Here are our power rankings for Williamson County Offensive Player of the Year for 2017 in our Williamson County coverage area through Week 8.
5. Darius James, running back, Fairview
James had another fantastic week, running for 207 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 blowout of Harpeth. James has run for 968 yards on 93 carries (10.4 per attempt) and has added approximately 200 more yards on receptions. The senior has 21 touchdowns despite missing a game as Fairview is now 6-2.
4. Tai Carter, running back, Summit
Carter was fantastic in Summit’s 47-37 win over Shelbyville Central. He rushed 23 times for 248 yards and four scores despite playing through pain. The senior has rushed 137 times for 1,174 yards (8.5 per carry) and 16 rushing touchdowns this year, despite missing one of those games to injury. Summit is now 7-1.
3. Drew Martin, quarterback, Battle Ground Academy
Martin has led BGA to a 7-1 start thanks to a very efficient year through the air. Martin has completed 146-of-208 throws for 1,836 yards (8.8 per attempt), 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s added six rushing touchdowns.
2. Carson Shacklett, quarterback, Brentwood
Shacklett was phenomenal again Brentwood’s win over Father Ryan last Friday, hitting 17-of-20 throws for 310 yards and two TDs and adding a pair of rushing scores. Shacklett is 113-of-162 passing for 1,827 yards (11.3 per attempt), 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s added 64 carries for 194 yards and four more scores on the ground for the 7-1 Bruins.
1. Dontae Smith, running back, Spring Hill
Spring Hill was off last week, but Smith retains our top spot in the rankings. He’s run 102 times for 1,247 yards (12.2 per carry) and 16 touchdowns, with a pair of fumbles being one of the only blemishes on his season. The Georgia Tech running back commit has led the Raiders to a 4-3 record.
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.