BY CORY WOODROOF
What’s sure to be the most interesting game of the week in Williamson County finds 6A going up against D-II in a battle with college commits, smart coaching and high-powered offenses.
Christ Presbyterian Academy sits at a sterling 7-0 and will look to defend the Lions’ Den as a resurgent Independence comes to town. The Eagles just knocked off Brentwood on the road with an offensive explosion led by Ethan Cash, T.J. Sheffield and Isaiah Collier.
We don’t know just yet if it’ll be Cash or typical starter and Idaho commit Nathan Cisco behind center, but whoever it is will have their hands full with CPA’s defense, led by LB Kane Patterson, now a Clemson commit.
The Eagles have Sheffield, soon to be a Purdue Boilermaker, to match Patterson with, and he’s having a sensational final year with Indy. Just last week, he had 270+ yards and three touchdowns against Brentwood’s strong secondary.
Collier plays the role of understudy with aplomb. When Sheffield draws the double coverage, Collier thrives. he had three touchdowns of his own last week.
Though, Independence’s defense will be the story here. They shut down Brentwood’s potent offensive arsenal for a half last week before the floodgates opened. They’ve looked much better as an overall unit as of late after a rough start, though CPA’s triple threat at running back (Patterson, Sam West, Andrew Madden) might prove to be too much for this defense. Also think about what QB Ryan Eledge and WR Noah Henderson can do in the passing game.
The Eagles will need the best performance of their season to outlast CPA on the road. The Lions look like a state-bound team right now, and no one has been able to get their number yet. Though, this is right where we thought Brentwood was last week, and Indy played the spoiler.
A win here would be a program-definer for Indy, and a huge, huge boost to their 2018 season. It’s not likely, but that hasn’t stopped the Eagles before.
If Indy can get the offense rolling like last week and stop CPA’s fiery ground game, the Eagles could get the upset of the 2018 season against a team that has looked as strong as any in the county this year.
Stranger things have happened.