Prep Notebook: Goodpasture, Dawson catching fire

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 12:20am

OK, which Goodpasture team is it?

Is it the one that lost to Whites Creek 28-0 in the season opener, with a later loss to CPA? Or is it the one which ran roughshod over Westmoreland and David Lipscomb the past two weeks by a combined 76-7?

Senior tailback Stephon Dawson believes it is the one with the late September surge. He rushed for 110 yards in 17 carries and one TD in a 35-7 victory over Friday at rival Lipscomb — the Cougars biggest win in the series since a 42-14 romp back in 1985.

“If we continue playing hard, there’s no reason we can’t finish the season strong,’’ said Dawson, a workhorse back who is replacing his friend Ben Cunningham, a Mr. Football winner last year. Dawson’s game put him at 590 yards at the season’s midway point, well on track for the 1,000-yard mark.

“I’m looking to provide some leadership, someone that my teammates know they can count on, make the big plays when we need them,’’ Dawson said. “Our defense is playing well, too,’’ said Dawson, who led a 302-yard rushing onslaught by his team.

Goodpasture’s 382 yards of total offense translated into a big 30:52 to 17:08 edge in time of possession. The Cougars (3-2) host White House Friday as they look for their third straight win and the lead in the District 9-AA race.

Architect of the surge is sophomore QB Keenan Reynolds, who scored one TD on a sneak and threw two TD passes, both to sophomore Robert Walls.

“It makes no difference to me whether a run the ball, hand the ball off or pass, whatever it takes to win,’’ said Reynolds. “We have a great offensive line, and I have some great offensive weapons to hand off to or throw to. Our team is putting things together lately, and I think we can go a long way.’’

Nabors favors defense

All good teams seem to have a player like versatile Glenn Nabors on their roster.

Nabors, a senior, booted 5-of-5 extra points and made seven tackles on defense in Goodpasture’s win over Lipscomb.

“Defense, definitely,’’ said Nabors, a 5-10½, 175-pound inside linebacker, when asked what part of the game he prefers. “At linebacker, I get in on a lot of the action, and I love to hit people, it’s a lot better than getting hit,’’ he said. “We have a really good defense, which I love to be a part of.’’

Lipscomb streak in jeopardy

For the first time in Coach Glenn McCadams’ 28 seasons as Lipscomb head coach, the Mustangs have a losing record (2-3) at the halfway point of the season and the school’s streak of 16 straight playoff berths is in slight jeopardy.

And next up is tough Whites Creek.

Whites Creek throws blanks

Whites Creek coach Anthony Law calls his defense by far the best he’s coached in his five-year tenure as Cobra coach. The Cobras (4-1) have shut out four of their five foes, losing only in a tough 15-12 setback at Mt. Juliet. The Cobras have just come off their most impressive win of the season in a 25-0 whitewash at Hunters Lane.

“It’s a special unit,’’ Law said. He named defensive end Jeremy Cole, cornerback Clifford Jetton, linebackers Keith Woods and Jalen Dukes as leaders of the unit.

Whites Creek invades Lipscomb Friday in a huge District 10-4A game.

Davidson star out

Davidson Academy was hit with a severe jolt when super tailback Justin Williams was lost for the season with an ACL knee injury in a 55-0 win over Riverside Christian loss Sept. 18. Williams had already rushed for 841 yards, which was first in the Nashville area.

That followed a superlative sophomore season in a 2,801, 39-TD year, leading the Bears to the state DII-A title. He has 5,049 career yards which he will take into his senior season. He will undergo surgery Thursday. The Bears (4-1) host Ezell-Harding Friday.

It’s been a rough couple of months for the Williams family in football. Justin’s brother Jordan, a promising freshman, was lost for the season after suffering a broken ankle in a pre-season scrimmage last month.

Overton-McGavock showdown

Overton, off to its best start since 2002, blitzed Centennial 34-0 Friday, scoring in every quarter to go 5-0. Tez Humphrey scored his 15th TD of the season in the first quarter.

The Bobcats host McGavock (4-1) on Friday for the lead in District 12-AAA.

McGavock, led by the defensive play of CB Aaron Simms and DB Tony Gooch, crushed Wilson Central 28-13.