National football: Brentwood, GCA, Page reach title games | Preparation

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Williamson County continues to put on an excellent performance on the field at Spring Fling.

On Wednesday, three district schools advanced to the state championship match in their respective fields.

In the first outing of the day, Grace Christian Academy (16-2-2) defeated St. Louis. George (14-2-2) is 3-1 in the Division II-A semifinals to advance to the state title game for the third consecutive season.

Freshman Duncan Cloud scored GCA’s first goal in the 14th minute. The Lions strengthened their lead before the break when Lipscomb’s Malachi Jones scored an assist from freshman Mikey Smith in the 35th minute.

GCA added a third goal at 44 when Jones set up his brother and fellow Lipscomb signee Levi Jones to score.

St. George scored the only goal in the 69th minute from Diego Guerra, but it wasn’t enough as the GCA advanced to another state title game. Lions goalkeeper Jesse Koellein made four saves to keep St. Louis. George was out of the net for 68 of the 80 -minute game.

The GCA will take on Boyd Buchanan (18-2) on Thursday at 4pm in the DII-A championship match at the Richard Siegel Football Complex. Last season, the Lions lost in the state final to Knoxville Webb 1-0. In 2019, the GCA won their first state cup with a 4-1 win against Gatlinburg-Pittman.

Brentwood reached its first championship in 10 years

In the AAA semifinals, Brentwood (21-2-1) survived a thriller 3-2 against Collierville (16-2-2) to advance to his first state title game since 2012.

The Bruins scored their first goal with a single goal in the first half when senior Forrest Wells reached the back of the net in the 41st minute.

Collierville, however, exploded out of half-time with goals in the 46th minute from Luke Johnson and the 55th minute from Joseph Salazar to pull ahead 2-1.

Brentwood answered in the 65th thanks to a score from sophomore Jack Boring on assist from Wells, deadlocking at 2-2.

The winner came in 76th from senior Aidan Parker after the Bruins drew a penalty. Parker went down to the line and scored Brentwood’s third score to send it into the state title game.

Goalkeeper Thomas Fields made five saves on the night to keep the Bruins.

In the championship match, Brentwood will face Knoxville powerhouse Bearden (21-1-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

The Patriot defense, the goalkeeper destroys Red Bank

In the AA semifinals, Page (15-5-5) controlled a 1-0 contest from Red Bank (17-6-2) to advance to the state title match for the second year in a row.

The lone goal of the game came in the 47th minute when juniors David McDougall and Hyatt McDonald joined together to make the score. McDougall took a game-high four shots.

The Patriots defense once again held strong, setting a 14-record program record of the season. Goalkeepers Jack Gorman and Nick Minch combined for three saves in the win.

Page will take Valor College Prep (17-4-4) out of Nashville in the state title game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

Last season, the Patriots lost to Sevier County 1-0 in a championship match.

Other Central Tennessee state football scores from Wednesday include:

Class A: Madison Magnet 2, STEM Prep Academy 0

Class A: Gatlinburg-Pittman 2, Merrol Hyde 0

Class AA: Valor Prep College 1, Greeneville 0

Class AAA: Bearden 3, Oakland 1

Division II-A: Boyd Buchanan 2, USN 1

Division II-AA: Father Ryan 2, Christian Brothers 1

Father Ryan (9-4-5) will face Baylor (17-1-1) in the DII-AA championship match on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.