A bunch of players shined in the rain and mud last week; we honor five of them this week as our Williamson County Defensive Players of the Week.
5. Austin Harshaw, linebacker, Page
Page’s defense has had a lot to do with its 3-0 start. On Friday, linebacker Austin Harshaw helped the Patriots in a big way with seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
4. John Kirkpatrick, linebacker, Franklin
Franklin’s off to a tough 0-3 start, but its defense has played well. The trend continued on Friday in a 13-10 loss to Ravenwood, but that wasn’t John Kirkpatrick’s fault. The sophomore had 5 1/2 tackles (four solo), two stops for loss and an interception on Friday.
3. C.J. Grissim, linebacker, Brentwood
Look up “consistency” in the dictionary, and C.J. Grissim’s picture might be there. Grissim brought his “A” game last year, and has done that week-in and week-out this year. Last week, the senior contributed nine solo tackles in a 38-0 blanking of Dickson County.
2. Conner Mitchell, BGA, linebacker
BGA linebacker Conner Mitchell’s fantastic season continued last Friday. The Wildcats whacked Goodpasture, 49-7, as Mitchell had three solo tackles and 13 assists. Here’s video of Mitchell from that game.
1. Kane Patterson, linebacker, CPA
Kane Patterson had offers from LSU, Vanderbilt and others before his junior season started. now that it’s underway, expect more of the same. Patterson had nine solo stops on Friday, as CPA blanked Smyrna, 28-0, moving to 3-0 on the season. Patterson added five carries for 45 yards on offense. Here’s video highlights of Patterson against Smyrna.
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.