Time for a weekly look at some of the trending teams and players in the area, in either direction:
Goodpasture: Wins over Nashville Christian and BGA have the Cougars 3-0 for the first time since 2000. They’ll host Green Hill this week with a chance to win their fourth consecutive game before a home game with Lipscomb Academy on Sept. 18. They’ve done well on the quizzes so far, but the Mustangs will provide Goodpasture with a big test.
Brentwood Academy: That’s what we needed to see to consider BA a state title contender again. Marching into McCallie and coming back with a win does nothing but put the Eagles back into a place they’re used to being – up front, and with a target on their backs. Their main region challengers won’t come until the end of the season, so the Eagles should stay in first place until then.
More teams returning: Clarksville teams joined the fray in Week 3, and this week, the Division II schools in Nashville that held out will make their return as Ensworth, MBA and FRA open their seasons.
Metro’s potential return: Nashville Mayor John Cooper said last week that Metro was “on the right track” to playing sports this fall. But that statement was as clear as mud, and defines the lack of leadership Metro Nashville teams have seen throughout this whole process. Teams don’t have an idea of where the numbers need to be in order to get back to contact. The coaches in Metro have done a great job of planning how they can safely return to play. These kids need the hope that playing provides them. Don’t agree? Five players from Metro programs just made NFL rosters this week: Overton’s Ugo Amadi (Seahawks), McGavock’s Chris Claybrooks (Jaguars), East Nashville’s Jacob Phillips (Browns), Hillsboro’s Kyle Phillips (Jets), and Pearl-Cohn’s Keyshawn Vaughn (Buccaneers). Those potentially looking at scholarships need new game film for recruiters to evaulate. The longer this drags out, the worse it becomes for everyone involved. Here’s hoping we get a more tangible update soon.
Nashville Christian: It was a rough night for Nashville Christian on Friday, as Davidson Academy breezed past the Eagles 35-0. It dropped Nashville Christian to an 0-3 start for the second time in three years, but more importantly, they’re 0-2 in region play. An 0-3 start also happened in 2018, but that team bounced back to reach the Division II-Class A semifinals. Will this one be able to write a similar comeback story? Time will tell.
Page: The Patriots defeated Shelbyville en route to winning the Region 5-5A title in 2019, but Page’s 1-2 start in 2020 already has them behind the 8-ball in having hope of a home playoff game. Summit comes calling on Oct. 2, so the Patriots have three weeks to get going in the right direction before their next region game. They’ll be at Lipscomb Academy this week.