Here are our picks for Offensive Player of the Week in our Williamson County coverage area in what was a banner week for offensive output.
5. Dontae Smith, Spring Hill and Noah Henderson, CPA
So, Smith had a hand in a costly fumble in the Spring Hill end zone that Columbia Central recovered for a touchdown. That one cost the Raiders dearly in a loss. He also threw an end-of-the-first half interception that would up being harmless. The rest of his evening was spectacular. The senior ran 21 times fro 280 yards, showing why he’s committed to Georgia Tech as a running back. You can see video highlights of his evening here.
Smith shares this spot with Christ Presbyterian Academy wide receiver Noah Henderson. The senior posted perhaps the best receiving numbers of any player in the Williamson County area on Friday. CPA played from behind against Hillsboro all evening, but nearly came back to win thanks to Henderson’s 14 catches for 225 yards and a touchdown.
4. Tre Stewart, quarterback, Centennial
Smith shares this spot Tre Stewart, another guy who put up huge numbers in a loss. His big-play abilities were on display in Centennial’s 57-45 loss to Riverdale. Smith was 15-of-22 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions (though he did lose a fumble) on Friday. Highlights from that game aren’t available yet, but you can see more of Stewart on his HUDL page here.
3. Carson Shacklett, quarterback, Brentwood
Shacklett spent the second half on the bench as Brentwood sat on a 42-7 halftime lead against Nolensville, but the senior deserves to be honored for getting the Bruins there. Shacklett continued his terrific year with a perfect 13-for-13, 207-yard, three-touchdown showing on Friday, and added 10 yards on three rushes.
2. Tai Carter, running back, Summit
Summit’s star runner carried 19 times for 198 yards and added one catch for a 25-yard score. The Spartans beat Page, 35-17.
1. Jackson Byrd, running back, Father Ryan
Father Ryan’s star running back kept his team in the game against Ravenwood on Friday, and finished the Raptors at the end. Byrd ran 25 times for 136 yards and got his fourth TD of the night. That fourth touchdown was the talk of Friday night. Father Ryan lined up for a potential game-tying field goal, but instead, Byrd would up catching a pitch from the kick holder and gave the Fighting Irish the winning points in a 34-31 victory as time expired. You may see video of that play 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.