NASHVILLE- There were several intriguing match ups in week zero but one really caught my attention and it was the game I attended on Friday.
Class 6A stalwart Brentwood High led by new head coach Mike Woodward traveled to 3A powerhouse Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Both teams had trouble getting teams to schedule them because of their success on the football field but you have to give the schools credit, they weren’t afraid to put each other on the schedule.
The result was a standing room only crowd and a very good game that came down to the last 1:16 as CPA’s J.R. Osborn connected on a 36 yard field goal to lift the Lions to a 17-14 win.
“It was a good game to be a part of,” Woodward said. “I just wished it would have been a different result.”
The Lions ranked No. 3 in my 3A Preseason Poll came out with a ton of energy and jumped quickly to a 14-0 lead.
Max Pressley scored from 10 yards out, then Missouri commitment Thomas Richard caught a slant pass, shook a defender and raced 65 yards for the second touchdown.
But Brentwood didn’t fold and got to within a touchdown as they got a halfback pass from Austin Wells to quarterback Aaron Maher to cut the lead to 14-7 at the half.
The Bruins then took the second half kickoff and moved the ball and used the entire third period clock.
They scored on the first play of the fourth quarter as again Wells threw a touchdown to receiver Jalen Marsalis to tie the score.
The Bruins tying drive was 20 plays and covered 80 yards.
“I’ve been a part of some long drives but never one that long,” Woodward said.
The Osborn game winner ruined Woodward’s debut with the Bruins as he was hired away from Antioch after Mark Pemberton resigned to take the Rhea County job.
“Mike’s going to do a great job at Brentwood,” CPA coach Ingle Martin said.
I agree with Coach Martin’s assessment of Woodward, he’s a young guy that knows how to get the most out of his players.
He’s also a championship coach after serving on the Ravenwood staff when the Raptors won the 5A title in 2005.
Take heart Brentwood fans as the program is in good hands.
Woodward wasn’t the only coach to make a debut in week zero, here’s some more that made debuts that were both successful and unsuccessful.
Second Time’s A Charm
Ben Murphy, Chuckey Doak- Murphy begins his second reign as head man at Chuckey Doak with a 49-10 win over North Greene.
The first time as Chuckey Doak head coach in 2002, the Black Knights lost to Greeneville.
Jeff Robertson, Riverside- Like Murphy, Robertson is in his second tour of duty at Riverside replacing Joel Goff.
Robertson also won his opener against Wayne County 27-20 which was better then his Riverside debut back in 2000.
The Panthers lost his debut as they were beaten 29-28 by Sycamore.
Other Impressive Debuts Were:
Scott Tillman, Lipscomb Academy- On an emotional night Tillman, the longtime Mustang assistant and Interim head coach saw his team play hard as running back DeAndre Tigg ran wild for 405 yards and scored five times in a 62-40 shoot out win over Page.
After the game, Lipscomb Academy gave the family of the late coach Glenn McCadams the game ball and announced that a new field house would be built and named after the late coach who died in March.
Trey Perry, Mt. Juliet- The younger Perry took over for Hall of Famer dad Roger after the elder Perry had heart problems in the offseason.
Thanks to Smyrna transfer Kyle Smith (167 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns), the Golden Bears shook off a slow start to beat Lebanon 29-8 on Thursday night.
It was Perry’s first win as head coach and the loss for Lebanon spoiled the Tennessee coaching debut of Kentucky Hall of Fame coach Sam Harp who won seven state titles at Danville (KY ).
Ricky Woods, Peabody- Woods won his Tennessee coaching debut as the Golden Tide defeated McKenzie 21-16.
Woods has a 248-57 career record and is a legend in Mississippi winning six state titles, two at Ackerman in Class 2A and four consecutive at National Power South Panola.
He also complied a 35-13 record at Northwest Mississippi Community College and led them to NMCC to two Division titles.
Other Coaches Winning Their Debut
Coaches Getting Their 1st Career Win
Brad Peden, Antioch
Brian Coleman, Forrest
Jason Hicks, Greenback
Chad Tate, Grainger
Junior Reid, Humboldt
Ernie Jackson, Haywood County
Mac Bryan, Ooltewah
Billy Sawyer, Perry County
Mike Mays, Tennessee High
Justin Barnes, Soddy Daisy
Will Hudgens, Houston
John Denton, Cornersville
Jeremy Bosken, David Crockett
Head Coaches Getting Their 1st Win at New School
Jimmy Maynord, Cookeville
Walt Smith, Giles County
Leslie Mote, Goodpasture
Scott Blade, Independence
Steve Matthews, Knoxville Catholic
Scott Meadows, Pigeon Forge
Will Hester, Ravenwood
Ken Colquette, Sequatchie County
Tim Moore, South Pittsburg
Cody Finley, Stewart County
Justin Ridge, William Blount
Ken Netherland, Lausanne
Debuts to Forget
Coaches that will have to wait to get 1st win at their new school
Tobi Kilgore, Powell
Jeff Phillips, Austin East
T. J. Daniel, Cannon County
Scott Vogel, Christian Brothers
Caleb Slover, Cocke County
Corey Russell, Cumberland Gap
Chuck Glenn, Fayette Ware
Taylor Burks, Hillwood
Orentheus Taylor, JCM
Nathan Wilson, Macon County
Ahmaad Galloway, Munford
Jason Busby, Richland
Michael Stroup, Scott’s Hill
Mike Dickerson, Smith County
Brian Mintz, Cheatham County
Jeff McFerran, Bartlett
Brian Gwyn, Brainerd
Anthony Jones, Cordova
Paul Townsend, Davidson Academy
Scott Murray, Hunters Lane
Brian Beaubien, Kenwood
Matt Lowe, The Kings Academy
J.D. Overton, Knoxville Halls
Jason Driggers, Jackson Southside
Scotty Verrans, North Greene
Eric Knott, South Fulton
Tom Turchetta, Spring Hill
David Carter, St. George’s
David Martin, Stewarts Creek
Ethan Edmiston, Union County
Joe Rocconi, White Station
Paul Brenner, Zion Christian
Rayna Stewart, Whites Creek
Kevin Goltra, Obion County
Greg Wallace, Northpoint
COACHES THAT MAKE DEBUT THIS WEEK
Chad Barger, Clay County
Charlie Lansdell, Columbia Academy
Brian Pankey, Kingston
Josh Puckett, Lake County
Joe Gaddis, Oak Ridge
Mark Pemberton. Rhea County
Ensworth 27, Trinity 26
What They Proved By the Win- That Ensworth is a team to be reckoned with on the national level Trinity was ranked No. 2 by USA Today and the Tigers went on the road and got the win.
Brentwood Academy 36, MUS 7
What They Proved By the Win- That Brentwood Academy is really good and are ready to challenge Ensworth in both the region race and for the Division II-AA state title.
East Hamilton 14, Signal Mountain 12
What They Proved By the Win- East Hamilton should be a force not only in Chattanooga but across the Class 5A landscape.
Also despite the loss, Signal Mountain is ready to go toe to toe with anyone especially in 4A.
McCallie 55, Cleveland 35
What They Proved By the Win- McCallie coach Ralph Potter has said his Blue Tornado are young and could be a year away from contending.
Judging by the margin of victory and the big numbers put up by quarterback JaVaughn Craig, the Blue Tornado could be ready to challenge in Division II-AA a year early.
Polk County 29, Bradley Central 27
What They Proved By the Win- The Wildcats behind a big offensive line and a big bruising running back in Zack Miller are ready to again challenge in 3A.
Blackman 42, Siegel 21
What They Proved By the Win- The Blaze jumped on the Stars early leading 28-0 at the half and showing that they are the team that will challenge Oakland for district 7-AAA supremacy.
Oakland 41, Riverdale 7
What They Proved By the Win- It proved that Oakland will try to live up to the Preseason hype and that it could be a long year on Warrior Drive in 2013.
Upperman 60, Gordonsville 14
What They Proved By the Win- This could be the year of the Bees with quarterback Connor York at the controls and that Gordonsville could be in for a long year after winning the 1A title in 2012, the Tigers 13 game winning streak went by the wayside as well.
South Gibson 23, Camden 20
What They Proved By the Win- The Hornets outlasted the Lions and showed they could be on the upswing after losing a ton of players to graduation last season.
Trinity Christian 41 , St. Georges 38
What They Proved By the Win- Trinity led by quarterback Kyle Akin could be the team to watch out west in 2A, while St. George’s along with ECS should be very good again in Division II-A.
Maryville 35, Knoxville Webb 15
What They Proved By the Win- Regardless of how many starters they lost and how good Webb is in Division II-A, the Rebels are still the gold standard in East Tennessee when it comes to 6A football.
Games that featured more than 80 combined points
102- Carter 54, Gibbs 48, 3 OTs
102- Lipscomb Academy 62, Page 40
97- East Hickman 56, White House Heritage 41
90- Bruceton 64, South Fulton 26
90- Gleason 64, Fulton County (KY) 26
90- Marion County 55, Grundy County 35
90- McCallie 55, Cleveland 35
89- Sevier County 62, Bearden 27
88- Falkner (MS) 59, Middleton 29
88- Sunbright 55, The Kings Academy 33
84- Boyd Buchanan 43, Red Bank 41
83- Unicoi County 42, Hampton 41
81- Adamsville 46, Chester County 35
81- Greenbrier 54, Springfield 27
81- Memphis Overton 47, Amanda Elzy (MS) 34
81- Nashville Christian 55, Harpeth 26
OFF TO A GOOD START
Teams that won in Week Zero after going winless or 1-9 in 2012
Pickett County (0-10 in 2012, 38 game losing streak)- The Bobcats last win came against Oakdale in 2009 before their 17-15 win over Clinton County (KY).
Middle Tennessee Christian (0-10 in 2012, 11 game losing streak)- The Cougars won a playoff game in 2010 and has suffered through a 1-9 and 0-10 records in back to back years but their 33-0 win over Cannon County gets the 2013 campaign started right.
Melrose (0-10 in 2012, 16 game losing streak)- The Golden Wildcats tasted victory for the first time since 2011 as they hammered MAHS 44-2.
West Creek (0-9 in 2012, 11 game losing streak)- The Coyotes went 0-9 last year but got the year off right with a 42-0 shutout win over Todd County (KY).
Bruceton (1-9, 2012, six game losing streak)- The Tigers were awesome on the ground piling up 677 yards rushing in their 64-26 wipeout of South Fulton.
Harriman (1-9, 2012, two game losing streak)- The Blue Devil offense looked really good as they as beat Hancock County 34-11.
Morristown East (1-9, 2012, three game losing streak)- The Hurricanes scored early and often in a 52-7 pounding of West Greene.
Oakdale (1-9, 2012, eight game winning streak)- Coach J.R. Voyles has felt good about his 2013 squad and they proved him right after their 44-12 win over Sale Creek.
Scott County (1-9, 2012, two game winning streak)- Yes, you read that right as the Highlanders who went 1-9 last year have a two game winning streak.
Scott won their last game of the 2012 season and followed that up by whipping McCreary County (KY) 61-0.
Smyrna (1-9, 2012, five game losing streak)- It took Smyrna seven games last season to total 56 points for the year, but the Bulldogs blitzed rival LaVergne 56-7 as it was the most points scored by Smyrna in the rivalry.
Whitwell (1-9, 2012, eight game losing streak)- The Tigers behind three 100 yard rushers in Clay McHone (142 yards),
Cody Ingrassia (120 yards, 1 TD), and Dusty McHone (103 yards, 1 TD) held on to beat Mt. Juliet Christian 31-21 and got the 2013 started off right.
Other Losing Streaks that were broken on Week Zero.
BGA 52, Coffee County 20- The Wildcats first game back as a Division II-A member saw them break a seven game losing streak with an easy win over the Red Raiders.
Soddy Daisy 25, Hixson 7- The Trojans used 230 yards passing and two touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Hunter Maynor to snap a six game losing streak.
David Crockett 27, Sullivan East 6- David Crockett used a solid run game as coach Jeremy Bosken won his first game as head coach and the Pioneers ended a five game losing streak.
WINNING AND LOSING STREAKS
Here is the Longest Winning Streaks in the state regardless of classification:
Friendship Christian- 12
Here is the Longest Losing Streaks in the state regardless of classification:
Fayette Ware- 51
Union County- 29
Memphis Northside- 28
Hunters Lane- 27
Cannon County- 21
Cumberland County- 18
Montgomery Central- 16
Sullivan East- 12
Macon County- 12
JaVaughn Craig, QB, McCallie- The backup quarterback subbing for injured starter Issac Key had a great first game with 384 total yards (293 passing yards, 88 rushing yards, 4 TDs) in a 55-35 win over Cleveland.
Austin Herink, QB, Cleveland- Passed for 478 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-35 loss to McCallie.
Jordan Anderson, RB, Greenback- The junior rushed for 226 yards and scored four times in a 41-14 win over Sweetwater.
Jonathan Freeman, QB, Carter- The junior passed for 319 yards on 11 of 16 and seven touchdowns in a wild 54-48 three overtime win over Gibbs.
Eddie Stephenson, RB, Oliver Springs- Gained 198 yards and scored twice in a 40-0 win over Unaka.
Luke Manning, QB, Sevier County- Passed for 301 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-27 win over Bearden.
Malachi Horton, RB, Bearden- Rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns in a 62-27 loss to Sevier County.
Devin Smith, QB, Grace Christian Academy- Passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 13 passing in just two quarters of work in a 55-19 win over Austin East.
DeAndre Tigg, RB, Lipscomb Academy- Rushed for 405 yards on just 17 carries and scored five times in a 62-40 win over Page.
Zak Mizell, QB, Page- Passed for 543 yards on 42 of 65 and two touchdowns in a 62-40 loss to Lipscomb Academy.
Kyle Akin, QB, Trinity Christian- Passed for 387 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-38 win over St. George’s.
Connor York, QB, Upperman- Manufactured 389 yards of total offense (191 rushing and three touchdowns, 198 passing and two touchdowns) in a 60-14 rout of defending Class 1A champion Gordonsville.
D’Andre Ferby, RB, Ensworth- The senior in his first career start rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-26 win over national power Trinity (KY).
Van Jefferson, WR, Ravenwood- The junior receiver caught six passes for 152 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-6 win over Stewarts Creek.
Jaleel Stubbs, RB, Clarksville Academy- Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries in a 42-7 win over Montgomery Central.
Ethan Thomas, RB, Elizabethton- The junior rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns in 35-0 win over Daniel Boone.
Deon Sanders, RB, Centennial- Rushed for 190 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 48-31 loss to Clarksville Northeast.
Marquis Lockridge, RB, Lawrence County- Ran for 237 yards and scored once in a 34-28 two overtime loss to Columbia.
Jake Sisk, QB, Huntingdon- The junior in his first start ran for 259 yards and scored five times in a 49-14 win over Obion County.
Phillip Garland, RB, Happy Valley- Ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 win over Volunteer.
Blake Christian, RB, Sullivan South- Rushed for 202 yards and scored twice in a 38-35 win over Cherokee.
Nick Sexton, QB, Seymour- Passed for 290 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-32 win over Sullivan North.
Jim Cardwell, QB, Boyd Buchanan- Accounted for 317 yards of total offense (142 rushing, 3 TDs, 175 passing, 2 TDs) in a 43-41 win over Red Bank.
Kiev Graham, LB, Jackson Christian- Graham was a force with 4.5 sacks in a 29-3 loss to FACS.
BY THE NUMBERS
1- Number of wins in the Creekwood-Dickson County rivalry after Creekwood won 17-13 Friday night, Dickson County had won the previous four meetings.
9- Total combined passing yards in Wooddale’s 9-7 win over Bartlett.
10- Total number of combined turnovers in Unicoi County’s 42-41 win over Hampton.
40- Number of points scored by Pigeon Forge in the first quarter of a 55-0 win over Cosby.
41-Total yardage by Smith County in a 38-0 loss to Alcoa.
58-7- Halftime score in Knox. West’s 65-7 win over Karns.
243- Total number of combined penalty yards in the Anderson County-Clinton contest.
352- Combined rushing yardage for the Beech running backs Jalen Hurd (177 yards, three touchdowns) and Dorian Carter (175, two touchdowns) in a 42-39 win over Station Camp.
430/525- Total yardage in first quarter and at halftime for Grace Christian Academy in 55-19 win over Austin East.
513- Total yardage for Anderson County in 53-13 win over Clinton.
532- Total offensive output for Collierville in 49-17 win over Bolton.
677- Rushing yards for Bruceton in their 64-26 win over South Fulton.
1,271- Total offensive yardage in the Lipscomb Academy (663 yards) and Page (608 yards) contest.
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