The Saturday Six: Week 6

It might be later than usual, but here are six things that caught my attention in Week 6:

A different game: Pearl-Cohn and Hillsboro got it going for the first time in the 2020 season, and it was a stark contrast from the last time these two played each other. In 2019, they combined for 87 points as Pearl-Cohn won 47-40. On Friday, neither team could make a dent in the scoreboard through 48 minutes. That’s right. It was a scoreless tie heading into overtime, where Iven Dayton found the end zone twice to lift the Firebirds to a 14-7 win over the Burros in double overtime. It’ll be interesting to see if both defenses can keep up their play, but considering the caliber of quarterbacks they faced Friday, those defenders should take pride in that effort.

Unbeaten no more: Fairview, Springfield and Macon County all fell from the ranks of the undefeated on Friday, while Friendship Christian gave The King’s Academy its first loss of the season. Those results leave seven unbeaten area teams who have been playing since Week 1: Brentwood Academy, CPA, Creek Wood, DCA, Davidson Academy, Mt. Juliet and Oakland. Although CPA was forced to cancel its game with Brentwood over COVID-19 positive tests, it goes down as a no-contest for the Lions, who are slated to visit Lipscomb Academy on Friday. Whether they’ll be able to play that game or not remains to be seen.

What a difference a week makes: Kenwood scored 61 points in its Week 5 victory over Northwest. On Friday, the Knights allowed 62 points in a shutout loss to Henry County.

Other big numbers: Lipscomb Academy blasted region rival FRA 61-0, while seven others (Davidson Academy, Northeast, Creek Wood, East Nashville, Father Ryan, Oakland and Smyrna) surpassed the 50-point mark in Week 6 wins.

Rough waters: Gallatin lost its third consecutive home game on Friday, falling 25-20 to Wilson Central. It’s the first three-game losing streak since the end of the 2016 season. The Green Wave hadn’t lost three straight home games since the 2012 season (Sept. 7, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12). Ravenwood also suffered its third consecutive loss at home, falling 45-14 to national power IMG Academy.

Quick turnarounds: Fairview and Lebanon put together their Saturday game on a couple of days’ notice, while Goodpasture and McGavock literally only had hours to prepare for their Friday night game after both teams’ original opponents had to cancel due to positive COVID-19 tests.

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