News Examiner: Football Preview

By Chris Brooks for The News Examiner

It had been a long time since Station Camp exited the first week of the high school football season with a victory.

The Bison snapped an eight-game losing streak in season openers last week with a 34-0 rout of visiting Clarksville. Station Camp’s most recent victory on the field in opening games came in 2007, when the Bison edged Hendersonville 19-17. That year, Station Camp started 9-0 on the way to a 10-2 finish.

In order to keep the momentum rolling, the Bison will have to contend with former District 9-AAA rival Wilson Central on Friday, as Station Camp travels to Gladeville for the non-region contest at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats have already dispatched one Region 6-5A foe, having held on for a 38-28 victory at Beech on Friday.

Wilson Central marched to a 25-0 lead before the Buccaneers rallied with a 21-point fourth quarter to make things interesting.

Quarterback Blake Meadors threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, completing 16 of 23 attempts. His top target was Colton Dowell (four receptions, 139 yards, two touchdowns), while Tyler Bowes also rushed for three scores for Wilson Central, gaining 88 yards on 21 attempts.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Station Camp head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. “Their quarterback’s really good. Their offensive line’s big. Defensively, they’re big up front and they’ve got some fast outside linebackers and they like to plug the middle.”

Station Camp hit the gas early, racing to a 21-0 lead in just eight minutes against Clarksville. The Bison rolled up 434 yards of total offense, including 224 on the ground. The rushing attack accounted for all five Station Camp touchdowns, with Kaemon Dunlap (two), Sirtavious Perry (two) and Quan McKinley each finding the end zone.

“Overall, the way the kids played, I was real pleased with that,” Hollinsworth said. “We came out with a fast strike on offense and didn’t waste any time getting on the board.”

Senior quarterback Tyler Thompson was also efficient, completing 11-of-15 passes for 210 yards.

Wilson Central won last year’s meeting by a 21-20 margin at Station Camp and leads the all-time series 4-3.

Siegel (0-1) at Hendersonville (1-0), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: Hendersonville collected a 35-15 victory at Siegel last season in the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Hendersonville opens the home portion of its schedule with a visit from Siegel after a 31-7 victory at McGavock last week.

The Stars led for most of the contest at Ravenwood in Week 1, but watched that lead disappear in the late stages of the contest as the Raptors scored the game’s final 13 points to erase a 9-point deficit and hand Siegel a 23-19 loss.

Senior Brandon Butler led the defensive effort, with four solo tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Ravenwood threw for 422 yards against the Stars’ defense, mostly on short passes.

Rodney Murray rushed for 175 yards on 26 carries to lead the Siegel offense.

Gallatin (0-1) at Springfield (1-0), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: Gallatin defeated visiting Springfield 27-21 last season.

Green Wave senior quarterback Wyatt Hayes left the game with a leg injury after making a tackle on defense, but head coach Mark Williams said the injury was a bone bruise and declared his starter ready to go for Friday’s contest.

Senior Jordan Mason will look to improve on his 250-yard, 20-carry effort in last week’s 26-6 loss at Mt. Juliet

Greenbrier held Springfield to less than 200 yards of total offense, with sophomore Dayron Johnson providing the bulk of the Yellow Jackets’ production. Johnson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on six carries and added three catches for 19 yards in Springfield’s 14-0 victory.

Beech (0-1) at Rossview (0-1), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: Rossview held on for a 48-46 victory at Beech last season.

The Hawks tried for a game-winning, 58-yard field goal in the final minute of last week’s contest at East Nashville, only to see it fall well short. Making matters worse was Demarquez Trotter’s 89-yard return of that missed kick for the go-ahead touchdown, sending Rossview to the season-opening, 21-14 loss.

Beech fell behind 25-0 in the second quarter against Wilson Central, but the Buccaneers staged a second-half rally by outscoring the Wildcats 28-13. Junior Chaz Williamson’s 174-yard effort, which included a touchdown, helped Beech’s cause in the 38-28 loss.

Coffee County (1-0) at Pope John Paul II (1-0), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: PJP II collected a 34-21 victory at Coffee County last season.

Senior Jamaal Thompson accounted for all four touchdowns in the Knights’ 28-22 victory at Melrose. PJP II rolled off 21 unanswered points in the second half to take the lead for good, with a late interception by Cameron Scott – who also had seven tackles and a sack – helping to seal the deal.

Coffee County cruised to a 49-10 victory at Tullahoma, winning by the largest margin of victory (39 points) in the 91 years the rivalry has been contested.

Knight fans will get to see a University of Tennessee commitment – Red Raider quarterback Alontae Taylor – who accounted for six touchdowns in the victory. Taylor is a four-star athlete according to 247Sports, and ranked eighth in the state of Tennessee.

Westmoreland (0-1) at Macon County (1-0), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: Macon County left Westmoreland with a 33-15 victory in last year’s meeting.

The Eagles’ defense held Trousdale County to 189 yards of total offense in last week’s 21-0 loss, but the Yellow Jackets punched all three of their scores into the end zone in the first half, including an 85-yard kickoff return by Keyvont Barnes.

Macon County trailed 12-0 before manhandling Smith County to the tune of 34 unanswered points in a 34-12 victory. The Tigers rushed for 361 yards, including 167 from senior tailback Michael Tirjan. Junior quarterback Seth Carlisle had 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and also throw for one touchdown.

Greenbrier (0-1) at Portland (0-1), 7 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: Portland collected a 36-28 victory at Greenbrier last season.

Portland hopes to bounce back from a tough week, having been held under 50 total yards in a 46-0 loss at Franklin-Simpson (Ky.) last Friday.

Whichever team scores first will collect points for the first time this season, as both squads fell victim to shutout losses last week.

The Bobcats were held to less than 120 yards of offense in their 14-0 loss to Springfield, while Portland did not surpass the 50-yard mark (49 total yards) at Franklin-Simpson.

The Panthers also begin Friday’s game without one of their key players, as sophomore Kobe’ Dutcher was ruled out for the season after a preseason knee injury.

Goodpasture (0-1) at White House (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting between the teams: White House collected a 25-0 victory at Goodpasture last season.

White House Heritage outgained the Blue Devils 178-92 on the ground, and White House’s only score in the 14-7 loss came on a 58-yard connection between sophomore quarterback Andrew Nixon and classmate Cameron Casanova.

Goodpasture was unable to get its offense going until the second half of its loss at BGA, falling behind 21-0 in the first half of a 21-14 loss.

The Cougars enter the contest on one of the state’s longest current losing streaks, having dropped each of their last 22 games. Goodpasture’s last victory came in the opening round of the 2013 Class 2A playoffs, a 27-0 victory over Jackson County.

Reach Chris Brooks at cbrooks@tennessean.com or at 615-575-7118. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @CB_SumnerSports, and on Snapchat @cbrooksgne.

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