With a rushing attack hovering near zero yards, how could McGavock possibly think it would be successful?
Answer: The air Raiders put up almost 200 yards passing and never called a single running play in their two-quarter 25-0 blowout of Whites Creek in the 42nd Metro Jamboree Saturday night at McGavock.
Using three quarterbacks, all of whom threw for at least one touchdown, McGavock clicked on 20 of 26 attempts for 194 yards and one interception. It was the most impressive showing by any team of the three nights of the Jamboree, which concluded Saturday.
Officially, McGavock had two rushes for minus-2 yards. That came when the quarterbacks were tackled while scrambling.
Whether it was medium or long-range passes or just dump-offs to backs, McGavock’s quarterbacks found their targets. Kody McKinley, the likely opening night starter Sept. 3, hit 5 of 6 for 57 yards and a touchdown. Pressley Gambel hit a sparkling 11 of 12 for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Lefty DeAnthony Patrick came in and went 4-for-8 with one touchdown and one interceptio,
Asked if a rushing stat near zero would cause too much of an imbalance in a regular season game, new coach Jay Gore said, “(Pass-minded college coaches) Mike Leech and Urban Meyer might disagree with you. We have three great kids at quarterback, and all bring to the table some different, yet very good things.
“The best thing we have going for this team is commitment. We practiced at 7 a.m., and one kid lives five miles from here without a ride. I asked him how he got here on time, and he said, “I got up at 5:30 a.m. and walked. That’s commitment.”
It looks like a new day at McGavock.
Overton running back duo bolsters Bobcat season
From their days with the South Nashville Sooners to today’s Overton Bobcats, running backs Marteze (Tez) Humphrey and Andrew (Drew) Montgomery are a duo no defense wants to see.
They give the Bobcats a powerful 1-2 running punch and provide fans a reason to believe their team can improve on the one that went 8-3 and reached the playoffs last year.
“Andrew and I have been teammates since we started out in junior football together with the Sooners,” Humphrey said last Friday, just after he scored two touchdowns in the Bobcats’ 21-7 win over Hillsboro in the Metro Jamboree. “We’re very close.
“We have a good offense, a lot of good linemen which makes it easier for Andrew and I to run through.”
Humphrey scored touchdowns on runs of and one yard and gained a total 40 yards in the two quarters of play.
“Tez is a guy who is very humble and works very hard,’’ Anderson said. “He’s someone who is capable of rushing for 100 yards each game.
“We were teammates on the (age) 11-12 Sooners team and have been close ever since. I think that makes for good chemistry, and that is one of the strong points of our team.”
It is their strength and beef, which are their biggest assets. Humphrey is 5-11, 210 and Montgomery is 5-9, 220 and usually it takes more than one defender to bring down either one.
Overton also scored when quarterback Ryan Roberson hit a wide-open Bobby Samuels with a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Hillsboro got on the board when backup quarterback C.J. Robinson hit Tez Vestal on a 60-yard pass play with 42 seconds left.
Hillwood gains impressive tie with Lipscomb
Hillwood, a school which has won just four games in three years, looks like a team on the rise after an impressive 14-14 Jamboree tie with David Lipscomb, a team with rich tradition.
The Toppers showed a strong 1-2-3 rushing attack with the elusive Decoya Miller along with Terry Bulloch and Anthony Jahmare, who scored the tying touchdown with 21 seconds left.
“We’re trying to give the school more of a name in football, and it’s started with our coaching staff, who believes in us and is working us hard,” the speedy 5-8½, 152-pound Bulloch said. “We believe in the coaches and in each other. We’re going to work hard for each and every yard we run for, which will be the result of our offensive line.”
“We’ve got a long way to go, we have just four seniors,” new coach Bubba Spears said. “But I like how our team is getting better and improving each day.”
Asked if he thought about going for two to try to get the win vs. Lipscomb, Spears said, “Heck, it’s just a jamboree. Besides, coach (Glen) McCadams would probably have shot me if we had tried it.”
Brandon Holland caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, and senior William Officer, who has rushed for more than 2,600 his first two seasons, scored on a 58-yard bolt around the left side, in the highlights for Lipscomb.
Wilson ready for challenge at East Lit
Jim Wilson is ready for another football challenge after taking over the East Literature program earlier this summer.
“We got started a little late,’’ he said. “The biggest challenge was putting our staff together on pretty short notice. But the kids are starting to get used to me, and I’m starting to get used to them. They’ve made the adjustment well.”
Wilson, 61, coached at Goodpasture for 10 years, then Glencliff for 13 before taking over as principal at Friendship Christian for two years. After staying out for one year after that, the coaching bug got to him again for the East Lit challenge.
Cane Ridge beat East Lit 6-0 on a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown by the Ravens’ Jeremy Greer with 1:57 left.
Also, Tyler Wilson intercepted a pass and later scored on a 33-yard pass play, sparking Stratford to a 6-0 win over Antioch in the finale.
Hunters Lane senior Currie anchors line
Veteran Hunters Lane line coach Wes Elrod says that mammoth center John Currie is one of the best linemen he’s had a chance to work with. The 6-4, 305-pound senior is someone the Warriors are counting heavily on in terms of leadership as well as blocking.
“He’s a hard worker, with a lot of experience, very humble, very coachable,” Elrod said last week, just prior to the beginning of the Jamboree. “He’s fun to work with and is an excellent player.”
“As a senior, I know my leadership is important. And as lineman, I know I have to give my best to give our backs a chance for some running room in our offense,” Currie said. “We have to have a good outlook, have a lot of heart and work hard. If we all do our jobs, we should have no problems scoring.”
Currie said he would start looking earnestly at college offers “around mid-season.”
The Warriors, under new coach, the veteran Terry Hemontoler, open at Stratford on Friday.
Ryan sports news
Former Father Ryan standout Justin Guidry, competing for MTSU, was recently named all-Sun Belt Conference in baseball. As a sophomore, he led the Raiders in hits and was one of the batting average and RBI leaders.
Also, former Ryan student Jesse Filingo will be competing in the World varsity trout fly fishing competition this month in Ireland. Filingo won the initial competition at Montana where he is a student.
And sophomore Peyton Carell was recently named World Champion in the Saddle Seat Pleasure class at the recent Youth World Appaloosa Horse Show in Jackson, Miss.
Boysen named MBA tennis coach
Vanderbilt assistant coach Tom Boysen has been named head coach at Montgomery Bell Academy. He replaces Zac Hood who guided the Big Red to the state DII championship the past May and who resigned recently to devote more time to his SportServant internet work.
Boysen had been the assistant to Vanderbilt head coach Ian Duvenhage for the past five seasons.
NCS star Hulan signs with Trevecca
Nashville Christian School softball standout Tori Hulan signed with Trevecca Nazarene on Friday. Hulan made all-district and was a star shortstop/outfielder for the Eagles the past season and she was also a top basketball player.
MBA coach McGugin welcomes second child
MBA football coach Daniel McGugin and wife Jennifer welcomed the birth of their second son, 8:30 a.m. Saturday when Thomas Barton McGugin was born. Their first child, Daniel McGugin V, was born last Sept. 16.
AREA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Ravenwood at Centennial
Whites Creek at Goodpasture
DCA at Mt. Juliet Christian
Davidson Academy at Cascade
Overton at Father Ryan
Pearl-Cohn at MBA
Maplewood at Hillsboro
Ft. Campbell, Ky., at CPA
Hunters Lane at Stratford
Chatt. Baylor at FRA
Kingsbury at Brentwood Ac.
LaVergne at Brentwood High
Pope JPII at Clarksville
Ezell-Harding at Eagleville
Siegel at Independence
David Lipscomb at Page
Antioch at Riverdale
Ensworth at Oakland
Hillwood at Nash. Christian
Clinic Bowl Kickoff Classic
Franklin at BGA, 7 p.m.