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Coach Speak Round 2

Coach Speak Round 2

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Hillsboro  Hillsboro Burros (5A) at Independence Eagles (5A)  Independence High School

Friday at 7:00 pm, MyTV30 – WUXP’s Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week

Hillsboro (7-4, Region 6 #2) started fast and cruised to an impressive 41-7 victory over Stewarts Creek.  Do-it-All athlete, Javonta Payton, led the Burros offense with three receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns.  Running back, Barrion Claybrooks, added 123 yards rushing on just eight carries and two touchdowns.  On offense, the Burros will feature a steady mix between I & Spread formations.  Expect the defense to be multiple, starting in a 4 man front.

3 Keys for Hillsboro
1. Establish a running game early & keep the chains ahead of schedule
2. Finish drives with touchdowns & avoid multiple 3 and outs on offense
3. Avoid double digit penalties & special teams turnovers

Independence (11-0, Region 5 #1)
jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and shut out the Gallatin Green Wave 35-0 to extend their winning streak to 26 games.  Quarterback, Brandon Hines, completed 13-24 for 267 yards and three touchdowns to spear head the Eagles offense.  Athlete, Landon Guidry, added a rushing touchdown and a 27-yard receiving touchdown on the night.  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. Contain Hillsboro’s play-makers; make the Burros drive the length of the field for points
2. Execute screen package against a fast & attacking Burros defense
3. Make an impact play on special teams

“Coach Speak”
The Hillsboro Burros proved to be Independence’s toughest challenge on the road to the 2015 State Championship and current 26-game winning streak.  I believe the same will hold true Friday night in a match-up that will feature high-level division 1 talent and good, hard-nosed high school football players.  Hillsboro needs to cause multiple turnovers on defense, avoid any mistakes on special teams, and convert 3rd downs on offense to pull the upset.  Independence needs to spread the ball around to multiple play-makers, tackle well in space, and make a game changing play from their special teams unit.  On any given night, Hillsboro can compete with anybody in the state of Tennessee, but with that being said, I believe the Burros are running into a team that understands how to win, avoids costly mistakes and turnovers, and has the talent to match Hillsboro’s toe for toe.  Watch for Independence to win a tight and electric ball game with a defensive touchdown making the difference.

Prediction: Independence 28, Hillsboro 20

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. JaVonta Payton – #1 ATH – Hillsboro (3 Star, 2017 #15 prospect TN, 247Sports)
2. Ben Hutch – #57 DL/OL – Hillsboro (3 Star, 2017 #27 prospect TN, 247Sports)
3. Matthew Jackson – #12 DB – Hillsboro   –  Eastern Kentucky Commit
4. Jeremiah Edwards – #22 WR/RB – Hillsboro
5. Landon Guidry – #7 – S/WR – Independence  –  (3 star 2017 #26 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Miss. St. Commit
6. Troy Henderson – #21 – RB – Independence
7. Hunter Dupree – #43 – ILB – Independence
8. Kendrell Scurry – #11 – WR – Independence  –   (4 star 2019 #5 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Tenn. Commit
9. Alan Waston – #15 – CB/WR – Independence
10. TJ Sheffield
– #2 – WR/RB/KR/DB – Independence


Goodpasture  Goodpasture Christian Cougars (3A) at Fairview Yellowjackets (3A)  Fairview High School

Friday at 7:00 pm

Goodpasture (9-2, Region 5 #2) used a balanced offensive attack and suffocating defense to defeat Harpeth 36-20.  Quarterback, Dylan Brooks, had an efficient night connecting on 7-10 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.  Jermaine Mason produced on the ground (11 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD) and through the air (4 receptions, 167 yards, 2 TDs).  Goodpasture will show multiple formations out of the Spread on offense and use a 3-4 defense to blitz from everywhere on the field.

3 Keys for Goodpasture
1. Get lined up correctly on defense against a Fairview offense that will show a variety of formations
2. Get the ball to athletes in space & pressure the Fairview defense to defend the entire field
3. Establish physical dominance on both lines of scrimmage

Fairview (11-0, Region 6 #1)
used a power running game to the tune of 246 yards rushing and five touchdowns to eliminate East Nashville 48-24.  Running back, Jake Beathard, led the Yellowjackets ground attack with 112 yards rushing on 23 carries and a touchdown, while also adding an 18-yard touchdown reception.  Hunter Caldwell and Josh Ortiz rounded out the scoring with one and three rushing touchdowns respectively.  Fairview will show various looks out of the I-Formation and line up in a 40 front on defense.

3 Keys for Fairview
1. Keep the Cougars play-makers in front of them & tackle well in space
2. Establish the running game early
3. Challenge the Cougars defensive backs in man coverage

“Coach Speak”
Fairview was the only team from Region 6 to survive the 1st round and did so in impressive fashion.  The Yellowjackets will come into this contest featuring a physical front, a punishing running game, and an underrated defensive unit.  Goodpasture continues to build on what has been a resurgence year with a litany of talented play-makers and an aggressive style of football.  Fairview needs to utilize multiple shifts and formations to confuse the Cougars defense, avoid turnovers, and score touchdowns in the red zone Friday night.  Goodpasture needs to continue to find the magic and the end zone on special teams, limit the Yellowjackets ground attack, and get their athletes the ball in space in order to advance to the quarterfinals.  In a back and forth, entertaining ballgame, look for the Cougars defense to come up with a big play late in the game to seal the victory and spoil the Yellowjackets undefeated season!

Prediction: Goodpasture 28, Fairview 23

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. Kody Crider – #2 – OLB/WR – Goodpasture
2. Jermaine Mason – #6 – CB/WR – Goodpasture
3. Julius Elders
– #4 – RB/LB – Goodpasture
4. Cameron Tompkins – #53 – DT/FB/G  – Goodpasture
5. Ke’Von Benson – #1 – LB/RB – Goodpasture
6. Jake Beathard – #4 – RB –  Fairview
7. Hunter Caldwell – #23 – LB/RB – Fairview 
8. Sam Sanborn – #28 – WR/OLB – Fairview


Christ Presbyterian Academy  Christ Presbyterian Academy (3A) at Stratford Spartans (3A)  Stratford

Friday at 7:00 pm

Christ Presbyterian Academy (5-6, Region 5 #3) used a 28 point second half outburst to break open a close ballgame and claim victory 51-30 over Camden Central.  Sophomore quarterback, Ryan Eledge, had a proficient night completing 13-16 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns.  Sophomore wide receiver, Noah Henderson, hauled in three receptions for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and linebacker, Kane Patterson, led the Lions defense with nine solo tackles and three tackles-for-a-loss.    CPA will line up in a 3-4 on defense and feature a power running attack from various formations out of the Spread.

3 Keys for CPA
1. Execute on both sides of the ball
2. Contain big play potential of the Stratford play-makers
3. Avoid turnovers

Stratford (11-0, Region 5 #1)
wasted little time establishing their dominance and crushed Cheatham County 42-6.   All-purpose back, Terrell Carter, led the Spartans with 188 yards rushing on nine carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback, Robert Lilly-Sneed, added two touchdowns through the air.  Stratford plays an aggressive 3-4 defense and will show a variety of formations from their pro-style offense.

3 Keys for Stratford
1. Find creative ways on offense & special teams to get TJ Carter 30+ touches
2. Avoid drive stalling & double digit penalties
3. Limit the Lions running game & force the Lions to convert on 3rd & long

“Coach Speak” Forecast:
Stratford snapped the Lions 26-game winning streak in region play with a 7-6 week seven victory that was marred by penalties and sloppy play.  Both teams have improved dramatically since that week seven contest, and the young players from both teams have gained valuable experience and confidence.  CPA needs to cause multiple turnovers on defense, control possession of the ball offensively, and be great tacklers in space against the Spartans talented skill position players.  Stratford has to avoid double digit, touchdown reversing penalties, find creative ways to get TJ Carter the rock, and force the Lions to convert 3rd & long situations with pressure on the quarterback.  CPA has gotten better and has a great future with a solid nucleus of young players on its roster; however, Stratford is on a mission to continue their undefeated season.  Watch for the Spartans to establish their physicality on both lines of scrimmage, force the Lions offense into mistakes, and hit a couple of 20+ yard plays on the Lion defense to survive and advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs!

Prediction: Stratford 27, CPA 13

Players Worth the Price of Admission
1. James Deaton – #34 – OLB/RB – CPA
2. Kane Patterson – #4 – MLB/RB – CPA
3. Ryan Eledge – #6 – QB – CPA
4. Noah Henderson – #25 – WR/KR – CPA
5. TJ Carter – #1 – RB/WR/CB/KR – Stratford  –  (3 star 2017 #14 prospect TN, 247Sports)  –  Memphis Commit
6. Ladarius Haynes – #15 – DE – Stratford
7. Bradley Jones
– #13 – S/WR – Stratford
8. Jaalon Gupton
– #64 – OL – Stratford




“Coach Speak” Season Record: 24-12 (67%); Playoff Record: 3-0 (100%)




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