One of the area’s biggest football games of the young season comes Friday when Montgomery Bell Academy (2-0) visits rival Ensworth (0-1) in a DII showdown.
Ensworth has peppered MBA with 91 points in two big wins (41-28 and 50-14, respectively) in the last two regular seasons. MBA avenged last year’s loss with a victory in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
If the first two weeks are any indication, that won’t happen again.
MBA has opened the season with shutout wins over offensive juggernauts Pearl-Cohn (17-0) and Maplewood (24-0), the first time since 1989 the Big Red has not allowed a point through their first two games. In 2001 and 2007, MBA shut out two of its first three foes.
Against Pearl-Cohn, MBA allowed just eight first downs and 177 total yards. The Big Red was even more impressive vs. Maplewood with just six first downs and 103 yards total allowed.
Storylines are numerous, with the most notable being Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers both playing, then coaching at MBA where he won three state titles. Those were with MBA all-state quarterback Ingle Martin, who now is Bowers’ quarterbacks coach at Ensworth.
• Father Ryan hosts BA: Besides the MBA-Ensworth rivalry duel, another DII showdown will send Brentwood Academy (2-0) to Father Ryan (1-1). The Irish have beaten BA the past two seasons, including 35-34 last year. Hot Brentwood Academy has scored 103 points in its first two games.
• Overton 1-2 punch: Overton’s Tez Humphrey and Tracy Hampton continue to show that they are the top rushing duo in Nashville.
The two combined for 312 yards and five touchdowns in the Bobcats’ 49-18 romp over Stratford. Humphrey rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Hampton added 134 and one touchdown rushing, along with another touchdown on a 55-yard interception return.
Spotting the Spartans a 6-0 lead, Overton (2-0) took command with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter.
The Bobcats take a week off before visiting Lipscomb.
• Dedication of Brimm gymnasium at Madison Sept. 1: Old Madison High School is returning in the form of the new Madison Middle School.
The school building, which recently was renovated, will be dedicated in the school gymnasium 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the 300 Old Hickory Blvd. address.
The most noteworthy event of the day will be the naming of the basketball court in honor of Bill Brimm, who coached football, basketball, baseball and golf. He was mainly known for winning championships in football, competing in numerous bowl games including the Clinic Bowl, and for his 1959 team, which finished runner-up in the state in the wire service polls.
Many former alumni and friends of Madison and players under coach Brimm are expected to attend.
• Goodpasture’s Martin collects coaching award: Goodpasture’s David Martin was named the Tennessee Titans’ coach of the week for Week 1 after the Cougars defeated Ravenwood 42-35 in overtime last Friday. Goodpasture twice rallied from 14-point deficits before it won in overtime.
It makes Martin eligible for the Titans coach of the year selection, made at the end of the season.
Brentwood at Independence
Brentwood Acad. at Ryan
Baylor at BGA
Cane Ridge at McGavock
Clarksville Acad. at NCS
DCA at Davidson Academy
East Literature at CPA
FRA at St. Benedict
Franklin at Centennial
Glencliff at Hillwood
Goodpasture at Macon County
Hunters Lane at Antioch
Knox Webb at Ezell-Harding
MBA at Ensworth
McCallie at Pope JPII
Lipscomb at Maplewood
Lewis County at Page
Pearl-Cohn at Ft. Campbell
Ravenwood at Hillsboro
Whites Creek at Stratford