A Shootout and a Blowout

Learn more about the first two of seven state championships games to take place in the state. Find out which teams came out victorious and which players had the biggest impacts in each game.

Unlike many states Tennessee has divided schools into separate leagues between private schools and public schools. For the private schools they are a part of Division II which is split into a smaller classification and a larger classification. Since there are so few teams in these classifications the playoffs is an eight team three round format making this week the third and final round for four teams.

Today was the day for the beginning of the state championship games in the state. A game day to chosen on a Tuesday because the stadium is also site to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who played on the field this past Saturday night. There were two games played tonight. The first game played this afternoon was between Nashville-David Academy led by sophomore sensation running back Justin Williams and Memphis-Harding Academy standout receiver Marlon Brown.

In a shootout, the Bears from Nashville-Davidson Academy outlasted the Lions from Memphis-Harding Academy 36-34. Led by sophomore tailback Williams, who rushed for 179 yards, the Bears were able to score just enough to take away a state championship from the five star prospect Brown. In a losing effort, Brown showed why he is one of the best prospects not only in the state, but in the country. He hauled in 199 receiving yards while putting up 139 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Fans from across the state were able to watch the senior put on a big time show and should expect him to see him on Saturdays doing the same thing soon.

The evening game featured the Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy took on the Owls from Memphis-University School. The Owls came into the game as a favorite given their proven track record including their convincing win over Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy and Olive Branch (Miss.). The Eagles on the other hand have had an up and down season including losses to Brentwood-Ravenwood and Nashville-Father Ryan.

As for the game it was complete domination by the Owls, who held a 31-0 lead at the half. The Owls were led by junior standout quarterback Barry Brunetti, who completed 12 out of 27 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns. Brunetti, who can get it done through the air and on the ground, also added 70 yards on the ground. The Owls also had a big performance from wide receiver Taylor Reed, who hauled in 107 yards in the winning effort. The Owls dominated the Eagles in the end with a 38-18 victory over the Eagles. For the Eagles they still had a strong performance from junior running back Josh Tate, who rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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