La Vergne an unlikely early district leader

La Vergne an unlikely early district leader

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La Vergne an unlikely early district leader

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MURFREESBORO

No, it’s not a typo.

La Vergne really is tied for the lead in the District 7-AAA standings.

The Wolverines (1-2 overall, 1-0 in 7-AAA) are at the top of the league with second-ranked Riverdale (3-0, 1-0) and fifth-ranked Siegel (3-0, 1-0) after one game of conference play following the upset of Oakland 24-21.

“Most would have said we shouldn’t had won that game,” La Vergne third-year coach Stanton Stevens said. “And they said it won’t even be close. But it wasn’t just a close game, we were ahead.

“We led it and were in control. I feel good about going forward from here.”

That’s a long way from a team that hadn’t scored a point in the second half this season until Friday night.

La Vergne led 18-7 at halftime and pushed it to 24-7 before the Patriots rallied.

La Vergne hasn’t been on top of the league standings — tied or all to itself — since the 2007 season. La Vergne opened that season with a 22-15 win over Blackman and then defeated Oakland 24-14 to start 2-0.

The Wolverines missed the playoffs that season and went 5-5. That marked the last time La Vergne finished with a .500 or better record.

The victory ranks as one of the top wins for La Vergne under Stevens in his three seasons. The Wolverines also defeated eventual Class 3A state champion Christ Academy of Knoxville during the 2011 season.

Oakland had defeated La Vergne by a combined 76-7 over the past two seasons prior to the loss.

Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel credited the Wolverines for the win, but added that the Patriots’ youth is starting to show on the field.

“You can’t overcome the number of penalties we had, and I don’t blame that on officiating, I blame it on youth,” McDaniel said. “We’ve gone three games now where we’ve had multiple, multiple touchdowns called back for holding penalties or whatever. That’s on us.

“It seemed like we never could get any momentum going. When we did, La Vergne would get it back or we’d do something to give it back. It’s not an effort thing or an offensive thing because we are moving the ball.”

La Vergne opened the season with losses to Antioch and Wilson, who the Wolverines defeated to open the 2011 season before being shut out 28-0 by Oakland.

Antioch and Wilson Central are both 3-0 currently.

“The improvement from Antioch to now is huge,” Stevens said. “It’s huge, huge, huge.”

“(Antioch and Wilson Central) weren’t bad football teams, but I thought we were just as good. But they weren’t bad.”

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