HS Football Week 5: Williamson County Offensive Player of the Year Rankings

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We’re at the halfway point of the high school regular season. With that, here’s the pecking order thus far for our Offensive Player of the Year in the Williamson County Area.

5. Bubba Johnson, running back, Page

Page’s workhorse has led the Patriots to a 4-1 start with 107 carries for 675 yards (6.9 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. Johnson has also added four catches for 38 yards.

4. Darius James, running back, Fairview

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James has rushed for over 100 yards in all five of his games and scored 14 total touchdowns, leading Fairview to a 3-2 start.

3. Nicky Clifton, running back, Ensworth

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Clifton has rushed 91 times for 757 yards (8.3 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns, as the Tigers have started 3-2 against a brutal schedule.

2. Carson Shacklett, quarterback, Brentwood

Brentwood's Shacklett Perfect vs. Nolensville
Brentwood quarterback Carson Shacklett.

The Brentwood senior has been hyper-efficient with the football in leading the Bruins to a 4-1 start. Shacklett has completed 61-of-102 throws for 1,009 yards (9.9 per throw), 11 touchdowns and two picks, and added two rushing scores.

1. Dontae Smith, running back, Spring Hill

Dontae Smith Spring Hill

Our Williamson County Preseason Offensive Player of the Year sits in the same spot he started. Smith has rushed 84 times for 929 yards (11.1 yards per carry) and has scored 14 touchdowns. The Georgia Tech running back commitment has led the Raiders to a 4-1 start.

Honorable mention:

Drew Martin, quarterback, BGA

Nathan Cisco, quarterback, Independence

Eric Stoxstill-Diggs, quarterback, FRA

Tai Carter, running back, Summit

Keshawn Lawrence, running back, Ensworth

T.J. Sheffield, wide receiver, Independence

Camron Johnson, wide receiver, Brentwood Academy

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.