HS Football Playoffs Week 2: Defensive Player of the Week

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Round 2 of the 2017 TSSAA football playoffs is in the books, as are our picks for Defensive Player of the Week within our coverage area.

5. Christian Jolley, linebacker, Summit

Summit improved to 10-2 with a 27-14 TSSAA Class 5A playoff win over Page. Christian Jolley made two enormous plays in that game. The first was a strip that forced a fumble that a teammate recovered. The second came on a fumble that Kiston Arnold returned for a score that put the Spartans up 20-0 in the second quarter. You may see highlights of those plays here. 

4. Tahir Annoor, safety, Brentwood Academy

Tahir Anoor had a 50-yard interception return, as well as solo tackle and an assist. Anoor added eight carries for 42 yards and a rushing touchdown also.

3. Watson Tansil, defensive back, Franklin Road Academy

Watson Tansil had several big games this year, the latest coming in FRA’s playoff loss to unbeaten Lausanne. Tansil had a 35-yard interception return for a score, two tackles and a sack.


2. Brendan Nardozzi, linebacker, Fairview

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Fairview’s senior had three solo tackles, three assists, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble on Friday. He also caught one pass for 10 yards in a 27-6 win over Giles County.

1. Anthony McCarthy, linebacker, Ravenwood

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Anthony McCarthy has consistently turned in huge games for Ravenwood. He did it again in the Raptors’ second-round playoff victory over Independence, turning in 11 tackles and a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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.