What we learned from Week 2 of high school football

What we learned from Week 2 of high school football

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What we learned from Week 2 of high school football

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Here’s a look at five things we learned from Week 2 of the high school football season:

MBA takes the field before its game against Pearl-Cohn on Friday.

MBA takes the field before its game against Pearl-Cohn on Friday.

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Division II-AA domination

Montgomery Bell Academy and McCallie both flexed their Division II-AA muscle with lopsided wins over solid Division I competition on Friday.

MBA (1-1) made quick work of Pearl-Cohn on Friday, finding the end zone seven of its eight first-half possessions en route to a 49-7 lightning-shortened win over the visiting Firebirds.

McCallie, meanwhile, blasted Blackman, running for 365 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-10 win over the Blaze, which was ranked fourth in Class 6A entering the week.

Father Ryan (2-0) and Pope John Paul II (2-0) also captured Week 2 wins against Division I foes Clarksville Northeast and Coffee County, respectively.

Cane Ridge running back Jordan Bell (10) loses his helmet during his second-quarter touchdown run.

Cane Ridge running back Jordan Bell (10) loses his helmet during his second-quarter touchdown run.

Team to beat

It’s still early, but through two weeks it appears as though Cane Ridge could be the top Metro Nashville Public School team this season.

The D.J. Thorpe-led Ravens offense has averaged 33 points while capturing a pair of early-season wins, and Cane Ridge’s defense, which forced three turnovers in last Thursday’s 27-19 win at Mt. Juliet, has been similarly strong.

The Ravens, led by second-year coach Eddie Woods, can secure their first 3-0 start in program history with a win Friday at Hendersonville.

Pearl-Cohn quarterback Xavier Shepherd escapes pressure from Hillsboro's Joseph Honeysucker during the first half of Saturday's game at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Pearl-Cohn quarterback Xavier Shepherd escapes pressure from Hillsboro’s Joseph Honeysucker during the first half of Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Offensive struggles

Hillsboro and Pearl-Cohn have each gotten off to less-than-stellar starts this season, and offense has been the main stumbling block for the two traditionally strong MNPS programs.

Through two games, Pearl-Cohn (1-1), which has averaged more than 33 points per game in each of the previous three seasons, has managed just one offensive touchdown — junior Marion Liggett’s 5-yard, third quarter run in last week’s 49-7 loss at MBA.

Hillsboro’s offense, which has committed 10 turnovers in two weeks, has been similarly ineffective. Senior JaVonta Payton has had his moments, but the lack of a consistent passing attack has definitely hindered the Burros.

Brentwood High school students cheer during the first of an high school football game against Ravenwood on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Brentwood, Tenn.

Brentwood High school students cheer during the first of an high school football game against Ravenwood on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Brentwood, Tenn.

Statement win

While a win wasn’t out of the question for Brentwood, especially after its season-opener at Independence, not many could have predicted the manner in which the Bruins beat rival Ravenwood.

Following what proved to be a 23-hour lightning delay, Brentwood outscored the defending Class 6A champion Raptors 31-0 on Saturday night to capture a 41-10 win for the Bruins’ first “Battle for the Woods” victory since 2012.

Through two weeks, Brentwood certainly appears ready to compete for a Region 7-5A title.

Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree.

Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree.

Filling it up

Here are a look at some of the top individual performers through the first two weeks:

  • Jacob Murphree, Sr., Dickson County: 6-foot-2, 188-pound senior has completed 40 of 70 passes for a Midstate-leading 715 yards and seven touchdowns for the Cougars.
  • Alontae Taylor, Jr., Coffee County: The junior Tennessee commitment has racked up 586 yards and eight touchdowns for the Raiders.
  • WR Morgan Patton, Sr., Hickman County: 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior has hauled in 13 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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