There are lots of familiar faces, but, we have a new top dog in our 2017 Williamson County Offensive Player of the Year rankings within our coverage area.
5. Tai Carter, running back, Summit
Coming into last Friday’s game against Centennial, Carter had rushed 137 times for 1,174 yards (8.5 per carry) and 16 rushing touchdowns this year. The senior, who had missed one game with an injury earlier in the year, then hurt his knee on the first series of Summit’s 34-30 loss. Carter’s body of work has earned him a spot in our top five for now. But, we’re waiting to see if he can continue to pad those numbers or if he misses more time. Summit is now 7-2.
4. Drew Martin, quarterback, Battle Ground Academy
Martin’s led BGA to a 8-1 start thanks to his abilities on the ground and through the air. He’s hit 161-of-228 for 1,991 yards (8.7 per throw), 24 touchdowns and five interceptions through the air, adding 55 carries for 194 and six scores with his feet.
3. Darius James, running back, Fairview
James consistently sees his playing time cut as Fairview is routinely blowing out opponents, but he’s been the biggest reason the Yellowjackets build those leads. He has rushed 112 times for 1,122 yards (10.0 per carry), added 14 catches for 205 more, and contributed 110 kickoff and 111 punt return yards. James has scored 24 touchdowns for 6-3 Fairview.
2. Dontae Smith, running back, Spring Hill
Spring Hill dipped to 4-5 thanks to a loss to Franklin–which has just one win–Friday. Smith’s troublesome ankle had a lot to do with that, as he ran just 11 times for 26 yards. That ankle has been the only thing that’s slowed the Georgia Tech running back commitment, who’s rushed 138 times for 1,481 yards (10.7 per carry) and 19 scores, adding three catches for 18 more.
1. Carson Shacklett, quarterback, Brentwood
Shacklett has guided Brentwood to an 8-1 start with fantastic play. The senior has completed 118-of-169 throws for 1,993 yards (11.8 per throw), 22 touchdowns and four picks, and carried 69 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns with no fumbles.
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.