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Titans Coach of the Week Tony Brunetti Leads Pearl-Cohn Into the National Rankings

In his 17th season at Pearl-Cohn High School, Tony Brunetti has the Firebirds on track for another outstanding season. P-C is currently ranked No. 182 in the High School Football America 300 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football.

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The Nashville, Tennessee school began the season with upset victories over two nationally ranked teams. The Firebirds opened with a 21-14 victory over No. 116 Montgomery Bell Academy. The next week, the team beat No. 201 Christ Presbyterian Academy, coached by former NFL quarterback Ingle Martin.

Coach Brunetti has built Pearl-Cohn into a consistent performer.

What has eluded Brunetti and his team is a state championship. Pearl-Cohn finished as the runner up in Tennessee’s 4A championship game last year. The Firebirds dropped a closed 34-30 decision to Anderson County in the final. It was P-C’s third runner-up finish under Brunetti since 2015.

To prepare his teams for a championship run, Brunetti plays one of the toughest non-league schedules in the state against private schools. Both Montgomery Bell and CPA played for state championships in their respective division last year.

Brunetti credits Martin, who played three years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans, for some of the Firebirds’ success.

"He and I go back. We haven’t played them much in the last three or four years, but we played them a lot when he first got here,” Brunetti told Main Street Preps after the CPA win. “We work with the same type of trainers, the same type of lift programs. They helped us learn how to do a better job lifting in the weight room from their strength guys. I appreciate them for that."

During the offseason, the Titans helped Pearl-Cohn break ground on an all-new field. Pearl-Cohn was the first of 15 Metro Nashville high schools receiving significant updates to their facilities. The funding for these projects is comprised of a $5 million donation from the Tennessee Titans, $5 million from Metro Nashville and $5 million in private donations.

Coach Brunetti, Pearl Cohn players, and representatives from the Titans joined Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nashville Mayor John Cooper for the groundbreaking event on July 18.

Week 1 NFL High School Coach of the Week Winners


NFL Team

Coach of the Week


Baltimore Ravens

Kurt Stein

Oakdale HS

Buffalo Bills - Rochester Region

Alex Veltz

Batavia HS

Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Region

Erik O'Bryan

Niagara Wheatfield

Cleveland Browns

TJ Pakers

Austintown-Fitch HS

Denver Broncos

Justin Rich

The Classical Academy

Houston Texans

Shaun McDowell

Grand Oaks HS

Indianapolis Colts

Kurt Tippmann

Fort Wayne Snider HS

Jacksonville Jaguars

Toby Bullock

Mandarin HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas

Anthony Orrick

Blue Valley Southwest HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Missouri

Bill Utz

Platte County HS

Las Vegas Raiders

DJ Campbell


Los Angeles Chargers - LA County

Steve Medina

Legacy HS

Los Angeles Chargers - Orange County

Daniel Hernandez

Ocean View HS

Los Angeles Chargers - San Diego County

Casey Ash

West Hills HS

New England Patriots

Brian Kelliher

Hanover HS

New York Jets

Will Nahan

Randolph HS

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cort Rowse

Beaver Area HS

Tennessee Titans

Tony Brunetti

Pearl-Cohn HS



NFL Team

Coach of the Week


Carolina Panthers

Chad Grier

Providence Day HS

Chicago Bears

Terry Maxwell

Seneca HS

Detroit Lions

Joe Palka

Saline HS

Los Angeles Rams

Jon Ellinghouse

Sierra Canyon HS

Minnesota Vikings

Jason Freed

Brainerd HS

New Orleans Saints

Devin Ducote

West Feliciana HS

Philadelphia Eagles

Devon Johnson

Imhotep Charter HS

Washington Commanders

Dameon Powell

Charles H Flowers HS


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