Cecil Joyce’s five takeaways from Week 6 of the high school football season:
The trend: Huge offensive statistics and gaudy scores have been the norm in 2014, and Friday continued that trend.
Forty-seven Midstate teams scored more than 30 points, with 23 of those scoring more than 40, seven surpassing 50 and two teams (Pearl-Cohn and Columbia Academy) topping 60.
Quarterbacks regularly are throwing for 300 yards, running backs are regularly running for more than 200 yards with multiple touchdowns and many defenses have been left looking silly.
Pearl-Cohn is averaging more than 55 points a game. If you stretch farther across the state, Knoxville’s Fulton is tearing up opponents with more than 60 points a game.
Bucking the trend I: One team that has gone against the massive scoring trend has been East Nashville.
It’s not that the Eagles don’t like scoring — they’ve put up an average of 42 points a game in their seven victories. They just don’t like allowing points.
Maplewood broke East Nashville’s 27-quarter streak of not being scored on with its fourth-quarter touchdown Friday, though the Eagles still won 36-7. East Nashville has scored 300 points and allowed just the lone touchdown this season.
The proverbial immovable object vs. unstoppable force will be tested Oct. 17 when East Nashville plays host to Pearl-Cohn in what probably will determine the District 10-AA champ.
Bucking the trend II: In a season that has been dominated by offense, Ravenwood is getting it done on defense. In a huge District 11-AAA game, the Raptors shut out rival and fellow unbeaten Centennial (24-0), which had averaged 36 points a game entering Friday.
Over its previous three games, Centennial had put up 134 points (vs. Clarksville, Summit and Mt. Juliet) before being shut out. Ravenwood also held a potent Independence squad to just seven points earlier in the season and has allowed a touchdown or less in three of its six wins.
Bucking a long, losing trend: Over the past four seasons, Red Boiling Springs has won two, two, three and two games.
Considering a consistent stretch of winless seasons — five in a row from 2004-08 — the program has endured since its inception, those win totals aren’t bad. But this season, Red Boiling Springs is on the verge of venturing into uncharted territory — the playoffs.
The program never has been to the state playoffs, having just one winning season of 6-4 in 1978 and a 5-5 mark in 1979. But now it is sitting at 4-3 after Friday’s 16-15 win over District 8-A foe Goodpasture. It was the team’s first league win, second in a row and third in four games.
Coach Kyle Shoulders and his crew are shedding the “three wins are good” philosophy and reaching for bigger things now. Running backs Justin Bergdorff and Michael Turgeon combined for 208 yards on 41 carries in Friday’s win.
Nothing lost on this newer rivalry: Those who ventured out for a rare Thursday game got to see one of the best matchups of the season when Ensworth traveled to MBA.
Four-time DII-AA defending state champ Ensworth eked out a 50-44 overtime victory, but not before finding out how explosive MBA’s offense can be. MBA, behind quarterback Cole Euverard (who was celebrating his 18th birthday) led his team on two scoring drives in the last 1:06 of the game to send it to overtime.
Darius Morehead was a beast for Ensworth, rushing for 260 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime after an MBA turnover.