Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 8 80-161-1118 16/6 Jaxson Campbell, Independence 6 71-127-1050 12/1 Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 8 81-142-837 6/8 Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 7 63-132-733 4/5 Destin Wade, Summit 6 44-74-713 9/5 Sam Edwards, Richland 7 48-90-457 3/6 Colton Shaffer, Summertown 6 29-71-352 3/6 Brett Beranek, Columbia Acad. 5 26-63-329 3/9 Te’Varius Strayhorn, Mt. Pleasant 6 22-45-251 1/4
Calvin Wilson, Independence 6 15-399 26.6 7 Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 8 24-364 15.2 7 Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 8 24-358 14.9 3 Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 6 21-349 16.6 3 Max Brown, Zion Chr. 8 10-252 25.2 4 Ty Lockwood, Independence 6 20-251 12.6 0 Brady Pierce, Summit 6 12-236 19.7 3 Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 8 13-218 16.8 2 Demarkus Brown, Mt. Pleasant 7 16-201 12.6 1 Remone Kelley, Spring Hill 7 11-164 14.9 2
East Hickman at Zion Chr. Independence at Brentwood* Lawrence Co. at Summertown Mt. Pleasant at Eagleville Richland at Moore Co.* Spring Hill at Battle Ground Acad. Stratford at Columbia Central Columbia Acad. at Clarksville Acad.*, canceled Summit idle *Region game
Barring any ‘unforeseen circumstances’ in the next few hours, Friday promises to provide the first set of high school football games this season in which each area team plays its originally scheduled opponent.
No COVID cancellations. No last-minute replacements.
In a season best described as ‘fluid’, that bit of consistency this far into the season is stunning at best.
Perhaps it’ll help Mostradamus with his Week 9 attempts at prognostication. Let’s see.
Columbia Central (4-3, 1-2) at Page (2-3, 0-1): For observers that are into comparing scores, Central’s 42-13 loss to Giles County in Week 4 and Page’s 36-10 win over the Bobcats two weeks later certainly make the hosts a fashionable favorite in this key Region 5-5A matchup. Rarely is it that simple, but the Lions coming off a 15-11 league loss at Franklin County and an open week may further simplify the situation. Still, this is a young Patriot squad that hasn’t played since that Giles County win, as they were sidelined for COVID concerns for their scheduled Oct. 2 matchup with Summit and had an open date as well last week. Junior QB Jake McNamara has emerged as an offensive leader, running and throwing for 268 yards and four total TDs in his team’s last outing. Meanwhile, Central has been solid defensively since that Week 4 defeat – limiting Lincoln County, Nolensville and Franklin County to just under 17 points apiece on average. DE Antwan Moore, LB Shane Cobb and DBs Nick Butler and Roman Woodson have helped key an effort on that side of the ball that has typically kept the Lions in games. If the offensive unit can minimize turnovers and undisciplined penalties, Central could pick up a much-needed road win. Columbia Central 24, Page 20.
Cornersville (5-2, 1-2) at Richland (2-4, 1-1): The host Raiders acquitted themselves well in a 19-14 loss last week to visiting Class 4A foe Spring Hill, taking that game right down to the wire despite the absence of senior RB Austin Seals. A win in this Region 5-1A matchup against the Associated Press No. 9 Bulldogs could keep Richland in the hunt for a second straight playoff berth. Cornersville’s only league victory thus far came when Mt. Pleasant was unable to play because of COVID concerns; the Bulldogs lost to Fayetteville two weeks ago and come off an open date. For Richland, this could be another close-and-late affair. Cornersville 27, Richland 23.
Dickson Co. (1-6, 0-3) at Independence (4-1, 2-0): Another team that hasn’t played in October, Independence will try to pick up where it left off – defeating Hendersonville 35-23 in Week 6 – while facing a Dickson County squad coached by former Eagles assistant Greg Burns. The Cougars, led by RB Clinton Shrader (599 rushing yards, five TDs), recorded a ‘COVID win’ in Week 4 when McGavock was unavailable to play. On the field, Dickson County has yet to score more than 21 points or allow fewer than 22, outscored by an average margin of 18.5 points. How the Independence offense, triggered by QB Jaxson Campbell (1,509 offensive yards, 19 TDs) responds after two weeks off will be worth monitoring, but the Eagles should emerge with their fifth straight victory in this Region 6-6A tilt. Independence 38, Dickson Co. 13.
Eagleville (2-5, 1-2) at Summertown (3-3, 0-2): Quarantined for the past two weeks, Summertown will have had one day of practice before Eagleville visits for a Region 5-2A contest with postseason implications for both squads. Lack of preparation time aside, though, the break may have come at a good time for the hosts, who had dropped three straight after a 3-0 start (including a ‘COVID win’ over Collinwood) saw them break into the AP Class 2A Top 10 at No. 9. Offensively, Summertown hasn’t been as potent as desired to this point; despite the presence of junior QB Colton Shaffer, RB Aniken Johnson and RB/WR Javen Edmiston (499 rushing/receiving yards, seven TDs), that unit has averaged 16.2 points. Eagleville, meanwhile, opened the year with three straight losses and comes in on a two-game skid, but posted back-to-back wins over Pickett County and Community. Three of Eagleville’s losses, including a 39-7 defeat at the hands of league-leading Lewis County on Oct. 2, have come to AP Top 10 opposition. With both teams in dire need of a win, this should be a nailbiter. Eagleville 17, Summertown 12.
Marshall Co. (6-1, 2-1) at Spring Hill (2-4, 1-1): Despite wins in their last two outings, the host Raiders will have their work cut out for them against the No. 4 team in Class 4A. Among Marshall County’s victories are one against 2019 state finalist Springfield and two against Class 5A foes Shelbyville and Lincoln County. And besides the Tigers’ 42-7 loss to unbeaten, third-ranked Region 4-4A leader Tullahoma, they have scored 25 points or more in each of their outings. QB Bryson Hammons has thrown for 1,010 yards and 12 TDs, with WR A’ky Howard (369 receiving yards, two TDs) emerging as his favorite target. Spring Hill, meanwhile, has seen some explosiveness of late from Landen Secrest; over the past two games, the senior RB/WR has 181 scrimmage yards and three offensive TDs on 12 touches. He, RB Mac Richie and WR Dante Prowell will be challenged to keep up with the visitors’ attack. Marshall Co. 28, Spring Hill 17.
Shelbyville (5-2, 2-0) at Summit (7-1, 3-0): Since a season-opening loss to Class 4A power Tullahoma, the visiting Golden Eagles have averaged 42.2 points, with QB Kade Cunningham running the offense for first-year coach Josh Pickett. Of late, Shelbyville has put up 44, 66 and 50 points in wins over Centennial, Lincoln County and Cleveland. Those numbers certainly have the attention of a Summit squad that shook off the rust from a couple of COVID breaks to defeat Region 5-5A host Franklin County 33-9 last week. Spartans QB Destin Wade (1,426 offensive yards, 18 TDs) threw three interceptions in the win, but also threw for 126 yards and a pair of TDs. If this turns into the shootout that previous performances might indicate, senior DE/LB Gavin Wells will take on added importance for the hosts as Keaten Wade – who made his season debut at Franklin County after foot surgery – will not play because of foot soreness. Summit 41, Shelbyville 33.
Tipton-Rosemark (3-4, 2-4) at Columbia Acad. (0-5, 0-3): The visiting Wolves have been prone to allowing points; opponents have outscored them by an average of 45 points in their four losses. That’s a number that may bode well for a CA squad that put forth its most productive offensive performance in last week’s 22-21 overtime loss at Trinity Christian. Behind senior FB Max Ballard (130 rushing yards, TD), the Bulldogs rolled up 279 offensive yards and gained 19 first downs. If Columbia Academy can build on that outing and reduce its miscues (three turnovers, nine penalties vs. Trinity), that long-sought first victory could be in sight. Columbia Acad. 23, Tipton-Rosemark 16.
Zion Chr. (3-4) at Mt. Pleasant (1-5): Ahead of this rivalry game, Mt. Pleasant picked up its first win of the season last week – defeating Loretto 27-20 – with the Tigers as close to full strength as they’ve been at any point this season. With the bulk of their roster on hand, the hosts put up a dominant rushing performance, finishing with 277 yards on the ground as sophomore Zavier Davidson ran for 164 and three TDs. Conversely, the Eagles will look to do their damage in the passing game with junior QB Luke Perko (1,493 offensive yards, 17 total TDs) leading the way. Mt. Pleasant 26, Zion Chr. 21.
There continues to be minimal movement throughout the Associated Press statewide high school football polls, particularly as it relates to area teams.
Following its 33-9 Region 5-5A win Friday at Franklin County, Summit is listed at No. 5 for the fifth consecutive week as the Class 5A rankings are largely unchanged. The Spartans (7-1) are slated to host Shelbyville in a pivotal league matchup Friday.
Tullahoma and Marshall County are still ranked third and fourth in Class 4A, with the Wildcats (7-0) to play at Region 4-4A rival Lawrence County this weekend and the Tigers (6-1) traveling to Spring Hill. Marshall County completed a season sweep of Giles County with last week’s 25-15 victory, while Tullahoma was idle.
Coming off an open date, Lewis County (7-0) maintains the No. 3 spot in the Class 2A poll, heading into its Region 5 matchup with host Loretto.
In Class 1A, previous No. 2 Copper Basin’s loss to McMinn Central cleared the way for an idle Fayetteville to move up a spot from third. The Tigers (6-1) step out of Region 5 play Friday to face visiting Gordonsville.
League rivals Moore County and Cornersville extended their top 10 runs another week, with the Raiders (6-1) slipping a slot to sixth despite a 41-0 win over Jo Byrns and the Bulldogs (5-2) holding on at No. 9 with an open date. Cornersville plays Friday at Richland, with Moore County traveling to Huntland.
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 Oct. 12, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote and previous ranking):
1. Davidson Acad. (13) 7-0 138 1 2. Donelson Chr. 6-0 124 2 3. Jackson Chr. (1) 7-0 114 3 4. The King’s Acad. (1) 7-1 101 5 5. Univ. School of Jackson 5-2 74 4 Others receiving 12 points or more: Friendship Chr. 20
1. Christ Presbyterian Acad. (13) 5-0 139 1 2. Christian Acad. of Knoxville (1) 7-0 132 2 3. Lipscomb Acad. 5-2 100 4. Evangelical Chr. 4-2 67 5 5. Grace Chr.-Knoxville (1) 7-1 66 3 Others receiving 12 points or more: Goodpasture 33; Lausanne 27; Chattanooga Chr. 21
1. Brentwood Acad. (15) 8-0 150 1 2. McCallie 5-2 133 2 3. Christian Brothers 4-1 111 3 4. Pope John Paul II 6-1 85 5 5. Father Ryan 4-2 61 NR Others receiving 12 points or more: Montgomery Bell Acad. 31; Baylor 14
BRENTWOOD — Despite losing to Brentwood for the third time this season, Destiny Cherry was all smiles Tuesday night.
Cherry and the Summit volleyball team won the match they needed to extend their season by sweeping Dickson County in the Region 6-AAA semifinals. They fell short against the seven-time defending Class AAA champion Lady Bruins in the next match immediately following that semifinal, but they are still assured a shot at reaching the state tournament for the first time.
“Honestly, this feels amazing just to be here,” said the Butler University commit, who had 13 kills and two blocks in the region championship, a 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 loss to Brentwood. “I’m just glad to be here and still be playing.”
Cherry led the attack in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 win over the District 11-AAA champion Lady Cougars in the semifinals.
Summit coach Warne Riker said he was proud of how his girls never let up playing in their first region appearance.
“We have a tendency to sometimes let up our guard, but I thought we tried to be consistent and it showed tonight,” said Riker, who has coached the Lady Spartans since the program’s first year in 2011. “This is something this group of seniors has been striving for since the beginning of the season. It was fun to see them scrap out there.”
The Lady Spartans traded points with Brentwood all through the opening set of the region title match. After Brentwood built a slim 19-17 edge, setter Riley Golias flipped a ball to Cherry for a kill down the right side. A Lady Bruin hitting error followed and tied the opening game at 19-19 for the two teams that finished Nos. 1 and 2 in District 12-AAA. A marathon rally came next.
If it wasn’t Summit libero McKenna Davis scooping up huge hits, it was Golias or Rebekah Frey collecting digs. Cherry produced at least three big hits in the rally, but Brentwood was able to find a way to keep it going. The Lady Spartans and Lady Bruins simply battled out the next point to the very end until Summit’s Jenna Holforty finally sent a kill down the left side past the scrambling Lady Bruins defense as the crowd erupted at Brentwood High School.
“That was just electric,” Cherry said. “I had chills the whole time.”
Summit may have won that rally, but Brentwood turned to reigning Tenessee Gatorade Player of the Year Shaye Eggleston to take the set. Eggleston pounded home back-to-back kills for the lead and led the Lady Bruins closed on a 6-0 spurt.
Brentwood carried the momentum into the second set and cruised to the victory in the second set as well. Riker said it was the only game his team let up and didn’t scrap and battle as witnessed in the previous four sets Tuesday.
“We just needed more of those big plays to keep our momentum going,” he said.
Eggleston, who was named the region tournament MVP, closed with 16 kills in the championship match. She also added 15 digs and a pair of blocks.
Brentwood, which swept Hillsboro 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 in the early match Tuesday, will host Lebanon Thursday in a Class AAA sectional match. Summit will travel to Station Camp. The winners will advance to next week’s state tournament, which will be hosted by Siegel High School in Murfreesboro.
Station Camp, the District 10-AAA champs, slipped past Lebanon in five sets Tuesday night for the Region 5-AAA title.
2020 Region 6-AAA Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Brentwood — Shaye Eggleston (MVP), Mary Oldham, Haley Sanders, Sophie Frolich; Summit — McKenna Davis, Destiny Cherry, Keeley Williams; Hillsboro — Hadley Pride, Lee Taylor; Dickson Co. — Hannah Oliver, Anna Kate Humphreys