Donovan Stewart’s Class 5A Region Rundown

Donovan Stewart’s Class 5A Region Rundown

We are only eight days away as the start of high school football regular season will begin next Thursday, August 16 and a full slate of games will commence next 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 5A.

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 remaining schedule for the region rundowns
August 9- 5A
August 10- 6A
August 15- Division II-A
August 16- Division II-AA
August 17- Division II-AAA

1-5A
Region Teams- (7)- Cherokee, Cocke County, Daniel Boone, David Crockett, Morristown East, Tennessee High and Volunteer
New Region Head Coaches- (2)- Hayden Chandley, David Crockett and Justin Pressley, Volunteer
Longest Tenured Coach- Jeremy Jenkins, Daniel Boone, 15 years
Region Kingpin- Daniel Boone. The Trailblazers have an eight game region winning streak that dates back to 2016
Four Region Players To Watch- Daniel Boone RB Charlie Cole, David Crockett WR/DB John Kollie, David Crockett QB Cade Larkins and Cherokee QB Collin Trent
2018 Playoff Teams- Cherokee, Daniel Boone, David Crockett and Tennessee High

2-5A
Region Teams- (7)- Carter, Gibbs, Knoxville Central, Knoxville Halls, Sevier County, Seymour and South Doyle
New Region Head Coaches-(4)- Vic Wharton, Carter, Brad Turner, Gibbs, Jeremy Bosken, Knoxville Halls and Scott Gaylon, Seymour
Longest Tenured Coach- Clark Duncan, South Doyle, 9 years
Region Kingpin- Halls. Jeremy Bosken takes over the Red Devils that won the region title last year and will have a three game region winning streak entering 2018
Four Region Players To Watch- South Doyle WR/DB Ton’Quez Ball, Sevier County QB/DB Cam Burden, South Doyle RB Elijah Young and Knoxville Central SS Xavier Washington
2018 Playoff Teams- Knoxville Central, Knoxville Halls, Sevier County and South Doyle

3-5A
Region Teams- (7)- Campbell County, Clinton, Fulton, Karns, Knoxville West, Oak Ridge and Powell
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Matt Lowe, Powell
Longest Tenured Coach- Tie between Justin Price, Campbell County and Rob Black, Fulton, 7 years
Region Kingpin- Oak Ridge. The Wildcats have won 15 straight region games over the last three seasons including the last two outright region titles
Four Region Players To Watch- Knoxville West LB Drew Francis, Oak Ridge RB Jordan Graham, Karns WR Thomas Harper and Fulton QB Xavier Malone
2018 Playoff Teams- Campbell County, Fulton, Knoxville West and Oak Ridge

4-5A
Region Teams- (5)- Knoxville Catholic, Lenoir City, Rhea County, Soddy Daisy and Walker Valley
New Region Head Coaches-No New Coaches
Longest Tenured Coach- Glen Ryan, Walker Valley, 6 years
Region Kingpin- Knoxville Catholic. The Fighting Irish enter 2018 with a 12 game region winning streak after winning the last two region titles
Four Region Players To Watch- Soddy Daisy QB Gavin Chambers, Rhea County LB Chandler Kaylor, Knoxville Catholic OL Cooper Mays and Knoxville Catholic OL Bryn Tucker
2018 Playoff Teams- Knoxville Catholic, Lenoir City, Rhea County and Soddy Daisy

5-5A
Region Teams- (7)- Columbia, Franklin County, Lincoln County, Page, Shelbyville, Summit and White County
New Region Head Coaches- (1)- Tim Johnson, Lincoln County
Longest Tenured Coach- Charles Rathbone, Page, 6 years
Region Kingpin- Summit. The Spartans are on a roll coming into the 2018 season with a seven game region winning streak
Four Region Players To Watch-Page WR/DB Michael Burdick, Columbia QB Darien Davis, Summit RB George Odimegwu and Shelbyville QB Grayson Tramel
2018 Playoff Teams- Franklin County, Page, Shelbyville and Summit

6-5A
Region Teams- (6)- Beech, Gallatin, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hillwood and Hunters Lane
New Region Head Coaches-No New Coaches
Longest Tenured Coach- Anthony Crabtree, Beech, 13 years
Region Kingpin- Beech. The Buccaneers rode a five game region streak to the 5A state title game as they won 14 games in 2017
Four Region Players To Watch- Hillsboro DT Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro WR/DB Gyasi Mattison, Hillwood QB Hale Page and Glencliff WR Rishad Petrus
2018 Playoff Teams- Beech, Gallatin, Hillsboro and Hillwood

7-5A
Region Teams- (7)- Clarksville High, Dyer County, Henry County, Kenwood, Northeast, Northwest and West Creek
New Region Head Coaches-No New Coaches
Longest Tenured Coach- Tie between Issac Shelby, Clarksville and Vernon Wright, Northwest, 4 years
Region Kingpin- Henry County. The Patriots took advantage of going into a new revamped region and won the region title last season winning all six region games
Four Region Players To Watch- Northeast LB Devon Dillehay, Northeast RB Fred Orr, Henry County WR Ethan Thompson and Clarksville DB Josh Watch
2018 Playoff Teams- Clarksville High, Dyer County, Henry County and Northeast

8-5A
Region Teams- (8)- Brighton, Bolton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Memphis Overton, Munford, Ridgeway and Southwind
New Region Head Coaches-(2)- Brandon Usery, Bolton and Quintin Jones, Kingsbury
Longest Tenured Coach-Duron Sutton, Ridgeway, 8 years
Region Kingpin- Brighton. The Cardinals won the region last season and have a two game region winning streak
Four Region Players To Watch- Kirby QB Jaden Johnson, Brighton QB Nick Johnson, Munford RB Noah Robertson and Southwind OL/DL Kristian Williams
2018 Playoff Teams- Brighton, Munford, Ridgeway and Southwind

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

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