Donovan Stewart’s Class 3A Region Rundown

Donovan Stewart’s Class 3A Region Rundown

We are only 14 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 continuing today with Class 3A.

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

1-3A
Region Teams-(6)- Chuckey Doak, Claiborne County, Johnson County, North Greene, Unicoi County and West Greene
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Andrew Murray, North Greene
Longest Tenured Coach- Joe Case, West Greene, 11 years
Region Kingpin- Johnson County- The Longhorns are the defending region champs and have a five game region winning streak heading into 2018
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Unicoi County- 3 (2015-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- West Greene ATH Kyler Clowers, Johnson County LB Tyler Norris, Claiborne County Eli Stone and Unicoi County ATH Brett Strother
2018 Playoff Teams- Claiborne County, Johnson County, Unicoi County and West Greene

2-3A
Region Teams- (7)- Alcoa, Austin East, Gatlinburg Pittman, Kingston, Northview Academy, Pigeon Forge and Scott County
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Josh Terry, Scott County
Longest Tenured Coach- Gary Rankin, Alcoa 12 years
Region Kingpin- Alcoa. The Tornadoes are the bully of Class 3A winning five state titles since 2010, they also have 29 straight region wins and six region titles since last losing in the region back in 2011
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Alcoa- 15 (2003-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Austin East WR Isaiah Ligon, Alcoa QB Walker Russell, Alcoa RB Kareem Rodriguez and Austin East LB Chris Stevenson
2018 Playoff Teams- Alcoa, Austin East, Gatlinburg Pittman and Kingston

3-3A
Region Teams- (6)- Brainerd, Loudon, McMinn Central, Red Bank, Signal Mountain and Sweetwater
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Chris Brown, Red Bank
Longest Tenured Coach- Josh Goodin, McMinn Central, 9 years
Region Kingpin- Red Bank. The Lions will be under new leadership this year but are seeking their third straight region title after winning 10 straight games in the region over the last two seasons
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Tie between Red Bank and Sweetwater- 4 (2014-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Red Bank DT Sam Gilbert, Red Bank ATH Calvin Jackson, Loudon QB/DB Drew Jackson and Signal Mountain WR Travion Williams
2018 Playoff Teams- Loudon, Red Bank, Signal Mountain and Sweetwater

4-3A
Region Teams- (6)- Cannon County, Grundy County, Sequatchie County, Smith County, Upperman and York Institute
New Region Head Coaches- (4)- Matt Daniel, Cannon County, Tracy Hayworth, Grundy County, Adam Caine, Upperman and Mark Wattenbarger, Sequatchie County
Longest Tenured Coach- Mike Dickerson, Smith County, 5 years
Region Kingpin- Although Smith County was the number one seed for the region last year in the playoffs, York actually heads in the 2018 season with a three game region winning streak
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Upperman- 5 (2013-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Sequatchie County running back Brett Hicks, York Institute QB Landrick Leffew, Upperman running back Blake Metzgar and Smith County OL Chris Ray
2018 Playoff Teams- Sequatchie County, Smith County, Upperman and York Institute

5-3A
Region Teams- (5)- East Nashville, Giles County, Pearl Cohn, Stratford and Whites Creek
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Clifton Davis, Whites Creek
Longest Tenured Coach- Tony Brunetti, Pearl Cohn, 12 years
Region Kingpin- Pearl Cohn. The Firebirds are winners of 15 consecutive region games and have won the last four region titles
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Giles County-12 (2006-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Pearl Cohn QB Xavier Shepard, Pearl Cohn DT Elijah Simmons, East Nashville DB Jashon Watkins and Giles County WR K.J. Ziegler
2018 Playoff Teams- East Nashville, Giles County, Pearl Cohn and Stratford

6-3A
Region Teams- (6)- Camden, Cheatham County, Fairview, Harpeth, Stewart County and Sycamore
New Region Head Coaches- None
Longest Tenured Coach- Doug Loope, Harpeth, 13 years
Region Kingpin- Fairview. The Yellow Jackets have won back to back region titles and are winners of 12 in a row
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Camden- 15 (2003-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Cheatham County RB/DB Walker Bunce, Fairview QB Kam Harris-Lusk, Camden RB Dalton Story and Sycamore OL/DL Zack Sullivan
2018 Playoff Teams- Camden, Cheatham County, Fairview and Sycamore

7-3A
Region Teams- (6)- Bolivar, Covington, McNairy Central, Milan, South Gibson and Westview
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Craig Pettigrew, Milan
Longest Tenured Coach- Marty Wheeler, Covington, 9 years
Region Kingpin- Covington. The Chargers got to the 3A title game in 2017 and are the winners of eight straight in the region
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Milan- 4 (2014-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Covington RB Ke’Shun Gant, South Gibson OL/DL Spencer Lacewell, Covington QB Sterling Lomax and Bolivar LB Christian Mathews
2018 Playoff Teams- Covington, Milan, South Gibson and Westview

8-3A
Region Teams- (6)- Martin Luther King Prep, Melrose, Raleigh Egypt, Sheffield, Trezevant and Wooddale
New Region Head Coaches- (2)- Larry Franklin, Raleigh Egypt and Antwoine Wellington, Trezevant
Longest Tenured Coach- Jesse Allen, MLK Prep, 4 years
Region Kingpin- Raleigh Egypt. The Pharaohs have won 10 of their last 11 region games the last two seasons and was a perfect 5-0 in 2017
Longest Current Playoff Streak- Trezevant- 6 (2012-17)
Four Region Players To Watch- Melrose QB Will Mason, Wooddale RB Darion Norfleet, Trezevant ATH Sammy Swing and Raleigh Egypt QB Clifton Tunstall
2018 Playoff Teams- Melrose, Raleigh Egypt, Trezevant and Wooddale

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

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