Week 1 of high school football is in the books.
With that, here are our five Offensive Players of the Week (in descending order) for the Williamson County Area for the games of Friday, August 18.
5. Keshawn Lawrence, Soph., running back, Ensworth
Lawrence ran for 138 yards and two scores on just 10 carries as Ensworth routed Lipscomb Academy, 35-0. The sophomore also plays defensive back for the Tigers.
4. Dontae Smith, Sr., running back, Spring Hill
Our preseason choice for Offensive Player of the Year in the Williamson County area, Smith didn’t disappoint, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Most of that in the second half, as Spring Hill came from behind to edge, Summit, 21-20. Smith nearly scored a third touchdown on a 48-yard run that ended inside the Summit 1. Here are highlights from Smith’s big night.
3. Jackson Byrd, Sr., running back, Father Ryan
Father Ryan beat Overton by a 35-12 score in its opener. Jackson Byrd was a big reason why. The senior caught a touchdown, threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and also ran for 109 yards on Friday.
2. Eric Stoxstill-Diggs, Jr., quarterback, Franklin Road Academy
FRA lost its opener to Davidson Academy. However, it’s safe to say that Eric Stoxstill-Diggs left it all on the field. The junior completed 20-of-35 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 10 times for 115 more, including a 79-yard scoring run. For good measure, he threw in nine tackles and an interception on defense. Here are video highlights of Stoxstill-Diggs’s remarkable night.
1. Drew Martin, Sr., quarterback, Battle Ground Academy
Drew Martin just missed our top 10 candidates for Williamson County Offensive Player of the Year (we did give him an honorable mention). But, it’s safe to say the senior made a strong case for his inclusion in our post-season edition. Martin was 24-of-28 for 327 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, as BGA routed Forrest by a 48-19 count in the Lions’ opener. Here are video highlights of Martin’s performance on Friday.
Kane Patterson, RB, CPA
Parker Bullion, WR, Brentwood
Tai Carter, RB, Summit
Will Pierce, WR, Page
Nick Stallcup, QB, Ravenwood
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, despite what county they live in, for our Top 10 honors.