HS Football Week 5: Williamson County Offensive Players of the Week

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We honor five players, in descending order, as our picks for Williamson County Offensive Players of the Week.

5. Darius James, running back, Fairview

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James had but six rushes in Friday’s 45-0 victory over Camden Central, but boy, did he make them count. The Fairview star scored on four of them and amassed 106 yards on the ground. James is having a huge senior year and you can catch highlights of his last game here.

4. Jariel Wilson, running back, Centennial

Wilson stars at safety for the Cougars, but made a huge impact on offense on Friday night as Centennial thrashed Dickson County, 46-14. Wilson had 15 carries for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Cougars improved to 2-3. The junior has had a fine career at Centennial, and you can see some highlights of it here.

3. Troy Henderson, running back, Independence

Independence running back Troy Henderson scored three touchdowns and ran for 153 yards, as the Eagles cruised by Memphis East, 42-10. Quarterback Nathan Cisco was 21-of-35 for 225 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Kendrell Scurry caught seven balls for 80 yards and a score for Independence (5-4). Coming off a five-touchdown game last week, Henderson scored on a 3-yard run early to give the Eagles the game’s first lead. Gabe Thieman (three catches, 42 yards) and C.J. Hills (nine for 58) also scored touchdowns. T.J. Sheffield also caught six passes for 49 yards for Independence. Independence ends the regular season by hosting Ravenwood next week.

Independence got off to an 0-2 start, but has recovered nicely with a three-game winning streak. Much of that is due to the play of senior running back Troy Henderson. In Friday’s 34-24 win over Franklin, Henderson rushed 18 times for 224 yards and scored two touchdowns, and added two catches for four more yards. You may see highlight video of his evening here.  

2. Brandon Wharton II, Nolensville, quarterback

Wharton, Nolensville Make History
Nolensville quarterback Brandon Wharton II.

Nolensville had a historic first win as a program in a 41-0 rout of Lawrence County, and nobody’s star shone brighter on Friday than Brandon Wharton’s. The junior quarterback hit 14-of-17 passes for 232 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, and carried seven times for 29 more yards. You may see video of Wharton’s fine performance here. 

1. Kane Patterson, running back, Christ Presbyterian Academy

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Patterson has been a fixture on our Defensive Player of the Year list this fall, but last Friday, he made his best plays on the offensive side. Patterson ran 14 times for 178 yards and caught two passes for six yards, scoring touchdowns of 65 and 29 yards. He also added two tackles on defense as CPA had a surprisingly-easy, 44-14 win over previously unbeaten Battle Ground Academy. You may see video highlights of Patterson’s evening 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.