Last month I was at the Vanderbilt-Connecticut football game and was taking my daughter to the concession stand when I ran right into Centennial head football coach Brian Rector and his son.
The night before Rector and his Cougars had beaten Antioch 31-8 to make their record 1-2 on the young season.
But standing between the concession and drink stand Rector told me that the kids were working hard and “That you will pick up the newspaper and we’ll get a signature win before the regular season is over,” he said.
Now let me say right here that Brain and I have history because when he made his first tour of duty in Williamson County at Ravenwood from 2004 to 2008, I was covering him at the Review Appeal, a newspaper in Franklin.
I found him to be engaging, a guy that would answer any question honestly and he was a straight shooter which is a trait that is appreciated by reporters.
Rector complied a 42-21 record in his short stint there even winning a Class 5A state title in 2005 capping off a 10-5 season.
He then left Ravenwood to become a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 2009, only to return to Williamson County this season.
When I saw the hiring in July, I knew that Rector would make a difference at Centennial and although the Cougars haven’t beaten the top teams in (Franklin, Brentwood and Independence) trust me it’s coming.
As far as that signature win goes it came on Friday as I scanned the scores from across the state, there it was in black and white Centennial 35, Shelbyville 7.
The win is the first in three games against Shelbyville as the Eagles won games back in 1997 and 1998.
The Cougars (5-4, 1-3 in 11-AAA) used the arm of Trinity Christian transfer J.J. Tomlin as he passed for 226 yards and three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Dusty Lee for the easy win at home.
Lee had three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns for the game and was someone that Shelbyville didn’t have an answer for.
Lee also added a 43 yard punt return for a touchdown as well as the Cougars defense played well too as they held a good Shelbyville offense to only 133 yards of total offense.
Tomlin, a senior has been the straw that has stirred the Cougar drink as he has passed for 1,299 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.
He has spread the yards around as Lee leads the way with 20 catches for 347 yards, and five TDs, wide receiver T.J. Leach has nine catches for 288 yards and five touchdowns and tight end Cord Collier has 17 catches for 229 yards and three scores.
The Cougars host Hillsboro (3-6) who is winless in 11-AAA on Friday and with a win will gain a wildcard to the Class 5A playoffs as they are ranked 18th in the TSSAA’s 5A playoff standings.
If the Cougars get to the playoffs it will be the fourth appearance for Centennial and first since 2008 when they made the second round.
Not bad for Centennial and Brian Rector in his first season at the helm on Mallory Lane.
Other teams that strengthen or hurt their playoff positioning.
Anderson County 20, Hardin Valley 14- The Mavericks (4-5, 4-3, 3-AAA) broke a two game losing streak as Josh Mayes scored two touchdowns one receiving and one rushing and both teams need wins in week 10 to cement playoff berths
Record- 4-5, 4-3 in 3-AAA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing- 29 of 32 teams in 5A
Projected Quadrant- 2
Record-5-4, 4-3, 6A in 3-AAA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing- 31 out of 31 6A teams
Projected Quadrant- 1
East Hamilton 21, Red Bank 18- The Hurricanes got touchdowns from three different players and are now just a win against 0-9 Howard away from winning the 6-AA title in just its third year of varsity ball.
Record-5-4, 5-1, in 6-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-24 out of 32 4A teams
Record-7-2, 5-1, in 6-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-12 out of 32 4A teams
Projected Quadrant- 2
Happy Valley 35, Hampton 21- For the second straight year Happy Valley has given Hampton its first loss of the year as running back Jaylen Simmons (138 rushing yards, 2TDs) and Zack Ball (125 yards, 3TDs) led the way.
Record-5-4, 1-3 in 1-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing- 29 out of 32 3A teams
Record- 8-1, 4-0 in 1-A
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing- 7 out of 24 2A teams
Lenoir City 26, Farragut 21- The Panthers (5-4, 3-3, 4-AAA) got 449 passing yards from junior quarterback Jordan Hall as Lenoir City with a win this week could have their first winning season 2004.
Record-5-4, 3-3, in 4-AAA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-19 out of 32 5A teams
Projected Quadrant- 2
Record- 5-4, 3-3 in 4-AAA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing- 27 out of 32 6A teams
Projected Quadrant- 2
Macon County 19, Livingston Academy 0- The Tigers beat Livingston for the second straight year as running back Tyler Drown rushed for two touchdowns as Macon County got themselves back into the playoff picture.
Record-4-5, 2-2 in 9-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-31 out of 32 4A teams
Record-7-2, 3-1 in 8-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-11 out of 32 4A teams
Projected Quadrant- 1
CPA 27, David Lipscomb 0- The Lions got a good performance on the ground from running back Winston Williams who rushed for 116 yards.
The loss right now drops David Lipscomb out of the playoffs as they will need a win against Stratford for a chance to get in to the playoffs for 19 straight season.
Record-8-1, 4-1 in 10-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-6 out of 32 3A teams
Projected Quadrant- 3
Record-4-5, 3-2 in 10-AA
Projected TSSAA Playoff Standing-33
Projected Quadrant- Missing Playoffs
Some teams are playing for a district title this Friday so below is a preview of those contests.
No. 10 Cascade (6-3, 4-1, 2A) at No. 6 Eagleville (9-0, 5-0, 1A)
District Up for Grabs- 9-A
Defending District Champion- Cascade (5-1 in 9-A)
District Finish Last Year- Cascade (1st), Eagleville (3rd)
No. 2 Perry County (6-0, 5-0, 1A) at No. 3 Wayne County (9-0, 6-0, 1A)
District Up for Grabs-12-A
Defending District Champion-Perry County (7-0 in 12-A)
District Finish Last Year- Perry County (1st), Wayne County (2nd)
No. 4 Huntingdon (9-0, 4-0, 1A) at No. 6 Dresden (8-1, 3-1, 2A)
District Up for Grabs-13-A
Defending District Champion- McKenzie (5-0 in 13-A)
District Finish Last Year-Huntingdon (2nd), Dresden (3rd)
No. 7 Alcoa (6-3, 4-0, 3A) at No. 9 CAK (7-2, 4-0, 3A)
District Up for Grabs-4-AA
Defending District Champion- Alcoa (5-0 in 4-AA)
District Finish Last Year- Alcoa (1st), CAK (2nd)
Signal Mountain (1-2, 1-0, 4A) at Sequatchie County (7-2, 3-1, 3A)
District Up for Grabs-7-AA
Defending District Champion- Bledsoe County (3-1)
District Finish Last Year- Signal Mountain (1st in 6-A), Sequatchie County (2nd)
Hillcrest (5-4, 3-1, 4A) at Mitchell (6-3, 4-0, 4A)
District Up for Grabs-16-AA
Defending District Champion-Hillcrest (4-1)
District Finish Last Year- Hillcrest (1st), Mitchell (4th in 16-AAA)
No. 5 Dobyns Bennett (9-0, 6-0, 6A) at No. 10 Science Hill (7-2, 6-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-1-AAA
Defending District Champion- Dobyns Bennett (7-0)
District Finish Last Year- Dobyns Bennett (1st), Science Hill (5th)
Morristown East (5-4, 5-1, 5A) at No. 6 Sevier County (8-1, 6-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-2-AAA
Defending District Champion-Sevier County (6-1)
District Finish Last Year- Sevier County (1st), Morristown East (4th)
McMinn County (6-2, 4-0, 6A) at No. 8 Bradley Central (6-2, 4-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-5-AAA
Defending District Champion- Cleveland (5-1)
District Finish Last Year- McMinn County (6th), Bradley Central (2nd)
Coffee County (3-6, 3-0, 6A) at Cookeville (5-4, 3-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-6-AAA
Defending District Champion- Coffee County (3-1)
District Finish Last Year-Coffee County (1st), Cookeville (2nd)
No. 3 Dyer County (8-1, 3-0, 5A) at Brighton (8-1, 3-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-13-AAA
Defending District Champion- Jackson Northside (4-0)
District Finish Last Year- Dyer County (3rd), Brighton (2nd)
No. 7 Arlington (8-1, 4-0, 6A) at Millington (8-1, 4-0, 6A)
District Up for Grabs-14-AAA
Defending District Champion- Craigmont (6-0)
District Finish Last Year- Arlington (2nd), Millington (4th)
No. 2 Whitehaven (9-0, 4-0, 6A) vs. No. 7 Memphis East (7-2, 4-0, 5A)
District Up for Grabs-16-AAA
Defending District Champion- Whitehaven (6-0)
District Finish Last Year- Whitehaven (1st), East (5th)
Davidson Academy (3-6, 2-0) at No. 1 Knoxville Webb (7-2, 2-0)
District Up for Grabs- Division II-A East Middle 1
Defending District Champion- Webb (6-0)
District Finish Last Year- Webb (1st), Davidson Academy (2nd)
Collierville coach Shawn Abel has resigned effective immediately Monday after an obscenity laced tirade was captured on an audio recording as he addressed his team in a 28-25 loss to Wooddale last Thursday night.
Abel turned in his resignation after the audio tape came to light and was posted on YouTube.
Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9UHl71lsRs&feature=youtu.be
Warning the audio contains profanity.
Abel posted an 11-10 record in his two seasons at Collierville and has been placed on administrative leave with pay according to Shelby County Schools communications/public relations Specialist Shawn Pachucki.
Dragon assistant coach Mike O’Neill will lead Collierville into their game with district leading Ridgeway.
Adkins Stepping Down at Gibson County.
In Gibson County, Lee Adkins will coach his last game Friday against Crockett County as he will step down as the head coach of the Pioneers.
Adkins is in his second year as coach and the team is 0-19 in that time and overall the team has lost 31 in a row and their last win was in 2008 when they went 4-6.
BY THE NUMBERS
-57- Total yards rushing for Mitchell against Whitehaven in a 48-0 Whitehaven win.
4- Number of different ways that St. Benedict running back Jordan Wilkins scored (60 yard punt and 80 kickoff return, 53 pass and 12 run) in a 42-0 win over Carver.
33-30- Series Record between Happy Valley and Hampton after Happy Valley upset the No. 2 Bulldogs on Friday.
250-Career wins for Mt. Juliet coach Roger Perry.
1980- Last time that Bradley Central had back-to-back shutouts on defense.
1994- Last time that Science Hill defeated Dobyns Bennett, the two schools play for the District 1-AAA championship on Friday.
2004- Last time that Chester County registered a shutout before beating Southside 20-0.
FRIDAY NIGHT STAT STUFFERS
Cameron Phelps, RB, Chester County- Rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-0 win over Jackson Southside.
Roland Genesy, RB, Millington- Rushed for 206 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 44-12 win over Jackson North side.
Jaylen Walton, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-19 win over Germantown .
Brady Stewart, QB, Brighton- Passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-21 win over Cordova.
Denver Hall, RB, FACS- Rushed for 262 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 49-44 win over Rossville Christian.
Nolan Coulter, RB, Knoxville Catholic- Ran for 298 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 56-34 win over Heritage.
Jordan Hall, QB, Lenoir City- Passed for 449 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Farragut.
Ty Ryans, QB, Cherokee- Passed for 419 yards and one touchdown in a 17-14 loss to Seymour.
Dy’shawn Mobley- Rushed for 214 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 34-0 win over Knox. Central.
Jay Cade, QB, Gibbs- Rushed for 220 yards on just seven carries and scored four times in a 56-0 win over Union County.
Daniel Goad, RB, Scott County- Rushed for 248 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 28-12 win over Cumberland Gap.
Keenan Bass, RB, BGA- Rushed for 240 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Father Ryan.
Jakiel Hughes, RB, Cascade- Rushed for 207 yards in a 23-20 OT loss to Forrest.
Koleton Nunley, RB, Franklin County- Rushed for 313 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 52-35 win over Coffee County.
Aaron Lee, RB, Creekwood- Rushed for 206 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 29-28 win over Cheatham County.
Corn Elder, RB, Ensworth- Combined to have 405 total yards and score four touchdowns (249 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and 156 yards receiving on 5 catches and 2TDs) in a 37-17 win over Brentwood Academy.
Brandon Smith, RB, Bledsoe County- Rushed for 226 yards and scored twice in a 47-20 win over Sweetwater.
Johnny Cook, RB, Grundy County- Rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown in a 28-7 win over Chattanooga Grace.