There were several outstanding defensive performances in the Williamson County during Week 8. We pick the best five and honor them today.
5. Austin Harshaw, linebacker, Page
In the words of Page coach Charles Rathbone, Harshaw “played lights out” in Page’s 48-0 blanking of White County. Harshaw had eight tackles and one forced fumble as Page improved to 6-2.
4. Sam West, defensive back, Christ Presbyterian Academy
CPA scored a surprisingly easy 55-20 win over Independence on Friday. West had six solo tackles and an interception, adding four carries for 66 yards and a touchdown on offense, in that game. His defensive performance was particularly significant, as Independence has a pair of highly-recruited Division I prospects in Kendrell Scurry and T.J. Sheffield at receiver.
3. Chico Bennett, linebacker, Battle Ground Academy
BGA pounded Glencliff, 49-6, with an outstanding defensive effort. Bennett was the coaching staff’s pick as its player of the game on that side, as he had four tackles, two sacks and 2.5 stops for loss.
2. Jaylon King, defensive back, Ensworth
Ensworth scored a huge 10-7 win at Montgomery Bell Academy, and King made perhaps the play of the night with a pass break-up on MBA’s last offensive snap. King had four solo tackles, one assist, one stop for loss, and two total pass break-ups. On offense, he added seven carries for 76 yards, caught three balls for 34 and threw a seven-yard pass. King is committed to Georgia Tech as a defensive back.
1. Jackson Sirmon, linebacker, Brentwood Academy
Sirmon had an incredible 21 total tackles (14 solo), plus a tackle for a loss and an interception, as BA went to Chattanooga and knocked off McCallie, 46-24. Sirmon is headed to Washington to play linebacker next season.
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.