Here are our power rankings for Williamson County Defensive Player of the Year for 2017 in our coverage area through Week 8.
5. Jordan McCoy, defensive line, Brentwood Academy
BA’s fantastic defensive line is led by McCoy, a senior, who’s made a lot happen for the Eagles this fall. In seven games, McCoy has 22 tackles (15 solo), 11 1/2 tackles for loss, 2 1/2 sacks and one interception for an undefeated squad.
4. C.J. Grissim, linebacker, Brentwood
Brentwood’s now 7-1 after Grissim’s 14 tackles helped the Bruins to a 42-21 win over Father Ryan. Grissim now has 70 total tackles (28 solo), two tackles for loss, one interception, one pass break-up and one hurry now for the season. The Bruins are giving up just 13.9 points per game.
3. Anthony McCarthy, linebacker, Ravenwood
Linebacker Anthony McCarthy has been the best player on a team that defeated previously-unbeaten South Warren (Ky.) last week. McCarthy has 96 total tackles, 14 stops for loss, four fumble recoveries, a pass break-up, a blocked kick and defensive touchdown for the 6-2 Raptors.
2. Kane Patterson, linebacker, Christ Presbyterian Academy
CPA’s defense gives up 19.5 points per game as the Lions have started 6-2. The Lions’ Patterson has used his fantastic sideline-to-sideline speed to star for CPA. He’s accumulated 50 solo stops, seven assists, nine tackles for loss, 2 1/2 sacks and an interception this season.
1. Jackson Sirmon, linebacker, Brentwood Academy
BA is off to a 7-0 start thanks to a defense that’s yielded just 12.3 points and 195 yards per game. Sirmon, a Washington linebacker commit, is the best player on that unit. After a 21-tackle game last Friday, Sirmon has 42 stops (22 solo), 10 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. He’s added a pass break-up, an interception and a pass break-up.
Disclaimer: In compiling this list, we considered players from our entire coverage area, which includes the following schools: Brentwood Academy, Battle Ground Academy, Brentwood High School, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ensworth, Fairview High School, Father Ryan High School, Franklin High School, Franklin Road Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Independence High School, Nolensville High School, Page High School, Ravenwood High School, Spring Hill High School, Summit High School. Although not all of these schools are within the boundaries of Williamson County, we know many of our parents have children at those schools and are interested in their sports programs; therefore, we consider all football players at these schools.