|As we have added middle schools over the past few years, opportunities have expanded in every area, including sports.
Just about every middle school has been in the championship football game in recent years, and two that haven’t are set to be there this year.
Oakland was 7-1 last year and at fall break, Coach Kit Hartsfield has them at 6-0. Frankly, the Chargers are loaded with excellent coaches, good support and many fine players. Rock Springs and Whitworth-Buchanan remain on the schedule.
Oakland is led by second-year starter, quarterback Cody Miller, who has shown steady improvement. Tailback/linebacker Rico Jones, the leading ball carrier, along with another linebacker and three-year player Caleb Smith, have both been solid since day one.
Fullback/linebacker Dalton Frantz wears many hats and has been a team leader. The quarterback of the defense is Jackson Cauthen: he is a team captain and a strong leader. Coach Hartsfield feels that the defensive MVP may be the versatile, coachable Jarod Parker, who seldom comes off the field.
Mathew Harris, Troy Hutson, Wayne Moton and Dyvante McCormick make up a solid secondary while Devante Harris, Quantez Parks, Chris Onwumere, Jonathan Gibbs and Dre Litaker are all vital parts of an excellent defensive line.
The Chargers have scored 140 points (23 ppg) & given up only 40 (6 ppg).
Christiana and Coach Ronald George are having their best year ever at 6-1. The Cougars only loss was an 8-6 defeat in the last few seconds to Oakland way back in week 1. That was a long time ago, and things have been getting better and better on 231 South. Christiana has Smyrna left on the schedule.
Coach George is clearly very proud that his team works hard and is very unselfish. The four captains, defensive leader Rodney Murray, quarterback Jaelan Barge, tailback Brandon Turner and the versatile Lazarius Patterson are providing solid leadership. Nick Boykin goes both ways and along with receivers Gentry Bonds, Jonathan Mathews, tight end Sidney Bell and Jordan Cordoba have been outstanding for the Cougars.
Christiana has scored 206 points (30ppg) and given up 88 (12ppg).
Stewarts Creek, at 5-2, is chasing these two squads but the Falcons lost 14-0 to Oakland in week two and do not play Christiana this season. The Falcon coach is Keith Young who has won championships both as an assistant and head coach at Central and had Siegel in the championship game one year.
Defending champion La Vergne (4-2) has lost to both.
So as of fall break week, it will be Oakland versus Christiana in the championship game at La Vergne High on Saturday, Oct. 20.