BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON
As we enter the second half of the county’s football season, we’re getting a clear image of who our post-season contenders might be.
This week, two of them will square off out at Page. We’ll have more on the Patriots’ bout with the Summit Spartans for our Game of the Week article here soon. But for now, we’ll get a look at the other big games on the horizon as Week 6 approaches.
Look no further than Brentwood’s road bout with Nolensville as being a heck of a pulse check for both teams. The Bruins are riding high off their Battle of the Woods victory over Ravenwood, but they’ll face a 4-1 Nolensville squad with no shortage of problems on both sides of the ball. Plus, the Knights get this one in front of the home crowd.
Brentwood, Nolensville will be a gem
If you want to see two of the most promising teams in the county square off Friday night, make the drive out to Nolensville to see the home team Knights duke it out with the Brentwood Bruins.
Nolesnville sits at a sensational 4-1 (nearly 5-0 if not for a late Page comeback earlier in the season), and they’ve got talent to spare on both sides of the ball. With QB Brandon Wharton II back from injury and reserve QB Ryder Galardi having proved his mettle, this is going to be a dangerous team for anyone who dares cross their path.
You could say the same about Brentwood, who proved last Friday they can take down county titan Ravenwood on the road. Who’s to say they can’t do the same with Nolensville?
The key here is going to be defense.
C.J. Ware, Tim Coutras and Tim Stayskal lead the Knight’s defensive front, which will need to contain the versatile Brentwood ground game with RB Jordan Nicholas and QB Cade Granzow both capable of running it. The secondary, anchored by Coutras and Stayskal, should be able to do enough against Brentwood’s air attack. It’s that run defense that will need to anchor down, though having Ware should help there.
Brentwood will also need to ramp up its pass rush and keep an eye on RB Colton Dooley, who is poised to go off on any night. Coutras also is fresh off a four-touchdown performance against Lawrence Co. Stayskal and Zachary Campbell also get involved in the passing game. That’ll be a test of Brentwood’s back four.
This one feels pretty evenly-handed. Both teams have the requisite talent to beat anyone on their best night, but this one might just come down to a handful of opportune plays for either team.
The winner gets to 5-1 and should feel pretty great about the weeks ahead. The loser goes to 4-2 and loses a bit of cushion for premiere playoff seeding.
This one’s going to be fun.
The rest of the county…
BA will host Knox Catholic…Ravenwood will look to rebound as they welcome Father Ryan…CPA will take on Hillsboro…FRA will visit Nashville Christian…BGA will head out to Evangelical Christian…Centennial will visit Riverdale for the Kriesky Bowl…Franklin will face off with Hendersonville…Spring Hill will take on Columbia Central…GCA will play McEwen.