Kreager's 5 things: Nolensville debut, Summit scores 71

Kreager's 5 things: Nolensville debut, Summit scores 71

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Kreager's 5 things: Nolensville debut, Summit scores 71

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Nolensville running back Jy' Don Greene, left, and quarterback Brandon Wharton, right, pray before the start of the team's homecoming game against South Gibson High School on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Nolensville, Tenn.

Nolensville running back Jy’ Don Greene, left, and quarterback Brandon Wharton, right, pray before the start of the team’s homecoming game against South Gibson High School on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Nolensville, Tenn.

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Nolensville linebacker's Connor Rigsby, left, and Tim Stayskal (80) sack South Gibson quarterback Dustin Moore (14) during the first half on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Nolensville, Tenn.

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Opening night under the lights for Nolensville’s varsity football program didn’t go as planned, but it gave the Knights something to build on.

South Gibson defeated Nolensville 42-7 Friday night in the Knights’ lone varsity contest of the season. It was the lone down moment of the day for the Williamson County first-year program.

“Obviously, the kids were very excited,” Nolensville coach Will Hester said. “It was their first time to play (in a varsity game). It’s good because the jitters are now out.

“They know what to expect. It’s regular football from here on out.”

The remainder of Nolensville’s games this season are junior varsity.

Blaze win without star Teague

Blackman junior Master Teague rushed for 86 yards on 22 carries in his first Backyard Brawl as a starting running back.

However, Teague didn’t play in the second half of the Blaze’s 17-14 win over Riverdale after sustaining a “mild concussion.”

“He will have to go through the concussion protocol,” Blackman coach David Watson said. “(Winning) without him was big for our defense. They stepped up and made plays at the end to help preserve a victory.”

Lots of points

Summit has struggled in its previous five seasons, failing to record a winning season or make the playoffs.

However, the Spartans made a big statement that it may be their year with a 71-34 rout of host Shelbyville to improve to 2-1.

Summit’s Tai Carter had three touchdown runs and a 63-yard punt return for a score. Carter finished with 223 rushing yards on 17 touches.

Carter’s big day helped Summit set a program record with 534 rushing yards on 53 carries.

“It was a good night for us offensively,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “We are finally getting healthy. (Carter is) a workhorse. He does a great job running between the tackles.”

Defensive battle

Ravenwood found a different way to win in its Region 3-6A opener at Mt. Juliet. The Raptors held on for a 12-7 victory after neither team managed to score in the first half.

Ravenwood, which has managed to rack up big offensive plays this season, managed just 83 total yards. However, the Bears countered with 56 yards.

Ravenwood (2-1, 1-0 3-6A) was coming off a 41-10 loss to rival Brentwood.

Hillwood tops Branch’s big day

Kenwood’s Antwuan Branch had a night to remember carrying the football at Hillwood in their Region 6-4A opener.

The Purdue commitment had 37 carries for 274 yards and six touchdowns against the Hilltoppers. However, Hillwood’s defense stopped Branch when it needed to. Branch failed to score on a 2-point run attempt to preserve Hillwood’s 43-42 victory.

Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.

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