Here are our five picks for Defensive Player of the Week in Williamson County for Week 5, in descending order.
5. Tristan Mann, linebacker, Fairview
Fairview’s senior linebacker entered this season as one of the players to watch in Williamson County. Mann didn’t disappoint, leading the Yellowjackets to a 45-0 rout of Camden Central thanks to an 11-tackle evening. You may view some highlights of his career here.
4. Josh Howard, Ensworth, linebacker
Ensworth dropped a 28-20 contest to McCallie, overshadowing a great defensive performance from linebacker Josh Howard. The junior had six solo tackles and an assist, plus a tackle and a half for minus-13 yards on Friday.
3. Anthony McCarthy, linebacker, Ravenwood
Resurgent Ravenwood knocked off undefeated Brentwood last week, and Anthony McCarthy was a huge reason why. The Ravens’ linebacker had nine solo tackles and two assists last Friday. McCarthy also appeared on this list a week ago.
2. Luke Bowers, Page, linebacker
Page beat Antioch 36-0 on Friday. It’s of several games in a string of impressive defensive performances for a team that’s held opponents to 14 points or fewer four times. A number of Patriots have taken a turn at stardom in those games. The latest is linebacker Luke Bowers, who had three solo stops, two assists, a sack, 2 1/2 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up for the 4-1 Patriots. Here are video highlights of his evening.
1. Jack McWilliams, defensive back, Nolensville
The Knights posted a 41-0 shutout of Lawrence County behind a stellar defensive performance led by McWilliams. It was a historic night for the Nolensville community as the school got its first-even win. McWilliams, a junior, had two interceptions, three solo tackles and an assist on Friday. You can see those big plays here.
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.