If you're in Nashville for Thursday's Vandy-MTSU game, and you want to stay around on Friday to take in a great high school game, you're in luck. This week's "High School Game of the Week for Vandy Fans" is Christ Presbyterian (1-0) at Ezell-Harding (2-0), a battle between two proud private schools that dot Nashville's southern perimeter.
It's been a while since Nashville has seen an offense as explosive as Ezell-Harding's. Behind quarterback J.P. Shelly, the Eagles have destroyed their first two foes by a combined score of 119-21. Shelly tied a national high school record by throwing 10 touchdown passes in the Eagles' opening win over Loretto.
Vandy fans will especially want to keep an eye on Erik Davis, who plays receiver and returns kicks for Ezell-Harding. The 6-2, 185-pound Davis has all the tools to become a fine college receiver. Vanderbilt has reportedly offered a scholarship to Davis, and would love to see him make an early decision to become a Commodore. Davis also stars in basketball for the Eagles, and some think he's good enough to play college basketball.
Christ Presbyterian Academy is the defending state Class A champion, and will pose a stiff test for Ezell-Harding. The Lions' top player is senior quarterback Blake Atchison, a running / throwing threat. Last week CPA opened with University School of Jackson-- the team CPA had defeated in last year's state championship game-- and CPA won again, 20-12.
For a small school, CPA has produced an amazing number of college prospects. Last year's CPA team, which went 15-0 on the way to the state championship, had Cooper Wallace, Steven Ross and James Corder, all of whom signed with major colleges. Three years ago CPA quarterback David Wallace signed with Vanderbilt.
Both teams have quick-strike offenses, and this game could turn into a track meet. It should be quite a spectacle, even for fans with no particular allegiance to either team.