Class 1A, 3A and 5A Blue Cross Bowl Capsules

Class 1A, 3A and 5A Blue Cross Bowl Capsules

Class 1A
Whitwell Tigers (14-0) at Cornersville Bulldogs (14-0)

Playoff Appearances- Whitwell- 15; Cornersville- 8

All Time Playoff Record- Whitwell- 16-14; Cornersville- 11-7

State Championships- Whitwell- None; Cornersville- None

Finals Record- Whitwell- 0-0; Cornersville- 0-1

Road to the 2018 Blue Cross Bowl- Whitwell defeated Clay County 56-6, Lookout Valley 45-7, South Pittsburg 34-28 and Greenback 24-21; Cornersville defeated McEwen 48-0, Wayne County 47-26, Huntingdon 13-7 and Lake County 21-8

Head Coaches Record- Whitwell- Randall Boldin (25-2 in two years at Whitwell); Cornersville- Gerard Randolph (35-15 in four years at Cornersville);

Offensive Coordinator- Whitwell- Randall Boldin and Brandon McElroy; Cornersville- Gerard Randolph

Defensive Coordinator- Whitwell- Ben Petty; Cornersville- Eliot Cook

Enrollment– Whitwell- 321; Cornersville- 321

Offense/Defense- Whitwell- Spread/4-2-5; Cornersville- Multiple/4-3

Winning Streaks- Whitwell- 14; Cornersville- 14

Offense/Defense PPG- Whitwell- 43.6/10.6; Cornersville- 40.5/4.4

Returning Starters- Whitwell- 11 (6 Off/5 Def); Cornersville- 16 (8 Off/8 Def)

Players To Watch- Whitwell- Hudson Petty (RB/DB, Sr.), Josh Wingo (RB/LB, Sr.), Will Carter (OL/DL, Sr.), Thunder Roberts (LB/TE, Sr.), Warner Ashworth (QB/DE, Sr.) Tanner Stewart (WR/ DB, Sr.) Aaron Worley (OL, Sr.)

Cornersville– Eli Woodard (QB/FS, Sr.), Trenten Warren (RB/LB, Sr.), Cameron Whitaker (RB/WR/SS, Sr.), C.J Coble (OL/LB, Sr.), Peyton Finch (TE/LB, Sr.), Devin Baus (OL/FB/LB, Sr.), Blake Pickett (WR/DB, Sr.), Alex Webster (OL/DL, Sr.), Houston Williams (OL/DL, Jr.), Ryan Prosser (WR, Sr.), Payton Cooper (WR/FS, Sr.), Clayton Mitchell (OL, Sr.), Garrett Alder (LB, Soph.), Henlee Mitchell (QB, Sr.), Ethan Courtemanche (OLB/WR, Sr.), Jacob Brooks (OL/LB, Sr.), Travis Robinson (WR/DB, Sr.), Wes Calahan (RB/SS, Jr.), Cameron Estes (WR/LB, Jr.), Payton Tucker (OL/DL, Jr.), Michael Bungay (OL/DL, Jr.), Devon Massengill (OL/LB, Jr.), Brady Calahan (RB/OLB, Soph.), Tracy Wood (RB/LB, Soph.), Alex Hillard (RB/DB, Soph.)

My Pick- Cornersville 28, Whitwell 27

Class 3A
Alcoa Tornadoes (14-0) at Covington Chargers (14-0)

Playoff Appearances- Alcoa-32; Covington- 22

All Time Playoff Record- Alcoa- 114-15; Covington- 46-21

State Championships- Alcoa- 16, 1977, 1978, 1979 (Class A), 1989 (AA), 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 (2A), 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (3A); Covington- None

Finals Record- Alcoa- 16-2; Covington- 0-5

Road to the 2018 Blue Cross Bowl- Alcoa defeated Claiborne 56-0, Unicoi County 56-0, Austin East 24-6 and Upperman 27-14; Covington defeated Melrose 49-6, McNairy Central 35-30, Milan 22-0 and Stratford 20-14

Head Coaches Record- Alcoa- Gary Rankin (424-75 overall, 172-17 in 13 years at Alcoa); Covington- Marty Wheeler (99-54 overall, 85-38 in 10 years at Covington)

Offensive Coordinator- Alcoa- David Sweetland; Covington- J.R. Kirby

Defensive Coordinator- Alcoa- Brian Nix; Covington- John Katrosh

Enrollment– Alcoa- 646; Covington- 821

Offense/Defense- Alcoa- Pro I/4-3; Covington- Wing T/40

Winning Streaks- Alcoa- 25; Covington- 14

Offense/Defense PPG- Alcoa- 45.5/6.2; Covington- 39.7/13.9

Returning Starters- Alcoa- 13 (7 Off/6 Def); Covington- 14 (7 Off/7 Def)

Players To Watch- Alcoa- Walker Russell (QB, Sr.), Landon Ray (TE/DE, Sr.), Adonis Salter (DL, Sr.), Kareem Rodriguez (RB/LB, Sr.), Andrew Coulter (OL, Sr.), K’Vaughn Tyson (RB, Sr.), Zeke Rankin (K, Jr.), Tyler Boyd (WR/DB, Jr.), Eli Mitchell (OL, Jr.), Jakobe Robinson (DT, Sr.), Grey Carroll (DE, Soph.), Isaiah Cox (DB, Soph.), Ahmauud Sankey (DB, Soph.), Malik Hall (OL/DL, Jr.), Conner Canfield (WR, Sr.), J.R. Jones (RB/DB, Soph.)

Covington-Sterling Lomax (QB/P, Sr.), Ke’Shun Gant (FB, Sr.), Cordarius Page (RB, Sr.), Jordan Prescott (TE, Jr.), Kylan Fayne (OL, Sr.), Elijah Patrick (OL, Jr.), Bobby Lee (DT, Sr.), Andrew Scott (LB, Jr.), Setrickious Hall (LB, Sr.), Caleb Winfrey (LB, Jr.), Breshun Dyson (LB, Soph.), Donovan Dotson (DB, Sr.), Arbrey Cook (K, Sr.), Rob Hendren (TE, Sr.)

My Pick– Alcoa 38, Covington 24

Class 5A
Knoxville Central Bobcats (12-2) at Henry County Patriots (13-1)

Playoff Appearances- Knoxville Central- 24, Henry County- 28

All Time Playoff Record- Knoxville Central- 39-23; Henry County- 45-25

State Championships- Knoxville Central- None; Henry County- 2, 2011 and 2013 (5A)

Finals Record- Knoxville Central- 0-2; Henry County- 2-0

Road to the 2018 Blue Cross Bowl- Knoxville Central defeated Cocke County 48-6, Daniel Boone 49-7, David Crockett 23-12 and Knoxville Catholic 24-19; Henry County defeated Munford 42-14, Ridgeway 31-8, Kirby 42-20 and Beech 13-7

Head Coaches Record- Knoxville Central- Bryson Rosser (46-20 in five years at Central); Henry County- James Counce Jr. (38-13 in four years at Henry County)

Offensive Coordinator- Knoxville Central- Bryson Rosser; Henry County- Barry Baker

Defensive Coordinator- Knoxville Central- Nick Craney; Henry County- John Harrison

Enrollment– Knoxville Central- 1,106; Henry County- 1,368

Offense/Defense- Knoxville Central- Spread/4-3; Henry County- Pro/3-4

Winning Streaks- Knoxville Central- 12; Henry County- 7

Offense/Defense PPG- Knoxville Central- 34.8/10.4; Henry County- 36.6/14.9

Returning Starters- Knoxville Central- 13 (7 Off/6 Def); Henry County- 14 (5 Off/9 Def)

Players To Watch- Knoxville Central- Dakota Fawver (QB, Jr.), Ja’Kobi Troutman (OL/DL, Sr.), Jalynn Clemons (DL/OL, Sr.), Philip Young (DE/TE, Sr.) Eli Sharp (QB, Jr.), Daunte Holliday (DB/WR, Sr.), Demetrien Johnson (WR/DB, Sr.), Trey’sean Moore (RB/DB, Sr.), Braden Gaston (WR/DB, Jr.), Xavier Washington (DB, Sr.), Malik Robinson (LB, Jr.)

Henry County- Drew James (OL/DL, Sr.), Nick Metzinger (OL/DL, Sr.), Donavon Teague (FB, Sr.), Jaylen Foster (RB/DB, Jr.), Paxton Pierpoint (S, Sr.), Will Parrish (QB, Sr.), Donyah Teague (DL/FB, Sr.), Samari Rack (DL/TE, Sr.), Ethan Thompson (WR/DB, Sr.), Alex Coffield (LB, Sr.), Tavion Kendley (DB/WR, Sr.), Matthew Bradham (DB, Sr.), Joe Travis (RB/DB, Jr.), Davey Harrod (TE/DL, Jr.), Jalen Herring (DB/LB, Jr.)

My Pick- Henry County 17, Knoxville Central 14

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