From Williamson Herald:


A pre-kickoff shower did not slow the roll of the very first Williamson County Schools Football Jamboree at Nolensville Friday evening, as Rutherford County’s Blackman High joined the nine WCS schools for a final pre-season warm-up prior to next week’s opening games of the season.

The event pitted teams paired by a blind draw in the spring when the event was announced for a half of action on the new turf at Nolensville High School.

Nolensville 14, Centennial 14

Brandon Wharton went 10-14 in the air for 116 yards and added 18 yards on two carries as the Knights played even with a healing Centennial squad.

“I’ve been working on my accuracy every single day,” the junior admitted after the contest. “I have a great deal of confidence in my receivers and I feel really good about next week,” when the Knights open at home against Fayetteville.

Wharton’s work led to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Colton Dooley and a 2-yard blast by Ryan Piskulta.

“I’m proud our guys for the way they competed against what will probably be a 6A playoff team,” said Nolensville coach Will Hester. “We held our own and competed and that’s really what you want to see.”

Centennial countered with big plays, the first a 64-yard touchdown pass from Tre Stewart to Tavion Fleming. The second, a 49-yard scamper by Azavian Pickens, capped a short 4-play, 70-yard drive.

Centennial opens at Ravenwood next Friday night.

Ravenwood 16, Summit 10

The Raptors got the bulk of their scoring from their special teams, but that was just fine with first-year coach Matt Daniels. His team was able to keep the tempo high and execute offensively to create scoring chances against the Spartan defense. Sam French connected on three field goals for Ravenwood, the longest from 45 yards.

“We had some really good things happen,” Daniels said. “We believe we can have an advantage if we keep it up tempo.”

For Summit, coach Brian Coleman would like to see some sharper execution and fewer of the “silly” mistakes out of his team. The Spartans pounded away with their patented running game, getting a touchdown run from Tai Carter, but much work still remains.

“We’ve got to clean a lot of things up, which is normal this time of year,” he said.

Blackman 28, Independence 14

Blackman jumped out early then kept the Eagles at bay to notch a one-half victory.

“We played a real good team and got a real good gut check on where we are,” said Independence head coach Scott Blade. “I was really happy with our quarterback. He was under duress every snap, but he gave us a chance and we were able to score a couple of touchdowns against one of the teams that could win the state championship.”

Independence opens the season next Friday night at Murfreesboro Oakland in the featured game on MyTV30.

Franklin 7, Fairview 0

Admittedly, Chris Hughes had to quiet some jitters his team had against 6A county foe Franklin, but the Yellow Jackets were up to the challenge, forcing a turnover and keeping the Rebel defense honest with their quick hitting offense.

“They showed they have some heart playing against a team that’s bigger than them,” he said. “I thought they fought hard. It was good to see our guys compete.”

Franklin’s Michael Crowther provided the only points of the contest on his 1-yard plunge after quarterback Carter Hendry scrambled on a third down play to get the Rebels inside the 5. Coach Donnie Webb wasn’t happy with some of the penalties, but he was pleased with Franklin’s effort overall.

“I like the way our quarterback played, scrambling and making some plays,” Webb said. “It was good to see them on the field without the coaches around.”

Fairview hosts Page in the “Battle of 840” next Friday night while Franklin will host arch rival Brentwood to open the Region 6-6A season.

Brentwood 17, Page 0

Brentwood’s Carson Shacklett threw for 113 yards on 7-of-9 passing and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone to lead the Bruins to a 17-0 win over a very basic Page squad.

Shacklett hit Kaden Dreier on a 22-yard scoring pass on the opening drive then fired a 30-yard strike to Chase Bishop on the Bruins’ second possession.

“Page is going to be a good team in their league,” veteran coach Ron Crawford said after the contest. “We can’t be as sloppy next week as we were tonight with penalties.”

Around 95 players saw action for Brentwood as Crawford kept his game plan down to barebones, knowing Franklin’s coaching staff, the Bruins’ arch rival and opening season opponent next week, were nearby.

“I think Donnie (Webb, head coach at Franklin) was hanging around trying to steal our signals,” Crawford said with a hearty laugh while pulling his tongue from his check. “Seriously, we stayed in our base stuff and I think they did, too.”

Page opens at Fairview next week and the Yellow Jackets coaching staff, led by head man Chris Hughes, hung around for the final contest.

“It was a really good learning experience for us,” said Patriots head coach Charles Rathbone. “You’ve got to remember, Brentwood was a state semi-finalist last year with thirty-five seniors returning. Our quarterback has been out all camp and we still have a receiver who’s been out, so to get them some reps really helps.”