Nashville Prep Football: CPA Hands FRA Its First Loss in Late-Season Region Showdown

Nashville Prep Football: CPA Hands FRA Its First Loss in Late-Season Region Showdown

NASHVILLE – In an electrifying regional clash, Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) seized the top spot in the Division II-AA Middle Region with a commanding 24-7 victory over the previously undefeated Franklin Road Academy (FRA) on Friday night. This home-field triumph avenged CPA’s narrow 39-38 loss to FRA last season, a defeat that had clearly left a mark on the Lions.

CPA Junior LB Chance Steele. Image by: JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

Entering the contest, CPA was ranked No. 2 in Division II-AA by the Associated Press, boasting an 8-1 overall record and a perfect 5-0 in conference play. FRA, sitting at the top of the latest rankings, dropped to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play after the defeat.

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Georgia commit Ondre Evans warms up before the FRA showdown. Image by: JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

Senior LB/RB Crews Law, the frontrunner for Nashville’s Mr. Football- who sealed the game with a spectacular 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, encapsulated the team’s determination with his bruising enthusiasm all night. Before the game, he knew that this was personal and so did his Lions teammates.

CPA beats FRA. Image by: JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live Sports

The game began with FRA’s Ty Clark III diving into the end zone from 1 yard out, but CPA’s defense held strong, dominating with 24 unanswered points.

CPA is currently riding high on a seven-game winning streak, having bounced back spectacularly from a Week 2 loss to unbeaten Pearl Cohn in one of the craziest games in recent memory. The heat index during that August loss hit 100 degrees that day and was still over 90 at kickoff. Both teams had players cramping on the field after every play. CPA also lost one of their 2 star quarterbacks in that game, as Junior Hudson Chance tore up his knee. Lions coach Ingle Martin and Law both attributed the team’s resilience and improved performance to this early-season setback.

CPA Senior QB Braden Streeter warms up before the Lions showdown with FRA Football
CPA Senior QB Braden Streeter (Deleware commit) warms up before the Lions showdown with FRA Football. Image by JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

The Lions’ offense shone, especially their rushing attack, with Patterson and Law combining for three touchdowns. CPA’s Offensive Line, which has been such a bright spot all season, opened huge holes for their backfield and protected QB Braden Street throughout the matchup. The unstoppable Ole Miss commit John Wayne Oliver and junior center Brady Smith were standouts in the trenches.

CPA and FRA were neck-and-neck in the first quarter, each scoring a touchdown before turnovers and penalties stalled drives, leaving the game tied at 7-7 at halftime. Rawls Patterson got CPA even with a dazzling 55-yard touchdown run to level the score late in the first quarter.

CPA’s defense was relentless, intercepting FRA quarterback Logan Kinnard four times. Kinnard, who completed 15 of 33 passes for 131 yards, struggled to penetrate CPA’s formidable defense. The Lions also stifled FRA’s star player, Ty Clark, limiting him to 69 rushing yards after he had consistently surpassed 130 yards in his previous four games. Clark did manage six receptions for 62 yards, but it wasn’t enough to break CPA’s grip on the game.

Crews Law 29 yard TD run that sealed a huge 24-7 win. Image by: JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

In the third quarter, sophomore kicker Camden Holiday put CPA ahead with a clutch 36-yard field goal. The Lions cemented their lead in the fourth quarter with back-to-back rushing touchdowns: a 23-yard burst by Patterson and Law’s decisive 29-yard run.

Looking ahead, CPA will host Davidson Academy for their Senior Night and the final game of their regular season. An expected win over Davidson would give the Lions home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Another outstanding game from Jackson Mathews. Image by: JB Brookman, SENIORITY/Nashville Live

FRA will travel to Pope Prep next week.

Christ Presbyterian Academy 24, Franklin Road Academy 7

  • FRA: 7 0 0 0 – 7
  • CPA: 7 0 3 14 – 24

Scoring Summary: 1Q 1:11 FRA – Ty Clark 1 run (Caleb Deering kick);

1Q 0:44 CPA – Rawls Patterson 55 run (Camden Holiday kick);

3Q 0:06 CPA – Holiday 36 FG; 4Q 9:16

CPA – Patterson 23 run (Holiday kick);

4Q 5:50 CPA – Crews Law 29 run (Holiday kick).

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