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Donovan Stewart’s Week 3 Victory Formation

Donovan Stewart’s Week 3 Victory Formation

There were 80 head coaching changes this offseason in Tennessee high school football which was a ton and the most in years.

So far through the first three weeks of the season, 13 schools under the leadership of a new head coach are undefeated at 3-0.

In fact through the first three weeks of the season 51 of the 80 new coaches have won at least one game this year.

So what’s been the winning recipe so far this young season?

Is it a fresh start with a new coach, a new voice and a new offensive and defensive philosophy that the players have really bought into?

Have the schools took advantage of a nice, easy early schedule or is it something else entirely?

“We’ve worked really hard at getting kids to be tougher and more physical than they have been and we still have a long ways to go but getting better with it,” Knoxville Halls head coach Scott Cummings said.

Cummings is back in Knoxville after spending the last four seasons at Cleveland and back to running the split back veer, an offense he had success with at Knox. West, where he led the Rebels to the 2014 Class 5A state title.

Here’s a look at the 13 schools that are undefeated under new leadership so far.

Knoxville Halls Red Devils
New Coach- Scott Cummings
Resume So Far- Beat Gibbs, Karns and Clinton
Points For/Against- 37.0/15.6
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 1-8
Last Time They Started 3-0- 1997. Finished year 8-3 as they lost to Rhea County in first round of 4A playoffs

Bartlett Panthers
New Coach- Lance Tucker
Resume So Far-Beat Douglass, MAHS and Memphis Overton
Points For/Against-25.3/6.7
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 1-7
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2000. Finished season 9-2 and lost to Houston in first round of 5A playoffs

Stewarts Creek Red Hawks
New Coach- Bert Browne
Resume So Far- Beat Mt. Juliet, Antioch and Clarksville
Points For/Against- 38.6/13.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-6
Last Time They Started 3-0- Have never been 3-0 in their short seven year history

Northwest Vikings
New Coach- Neil Furnish
Resume So Far- Beat Hunters Lane, Greenbrier and West Creek
Points For/Against- 26.0/6.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-7
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2003. Finished 9-3 lost to Stratford in second round of 4A playoffs. Beat Hillwood 79-36 in first round which is their only playoff win in school history

Melrose Golden Wildcats
New Coach- Cedrick Wilson
Resume So Far- Beat Memphis Overton, Memphis East and Sheffield
Points For/Against- 37.6/8.0
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-7
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2013. Finished 8-4 after losing to Ridgeway in second round of the 5A playoffs

Ensworth Tigers
New Coach- Roc Batten
Resume So Far- Beat Trezevant, Hillsboro and Knoxville Catholic
Points For/Against- 46.0/11.6
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 5-4
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2014. Finished 10-2 after losing to MBA and were the Division II-AA runners up

Westview Chargers
New Coach- Matt McConnell
Resume So Far- Beat Dresden, Gibson County and McNairy Central
Points For/Against- 50.3/21.6
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 5-4
Last Time They Started 3-0-2014. Finished 8-3 after losing to Milan in first round of 3A playoffs

Boyd Buchanan Buccaneers
New Coach- Jeremy Bosken
Resume So Far- Beat North Georgia (GA), Trinity Academy (TN) and Knox. Webb
Points For/Against- 42.3/9.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 3-6
Last Time They Started 3-0-2016. Finished season 7-4 after losing to Watertown in 2A second round

Fayetteville Tigers
New Coach- Kenny Morson
Resume So Far- Beat Marion County, Zion Christian and Huntland
Points For/Against- 32.0/10.6
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 4-5
Last Time They Started 3-0-2017. Finished 6-5 after losing to Huntingdon in 1A first round

Gallatin Green Wave
New Coach- Chad Watson
Resume So Far- Beat Lebanon, Station Camp and Hillsboro
Points For/Against- 42.3/7.0
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-7
Last Time They Started 3-0-2017. Finished the season at 7-4 after losing to Page in first round of 5A playoffs

BGA Wildcats
New Coach- Jonas Rodriguez
Resume So Far- Beat McGavock, Father Ryan and Goodpasture
Points For/Against- 41.3/18.6
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-7
Last Time They Started 3-0-2018. Finished 11-3 and lost to CPA to finish as the Division II-AA runner up

Covington Chargers
New Coach- J.R. Kirby
Resume So Far- Beat Munford, Bauxite (AR) and Bolivar
Points For/Against- 37.6/4.0
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 3-5
Last Time They Started 3-0-2018. Finished 14-1, losing to Alcoa and is the 3A runner up

ECS Eagles
New Coach- Trey Adams
Resume So Far- Beat CPA, St. Benedict and Harding Academy
Points For/Against- 36.3/4.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 1-8
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2018. Finished 9-3 after losing to Lausanne in Division II-AA Quarterfinals

More 3-0 For the First Time In a While
Although they are not led by a new head coach, Greenfield, Fairley, Jefferson County and Monterey are off to hot starts for the first time in over a decade.

Greenfield Yellow Jackets
Resume So Far- Beat Fulton City (KY), Bruceton and South Fulton
Points For/Against- 44.0/11.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 1-7
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2001. Finished 9-3, lost to USJ in first round of 1A playoffs

Fairley Bulldogs
Resume So Far- Beat Manassas, Douglass and KIPP Academy
Points For/Against- 44.6/4.3
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 0-8
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2002. Finished 9-3 and lost to Union City in second round of 2A playoffs

Jefferson County Patriots
Resume So Far- Beat Sevier County, Morristown East and Morristown West
Points For/Against- 36.0/19.0
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 2-7
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2003. Finished 10-2 after losing to Oak Ridge in second round of 5A playoffs

Monterey Wildcats
Resume So Far- Beat Sale Creek, Lookout Valley and Red Boiling Springs
Points For/Against- 41.6/6.0
Opponents Win-Loss Record- 0-8
Last Time They Started 3-0- 2007. Finished the year 7-4, missed the playoffs but beat Cornersville in a bowl game

Losing Streaks Broken
Any time a school can put a stop to a losing streak its always good for the program at least for that week.

Hunters Lane got rookie head coach Preston Scott his first coaching win and broke a 12 game losing streak, while Chattanooga Christian broke a six game losing streak and saddled defending 1A state champion Whitwell with another loss.

Hunters Lane 27, Hillwood 24- It was a good region 6-5A opener for Hunters Lane and first year head coach Preston Scott.

The Warriors (1-2) broke a 12 game losing streak, a six game region losing skid and Scott picked up his first career coaching win as Demarquez Johnson rushed for 103 yards and scored once and Jadonte Hodges returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown.

Malik Lea led the Warrior defense as he returned a fumble for a score in the win over Hillwood.

Chattanooga Christian 55, Whitwell 14- The Chargers jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead as they rushed for 407 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns to break a six game losing streak.
Running backs Rod Young (104 yards, one touchdown), Javorus Havis (103 yards, one touchdown) and Jamichael Baxter (77 yards, two touchdowns) led the ground attack for the Chargers.

Hardy Helps McCallie Past Defending Division II-AAA Champions
McCallie 28, Brentwood Academy 23- For the second straight regular season, McCallie quarterback Deangelo Hardy was a Eagle killer.

The Kennesaw State signee passed for 120 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for two more scores and 99 more yards as the Blue Tornado nipped the Eagles breaking six game winning streak.

Blue Tornado running back B.J. Harris also had a big game as well as he ran for 148 yards in the win.

Region Streaks Broken
Six teams had lengthy region winning streaks broken in week three as well.

Nashville Christian 21, Davidson Academy 13- The one-two rushing punch of Dakota Owens and Don Dunning helped Nashville Christian beat Davidson Academy for the first time in Division II-A West play since 2016.

Owens led the way with 85 yards rushing and Dunning scored all three Eagle touchdowns as Davidson Academy lost their 15 game region winning streak and are currently winless on the season at 0-2 while Nashville Christian is 2-0.

Chuckey Doak 14, Johnson County 10- Chuckey Doak got their first win over Johnson County since 2015 as they led 14-7 to halftime and held on for the win, breaking Johnson County’s 10 game region 3-1A winning streak dating back to 2017.

Black Knight running back Chris Cutshaw rushed for 147 yards and scored once while quarterback Matthew Palazzo passed for 117 and a touchdown as well.

Powell 34, Fulton- 0- Powell picked up a dominant win over Fulton as quarterback Walker Trusley threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns (both to freshman Adarius Redmond) while also running for another touchdown in the win.

The win broke Fulton’s six game region 3-5A winning streak as the Falcons fell to 0-3 on the season.

DeKalb County 33, Stone Memorial 0- Tiger quarterback Axel Aldino had a hand in four total touchdowns as he threw for two scores and had two rushing touchdowns as well as DeKalb broke Stone Memorial region 3-4A five game winning streak.

Hardin County 28, Jackson North Side 21- Hardin County took the early lead in region 6-4A and broke Jackson North Side’s five game region winning streak.

Tiger running back John Whitley ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Rivers Hunt passed for two touchdowns in the Hardin County win.

Gallatin 49, Hillsboro 14- Gallatin running back Spencer Briggs continued his hot start as he rushed for 260 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Green Wave hammered Hillsboro 49-14 in a big region 6-5A win.

The Green Wave (3-0) stopped Hillsboro’s four game region winning streak and will travel to Mt. Juliet this week for a big non region tilt with the Golden Bears.

Region Losing Streaks Snapped
The following seven schools got their first region win in awhile and now start 1-0 in region play.

Warren County 36, Rockvale 35- The Pioneers broke a 14 game region 3-6A losing streak as Xander Lee converted a two point conversion to give Warren County the win.

Also having big games for Warren County was running back Jaterrius Rozier had a touchdown while quarterback Lacedrick Cox had two scoring runs as well.

Boyd Buchanan 28, Knox. Webb 21
The Buccaneers were talked about earlier in the column as getting off to a 3-0 start and the win over Knox. Webb broke a seven game Division II-AA East region losing streak.

Boyd quarterback Eli Morris threw two touchdown passes, one to JaMichael McGoy and the other to Preston Edmonson as well as running 12 yards for another touchdown to lead the Buccaneers to the huge win over Webb.

Jefferson County 28, Morristown West 20- Jefferson County got two touchdown runs from Tanner Atkins who also rushed for 84 yards in the win.

The win broke a seven game 1-6A region losing streak and an 11 game losing streak to Morristown West which went back to 2008 and the Patriots are 3-0 for the first time since 2003.

Westview 57, McNairy Central- 49- If you like offense, this Jackson area game was for you.

The offenses combined for 1,115 yards of offense as the quarterbacks were on fire as Westview’s Ty Simpson passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns while also running for two more scores in the win.

McNairy Central’s Cole Kirk passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns while Austin Scott had 304 yards of total offense and scored six touchdowns in the defeat as the win for Westview broke a five game region 7-3A losing streak.

Copper Basin 40, Sale Creek 7- The Cougars are off to their first 2-1 start since 2016 and behind the arm of quarterback Bryson Grabowski who passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns, Copper Basin broke a four game region 3-1A losing streak besting the Panthers.

Grabowski also rushed for three more scores and Chase Mickens had a huge game at wide receiver as he caught nine passes for 244 yards and scored one touchdown in the win.

Lexington 36, Liberty 7- The Tigers broke a four game region 6-4A losing streak as quarterback Braxton Grice threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the win for Lexington.

Crockett County 42, Ripley 21- Crockett County broke a three game region 7-4A losing streak as five different players scored touchdowns on the ground.

Josh Owens led the Cavaliers with two rushing touchdowns while Luke Pratt, Nate Sarver, Brixston Miller and V.J. Pillar all added touchdown runs as well.

1st Wins 
The following two first year head coaches got their first coaching wins in week three

Atlee Pond, East Robertson beat Cascade 21-14

Preston Scott, Hunters Lane beat Hillwood 27-24

1st Win with New Team
The following six coaches got their first coaching win at their new school in week three

Randall Boldin, Waverly beat Hickman County 48-12

Carl Coleman, Hillcrest beat Hamilton 32-12

Cary Crews, Wayne County beat Middleton 48-26

Les Greer, Kenwood beat Northeast 30-24

Scott Meadows, Carter beat Seymour 27-7

Ron Treadway, Midway beat Oakdale 33-8

Milestone Wins
The following 22 coaches picked up significant career coaching wins in week three

John McNeal, Friendship Christian picked up win No. 245 overall as Commanders beat DCA 22-6

Vic Grider, South Pittsburg grabbed his 210th win at South Pittsburg as Pirates defeated Lookout Valley 69-6

Ralph Potter, McCallie won his 195th win as Blue Tornado beat Brentwood Academy 28-23

Ron Crawford, Brentwood notched his 160th overall win as the Bruins beat Dickson County 63-0

Kevin Creasy, Oakland captured his 135th career win as the Patriots beat Siegel 69-16

Scott Blade, Independence gained his 130th career win as the Eagles downed Centennial 45-14

Jason Fitzgerald, Meigs County picked up his 130th career win as the Tigers shut out Cumberland Gap 54-0

Stanton Stevens, LaVergne gained his 115th career win as the Wolverines blanked Antioch 68-0

Jeff Harig, Loudon collected his 105th win as the Redskins blanked Brainerd 35-0

Mark Mariakis, Chattanooga Christian accumulated his 105th win as the Chargers beat Whitwell 55-14

Lamar Brown, Knoxville West picked up his 85th career win as the Rebels shut down Karns 45-0

Matt Williams, Smyrna gained his 75th career win at Smyrna as the Bulldogs beat Nashville Overton 34-14

Chad Grabowski, Copper Basin picked up his 65th win in his career as the Cougars bounced Sale Creek 40-7

Tim Johnson, Lincoln County got his 65th win as the Falcons beat region rival Franklin County 24-13

Mike Martin, Sweetwater accumulated his 60th win as the Wildcats beat McMinn Central 14-2

Joe Case, West Greene also collected his 60th win as the Buffaloes downed Claiborne County 31-28

Scott Stidham, South Gibson grabbed his 55th career win as the only head coach in South Gibson history as the Hornets nipped Milan 10-7

Thomas Osteen, Marshall County gained his 50th win in 68 career games at Marshall County as they beat Tullahoma 30-6

Bryson Rosser, Knox. Central won his 50th in 70 career games at Central as the Bobcats beat Sevier County 55-13

Chad Perry, Westmoreland gathered his 50th career win as the Eagles downed Jackson County 35-7

Vic Shivers, Fayette Academy picked up his 40th win as the Vikings beat Clarksville Academy 42-7

Gene Robinson, Fairley quickly picked up his 20th win in just 26 games as the Bulldogs blanked KIPP Academy 60-0

Teams picking up first win of season
The following 39 teams picked up their first win of the season
Austin East (1-2) beat Kingston 34-22
Blackman (1-2) beat Coffee County 65-0
Cane Ridge (1-2) beat McGavock 37-0
Carter (1-2) beat Seymour 27-7
Chattanooga Central (1-2) beat Seqouyah 47-34
Chattanooga Christian (1-2) beat Whitwell 55-14
Chuckey Doak (1-2) beat Johnson County 14-10
Cornersville (1-2) beat Moore County 10-7
Crockett County (1-2) beat Ripley 42-21
DeKalb County (1-2) beat Stone Memorial 33-0
East Robertson (1-2) beat Cascade 21-14
Gordonsville (1-2) beat Pickett County 42-18
Greenback (1-2) beat Sunbright 61-20
Henry County (1-2) beat Dyer County 48-14
Hillcrest (1-2) beat Hamilton 32-12
Hunters Lane (1-2) beat Hillwood 27-24
Jackson South Side (1-2) beat Chester County 34-6
Kenwood (1-2) beat Northeast 30-24
King’s Academy (1-2) beat Grace Christian Academy-Franklin 48-7
Lausanne (1-1) beat FACS 44-7
Lincoln County (1-2) beat Franklin County 24-13
Macon County (1-2) beat Mt. Juliet Christian 55-7
Maplewood (1-2) beat Lawrence County 38-6
Marion County (1-2) beat Polk County 47-6
MBA (1-2) beat St. Benedict 42-0
McEwen (1-2) beat Perry County 69-7
Memphis Central (1-2) beat Collierville 35-28
Mt. Juliet (1-1) beat Lebanon 24-7
Oak Ridge (1-2) beat Campbell County 40-0
Ooltewah (1-1) beat William Blount 31-7
Riverside (1-2) beat East Hickman 35-6
Science Hill (1-2) beat Hardin Valley 52-14
Smyrna (1-2) beat Nashville Overton 34-14
Sullivan South (1-2) beat Grainger 24-6
Tennessee High (1-1) beat Daniel Boone 35-0
Unicoi County (1-2) beat North Greene 65-6
Waverly (1-2) beat Hickman County 48-12
Wayne County (1-2) beat Middleton 48-26
Westwood (1-2) beat Memphis Business Academy 60-12

Teams No Longer Undefeated
The following 26 teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten
Bledsoe County (2-1) lost to Tyner 32-14
Brentwood Academy (2-1) lost to McCallie 28-23
Clarksville Academy (2-1) lost to Fayette Academy 42-7
Collierville (2-1) lost to Memphis Central 35-28
Columbia (2-1) lost to Summit 34-14
Cordova (2-1) lost to South Panola (MS) 39-13
DCA (2-1) lost to Friendship Christian 22-6
Dyer County (2-1) lost to Henry County 48-14
Eagleville (2-1) lost to Forrest 28-7
Franklin County (2-1) lost to Lincoln County 24-13
FRA (2-1) lost to Lipscomb Academy 56-26
Grainger (2-1) lost to Sullivan South 24-6
Haywood (2-1) lost to Olive Branch 42-7
Hillwood (2-1) lost to Hunters Lane 27-24
JP II (2-1) lost to Briarcrest 40-7
Knoxville Catholic (2-1) lost to Ensworth 33-28
Lawrence County (2-1) lost to Maplewood 38-6
McNairy Central (2-1) lost to Westview 57-49
Moore County (2-1) lost to Cornersville 10-7
Richland (2-1) lost to Mt. Pleasant 40-14
Ripley (2-1) lost to Crockett County 42-21
Shelbyville (2-1) lost to Page 34-29
Smith County (2-1) lost to Upperman 42-0
Sunbright (2-1) lost to Greenback 61-20
White House Heritage (2-1) lost Springfield 42-41
White Station (2-1) lost to Hernando (MS) 27-26

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