Donovan Stewart’s Class 1A Region Rundown

Donovan Stewart’s Class 1A Region Rundown

We are only 16 days away as the start of high school football regular season will begin on Thursday, August 16 and a full slate of games will commence on Friday August 17.

In the spirit of the greatest sport fixing to get underway, tnhighschoolfootball.com will take a quick look at all 55 regions in all classifications starting today with Class 1A.

The region rundown has the following six categories, a list of the region teams, who the new region head coaches are, who the longest tenured coach is in the region, who the region kingpin is and how many consecutive region games they have won, four region players to watch and the four teams that will be playoff bound this year (both categories are listed alphabetically).

Here’s the schedule for the region rundowns
August 1- 1A
August 2- 2A
August 3- 3A
August 8- 4A
August 9- 5A
August 10- 6A
August 15- Division II-A
August 16- Division II-AA
August 17- Division II-AAA

1-1A
Region Teams- (4) Cloudland, Hancock County, Jellico and Unaka
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Johnny Massengale, Jellico
Longest Tenured Coach- Tie between Brandon Gibbs, Hancock County and Mike Lunsford, two years
Region Kingpin- Cloudland has won 11 straight region games dating back to the 2015 season
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Cloudland- 6 (2012-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Cloudland RB/LB Josh Blair, Cloudland RB Jordan Coffey, Unaka WR/DB Blake Issacs and Unaka QB John Ramsey
2018 Playoff Teams- Cloudland, Hancock County, Jellico and Unaka

2-1A
Region Teams- (7) Coalfield, Greenback, Harriman, Midway, Oakdale, Oliver Springs and Sunbright
New Region Head Coaches- None
Longest Tenured Coach- Travis Tapp, Harriman, 15 years
Region Kingpin- Greenback has won three straight outright region titles and 20 straight region games going back to 2014
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Coalfield- 14 (2004-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Coalfield OL/DL Johnny Carroll, Greenback QB Bryce Hanley, Greenback DL Reese Plemons and Greenback WR Holden Willis
2018 Playoff Teams- Coalfield, Greenback, Harriman and Midway

3-1A
Region Teams- (5) Copper Basin, Lookout Valley, Sale Creek, South Pittsburg and Whitwell
New Region Head Coaches- (2)- Chad Grabowski, Copper Basin and David Dinger, Lookout Valley
Longest Tenured Coach- Ron Cox, Sale Creek, 5 years
Region Kingpin- South Pittsburg have won three straight region titles and 14 straight region games
Longest Current Playoff Streak- South Pittsburg- 17 (2001-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Whitwell RB/DB Hudson Petty, South Pittsburg RB/LB Garrett Raulston, Whitwell LB Thunder Roberts and Whitwell RB/LB Josh Wingo
2018 Playoff Teams- Copper Basin, Lookout Valley, South Pittsburg and Whitwell

4-1A
Region Teams- (7)- Clay County, Gordonsville, Jo Byrns, Monterey, Pickett County, Red Boiling Springs and RePublic
New Region Head Coaches- (4)- Scott Clemons, Gordonsville, Ray Reagan, Pickett County, Matt Swoner, RBS and Ron Lambert, RePublic
Longest Tenured Coach-Tom Adkins, Jo Byrns, 24 years
Region Kingpin- Gordonsville has eight consecutive region wins going back to the 2016 season
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Gordonsville-2 (2016-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Jo Byrns OL/DL Braxton Ashabraner, Gordonsville RB Braxton Givens, Jo Byrns RB Eric Herring and Clay County RB/DB Jared Marcom
2018 Playoff Teams-Clay County, Gordonsville, Jo Byrns and RePublic

5-1A
Region Teams- (7)- Cornersville, Fayetteville, Franklin Grace, Huntland, Moore County, Mt. Pleasant and Richland
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Nick Patterson, Richland
Longest Tenured Coach- Bob Robertson, Huntland 22 years
Region Kingpin- Cornersville has a region title and seven straight region wins under their belts
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Fayetteville- 3 (2015-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Moore County RB/LB Dylan Knight, Huntland RB/DB Cameron Reed, Cornersville RB/SS Cameron Whitaker and Cornersville QB/FS Eli Woodard
2018 Playoff Teams-Cornersville, Fayetteville, Moore County and Mt. Pleasant

6-1A
Region Teams- (7)- Bruceton, Collinwood, Huntingdon, McEwen, Middleton, Perry County and Wayne County
New Region Head Coaches-None
Longest Tenured Coach- Rick Rice, Wayne County- 12 years
Region Kingpin- Huntingdon are winners of seven consecutive region games and won the region last season
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Wayne County- 17 (2001-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Huntingdon QB Hunter Ensley, Wayne County OL/DL Corey Mathis, Huntingdon LB Konner Pearson and Collinwood OL/DL Blake Thompson
2018 Playoff Teams-Bruceton, Huntingdon, McEwen and Wayne County

7-1A
Region Teams- (7)- Dresden, Gleason, Greenfield, Humboldt, Lake County, South Fulton and West Carroll
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Anthony Ballard, Humboldt
Longest Tenured Coach- Noah Lampkins, Gleason, 16 years
Region Kingpin- Dresden- The Lions have won back to back region titles and 16 consecutive region games
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Dresden- 8 (2010-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Lake County RB Dezmon Johnson, Lake County TE/LB Campbell Puckett, Lake County QB Tanner Snyder and Dresden WR Drake Yates
2018 Playoff Teams- Dresden, Lake County, Greenfield and West Carroll

8-1A
Region Teams- (8)- Booker T. Washington, Freedom Prep, Hillcrest, KIPP Academy, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Middle College, Oakhaven and Westwood
New Region Head Coaches- (3)- G. Benjamin Myles, KIPP Academy, Edward Kuykendoll, Oakhaven and Fred Copeland, Westwood
Longest Tenured Coach- Lorenzo Barnes, Hillcrest, 2 years
Region Kingpin- Westwood has won three straight region games
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Tie between Middle College and Westwood both three years (2015-17)
Four Region Players To Watch-Freedom Prep QB Tevin Carter, Freedom Prep OL Chris Morris, Hillcrest WR Raishun Morris and Hillcrest QB Defavus Ross
2018 Playoff Teams-Freedom Prep, Hillcrest, Middle College and Westwood

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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