January 19, 2020

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Donovan Stewart’s Victory Formation

Donovan Stewart’s Victory Formation

There is always one week during the regular season when high school football scores produce points and stats like teenagers are playing Madden on xbox.

And week four definitely had some high scoring games that produced some gaudy individual stats.

Seven games involved the winning team scoring at least 60 points with three teams in Austin East, Haywood and Macon County all scoring 70 points in blow out wins.

While Haywood and Macon County won big, their team stats weren’t gaudy as Macon County took advantage of four interceptions to set up short fields as five different players scored a rushing touchdown with three players in Issac Belton, Ethan Jenkins and Landon Colter all scoring two touchdowns each in Macon’s school record setting 70-8 win over Glencliff.

Six different players scored touchdowns for Haywood as the Tomcats scored 55 points by halftime as they beat Liberty

The Austin East offense has come a long way in four weeks as the Roadrunners were outscored 45-0 the first two weeks of the season but have come alive the last two weeks outscoring Kingston and Fulton 104-58 and got their record to 2-2 on the year.

The game that Austin East quarterback Trey Foster had in AE’s 70-36 win over Fulton Friday was super human as Foster accounted for 557 yards of total offense as he passed for 301 yards on 13 of 15 passing with three touchdown passes while he also rushed for 256 yards and scored five more touchdowns on the ground.

“It’s definitely one of the best individual performances I have ever seen and he’s a special player,” Austin East coach Jeff Phillips said.

After the game, Foster wasn’t worried about his performance but more concerned about the condition of the locker room.

“One of the assistant coaches told him what his numbers were and all Trey said that’s good but we have to clean up the locker room,” Phillips said.

Foster wasn’t the only eye popping individual performance of the week as Ravenwood and The King’s Academy had huge numbers in wins.

Ravenwood 61, Pulaski Academy (AR) 47- In the TV game in the Nashville area, the Raptors beat Pulaski Academy in a high scoring game that saw both teams combine for 1,164 total yards and the quarterbacks combined for 11 touchdown passes.

Ravenwood quarterback Brian Garcia passed for 383 yards and seven touchdowns (fourth most total in TSSAA single game history) with all seven touchdowns going to Rice commitment Andrew Mason.

Mason had a record setting game as he caught eight passes for 355 yards (second most yardage in a game in TSSAA history) and seven receiving touchdowns (tied for most in TSSAA history).

He also had a rushing touchdown as well as he scored eight of the nine Ravenwood touchdowns (the eight total touchdowns is tied for fourth all time) and his 48 points that he scored is fifth most all time in a game.

“We knew this was going to be a totally different type of game than we’ve ever been a part of before and it played out exactly like that,” Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said.

“We tried our hardest to slow the game down and get Pulaski out of their element. It worked at times, and in doing so, we had some opportunities to put points up on the board and Brian and Andrew took advantage and they were in sync from the first play and it showed.

Our defense and special teams did some good things throughout the night, making Pulaski work to score, causing turnovers and recovering onside kicks. It was a total team effort to ride the wave and come out on top in a highly entertaining football game.”

The King’s Academy 65, Mt. Juliet Christian 49- The King’s Academy passing game led by quarterback Zak Acuff has been unbelievable the last two weeks in back to back Division II-A East region wins over Franklin Grace and Mt. Juliet Christian.

The Lions scored 113 points in those wins and Acuff has passed for 874 yards and 12 touchdowns while wide receiver Zack Tilley has caught 18 passes for 555 yards (30.8 average) and eight touchdowns over those games.

The duos numbers against Mt. Juliet Christian Friday night were even better as Acuff passed for 535 yards and six touchdowns (third most in TSSAA history) while also running for another score while Tilley caught 11 passes for 342 yards (third most in TSSAA history) and scored four times as the Lions had 744 yards of total offense (second most in TSSAA history) in the win.

Lost in the crazy numbers of Acuff and Tilley was the game by fellow wide receiver Jaheim Williams as he caught eight passes for 175 yards and scored two touchdowns while also adding two more touchdowns rushing in the win.

“The game was exciting, we really got going on the last drive of the 1st half when we went 80 yards in 29 seconds to close the half. We took that momentum and really started firing on all cylinders in the third quarter to get out to a big lead. Our guys are really starting to play well and it was a lot of fun to watch,” TKA head coach Jonathan Sellers said.

Acuff has already passed for 1,282 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season while Tilley has 32 catches for 738 yards and nine touchdowns.

Howard Makes History with first win over Tyner
It took 25 games and a nasty defensive performance for Howard to get their first ever win over rival Tyner.

In a series that started in 1975, Tyner had won the first 24 meetings with Howard but the Hustlin’ Tigers got down right defensive creating seven turnovers (three interceptions, four fumbles) and beat Tyner 27-19.

Howard got three first quarter touchdowns from running back Eric Johnson for a 21-0 lead as the Hustlin’ Tigers forced turnovers on Tyner’s five of first six possessions as Tyner had -14 yards of total offense in the first half.

“This win was big for the Hustlin’ Tiger community, it helped us generate some much needed pride and in the first half, our defense played at level I have only seen a few times in my 34 years of coaching,” Howard coach John Starr said.

Howard isn’t the only team to get off to a solid 3-1 start as five more teams are 3-1 for the first time in a while are below.

Dyer County Choctaws
Scoring Average- 38.5/18.3
Last Time 3-1- 2011. Finished 9-3 and made 5A second round

Jackson Christian Eagles
Scoring Average- 35.5 on offense/29.3 on defense
Last Time 3-1- 2010. Finished 6-6 and made the Division II-A Quarterfinals

Lawrence County Wildcats
Scoring Average- 23.7/22.0
Last Time 3-1- 2010. Finished 8-4 and made the second round of the 5A playoffs

Stewart County Rebels
Scoring Average- 26.8/12.3
Last Time 3-1- 2013. Started 3-1 and then dropped the last six games and finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs

White Station Spartans
Scoring Average- 36.3/12.0
Last Time 3-1- 2011. Finished 8-5 and made the 6A Quarterfinals

4-0 at Last
The following four teams are 4-0 for the first time in quite a while which has created a ton of excitement around town.

Clay County Bulldogs
Scoring Average- 25.8 offense/2.0 defense
Last Time 4-0- 1997. School was known as Celina in 1997 as the Bulldogs finished 7-5 and made the second round of the 1A playoffs

Monterey Wildcats
Scoring Average- 39.8/6.3
Last Time 4-0- 2004. Finished 8-3 and made it to the 1A playoffs

Creek Wood Red Hawks
Scoring Average- 35.0/10.3
Last Time 4-0- 2005. Finished 9-3 and made the second round of 3A playoffs

South Greene Rebels
Scoring Average- 38.5/14.0
Last Time 4-0- 2010. Finished 6-5 and made it to the 3A playoffs

Regular Season Streaks Broken
Alcoa, Upperman and Dyersburg all had regular season winning streaks snapped and Alcoa also saw the state’s longest winning streak fall by the way side as well.

Maryville 17, Alcoa 3- The Rebels played keep away for the Tornadoes and had two players in Parker McGill and Cade Chambers both rushed for over 100 yards and score a touchdown as Maryville out gained Alcoa 341-122.

McGill ran for 118 yards and Chambers added 105 yards on the ground as Maryville snapped Alcoa’s 18 game regular season winning streak and the Tornadoes 29 game winning streak overall which was the longest statewide.

Livingston Academy 10, Upperman 7- After Upperman took an early 7-0 lead, Livingston Academy responded with 10 points in the second quarter as Aubrey Hollars caught a touchdown pass that was the game winner right before half.

Although Upperman out gained Livingston 322-157, the Wildcats intercepted two passes and took advantage of Upperman turnovers in the win that snapped Upperman 15 game regular season winning streak.

Hardin County 35, Dyersburg 0- The Hardin County defense was huge as they made Dyersburg turn it over four times and quarterback Rivers Hunt took advantage.

Hunt passed for 185 yards and three touchdowns including two touchdown passes to big tight end Hudson Wolfe while Trey Scruggs and John Whitley both added touchdown run as Dyersburg’s 12 game regular season winning streak was snapped.

Picked up first wins of season
The following seven teams got their first win of the 2019 season are have new optimism heading into week five

Cookeville 43, White County 12- The Cookeville offense got on track against rival White County as the Cavaliers had 459 yards of total offense as Jacob Stamps had three touchdown runs, Cameron Harris ran for 143 yards and scored once on just five carries and quarterback Stockton Owen rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns while also passing for 102 yards in the win for Cookeville (1-3).

Davidson Academy 14, Columbia Academy 7- The defending Division II-A champions (1-2) got their first win of the year as Bryce Rawls had a touchdown and 105 yards rushing while Jaidyn McAdoo rushed for 70 yards and the game winning touchdown in the third quarter.

Dickson County 13, McGavock 12- The Cougars (1-3) grabbed their first win of the season behind the leg of Jett Carter who booted the game winning 46 yard field goal to seal the win.

Jett kicked two field goals and Clint Schroeder added a touchdown run for the Cougars.

Jackson North Side 46, Bolivar 0- The North Side defense pitched a shut out and the Indian offense got touchdowns from five different players in the win.

C.J. Jones, Camaryon Jones, Jamari Poindexter, Coby Wheeler and Jordan Whiteside all got in the end zone for the Indians.

Ridgeway 41, Mitchell 12- The Roadrunners picked up their first win of the season as Keone Russell rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown while Braden Goodwin also found the end zone twice for Ridgeway.

St. Benedict 46, Bolton 22- The Eagles got the mat and picked up their first win of the season as quarterback Gabe Winston passed for 288 yards and four touchdowns as they kept Bolton in the winless column for the season.

Wide receivers James Randle (six catches for 110 yards, three touchdowns) and Kai Norris (five catches for 126 yards and one touchdowns) were Winston’s favorite targets on the evening.

Sullivan Central 32, Pigeon Forge 6- The Cougars grabbed their first win of the season as Bryson Crabtree caught a touchdown pass and also scored on a reverse while quarterback Will Nottingham threw a touchdown and rushed for another touchdown in the win.

Recruiting Update
Three statewide players made their college commitments recently and here’s a quick update.

*St. George’s wide receiver Issac Smith announced his commitment to Wisconsin recently.

Smith (6-3, 185) chose the Badgers over offers from Army, Cornell, Jackson State, Missouri, Tennessee State and UT-Martin.

*Briarcrest defensive back Reggie Neely committed to Tulane over offers from Appy St., Austin Peay, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Memphis, Samford, Southern Miss, UAB and Western Kentucky.

Although teams have avoided Neely (6-1, 175) for the most part this season as he only has seven tackles, he does have three interceptions for the undefeated Saints (4-0).

*Jacksonville State got a commitment from Knox. Catholic offensive lineman Bryce Nicely.

Nicely (6-3, 275) is the fourth Knox. Catholic player to commit already joining teammates Bryn Tucker (Clemson), Chancellor Bright (Marshall) and Cooper Mays (Tennessee).

He chose Jacksonville State over Austin Peay, Western IIIinois, UVA Wise and Lake Erie College.

So far the following 68 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), Briarcrest athlete Jabari Small (Ole Miss), Greeneville offensive guard Chris Everhart (Marshall), Kirby quarterback Draylen Ellis (Austin Peay), Summit linebacker Jaylen Herrud (Navy), Ravenwood linebacker Jordan Smith (Richmond), East Nashville safety Lester Shaw (Eastern Illinois), Baylor linebacker Noah Martin (Samford), Dickson County defensive tackle Tre’vonn Rybka (Kentucky), Loretto offensive lineman Zach Brown (Samford), Friendship Christian defensive tackle Ryan Jackson (Eastern Kentucky), MBA offensive lineman Ned Freeland (Penn), Baylor defensive lineman Seth Johnson (Furman), St. George’s wide receiver Issac Smith (Wisconsin), Briarcrest defensive back Reggie Neely (Tulane) and Knox. Catholic offensive lineman Bryce Nicely (Jacksonville State)

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