 5 19-245 12.9 0
*Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 6 12-241 20.1 5
Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 4 14-196 14.0 2
Brady Pierce, Summit 5 8-182 22.8 3
*Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 6 8-145 18.2 2
Brigham Morrical, Independence 5 14-137 9.8 2
*Max Brown, Zion Chr. 6 5-121 24.2 2
Javen Edmiston, Summertown 5 9-119 13.2

*incomplete game stats

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This week’s area high school sports schedule (times, venues where available):

Monday
Golf

Independence girls, Summit girls at Region 6-Large Class Tournament, 8:30 a.m. at GreyStone GC, Dickson
Columbia Acad., Zion Chr. at District 3-II-A Tournament, 9 a.m. at River Bend GC, Shelbyville

Girls soccer

Columbia Central at Giles Co., 4:30 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Zion Chr., TBA

Volleyball

Columbia Central at Hickman Co., 5 p.m.
Loretto at Mt. Pleasant, 5:30 p.m.
Giles Co. at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Summertown at Perry Co., 6 p.m.

District 3-II-A Tournament

Zion Chr. vs. Webb-Bell Buckle at Battle Ground Acad., 4:30 p.m.
Columbia Acad. at Franklin Road Acad., 5 p.m.
Zion Chr./Webb-Bell Buckle winner at Battle Ground Acad., 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Golf

Summertown boys, girls at Small Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Girls soccer

Columbia Acad. at Giles Co., 5 p.m.
Columbia Central at Spring Hill, 6 p.m.
Culleoka at Hickman Co., 6 p.m.
Richland at Community, 6 p.m.
Nolensville at Summit, 7 p.m.

Volleyball

Lewis Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Hampshire at Summertown, 6 p.m.
Summit at Brentwood, 6 p.m.

Cross country

Summertown, Zion Chr. at Community HS, Unionville

Wednesday
Golf

Summertown boys, girls at Small Class State Championships, 8 a.m. at WillowBrook GC, Manchester

Volleyball

Summit at Independence, 6 p.m.

Thursday
Girls soccer

Spring Hill at Tullahoma, 6 p.m.
Franklin at Independence, 7 p.m.
Shelbyville at Columbia Central, 7 p.m.
Summit at Brentwood, 7 p.m.
Franklin Road Acad. at Zion Chr., TBA

Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant at Fayetteville, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Summertown, 6 p.m.
Hampshire at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Independence at Brentwood, 6 p.m.

Friday
Volleyball

Hampshire at Santa Fe, 6 p.m.

Saturday
Cross country

Columbia Acad., Columbia Central, Independence, Summit at Jesse Owens Classic, Oakville, Ala.

Schedules subject to change. Please submit updated schedules and game results to sports@sm-tnsports.com.