Time for a weekly look at some of the trending teams and players in the area, in either direction:
Metro’s potential return: What a difference a week makes. I had them in the stock down category seven days ago. Metro teams are now in contact practice, with the possibility of taking the field for games as soon as next Friday. Still no definitive date to start play, but it is a step in the right direction. Keep your fingers crossed that this happens in time to give these kids a chance to compete for playoff spots. They’ve been through enough.
Independence and Franklin: These two Williamson County rivals are on a crash course this week after solid wins last Friday. Franklin’s offensive line has been a big reason why the Admirals are in the mix, while Jaxson Campbell has the Eagles headed in the right direction. Both teams could make life a little harder for Brentwood and Ravenwood down the stretch, and they’re the reason why Region 6-6A should be in the discussion about being one of the best regions in the state (at least one through four).
CPA: Not many teams shut out Ensworth through 40 minutes, and although the Lions did give up a late score to nix the shutout bid, CPA sent a message that they’re the top team in Division II-AA this season. With ECS losing, the Lions ascended to the top spot in the AP rankings and they have a pretty good chance to stay there.
DeKalb County: The Tigers dropped a winnable game to Watertown last Friday and their status as the preseason favorite in Region 3-4A is shaky at best right now. Livingston Academy managed just seven points against Cumberland County and Stone Memorial is still a bit of an unknown. With Macon County unbeaten, yet largely untested, it could be an all-Tigers battle for the region title on Oct. 16.
Harpeth: The Indians just got hit with a double whammy. Just a couple of days after falling 38-7 to Creek Wood, the school announced it was shutting down in-person instruction for a couple of weeks due to COVID-19 cases. They’ll lose the chance to play Stewart County (a region game) and Montgomery Central, which hurts – but doesn’t kill – their playoff hopes.