The Williamson County football season is winding down, and it’s getting to crunch time for many local schools.
Some teams, like Brentwood, Ravenwood, Independence, Franklin Road Academy and Lipscomb Academy know they’ll be playing October football, while others, like Franklin and Centennial, are still forging their path to the playoffs.
Franklin has a key game against rival Brentwood this week that we’ll talk about later in our Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Game of the Week coverage.
But for teams like the undefeated Nolensville and soaring Summit, some region tests await.
Nolensville continues to push for perfect season
The Nolensville Knights are pushing right now for that illustrious 10-0 season.
The team has barely broken a sweat, this season save for a close contest against Tullahoma, and are in the driver’s seat for good home field advantage in the playoffs if they keep this up.
Their game with Maplewood this week is for their Senior Night, and offers a nice chance for the team to get a good win against a quality region opponent.
Though they’re 3-6, you can historically never count out the Maplewood Panthers, the team who bounced Nolensville in last year’s playoffs.
The Knights have a big stretch ahead, hosting Maplewood this week and then going on a two-game stand against Franklin and Marshall Co.
If they can withstand it, it’ll give them a bit more battle testing than the rest of their schedule has and put them in a prime position to make the school’s first deep playoff run.
Summit hopes to top region foe to help playoff positioning
The Summit Spartans have had a bit of adversity over the past few weeks after such a rousing start.
The team has been without quarterback Destin Wade recently, who’s been out with an ankle sprain.
His health will be key as the 7-1 Spartans head to visit 6-1 Shelbyville Central, a region foe who will jockey with Summit for playoff positioning in Class 5A.
The Spartans losing to Page hurts their chances at winning the region, though they still will be a force in the playoffs when Wade is back and healthy.
Winning Friday night isn’t a necessity, but it would make life easier for them and put them at home more throughout November.
And, besides, you always want to beat your rivals. It’s been a great year for the Spartans, and a win Friday night would further cement that. They just need their quarterback back.
Ravenwood heads home to face Smyrna
The 6-1 Ravenwood Raptors had their own share of adversity when their head coach was gone for two games.
Matt Daniels’ absence due to a brief suspension for a practice mishap has come and gone, and he’ll return to the sidelines this week to coach on the Raptors against a 4-3 Smyrna team who would love to play spoiler.
It should be a win for the Raptors, who are clearly coming into their own and would love nothing more than to go on a tear into November and make it to the state game.
We’ll just have to see how far they can make it. It’s an easier journey with Daniels leading the charge, though.
The rest of the slate…BGA hosts Lincoln Co. Thursday…CPA heads to Goodpasture…GCA welcomes MTCS…Independence travels to Dickson Co….Lipscomb Academy is at Franklin Co….Page is at Columbia Central…Spring Hill heads to Marshall Co….Brentwood Academy, Centennial, FRA and Fairview all have bye weeks.
5 Games to Watch:
- Brentwood/Franklin is the easy pick this week. It’ll be an outstanding atmosphere, and this one always goes close, no matter the quality of either team.
- Nolensville for Senior Night will be a great community event for those in town.
- The Grace Christian Academy Lions are still looking for their first win, and they might have a good chance at it when they host MTCS this week.
- If you can make the trip to Shelbyville, the Summit/Shelbyville Central game will be a blast and has playoff ramifications.
- If you’ve not seen Ravenwood play yet this year, now’s as good of a chance as ever.