By Mike Hastings
The hot summer practices are over and Friday night it was time to put on the pads and the spanking new uniforms and take to the field for the first time and show what you’re made of.
For some of the top contenders this year it was easy pickings, for others it was a struggle in victory and defeat.
Among the teams that impressed this week, defending Division II AAA champion Brentwood Academy looked very good, winning its 18th straight game. The Eagles beat a very good team from Hillsboro High School 31-16.
The Eagles’ Tomario Pleasant ran 24 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead BA.
The Eagles will face another tough challenge next week when they take on Father Ryan High School.
Battle Ground Academy also looked very good on opening night, beating up Forrest High School 42-7. The game was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 35-0.
Quarterback Nick Septimphelter completed 18 of 22 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats.
BGA will look to continue their good start when they take on Nashville Christian School next week.
Brentwood and Franklin High Schools locked horns on Friday and it was BHS that came out on top 17-14.
Kicker Tabor Miller nailed the winning field goal for Brentwood and sophomore quarterback Cade Granzow was impressive all night.
Brentwood will host Cane Ridge next week while Franklin will travel to Riverdale.
Ravenwood and Centennial clashed in a classic that saw the Raptors score 21 straight to comeback and win 35-28.
Centennial’s quarterback Grayson Marcel and receiver Joey Gustafson connected on multiple deep passes of 76, 70 and 31 yards to give the Cougars the early lead, but Ravenwood’s quarterback Brian Garcia found Anthony Holmes in the end zone for the final score, giving the Raptors the win.
Centennial hosts Hendersonville and Ravenwood travels to Siegel next week.
Senior running back Colton Dooley had five touchdowns to lead Nolensville to a convincing 41-28 win against Fayette High School. The Knights will look to stay hot next week when they host Page.
Independence took on the three-headed monster backfield of Oakland and got thumped 46-7 in front of the home crowd.
They will hope to recover at home next week against Summit.