Never in his lengthy head coaching tenure has Goodpasture coach David Martin seen anything like the past two Friday nights.
Martin and his staff, not to mention his players, likely have gotten dizzy looking back and forth between the scoreboard and the field. In a span of seven days, they have seen 1,000 yards of offense – twice – which nearly caused a scoreboard blowup.
The Cougars went back and forth with Macon County two weeks ago before pulling out a 45-44 decision on a late Nic Adamopolous field goal.
Last Friday, the Cougars weren’t as fortunate. They dropped a 43-42 decision to Pope John Paul II.
“I’m sure it was fun to watch,’’ Martin said. “Both games were certainly exciting and entertaining to the fans, a little tougher on coaches. We weren’t able to stop JPII on that last run, or we might have won both games.
“I’ve certainly never been a part of anything like that before.”
Both games were noteworthy in that:
• In each game, both teams scored in every quarter.
• Against Macon County, Goodpasture rallied from 44-35 down midway through the fourth quarter and pulled out the win with 10 unanswered points late. In the JPII game, the Knights outscored Goodpasture 26-21 in an amazing final quarter. Robert Davis’ touchdown with 13 seconds left won it after the Cougars had gone ahead 42-37 with 1:06 to go.
• Macon County (473) and Goodpasture (529) combined for 1,002 yards total offense. JPII (504) and Goodpasture (499) combined for 1,003.
• Goodpasture quarterback Keenan Reynolds had 453 yards of total offense against Macon and 328 more against JPII.
For the season, Reynolds has rushed for 449 yards (with nine touchdowns) and passed for 784 and five touchdowns. His 1,233 yards of total offense are – by far – the best in Nashville.
“Keenan has taken it to another level this season,” Martin said. “He’s been spectacular for us. He’s a four-year starter, and he has gotten better every year. We wanted to make sure we don’t overcrowd him with too much in the playbook, but we’ve added a little bit as the season has gone along.”
To sum up the Cougars at midseason: the offense has been great, and the defense … not so much.
It has added up to a 1-3 with Westmoreland, a team which scored 62 points last Friday against Cannon County, next on the schedule. It is not exactly an inviting prospect for a Cougars defense that has allowed 87 points in the last two weeks. It also is Goodpasture’s region opener.
“Certainly, I’m happy with the way our offense has played. Our defense is very young, but I can see improvement,” Martin said. “Hopefully, as the season goes along, our defense will make the strides that we think they can.”
After the home game with Westmoreland, Goodpasture plays rival David Lipscomb in the TV-30 Thursday night lights game on Sept. 22.
• Ryan Invitational: Defending DII state champ Ensworth and runner-up St. Benedict are among 10 teams competing in the annual Father Ryan Invitational Volleyball tournament this weekend. Ensworth and St. Benedict open the tournament with a match against each other Friday at 4 p.m.
Also competing are Siegel, LaVergne, Briarcrest, Davidson Academy, St. George’s, Summit, Harding and perennial power and host Ryan. Pool play continues Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Semifinals, followed by finals are scheduled late Saturday afternoon.
• FRA’s Mingus to race: Franklin Road Academy junior Mason Mingus heads to Salem, Ind., this weekend to compete in the ARCA racing series, a division of NASCAR. He won at Salem last year in the Super Late model division. He also wrestles and competes in track for FRA.
Antioch at McGavock
Battleground Academy at Montgomery Bell Academy
Brentwood Academy at Pope John Paul II
Cane Ridge at Overton
David Lipscomb at Maplewood
East Lit at Pearl-Cohn
Ensworth at Baylor
Father Ryan at McCallie
FRA at Knoxville Grace
Franklin at Hillsboro
Hunters Lane at Hillwood
Independence at Centennial
Knox Webb at Donelson Christian Academy
Nashville Christian School at McEwen
Ravenwood at Brentwood
Stratford at Christ Presbyterian Academy
Westmoreland at Goodpasture
Whites Creek at Glencliff
Zion Christian at Ezell-Harding