Coach Speak Championship Weekend

Coach Speak Championship Weekend

Coach Speak



MBA Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red (DII-AA) vs Brentwood Academy Eagles (DII-AA) Brentwood Academy

Thursday at 7:00 pm, TN Tech University

Montgomery Bell Academy (10-2, E/M #1) scored 21 unanswered points after falling behind 17-0 to secure a 21-17 comeback victory over rival Ensworth two weeks ago.  Tennessee commit, Ty Chandler, led the Big Red offense with 88 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving and two touchdowns.  Defensive back, Gordon Pollock, led the Big Red defense with nine total tackles and one tackle-for-a-loss.  MBA will feature a heavy dose of Ty Chandler out of their Multiple I offense and line up in a 4-2-5 on defense.

3 Keys for Montgomery Bell Academy
1. Win 1st & 2nd down on defense & force the Eagles offense into 3rd & long situations
2. Get Ty Chandler 30+ touches in a variety of different ways
3. Limit 20+ yard plays from Eagles offense; force the Eagles to sustain drives & earn points

Brentwood Academy (9-2, E/M #2)
started fast with 28 first half points and dominated Baylor 38-3 two weeks ago.  Two-way-standout, Camron Johnson, started the Eagles scoring with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown and caught four passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.  Austin Peay commit, Jeremiah Oatsvall, led the Eagles offense with 234 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.  The Eagles game is to have a balanced attack out of their Spread offense and play a disruptive 3-4 defense.

3 Keys for Brentwood Academy
1. Do not run up field on defense; play with gap integrity & force Ty to run East & West
2. Establish running game & stay balanced on offense
3. Avoid mistakes & make a huge play in the kicking game

“Coach Speak”
A rematch of last year’s 56-55 (2OT) thrilling Brentwood Academy victory should prove to be just as entertaining in 2016.  Brentwood Academy is looking to win back-to-back state championships and prove that MBA’s 31-24 regular season victory was a fluke.  The Eagles have yet to figure out how to slow down Tennessee Commit Ty Chandler the last couple of years, while the Big Red have had trouble corralling Austin Peay commit Jeremiah Oatsvall and the talented skill players from Brentwood Academy.  Brentwood Academy needs to play fundamentally sound on defense, get Jeremiah Oatsvall involved in the run game early, and jump out to a quick lead to force MBA to get away from its offensive game plan.  MBA will need to limit the Eagles big play ability on offense, win third down on both sides of the ball, and continue to find creative ways to get the football into Ty Chandler’s hands.  The Brentwood Academy defense will not have an answer for Ty Chandler, and the Big Red defense will make a crucial stop in the fourth quarter to bring home the Big Red’s second State Championship in three years!  This MBA victory will go down as the final chapter in the great career of Ty Chandler!

Prediction: Montgomery Bell Academy 31, Brentwood Academy 30

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Ty Chandler – #44 RB – MBA  –  (4 Star, 2017 #5 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Tennessee Commit
2. Brett Starr – #3 – LB – MBA
3. Montgomery Owen – #2 – WR/DB – MBA
4. Jackson Lampley – #75 – OL – MBA
5. Jeremiah Oatsvall – #4 – QB/FS – Brentwood Academy    (3 Star, 2017 #46 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Austin Peay Commit
6. Camron Johnson – #27 – WR/DB – Brentwood Academy  –  (4 Star, 2018 #5 prospect TN, 247Sports)
7. Gavin Schoenwald – #10 – TE/QB – Brentwood Academy  –  (4 Star, 2018 #9 prospect TN, 247Sports)
8. Jack Sirmon – #44 LB – Brentwood Academy  –  (3 Star, 2018 #11 prospect TN, 247Sports)
9. Mario Pleasant – #5 – RB – Brentwood Academy


farragut  Farragut Admirals (5A) vs Independence Eagles (5A)  Independence High School

Friday at 7:00 pm, TN Tech University

Farragut (13-1, Region 3 #2) used a 21-point outburst in the third quarter to pull away from South-Doyle and claim a 45-14 victory.  Two-way standout, Cooper Hardin, led the Admirals with 145 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown and notched six tackles with two tackles-for-a-loss on defense.  Quarterback, Adam Fulton, connected on 11-19 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver, Braden Collins, added five receptions for 112 yards with a touchdown.  The Admirals will play both a 3-3-5 stack and 3-4 on defense and show multiple formations from the Spread on offense.

3 Keys for Farragut
1. Stay balanced offensively & keep the Eagles defense guessing
2. Tackle well in the open field & limit the Eagles big plays on offense
3. Control the ball on offense & limit the Eagles offensive possessions

Independence (14-0, Region 5 #1)
scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stave off the Brentwood upset and take home a 27-24 victory.  The win extends the Eagles winning streak to 29 straight games.  Running back, Troy Henderson, rushed for 130 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, and wide receiver, Kendrell Scurry, added 93 yards on 10 catches and two touchdowns.  Independence likes to strike quick with its no huddle, Spread attack on offense and will feature a fast and aggressive 4-3 defense.

3 Keys for Independence
1. Find a way to get Landon Guidry 12+ touches on offense
2. Slow down the Admirals running game & make the Admirals offense one-dimensional
3. Create a big play on special teams & win the turnover battle

“Coach Speak”
Independence is looking to go 30-0 over the last two years and repeat as 5A State Champions.  Standing in their way is the Farragut Admirals who will bring a balanced offense and opportunistic defense to the table Friday night.  Farragut will need to limit the Eagles quick scoring drives, establish a running game, and avoid turnovers to pull the upset.  Independence needs to win third down on defense, win all phases of special teams and the kicking game, and challenge the Admirals defensive backs down the field to pull out another victory.  Independence has proven time and time again that they know how to take everybody’s best shot and still come out on top.  Behind a phenomenal senior class and talented underclassman, the Eagles will complete a perfect two-year run and repeat as State Champions!

Prediction: Independence 31, Farragut 28

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Cooper Hardin – #1 – RB/LB – Farragut
2. Jacob Warren – #87 – TE/DE – Farragut
3. Drew Butler – #42 – LB/RB – Farragut
4. Braden Collins – #23 – WR/S – Farragut
5. Adam Fulton – #19 – QB – Farragut
6. Landon Guidry – #7 – S/WR – Independence  –  (3 star, 2017 #26 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Miss. St. Commit
7. Troy Henderson – #21 – RB – Independence
8. Hunter Dupree – #43 – ILB – Independence
9. Kendrell Scurry – #11 – WR – Independence  –   (4 star, 2019 #5 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Tenn. Commit
10. Alan Watson – #15 – CB/WR – Independence
11. TJ Sheffield
– #2 – WR/RB/KR/DB – Independence  –  Tenn. Commit


Oakland High School  Oakland Patriots (6A) vs Whitehaven Tigers (6A)  whitehaven

Saturday at 7:00 pm, TN Tech University

Oakland (14-0, Region 2 #1) used a stifling defense and solid running game to defeat Maryville 23-7.  Lazarius Patterson (26 carries, 157 yards, 1 TD) and Michael Roper (14 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD) combined to led the Patriots offense that rushed for 280 yards on 52 carries.  Placekicker, Aaron Sears, added three field goals, longest being a 48-yarder, to round out the scoring for the Patriots.  Oakland will show multiple formations out of their base Wing-T offense and feature a 3-4 on defense.

3 Keys for Oakland
1. Slow down the Tigers running attack & force the Tigers to beat them through the air
2. Continue stellar special teams play & win the kicking game
3. Establish running game & hit timely play-action passes over the top of the Tigers defense

Whitehaven (14-0, Region 4 #1)
jumped out to a 29-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-19 victory over region rival Cordova.  The Tigers ran for a massive 402 yards on the ground, with running back, Kylan Watkins leading the way with 136 yards and a touchdown.  The Tigers will feature running back Kylan Watkins from multiple formations on offense and play a 50 cover 3 on defense.

3 Keys for Whitehaven
1. Win the turnover & penalty battle
2. Play with eye discipline, read keys, & fly around to the football on defense
3. Win 3rd down & keep the chains moving on offense

“Coach Speak”
Oakland got the monkey off Rutherford County’s back with a smothering victory over perennial power house Maryville in the state semifinals.  The Patriots must avoid the feeling that the championship is already won with talented Whitehaven looming large on Saturday night.  Both teams will get off the bus looking like small college teams and neither program is short of players we will watch on Saturdays in the future.  Whitehaven will need avoid falling behind early, establish their ground game, and limit special team’s mistakes to win their first state title since 2012.  Oakland has to win third down on both sides of the ball, eliminate red zone turnovers, and avoid a mental let down from last week to bring home the championship.  Oakland has the championship formula all coaches are looking for in their team.  The Patriots have the best defense and special teams in the state; they can run the football on offense, and feature a solid kicking game.  The Oakland Patriots bring the 6A championship trophy back to the ‘Boro in convincing fashion, winning all three phases of the game!

Prediction: Oakland 29, Whitehaven 20

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Jacoby Stevens – #7 – S/WR – Oakland     (5 star, 2017 #3 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  LSU Commit
2. Kaleb Oliver – #6 – S/WR – Oakland    (3 star, 2017 #18 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Miss. St. Commit
3. Elijah Dobbins – #75 – OT/DT – Oakland    (2 star, 2017 #74 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  MTSU Commit
4. Chris Onwumere – #99 – DT/FB – Oakland
5. Aubrey Miller Jr. – #22 – S/OLB– Whitehaven     (3 star, 2017 #18 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Missouri Commit 
6. Jabril Malone – #5 – S/RB – Whitehaven    (2 star, 2017 #58 prospect TN, 247Sports) 
7. J’Len Smith
– #1 – DE/TE – Whitehaven    (2 star, 2017 #64 prospect TN, 247Sports)
8. Rayshad Williams – #19 – DB – Whitehaven
9. Kylan Watkins
– #11 – RB – Whitehaven


“Coach Speak” Season Record: 30-15 (67%); Playoff Record: 9-3 (75%)


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