Preps: CPA's quest for another state soccer title begins at Chattanooga

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 10:03pm
Staff reports

Christ Presbyterian Academy challenges Notre Dame as the TSSAA state soccer tournament opens Wednesday in Chattanooga.

Making their fourth straight Class A/AA state appearance, the Lions (17-4-3) are led by Victoria Anderson and Alyssa Curtis, who was named district MVP last week. Both scored three goals in a 7-0 sectional romp at home last Saturday against Spring Hill.

CPA was state runner-up in 2007 but hasn’t been back to the championship game since.

The CPA-Notre Dame game starts at 6 p.m. (CDT) at Chattanooga Christian and is the last of four quarterfinal games that day. Page meets Dyersburg in the third match at 3:30 p.m.

Semifinals are Thursday afternoon, finals Saturday.

• Ravenwood (14-4-6) kicks off the AAA tournament at 10:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Baylor when it meets Bearden. Franklin (17-4-2) plays Oakland in the last of the four quarterfinal games at 6 p.m.

Semifinals are Thursday.

• Pope John Paul II and Battle Ground Academy both made the Division II-AA final four, which opens Thursday at Girls Preparatory School.

JPII (15-3-1), led by Cailin Harris, plays St, Agnes at 3:30 p.m., followed by BGA (9-9) vs. Baylor at 6 p.m.

The championship match is Friday.

Ryan gets rematch with MBA: One of the more intriguing rematches of the state football playoffs Friday sends long-time rivals Father Ryan (4-6) and MBA (8-2) against each other in DII.

The two have met three times in the DII playoffs – Ryan beat the Big Red in the 1997 championship game, then MBA won games in 1998 and 2007. The last came during MBA’s unbeaten title run in Daniel McGugin’s first year as coach.

Ryan, which has lost 15 straight games to MBA, looks to avenge a 27-13 loss to the Big Red last month.

“They (Ryan) are playing their best football right now,” McGugin said. “The last two weeks, they gave both Ensworth and Baylor great games. They had chances to tie both game in the final quarter.

“One of the challenging things about coaching is planning for the rematches and how you make the right adjustments for the second game. It’s a cliché, but we have to protect the ball.”

Ryan has settled on Christian Nicho as its starting quarterback. He passed for 211 yards in the loss at MBA. Running back Prince Iworah, who scored two touchdowns against Baylor, leads the Irish ground game.

MBA tailback Tyler Franks rushed for 165 yards in the first Ryan game.

Area milestones

• David Lipscomb senior running back William Officer broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for the third straight year after his 207-yard, four-touchdown performance against East Lit. He has 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season.

For his career, Officer has 3,844 yards and a good shot to become one of the few Nashville backs to ever hit 4,000.

Lipscomb (7-3) hosts Macon County in the first round of the 4A playoffs Friday.

• Nashville Christian School split end Thomas Knobloch caught seven more passes for 130 yards in last Friday’s loss to top-ranked Jo Byrns. He leads Nashville receivers with 46 catches for 933 yards.

• BGA junior quarterback C.J. Beathard topped 2,000 yards passing in the Wildcats’ loss to Ensworth last week. He ended with 129 yards in the game and 2,001 (with 14 touchdowns) for the season.

• Pearl-Cohn junior cornerbck Demario Donnell had another interception in the Firebirds’ win at CPA. That gave him eight, best in Nashville.