Never before has a 1st-year head coach won the MTAC Championship, let alone a freshman quarterback. No head coach nor quarterback have ever lost 3 MTAC Championship Games. Only once in conference history have 2 teams met for the title after not losing in-conference during the regular season; but tonight, one or more of these things will change.
The Webb School Feet enters the 2018 MTAC Championship Game 8-0 on the season, with their biggest wins coming against the other 2 playoff teams (Lancaster Christian Academy Knights and the Tennessee Heat). 1st-year Head Coach Jeff Murphy, along with a mostly young and fresh coaching staff, has truly brought the best out of their entire team, which includes 9 seniors.
After Webb came into the season with no incumbent starting signal-caller, freshman Avant’e Harris won the job, and since has set conference records for fresh QBs in both the rushing and passing game. Harris and Senior Emmanuel Onate anchor the Feet’s rushing attack, while juniors Shemar Frey and Jordan Jenkins have provided highlight reel plays on the receiving end of Harris’s connections.
A trio of seniors, comprised of Brandon Azar, Frank Li, and Noel Kim, anchor down the offensive and defensive lines. Onate, Foutch, and senior Bart Morton make up the main linebacker core, and Frey, Jenkins, Nile Archer, and Josh Coco have combined for 9 interceptions as a defensive backfield. Senior Spooney Sizemore, clearly the coolest name ever, has connected on 80% percent of his place-kicks between his two years as a starter.
Christian Community School, appearing in their 3rd championship in 4 seasons, is led by 4th-year Head Coach Jordan Flanders, a CCS alumnus himself. His staff features a deep roster of assistant coaches, including Colts’ former HC Tommy Thornton, Daniel Meek, formerly HC of Hendersonville Christian Academy, and Ben Pugh, former OC of Franklin Christian Academy.
Senior quarterback Nathanael Rowley, who has thrown 5 interceptions in the last two seasons, is a massive reason the Colts have won 23 of the last 24 games. Jackson Dotterer and Derrick Jefferson, only a year apart, share the primary ball-carrying responsibilities, with juniors Brooks Pugh and Micah Jones having breakout seasons as Rowley’s go-to targets.
In the trenches, seniors David West, Zach Jones, Avery Harper, junior Zach Head, and sophomore Jake Downs are the guys responsible with protecting the QB and run-blocking, and doing the exact opposite on the defensive side of the ball. Dotterer and Jefferson back them up on defense, and Pugh, Jones, and junior Johnny Stapleton have shut down almost every receiver they have faced. Danny Adams handles the kicking responsibilities, achieving touchbacks on 30% of his kickoffs.
The 11th edition of the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference Varsity Football Championship will be a complete slugfest to the last whistle. Christian Community looks to continue their re-definition of a high school dynasty, while The Webb School looks for their first un-shared MTAC Championship since 2013. The spectacle of 8-Man Football’s “SEC” will be broadcast live exclusively on 8-Man Extreme’s YouTube Channel. Spencer Tomsett will Play-by-Play the intense action in his 4th year straight broadcasting the MTAC Championship alongside 2nd-year broadcaster and Franklin Classical School Alumnus Isaiah Austin. James Shannon, CCS Alumnus, will join on sideline reporting for the final game of the 2018 MTAC season. Coverage begins at 6:15pm CST today with kick-off set for 7:00pm CST. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWLF-p2CONY