PHOTO: Franklin running back Matt Gaca fights for yardage in a game against Centennial earlier this season. / STEVE WHEELER
BY RUSSELL VANNOZZI
The high school football regular season came to an end Friday. Some are on to the playoffs, while others will clean out their lockers and head home.
Each of the Williamson County teams were in action, and the results of six of those games can be found below:
BGA extends win streak to four with rout of Lipscomb Academy
Battle Ground Academy appears to be peaking at the right time.
After back-to-back loses to CPA and Evangelical Christian in mid-September, the Wildcats are now riding a four-game winning streak heading into the playoffs following Friday’s 38-0 thumping of Lipscomb Academy.
BGA scored all 38 of its points in the first half and finished with 328 yards of total offense, while limiting Lipscomb to just 84 yards.
QB Nick Semptimphelter continued his stellar junior season by throwing for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scores went to Garnett Hollis Jr., while teammate Tiy Reed also snagged a touchdown.
BGA tailback Briston Bennett rushed for 96 yards and a pair of scores on just eight attempts, while Kaleb Seay chipped in 81 yards on 13 carries.
BGA is set to host Silverdale Academy in the first round of the DII-AA playoffs next Friday.
Franklin hammers Dickson County, stiff playoff test awaits
The Franklin Rebels (6-4) thoroughly dominated Dickson County in a 24-7 victory Friday evening.
Senior RB Matt Gaca ran for two short touchdowns in the second quarter and finished the game with 117 yards on the ground.
Franklin signal caller Josh Nichols tossed a 25-yard scoring strike to Chancellor Bright in the third quarter to give the Rebels a commanding 24-0 lead. Nichols threw for 159 yards on 9-of-16 passing, while Bright hauled in five catches for 101 yards.
The Rebels nearly pitched a shutout, but Dickson County’s Darian Burns ran for a three-yard score in the third quarter to get the Cougars on the board.
Franklin will travel to unbeaten Cane Ridge (10-0) to open the playoffs next week.
GCA drops season finale at Fayetteville
Following a thrilling overtime victory over Mt. Pleasant last week, the Grace Christian Academy Lions had their sights set on finishing the season on a high note.
However, the winless Fayetteville Tigers had other plans and handed GCA a 14-0 loss.
Former Tennessee Titans QB and current GCA head coach Rusty Smith will go back to the drawing board after his Lions finished 2018 with a 1-8 record.
Nolensville slips past Marshall County to finish 6-4
After losing three of its previous four games, Nolensville was in desperate need of a victory this week.
The Knights (6-4) got exactly that with a 21-17 win over visiting Marshall County. Junior defensive lineman Brayden Clark helped clinch the victory by falling on a Tiger fumble in the final minutes.
Colton Dooley ran for a touchdown and QB Ryder Galardi tossed a 55-yard score to Zachary Campbell to highlight the Knight victory. Campbell later caught another touchdown to give Nolensville a 21-17 lead.
Nolensville will host Macon County (5-5) in the first round of the 4A playoffs next week.
Page thumps Columbia Central to finish 9-1
With a Region 5-5A title already under their belt, the Page Patriots were playing with house money Friday.
But instead of taking the night off, Page rolled to a 31-10 victory at Columbia Central to improve to 9-1 overall (6-0 in Region 5-5A).
Cade Walker threw for 283 yards on 14-of-26 passing. He also tossed touchdowns to Michael Burdick and Miles Bonn, who finished with 133 and 78 receiving yards, respectively.
Jackson Satterfield and Quincy Brock-Compton each rushed for second-half touchdowns as the Patriots produced 371 total yards of offense.
Page will begin its playoff run by hosting Hillwood next Friday, Nov. 2.
Summit tops Lincoln Co. to set up playoff date at Beech
Needing a win to finish above .500, the Summit Spartans found a way to hold on against Lincoln County.
The Spartans (6-4) jumped out to a 21-0 lead but had to hold off a furious rally from the Falcons, who scored two late touchdowns on short runs by West Jenkins.
Keaton Wade, Destin Wade and Nafis Weldon each rushed for touchdowns to lead the Spartans. Senior tailback George Odimegwu also finished with 88 yards on 21 attempts.
Summit will travel up about an hour up I-65 to take on Beech next week in the 5A playoffs.