Division II-A East/Middle preview

Division II-A East/Middle preview

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Division II-A East/Middle preview

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TOP PLAYERS

* Terrell Blakesleay, Zion Chr., TB/CB, Sr.

* Dee Ewing, DCA, G/DT, Sr.

* Joe Irby, FRA, OT/DT, Jr.

* Chanse Jones, DCA, WR/CB, Sr.

* Zack Jones, Mt. Juliet Chr., TE/DE, Jr.

* Elliott Lee, Mt. Juliet Chr., RB/LB, Jr.

* Paul Neelley, Zion Chr, TE/LB, Sr.

* Dalton Ponchillia, FRA, S/WR, Sr.

* Zillon Porter, Davidson Acad., QB/S, Sr.

* Micah Smith, Davidson Acad., RB/S, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS

* Jose Baldwin, FRA, TB/CB, Sr.

* Will Reddick, DCA, QB, Jr.

* Carlos Reyes, Davidson Acad., WR/RB/LB, Jr.

TOP GAMES

* DCA at Knox Webb, Sept. 14

* FRA at DCA, Sept. 28

* Davidson Acad. at DCA, Oct. 19

WORTH NOTING

New turf at FRA: Field turf is being installed at Franklin Road Academy, and it probably will be ready for the Panthers’ home opener against Hillsboro on Aug. 24. Crews have been working on it since school let out in May. FRA also has field turf on a multi-purpose field inside its track.

First game important: Davidson Academy is putting a lot of emphasis on its first game against White House-Heritage because the Bears started last season 0-5. Coach Bill Alexander is hoping it sets the tone for the rest of the year. Discipline issues and injuries contributed to Davidson Academy’s bad start last season.

East loses team: Riverside Christian has dropped out of Division II-A’s East Division, leaving only Davidson Academy, Ezell-Harding and Knoxville Webb. All three teams will qualify for the playoffs.


REGULAR-SEASON
PREDICTIONS

East

1. Knoxville Webb

2. Davidson Acad.

3. Ezell-Harding

Middle

1. Donelson Christian Acad.

2. Franklin Road Acad.

3. Zion Chr.

4. Mt. Juliet Chr.

DII-A POSTSEASON PREDICTIONS

Semifinalists: Harding Acad., St. George’s, Knoxville Webb, USJ

Finalists: Harding Acad., St. George’s

State champion: Harding Acad.

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