McGavock High coach Jay Gore was asked how his team planned to defense Overton in their region match-up Friday night.
His Raiders face a big defensive challenge in powerful runners like Montez Humphreys and MTSU commitment Tracy Hampton, two of Nashville’s rushing leaders. Humprheys has more than 600 yards rushing, well on his way to a second straight 1,000-yard season.
Both teams are 4-1 overall and the contest is a battle for first place in Region 6-6A.
“We might have to go to our 6-6-5 scheme, that might slow them down some,” Gore joked.
Informed that the alignment would place17 players on defense and that his team would be penalized for having too many men on the field, Gore laughed and said, “even that may not be enough.”
“I’ve known (Overton coach) Terry Anderson for a long time and I know that his kids always work hard and are very physical, and that’s the direction we’re trying to go,” Gore said. “They don’t beat themselves.”
The game may turn into McGavock’s passing game, headed by senior quarterback Kody McKinley, versus the Bobcats’ running game. McKinley has 858 yards passing and 13 touchdowns, three last week.
McGavock is 2-0 in the region, Overton 1-0. A win for either team Friday virtually locks up a playoff berth.
Looking at this week’s TSSAA 6A playoff standings, both teams would be solidly in if the season ended today.
McGavock has won four straight since an opening 27-0 shutout loss at Mt. Juliet. Since then, the Raiders have averaged 34 points per game.
Overton’s only loss was 22-21 at Lipscomb on a final-minute two-point run.
“We know we’re going to have to score some points,” Gore said. “Lately, we’ve tried to scale some things back for Kody, we were putting too much on his plate early on.
“We’ve taken a few things out of our offense. We’re still going to have a 70-30 ratio of pass to run, but we’ve tried to simplify some things in the passing game.”
Asked what he saw on looking at film of Overton, Gore said, “You notice that they just play hard all the time. There’s no special scheme they have on defense, they simply come to get you, all 11 are in attack mode.”
• Showdown at BA: Top-ranked and high-scoring Brentwood Academy (6-0) faces its toughest test of the season as the Eagles host Ensworth (2-2) Thursday night. BA is averaging almost 50 points a game. Ensworth knocked off 6A No. 1 Smyrna last week.
The game is on WUXP-TV (Ch. 30) on its Thursday Night Lights package.
BA is 3-0 in DII East/Middle, Ensworth is 1-1.
• Doug Hall group meets: A group of former Bellevue and Hillwood High athletes have planned a meeting Saturday, Oct. 9 from noon-5 p.m. at Starbucks, 8121 Highway 100, for the purpose of gathering final records and paperwork for a nomination for the late Doug Hall to the Metro Schools Hall of Fame.
Hall spent 34 years coaching football, basketball and track at Bellevue and Hillwood. For info, contact Tom Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chuck Hargrove, 337-3261.
• McCadams named top coach: David Lipscomb coach Glenn McCadams has been named Tennessee Titans state coach of the week after his Mustangs edged rival Goodpasture 21-20 last week. It was their third straight win after starting 0-2.
Ensworth at Brentwood Academy, 7 p.m. (WUXP-TV)
NCS at White House-Heritage
Centennial at Brentwood High
Davidson Academy at Ezell-Harding
DCA at Moore County
Goodpasture at White House
Hillsboro at Independence
Hillwood at Antioch
McGavock at Overton
MBA at BGA
Lipscomb at Whites Creek
Pope JPII at Father Ryan
Ravenwood at Franklin
Glencliff at East Literature
Cane Ridge at Hunters Lane
Maplewood at Pearl-Cohn
CPA at Stratford
Zion Christian at FRA