The first week of the high school football season is now in the books.
Oakland, Blackman and Smyrna all ended the week in a tie for the District 7-AAA lead. MTCS snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Here are five things we know after Week 0.
Distinct drop off after top 3
What became noticeable during the Rutherford County Football Jamboree became even more clarified after the first week of the high school football season.
There are three powerhouses in District 7-AAA football in 2013. After that, things drop off quickly.
Blackman, Oakland and Siegel — you pick the order — are head and shoulders above the rest of the seven-team league.
Oakland showed its powerful run game and aggressive defense could make plays in a rare rout of Riverdale. Blackman displayed a quick-striking offense against the Stars. And, despite a loss, the Stars showed they’re still a definite player in the playoffs.
Young Warriors must grow up on the run quickly
Riverdale showed what many already knew — they have a ways to go to be a playoff contender, especially with a tough out of district schedule.
Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott played some freshmen and sophomores in a Week 0 loss to rival Oakland. The good thing for the Warriors is those underclassmen eventually become experienced juniors and seniors. But that doesn’t come overnight.
Aydelott played both junior Chanton Pace and freshman Marquel Odom at quarterback. Both had good snaps. And both had plays they’d like over.
Sophomores Ken Collins and Artavious Collier were part of the rotation in the backfield. And Collins scored Riverdale’s lone touchdown. Both will be quality backs in time. It’s just going to take some time — something the Warriors don’t have right now.
Smashmouth football returns to Oakland
There was a time about three or four years ago that Oakland often would simply line up and run the football right at an opponent. It was smashmouth football at its finest. And it appears to be back at Oakland.
A huge offensive line that includes college prospects Caleb Yates and Jack Jones opened big holes for the Patriots’ running backs in their Week 0 game with Riverdale. If that continues, opposing teams are going to be forced to load up the box in order to stop running backs Fred Wade and D.J. Hood.
Winning cures everything
MTCS and Smyrna High took their collective lumps in 2012. The Cougars went winless. Smyrna had just one win.
But both had impressive season debuts this past week. The Cougars shut out Class 3A Cannon County 33-0. Smyrna beat rival La Vergne 56-14.
Those wins could be the start of something for both teams as they try to put together a win streak together. MTCS plays at Zion Christian, which lost to McEwen 32-14 in Week 0. Smyrna hosts Cane Ridge, which lost to Antioch 28-21 in Week 0.
Rivalry weekend a big success
Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel’s plan of creating a rivalry weekend to kick off the season created a buzz around Rutherford County. Diehard football fans had the opportunity to see three District 7-AAA contests over a three-day span.
The only problem ended up being the competitiveness of the three games. Blackman’s 42-21 win over Siegel was the closest game of the three contests.