Ushering in a new coaching era a day early, McGavock’s Raiders hope to get off to a good start Thursday night when they visit Mt. Juliet in front of a regional television audience.
The Raiders have turned the football reins over to charismatic Jay Gore, 53, who has had several coaching stops, the latest as an assistant at Brentwood High.
Fans might wonder if McGavock’s Metro Jamboree two quarters against Whites Creek recently was an illusion or something they will see as the norm. The Raiders called no running plays and passed 26 times.
“Every down,” Gore said when asked how much McGavock would pass Thursday. “No, maybe not, we’ll just see how things go. Hopefully, it’ll be a lot of fun.
“My big worry is Mt. Juliet, they have an outstanding team. They have 90 kids out, and Roger Perry (who won a state championship at Portland and was a perennial playoff contender) is an outstanding coach. He wins year after year. It’s the classic David vs. Goliath situation for us.”
The 7 p.m. game will be televised on Nashville WUXP-TV, Ch. 30 (Comcast Ch. 14) on its Thursday night game of the week.
Asked about playing on TV, Gore said, “I just hope we play well, whether we’re on TV or playing with no one in the stands.”
McGavock went with three quarterbacks in the Jamboree, but Gore said senior Kody McKinley would be the starter.
McKinley completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards in his one series segment in the Jamboree. Totaled up, McKinley, Pressley Gambel and DeAnthony Patrick clicked on 20-of-26 passes for 244 yards.
More impressive was the number of different Raider receivers who caught passes -- 10. That unit was led by split end Leonard Warfield, with all three of his catches going for touchdowns (17, 9 and 30) yards. Mike Green, Trenton Hayes and Aaron Sims all also caught three passes for the air-minded Raiders.
Last year, Mt. Juliet edged McGavock 21-20.
• Overton entertains Stratford: An interesting duel will be held at Overton, contrasting a team expected to be good (Overton, 1-0) and one not expected to be good (Stratford, 1-0).
The Spartans (0-10 last year) upended favored Hunters Lane 24-12 last Friday, scoring two defensive touchdowns in the final half-minute of the game to snap a 12-12 tie. They came from 6-foot, 250-pound defensive tackle Shawn Betty who caught a fumble in mid-air and rumbled 65 yards, and defensive back Oliver Lewis, who scooped up a fumble right after the kickoff and scored.
• MBA freshmen impressive: Two reasons MBA scored an impressive 17-0 shutout win over Pearl-Cohn last week were the play of two freshmen – running back Jalen Hurd and tight end/defensive tackle Jay Robertson.
Hurd rushed for 45 yards as eight MBA backs rolled up a total of 227. Robertson made several tackles for the Big Red, which shut down the Firebirds who had just eight first downs. “They both played great,” coach Daniel McGugin said.
MBA (1-0) faces another big challenge Friday when Maplewood (1-0) and star backs Stanley Hagan and LeDarius Vanlier visit. MBA staged a furious fourth-quarter rally for a 31-28 win over the Panthers last year.
“On defense, you first must look for No. 26 (Hagan) and No. 20 (Vanlier),” McGugin said. “They also have an outstanding defense, which shut out Hillsboro, and No. 7 (Dewain Smith) is an excellent defensive back.”
• East Lit’s Wilson debuts: Veteran coach Jim Wilson, 61, who was head coach at Goodpasture for 10 years and Glencliff for 13, makes his debut as head coach at East Lit Friday when the Eagles visit Westmoreland.
McGavock at Mt. Juliet
Antioch at Centennial
BGA at Marshall County
CPA at Lexington Christian
NCS at Ezell-Harding
East Lit at Westmoreland
Hillsboro at Whites Creek
Father Ryan at Hillwood
Maplewood at MBA
Northeast at Pearl-Cohn
Sycamore at Glencliff
Riverside Christian at FRA
Stratford at Overton
Goodpasture at Ravenwood
Cane Ridge at LaVergne
Independence at Oakland
Brentwood High at Smyrna
Brentwood Academy at Southwind
Franklin at Hopkinsville, Ky.