NCS Loses Opener, Prepares for BGA
By Stetson Marlin
Nashville Christian suffered a loss last Friday night at Columbia Academy, 28-14.
Columbia Academy started the scoring early as they took the opening kickoff to the end zone to take the lead, 7-0. NCS couldn’t gain much momentum throughout the game as they put themselves in a 21-0 deficit. The Eagles finally broke the scoring drought as Jesse Watson ran for a 31 yard touchdown right before halftime.
In the third quarter, NCS was able to gain momentum as Chad Kinnard threw a beautiful pass to Bobby Clark for a 31 yard touchdown pass. The Eagles had the chance to tie the game back up, but Tre Davidson of Columbia Academy ran for a 44 yard touchdown to put the score in favor of Columbia Academy, 28-14. That score ended up being the final score of this game.
NCS was only able to gain 155 yards throughout the game. Chad Kinnard threw for 69 yards on 8-18 passing, with one touchdown and one interception. The Eagles were only able to gain 86 yards on the ground, as Jesse Watson led the team with 64 yards rushing on 11 attempts.
Columbia Academy was able to gain 266 yards of offense throughout the night. They gained most of it on the ground as they rushed for 234 and threw for only 32 yards.
Tre Davidson and Blake Kleinke were able to establish the run game as Davidson ran for 128 yards on 20 attempts, and Kleinke ran for 72 yards on nine attempts.
The Eagles shot themselves in the foot all night as they had three turnovers in key moments throughout the game. NCS had two fumbles and an interception during the game.
Jesse Watson had to help Nashville Christian establish offense throughout the game. Watson was a workhorse as he had to take on the role of running back as the Eagles were without their starting running back, Xavier Myers. Watson had 64 yards on the ground, 29 receiving, and also had 5 tackles on defense.
Jesse Parrish led Nashville Christian in tackles throughout the night as he had nine total tackles. Daniel Watson was close behind as he had six tackles. Brant Lawless had 5.5 tackles, and also had a tackle for loss.
NCS Battles BGA This Week
Nashville Christian hopes to rebound from last weeks loss as they head to take on Battle Ground Academy. BGA won last week against Forrest, 48-19. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM at Battle Ground Academy.
Nashville Christian heads down to Franklin to take on Battle Ground Academy this Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
NCS heads into this game, 0-1, after they lost last week’s match-up against Columbia Academy by the score of 28-14.
Battle Ground Academy heads into the game 1-0, after beating Forrest last week, 48-19.
A few keys players in this ballgame for Nashville Christian should again be Brant Lawless, Jesse Watson, and Xavier Myers.
Lawless was able to make noise last week against Columbia Academy, and should do the same this week. One of Lawless’ strengths is being able to stop the run up the middle. He could even be used on offense this week to help Nashville Christian move the ball.
Jesse Watson had a good game last week. Watson was a 3-way threat as he was on the return team, and played offense and defense all night as well. If Xavier is still hurt, Jesse could get more reps at running back this week as well.
Xavier Myers could still potentially be a game-time decision this week. Myers will be a huge threat to other teams when he is healthy. He should be able to make noise running the ball and getting time at safety as well.
A few key players for Battle Ground Academy in this week’s match-up should be Drew Martin, Ollie Reese, and Jack Jewell.
Martin is a senior quarterback for BGA and was also the QB for last year’s team. Martin threw for a little under 2500 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
In last week’s game against Forrest, Martin threw for 327 yards on 24-28 on passing, with three touchdowns. Ollie Reese was an All Region pick last season for BGA. Reese caught eight touchdowns on 36 catches for 617 yards. Reese caught five passes for 77 yards and one touchdown last week.
Jack Jewell was a threat offensively and defensively for Battle Ground Academy last season. Offensively, he had 33 catches for 581 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he had five interceptions as well at defensive back. In last week’s game against Forrest, Jewell caught nine passes for 161 yards, and a touchdown.
There are a few things to watch out for in this week’s contest for Nashville Christian and Battle Ground Academy. It will be interesting to see how Nashville Christian and Battle Ground Academy’s skill players match up against each other.
BGA has a few good wide receiver’s who have the chance to show out in this game, so it’ll be interesting to see if Jesse Watson, Bobby Clark, Xavier Myers and others step up to stop BGA’s passing game.