615 Preps Week 3 rankings: Brentwood, Pearl-Cohn rise to the top

615 Preps Week 3 rankings: Brentwood, Pearl-Cohn rise to the top

Friday night was hot and in that heat, Week 2 saw several results that may have come as a shock to many.

The 615 Preps staff has put together a list of the top five large, medium, and small class teams in our coverage area following last week’s action.

Large Class teams include 6A and Division II-AAA. Medium Class teams include 5A, 4A, and Division II-AA. Small Class teams include 3A, 2A, 1A, and Division II-A, and each grouping has roughly 30 teams in it.

Large Class

1. Brentwood (2-0, last week’s ranking: 4): Baylor Hayes was electric yet again, leading the Bruins on a late touchdown drive to take the lead with 1:08 remaining. They sealed the 21-18 win shortly after blocking what would have been the game-tying field goal as time expired. Up next: at Hendersonville (2-0)

2. Ensworth (2-0, last week’s ranking: 5): Defensively the Tigers were stout in their 17-3 win over MBA. They forced three fumbles including one where Mason Curtis returned it for six to put the game out of reach in the first quarter. Up next: vs. Trezevant (0-2)

3. Lipscomb Academy (0-2, last week’s ranking: 1): Down by 10 late to Saraland (Ala.), the Mustangs scored, recovered the onside kick, and scored again in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime tied at 24. Saraland opened overtime with a quick touchdown only for Lipscomb Academy to answer a player later. However, a missed extra point following that touchdown doomed the Mustangs as they fell 31-30. Up next: at Briarcrest Christian (1-1)

4. Oakland (1-1, last week’s ranking: 3): Facing their Indiana counterparts in Center Grove, the first quarter between the Patriots and Trojans saw a back-and-forth defensive slugfest. Center Grove took control in the second quarter behind a pair of touchdown passes and cruised from there handing Oakland a 28-10 loss. Up next: at Haywood (2-0)

5. Father Ryan (2-0, last week’s ranking: NR): The Bishop’s Cup is headed back to Father Ryan following the Irish’s dominant 42-7 win over Pope Prep. JoJo crump threw for a touchdown but did most of his damage on the ground racking up three rushing scores. Up next: Off 

Dropped out: Brentwood Academy (0-2, last week’s ranking: 2)

Who just missed out: Mt Juliet (2-0), Clarksville (2-0), Brentwood Academy (0-2)

Medium Class

1. Pearl-Cohn (2-0, last week’s ranking: 2): The Firebirds established themselves as the team to beat with their 15-11 win over CPA. D’Arious Reed put them ahead with eight minutes to go with a touchdown reception in the corner and the defense made stop after stop to preserve the win. Up next: at Creek Wood (0-2)

2. CPA (1-1, last week’s ranking: 1): A late comeback in back-to-back weeks was not to be done as the Lions came up just short at home to the Firebirds. Defensively, CPA was stout yet again limiting Pearl-Cohn’s offense for much of the night and forcing a few turnovers. Up next: at Pope Prep (0-2)

3. FRA (2-0, last week’s ranking: 3): Much like last week, Ty Clark didn’t have that many carries but he really didn’t need to. Clark finished the night with 11 carries for 234 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers crushed Franklin 47-21. Up next: vs. Webb School (0-2)

4. Centennial (2-0, last week’s ranking: 4): Back-to-back blowout wins to start the year have the Cougars looking like a team that could find themselves playing the first weekend of December. Dominic Reed only had 70 yards in their 42-0 win over Summit but found his way into the end zone four times. Up next: at Independence (1-1)

5. Davidson Academy (2-0, last week’s ranking: 5): There was no Week 2 letdown for the Bears as they cruised past Lincoln County 41-13. Knox Roberts threw for four touchdowns in the win, two of which ended up going to Joshua Bolden. Up next: at Portland (1-1)

Dropped out: none

Who just missed out: Hendersonville (2-0), Macon County (2-0), Beech (1-1)

Small Class

1. East Nashville (2-0, last week’s ranking: 1): KJ Johnson again had a big night in the Eagles 47-26 win over Kenwood rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t alone though as Kelan Anderson added 161 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground. Up next: Thursday at Overton (0-2)

2. East Robertson (2-0, last week’s ranking: 2): All Isaiah Groves needed was five carries to rack up 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Indians in their 69-0 rout of Houston County. Elijah Groves added a few more touchdowns via a 90-yard kickoff return and a 20-yard fumble recovery. Up next: at Monterey (2-0)

3. Friendship Christian (2-0, last week’s ranking: 5): The DCA defense had no answer for Tyson Wolcott on Friday night. The Commanders’ senior leader totaled nearly 300 yards of total offense and scored four times in their 35-13 victory. Up next: vs. Columbia Academy (1-1)

4. Smith County (2-0, last week’s ranking: 4): Jermaine Cason hauled in a pair of touchdown passes and the Owls defense pitched a shutout as they remained unbeaten with a 21-0 win over DeKalb County. Up next: vs. Liberty Creek (0-2)

5. MTCS (2-0, last week’s ranking: NR): The Cougars traveled down to Orlando and picked up a dominant 41-13 win over Masters Academy (Fla.). Eli Wilson finished with three rushing touchdowns on the night for the Cougars. Up next: vs. Grace Christian (1-0)

Dropped out: Nashville Christian (0-2, last week’s ranking: 3)

Who just missed out: Watertown (2-0), White House Heritage (2-0), DCA (1-1)


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