7 surprises after Week 2 of high school football

7 surprises after Week 2 of high school football


7 surprises after Week 2 of high school football


Smyrna senior quarterback John Turner has passed for 382 yards and five touchdowns over the Bulldogs' first two contests.

Smyrna senior quarterback John Turner has passed for 382 yards and five touchdowns over the Bulldogs’ first two contests.

After Week 2, here are seven surprises among Middle Tennessee high school football teams.

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Patriot pride

White House-Heritage followed an emotional victory over rival White House with Friday’s 22-21 comeback win over defending Class 1A  champion Nashville Christian.

The Patriots trailed 21-10 at halftime before rallying. The ground game featuring Chris Rippy and Preston Sharber led to 286 rushing yards. Heritage hosts Christ Presbyterian Academy, which defeated the Patriots twice last season, on Friday.

Up in a Blaze

Blackman may have expected a test at McCallie (ranked seventh in Division II), but the Blaze (ranked seventh in Class 6A) couldn’t have anticipated a 39-point setback in which Blackman was outgained 528-185. Blackman will need to rebound quickly as it faces rival Riverdale this Friday.

Caged Lions

It’s not surprising that perennial Class 3A power CPA has lost its first two games for the first time in the Ingle Martin era. But the combined margin of 77-7 in losses to Parkview (Ga.) and defending Class 4A state champion Knoxville Catholic is eye-opening.

Smyrna starts strong

The Bulldogs rattled off three consecutive victories to start last season, but Smyrna’s 18-point win over La Vergne and 45-point victory over Stewarts Creek have come by far more impressive margins. John Turner has passed for 382 yards and five touchdowns. If the Bulldogs slip past Coffee County, it could set up an unbeaten showdown with defending Class 5A champion Independence next week.

Super sub

Mt. Juliet Christian was forced to play without standout Austin Collier on Friday, but the Saints didn’t miss their starting running back. Sophomore Darius Hylick, who typically plays mostly on defense, stepped in to the starting role and rushed for 371 yards and eight touchdowns in a 53-28 win over Richland. Collier is expected to be back when the Saints host Knoxville Webb on Friday.

Wolverine woes

Behind Tennessee commitments Princeton Fant and Maleik Gray, La Vergne had high hopes, but the Wolverines lost  24-18 to Antioch on Friday. It snapped the Bears’ 13-game losing streak. Time is ticking on Fant’s high school career as he is playing two more games in a limited fashion until he has season-ending knee surgery on Sept. 16.

Love is everywhere

Watertown fans are loving the numbers the Purple Tigers are putting up, including Friday’s 56-24 win over Davidson Academy. It’s expected that quarterback Seth Price (588 passing yards, 5 touchdowns total) will be tough to contain, but running back Ty Love burst on to the scene with a 256-yard, five-touchdown performance on Friday.

Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean. 



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