Upsets in high school football happen every week.
If you played them all on paper, upsets would go out the window and how much fun would that really be?
On Friday night, the biggest upset in the state was felt in the Mid-state in Division II-AA as Father Ryan (2-1) beat No. 2 ranked Brentwood Academy 24-20.
The Fighting Irish held a 14-0 lead and then held off a furious charge from the Eagles to get the win.
For the improved Irish it was their third win in the last six meetings with BA as they won back to back games in 2008 and 2009.
But for the last three years BA had won pretty handily like the 2012 contest which BA won 45-7.
Coming into the game, BA had been dominate so far hammering Memphis University School and Liberty by a combined score of 81-14.
But Father Ryan showed a blueprint on how to beat the Eagles.
"The win, and who it came against, should provide confidence to our young men," Father Ryan head coach Bruce Lussier said. "It reinforces what we have been drilling since day one if you do the little things well, trust your teammates, and play snap to whistle then we have a chance for success."
1) They dominated both sides of the line.
Controlling both sides of the line allowed the Irish to run the football in their triple option offense.
Being able to push the massive Eagle defensive line off the ball allowed Ryan to rush for 237 yards on 50 carries, which is a 4.7 yard average.
The Fighting Irish had 11 runs for at least five yards which allowed them manageable down and distances and also gave offensive coordinator Mark Williams opportunities to take chances down the field in the passing game.
All of quarterback Cameron Towns seven completions were over 10 yards with the longest being 27 yards.
But when the chips were down, the Irish were able to make plays in the running game to keep drives alive and move the chains.
Even when they didn't score points they were able to flip field position on BA.
The biggest run came on third on 4 at their own 20 with time running out as senior Dekeivis Perry broke a tackle and bounced outside to gain 24 yards and put the game away for Ryan.
Fullback Joseph Holmzer led the Ryan rushing attack with 98 yards while Perry added 61 yards.
On the defensive side, the Ryan front seven were able to get enough of a push to stuff the Eagle run early.
Led by all region linebacker Max Stoffer 11 tackles and defensive end Robert Crawford nine tackles and one sack early on BA was forced to rely on strictly the pass.
After trailing 14-0, BA got back in the game with two big pass plays from
quarterback Tyler Swafford to receiver Tanner Priest (59 and 80 yards) to cut the deficit to 17-14.
Swafford finished with 291 yards with Priest catching seven passes for 202 yards but Swafford was under distress all night.
The biggest thing for Ryan's front seven was the pressure they got on Swafford all night long as they made him throw the ball before he wanted to.
They broke his rhythm, his receiver's timing and made him throw off his back foot.
2) Ryan won the Special teams battle- Although the Irish did miss two field goals on the night, their kickoff return coverage was excellent.
Jack Shoulders who returned a kickoff for a touchdown against BGA a week earlier, averaged 31.6 yards per return, including a 58 yard return when BA cut the lead to 14-7.
The upset made an impression across the state as the Fighting Irish made the Division II AP Poll at No. 7.
Winning all phases of the game allows the chance for an upset to happen, now if someone can find the blueprint to beat Ensworth, Division II-AA could rest easier.
Other Upsets in Week 2
Cherokee 43, Morristown West 35- West jumped to a 14-0 and it looked like the Trojans would run their winning streak over Cherokee to nine.
But the Chiefs behind running back Evan McCracken came roaring back to beat West for the first time since 2004.
McCracken scored four touchdowns and ran for 165 yards in the shoot out win for Cherokee.
Cherokee's 1-2 record is very misleading as they lost their two games by a total of four points.
Upset Flavor-Mild. Any knowledgeable fan of either program could have seen this coming as Cherokee had closed the gap on West last season.
A regular season and playoff losses by a combined eight points told the story of an improved Cherokee program.
Forrest 23, No. 1 in Class 1A Moore County 0- Forrest's defense held the vaulted pistol offense of Moore County to only 145 (67 passing, 78 rushing) yards of total offense.
The Rockets also won time of possession as well and had three different players in Thaddeus Reyes, Tyler McClendon and Brandon Anderson score touchdowns on the night.
The loss for Moore County broke the Raiders eight game district 9-A winning streak as well.
Upset Flavor-Major. Moore County was ranked No. 1 in last week's AP poll and Forrest was under a first year coach in Brian Coleman.
The winning streak for Moore County in district 9-A is gone as well and Forrest is only two points from being undefeated.
Because of the big win Forrest enters the 2A AP poll at No. 10 this week.
Station Camp 41, No. 8 in 6A Mt. Juliet 3- Two weeks after taking Beech to the limit on ESPN, Station Camp got it right against Mt. Juliet.
The Bison (1-1) scored several different ways and their defense intercepted and returned two passes for touchdowns and All-State wide receiver Josh Malone scored twice for Station Camp in the rout.
To make matters worse for the Bears, they lost quarterback Nolan Chowbay on the first offensive series and it only got worse after his departure.
Upset Flavor-Major. Ok maybe it's just me but I saw Mt. Juliet as a reloading not a rebuilding program even with the coaching change.
What happened on Friday was a hungry team caught all the breaks and Mt. Juliet now must turn to a quarterback with limited reps going into a big matchup with No. 5 ranked Blackman.
The upset also vaulted Station Camp into the Class 6A rankings at No. 10 this week.
Milan 33, No. 4 in 4A Crockett County 16- Milan trailed 16-13 going into the fourth quarter and scored 20 points in the final stanza to get their first win of the year and hand Crockett County their first loss of the year.
Crockett County was playing without the services of running back Johnny Jones and Milan took full advantage of that.
Upset Flavor-Mild. If Milan was normally their West Tennessee beast self this isn't an upset but since they were winless coming in, it's a mild upset considering they won going away.
Westview 34, South Gibson 13- After losing a tough one to Huntingdon last week, Westview could have folded up their tents.
But led by Hunter Beal's 197 yards rushing and one touchdown, the Chargers handed South Gibson their first loss of the season.
Upset Flavor-Mild. It's been a couple of seasons since Westview has been dangerous like they this year and coach Don Coady likes the makeup of his team.
South Gibson had looked good so far this year and being defeated by three touchdowns to me is a minor shock.
No. 9 in 2A Trinity Christian 28, No. 2 in 2A Adamsville 21- Trailing 14-7, the Lions led by quarterback Kyle Akin scored 21 points in the second half to claim the big district 15-A win.
The win by Trinity halted Adamsville's 10 game district 15-A winning streak.
Upset Flavor- Mild. The reason it's not a major upset is all the praise I heard about Trinity in the offseason.
Everyone kept saying this was the year for Blake Butler's team and the win on the road against the state runner up from last year shows me this could indeed be the year of the Lion.
Nine district winning and losing streaks were broken in week two.
Three district losing streaks were snapped as Sequatchie County beat Grundy County 34-7 to snap a six game district 7-AA losing streak.
Macon County shut out York Institute 23-0 and won their first 8-AA game after five straight losses. The win also broke a 13 game losing streak for the Tigers as well.
Also Melrose beat Memphis Central 26-24 to go 3-0 and break their district 16-AAA 10 game losing streak.
The final six were winning streaks that were broken as:
Forrest shutout Moore County 23-0 to bust up Moore County's eight game district 9-A winning streak
Trinity Christian defeated Adamsville 28-21 to snap Adamsville's 10 game district 15-A winning streak
DeKalb County defeated Livingston Academy 35-28 to snap the Wildcats nine game district 8-AA streak.
CPA snapped Giles County's 10 game district 12-AA winning streak with a 38-10 win.
Cleveland hammered McMinn County 49-7 to break the Cherokees 12 game 5-AAA district winning streak.
Centennial beat Brentwood for the first time in school history 31-20 and broke the Bruins five game district 11-AAA.
Anderson County (3-0) at Campbell County (3-0)
Greenback (2-1) at Coalfield (2-1)
Sevier County (2-0) at Dobyns Bennett (2-1)
Arlington (3-0) at Oakland (3-0)
Beech (2-1) at Independence (3-0)
Friendship Christian (2-0) at Trousdale County (3-0)
Ridgeway (1-1) at Henry County (3-0)
South Gibson (2-1) at Trinity Christian (3-0)
Brighton (1-1) at Covington (3-0)
Malachi Horton, RB, Bearden- Rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-28 win over Heritage.
Tanner Thomas, RB, Farragut- Rushed for 209 yards and scored twice in a 34-14 win over Lenoir City.
Brody Binder, QB, Ooltewah- Passed for 312 yards and five touchdowns in a 58-14 win over Soddy Daisy.
Hunter Moore, QB, East Hamilton- Passed for 348 yards and tossed five touchdowns while rushing for another score in a 56-35 win over Walker Valley.
Tony Francois, WR, East Hamilton- Caught seven passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-35 win over Walker Valley.
Matthew Fox, RB, Anderson County- Rushed for 202 yards in a 35-6 win over Gibbs.
Malik McGue, QB, Science Hill- Rushed for 267 yards and scored five touchdowns on just eight carries in the first half in a 90-21 win over David Crockett.
Deon Sanders, RB, Centennial- Rushed for 312 yards and 42 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over Brentwood.
Hunter Beal, RB, Westview- Rushed for 192 yards and scored twice in a 34-13 win over South Gibson.
Earl Harrison, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 306 yards and two touchdowns as Ridgeway beat Southwind 49-22.
Aaron Foster, RB, Covington-Ran for 192 yards and scored twice in Covington's 41-19 win over Jackson North Side
Zak Mizell, QB, Page- Threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 loss to Marshall County.
Carter Wiseman, RB, Goodpasture- Ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-14 loss to BGA.
Justin Martin, RB, Nashville Overton- Rushed for 193 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 34-0 win over Hunters Lane.
Mason Cunningham, QB, Shelbyville- Passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-33 loss to Tullahoma.
Tyler Swafford, QB, Brentwood Academy- Passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-20 loss to Father Ryan.
Tanner Priest, WR, Brentwood Academy- Caught seven passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-20 loss to Father Ryan.
Dorian Carter, RB, Beech- Rushed for 221 yards and scored three times in a 40-36 win over Gallatin.
Jarrett Wilson, RB, Chester County- Rushed for 203 yards and scored twice in a 37-28 win over Bolivar.
Montrell Pardue, QB, Clarksville NE- Rushed for 195 yards and scored twice in a 57-20 win over Springfield.
Eddie Stephenson, RB, Oliver Springs- Ran for 196 yards and scored three times on the ground, while catching a touchdown pass and converting three two point plays in a 72-14 win over Oakdale.
Alaz Looper, RB, Monterey- Rushed for 226 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 29-7 win over Clay County.
BY THE NUMBERS
0-6- Crockett County head coach Kevin Ward's coaching record vs. Milan, his alma mater
1-16- Centennial's overall series record against rival Brentwood after the Cougars beat the Bruins on Friday.
13/85- Number of tackles for loss and total yardage allowed by JCM in their 25-7 win over previously undefeated Ripley.
15- Number of consecutive quarters that Fulton have shut out their opponents, including all 12 this season, they have out scored their opponents in that stretch to a tune of 200-0.
21/236- Number of penalties and combined penalty yardage in the Collinwood-Wayne County game.
60-21- Halftime score of Oliver Springs' 72-27 win over Oakdale.
76-14- Halftime score of Science Hill's 90-21 win over David Crockett.
1985- Last time that Volunteer beat Dobyns Bennett.
1996- Last time that Upperman beat Smith County, which they did 49-26 on Friday.
2005- Last season that Riverdale after losing 35-0 to Blackman, the Warriors are 0-3 for the first time since 1987 as well.
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