HS Football Week 7: Defensive Player of the Year Rankings

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Here are our current power rankings for Williamson County Defensive Player of the Year for 2017 in our Williamson County coverage area.

5. Jordan McCoy, defensive line, Brentwood Academy

Offense gets the headlines in today’s high-scoring football. But at Brentwood Academy, the defense is stealing the show this year. After a shutout of Baylor, the Eagles are allowing just 10.3 points per game for this 6-0 team. It’s truly been a team effort–the Eagles literally have a half-dozen guys we could consider for our top five list–but the defensive line has set the tone. The best player of that group seems to be Jordan McCoy. The senior has 12 solo stops, eight assists, 8 1/2 stops for loss, an interception and a pass defended. You may view his video highlights, including some posted from BA’s shutout of Baylor last week, here. 

4. C.J. Grissim, linebacker, Brentwood

Brentwood linebacker C.J. Grissim.

Things you can count on: water is wet, the sky is blue, the sun will come up tomorrow morning, and C.J. Grissim will show up every Friday and put in a night of quality work. Grissim has 56 tackles (20 solo), two stops for loss, an interception, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. Brentwood is 6-1 and has given up just a shade under 12 points a night against a challenging schedule. Here are video highlights of Grissim’s season and career. 

3. Anthony McCarthy, linebacker, Ravenwood

Nobody knew about McCarthy before this season, but Ravenwood’s opponents sure know about him now. In fact, McCarthy’s stat line–89 total tackles, 14 stops per loss, three fumble recoveries, a blocked kick that a teammate returned for a score, a pass break-up and a defensive touchdown that he had on a fumble return last week–may be the best in the area. Ravenwood’s defense may not be quite on a level of that of the players in front of him–the Raptors give up 24 points per game–but McCarthy’s phenomenal production is just too good to ignore. McCarthy has updated his Hudl page to include his most recent highlights, and you may see them here.

2. Kane Patterson, linebacker, CPA

Patterson, one of the area’s most highly-recruited defensive players, continues to be a force for CPA. He’s got 43 solo stops with seven assists, seven tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks. Patterson, one of the area’s best two-way players, has added 569 rushing yards on 68 carries (8.4 per attempt) with three catches for 48 yards and 12 total touchdowns. After the Lions’ 38-14 victory over Lipscomb Academy, CPA is 5-2 while giving up 19.8 points per game.

1. Jackson Sirmon, linebacker, Brentwood Academy

Jackson Sirmon

Sirmon is the best player on the county area’s best defense. Sirmon has made 16 solo tackles, added 33 assists and 7 1/2 stops for loss, and added a pass break-up in Brentwood Academy’s 6-0 start.

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.