Heading into the final month of the regular season, coach Tony Brunetti would very much like to see just one win streak out of his Pearl-Cohn squad.
Two in a row would be especially nice. Through six games, his Firebirds (3-3) have followed each of their wins with a loss — then another win.
In the three victories, Pearl-Cohn averaged 34 points and allowed seven total, with two shutouts. In their losses, the Firebirds have scored just 20 points and allowed 78.
“It’s been a rough year,” Brunetti said before practice earlier this week. “But our schedule has a lot to do with that. Our losses have been to Blackman, BGA and MBA, three outstanding teams.”
On tap Friday is a huge home game with rival Maplewood (4-2) in a battle for first place in District 10-AAA. Maplewood is 3-0 in league play. Pearl-Cohn is 2-0.
The only other unbeaten is No. 2 ranked CPA (5-0, 1-0) which visits East Lit on Friday.
“They [Maplewood] are big, athletic, and have a strong line,” Brunetti said. “It’s a tall order for us, for sure.”
Major emphasis will be on Maplewood tailback Ladarius Vanlier, Nashville’s leading rusher who went over the 1,000-yard mark last week. He has 1,102 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns.
Pearl-Cohn counters with a 1-2 rushing combo of Darrius Darden-Box and Trevon Miles, who run behind steady quarterback Mario Gordon.
“Our overall goal hasn’t changed and that is to win the district,” Brunetti said. “We’re a little short in depth. When we get to Week 9, we get a bye, and at that point, we hope to heal up, play decent football and finish strong.”
• BA challenges Baylor: Red-hot Brentwood Academy (4-1, 2-0), winner of four straight, challenges top-ranked Chattanooga Baylor (6-0, 4-0) for first place in DII-AA Friday.
BA junior quarterback Max Staver has passed for 696 yards and seven touchdowns, and D’Montre Wade has rushed for 581 and eight touchdowns.
• Armstrong wins State Golf: David Lipscomb’s Dowling Armstrong rallied on the final day Wednesday and won the TSSAA Class A/AA boys state golf title at Willowbrook Club in Manchester.
Armstrong, who trailed by three shots after Tuesday’s opening round, fired a sizzling six-under 66, for a 138 total. He won by two strokes.
His score helped Lipscomb finish second in the team race with a 612 total, five shots behind champion Notre Dame (607).
CPA’s Peyton Deming tied for fourth place with a 71-73 – 144, Goodpasture’s Aaron Burnett placed seventh at 148. Armstrong’s younger brother Dawson wound up tied for ninth at 150, and Lipscomb’s Logan Matthews shot a 152.
Marlee Ingham of Creek Wood was the girls medalist as she shot a one-under 71 on the final day for a winning card of 76-71 – 147. Page’s Jessica Zweiffel placed 11th at 166.
• BGA Inductees: Battle Ground Academy will induct five members into its sports Hall of Fame Saturday following a 10 a.m. brunch at Embassy Suites In Cool Springs.
The honorees will be recognized Friday during the Wildcats’ game with McCallie. They include (with sport and graduation year): Will Anderson (football, 1898), Billy Isaacs (football, 1949), Lisa Jewell (basketball, 1990), Albert Jordan (football, 1946) and Brandon Wood (basketball, 1993).
Baylor at Brentwood Academy
Beech at Hendersonville
Brentwood High at Centennial
CPA at East Literature
DCA at FRA
Franklin at Ravenwood
Glencliff at Cane Ridge
Independence at Hillsboro
Knox Webb at Ezell-Harding
Maplewood at Pearl-Cohn
MBA at Father Ryan
McCallie at BGA
McGavock at Hunters Lane
Overton at Hillwood
Pope JPII at Ensworth
Riverside Christian at Davidson Academy
Whites Creek at Lipscomb
White House at Goodpasture