Matt Daniel’s first season back at Cannon County was filled with up and downs.
The Lions broke a 17 game losing streak as the started the 2018 season with a 2-0 record and they finished 4-6 on the season which is their best record since going 6-5 in 2009.
But in late April, the Lions had to self report to the TSSAA, the playing of an ineligible player in all ten games of the 2018 season.
So the Lions had to forfeit all four wins as their record goes from 4-6 to 0-10.
According to a letter sent to Cannon County athletic director Matt Cagle from TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress, the student was erroneously entered and subsequently determined to be eligible who was required to transfer schools due to rezoning.
The student actually transferred from Siegel high school to Cannon County and after the season returned to Siegel.
Cannon County also had to pay a $250 dollar fine as well.
“We caught it towards the end of school and talked to TSSAA, we wanted to make sure it was done correctly,” Daniel said.
“We all know who won the games, just a clerical error that we found and corrected. Rules are rules and we follow them.”
It’s been a wild weekend on the recruiting trail in the Volunteer State.
Six players in the Class of 2020 have committed since Friday upping the total of committed 2020 instate players to 56.
Greenback defensive end Derrell Bailey, Briarcrest athlete Jabari Small, BGA defensive back Briston Bennett, Kirby linebacker Tamarious Brown, Blackman linebacker Keionte Newson and Maryville quarterback Cade Chambers committed recently.
*Bailey (6-6, 255) chose Virginia Tech over 30 plus offers which included his final 12 schools in Oregon, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Purdue, Oklahoma and Florida.
Bailey had a big junior year for the Cherokees as he made 69 tackles, including nine for a loss and seven sacks and was named the Region 2-1A Defensive Player of the Year as Greenback finished the season 12-1.
“It’s been a long but fun process for Derrell. He had told me before visiting Virginia Tech this weekend that he had developed a great relationship with the coaches there and he felt like he could really trust them,” Greenback coach Greg Ryan said.
“I am extremely proud of him and the way he has handled the whole recruiting process.”
*Small (5-10, 190) whose dad Eddie played for the Ole Miss in the early 1990s picked the Rebels over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina St., North Carolina, Purdue, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UAB, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
In his junior season, Small rushed for 1,118 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground while also catching 21 passes for an additional 244 yards and three more touchdowns as a receiver.
Small is the third in state commitment for the Rebels joining Oakland defensive back De’Arre McDonald and Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse.
“Jabari is such a special, talented athlete who can do so much,” Briarcrest coach Brian Stewart said.
“He can play multiple positions on both sides of the ball, plus kick and punt return duties and he is a joy to coach.”
*Bennett (6-0, 170) chose Charlotte over offers from Austin Peay, Coastal Carolina, Louisville, Memphis, Texas San Antonio and Virginia
“We are very excited for Briston and his commitment to Charlotte. He has a tremendous work ethic and a uncommonly competitive spirit which compliment his athletic ability and we are looking forward to Briston being part of our team leadership as a senior this year,” BGA first year coach Jonas Rodriguez said.
Bennett is the fourth BGA player to commit in the 2020 Class as he joins teammates Garnett Hollis (Northwestern), Antonio Stevens (Purdue) and Nick Semptimpheter (Bucknell).
*Brown (6-2, 205) chose UAB over offers from Austin Peay, Southern Miss, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Western Illinois.
“Tamarious went to camp at UAB this summer and it was mutual love at first sight. The defensive coordinator (David Reeves) fell in love with Tamarious and he was blown away by the facilities and what UAB has to offer,” Kirby coach Chester Flowers said.
“Coach Reeves has a clear vision of how he wants to use Tamarious’ talents and he bought in. UAB is getting great athlete and better young man.”
Brown had 79 tackles, one sack, broke up six passes and intercepted two passes for Kirby in his junior year.
*Newson (6-2, 200) committed to Texas San Antonio as a linebacker which he will play at Blackman along with playing wide receiver for the Blaze.
As a junior at Brighton in 2018, Newson played defensive back on defense and made 43 catches for 913 yards and 10 touchdowns at wide receiver.
He chose the Roadrunners over Air Force, Austin Peay, Illinois State, SE Missouri State, UT-Martin and Western Illinois.
“On the field, UTSA is getting a phenomenal athlete at the linebacker position,” Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said.
“He fits the mold perfectly for the new school sideline to sideline athletic linebacker an is just scratching the surface for his potential on the field. He is a natural leader, a great student, and most importantly a great person and a pleasure to be around.”
*Chambers (6-4, 195) chose Indiana State over offers from Austin Peay, Illinois State and UT-Martin.
“Cade is a tremendous football player. He’s very intelligent, works extremely hard, and loves the game. What I’m most proud of about Cade though is he’s a great teammate. I speak for our entire staff when I say we are thrilled for Cade and the opportunity that has been put in front of him at Indiana State,” Maryville coach Derek Hunt said.
In his junior season in which he shared snaps at quarterback as the Rebels finished 12-2, Chambers passed for 1,046 yards and 12 touchdowns and added two more touchdowns and 278 yards on the ground.
So far the following 54 players who have already committed in the Class of 2020 they are: Knoxville Catholic offensive guard Bryn Tucker (Clemson), Mt. Juliet wide receiver Malik Bowen (Duke), Ravenwood offensive guard Graham Barton (Duke), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Chancellor Bright (Marshall), Cocke County defensive end Stiles Moore (Western Michigan), Independence linebacker Chase Robertson (Princeton), Greeneville long snapper Will Albright (Tennessee), Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford (Navy), White Station offensive tackle Ray Curry Jr. (Missouri), Whitehaven linebacker Tamarious McDonald (Mississippi State), Maryville wide receiver Ashton Maples (Liberty), Maryville linebacker Mason Shelton (Coastal Carolina), Nolensville safety Tim Coutras (Liberty), Collierville defensive tackle Jared Dawson (Louisville), Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse (Ole Miss), Ensworth tight end Austin Henderson (Minnesota), Tennessee High tight end Nolan Wishon (ETSU), Nashville Overton offensive tackle Chris Washington (Miami, FL), BGA defensive back Garnett Hollis (Northwestern), Knoxville Catholic center Cooper Mays (Tennessee), Cane Ridge defensive tackle Michael Reese (Duke), Tyner wide receiver Jeremiah Baptiste (Miami, OH), BGA wide receiver Antonio Stevens (Purdue), South Doyle running back Elijah Young (Missouri), Ravenwood wide receiver Andrew Mason (Rice), Peabody athlete Jarel Dickson (Army), Ensworth safety Keshawn Lawrence (Tennessee), BGA quarterback Nick Semptimpheter (Bucknell), Trinity Christian athlete Kevin Davis (Miami, OH), Smyrna defensive tackle Dallas Walker (Texas A&M), East Nashville linebacker Tyler Fletcher (Western Michigan), McCallie athlete Deangelo Hardy (Kennesaw State), Oakland defensive back De’Arre McDonald (Ole Miss), Alcoa offensive tackle Brackston Alford (Memphis), Pearl Cohn long snapper Wesley Schelling (Vanderbilt), Maryville running back Tee Hodge (Tennessee), Greeneville linebacker Ty Youngblood (Furman), MUS defensive back Devonte Nelson (Memphis), Kirby defensive end Corbet Mims (Arkansas State), Nolensville linebacker C.J. Ware (Miami, OH), Goodpasture wide receiver Vincent Hamer (SE Missouri St), Ravenwood offensive tackle Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale), JP II linebacker Brooks Heagarty (Richmond), JP II wide receiver Rory White (Air Force), Haywood wide receiver Darion Williamson (Tennessee), Knoxville West linebacker Drew Francis (Arkansas), Knoxville West defensive end Tyrece Edwards (Arkansas), DeKalb County offensive lineman Issac Cross (Tennessee Tech), Whitehaven linebacker Martavius French (Arkansas), Ravenwood kicker Luke Akers (UCLA), Blackman linebacker Keionte Newson (Texas San Antonio), Maryville quarterback Cade Chambers (Indiana State), BGA defensive back Briston Bennett (Charlotte), Kirby linebacker Tamarious Brown (UAB), Greenback defensive end Derrell Bailey (Virginia Tech) and Briarcrest athlete Jabari Small (Ole Miss).
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