It had been a rough start for the football program at Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) since starting the program last season at the varsity level.
Last year, the Phoenix started the football program as they competed in region 8-1A and finished 0-10 and were outscored 364 (36.4) to 80 (8.0).
What a difference a year makes as the Phoenix made school history on Friday night as they won their first varsity game downing Fayette Ware 24-2.
Senior running back Sidney Hall was the offensive star for the Phoenix as he rushed for 193 yards on just nine carries (21.4) and scored three touchdowns while fellow senior Jeremiah Guillory was a beast from his linebacker position as he made 15 tackles and had three sacks in the monumental win.
“I’m just extremely proud of the kids. They played hard from beginning to end something that I reminded them of all summer,” MASE head coach Julius Jackson said.
“We played ok in the 1st half of some of the games last year but tonight they put it together and they deserve this, they have worked hard this summer and I couldn’t be more excited for the kids.”
The win broke the Phoenix 10 game losing streak but to really appreciate how big of a moment the win provided is to see what the team has overcome already.
Besides taking their lumps on the field last season, the Phoenix also didn’t have the resources and facilities to compete with the other teams on their schedule as they didn’t have a weight room, locker room or a football field to call their own.
Jackson converted an old class room to serve as the Phoenix weight and locker room and they also turned a book room into an equipment storage room.
They also don’t have a stadium of their own and shuttle between playing home games at Crump, Fairgrounds, John P. Freeman, Halle, Kirby, Melrose, Raleigh Egypt and Whitehaven stadiums.
“It’s a grind and the kids really don’t know any different because this is all they have known and I don’t make an excuse for them either. We might have to get creative but we make it work,” Jackson said.
MASE was not the only school to break losing streaks as Cannon County (16), Millington (10) and Volunteer (10) got in the win column for the first time in a while.
*Cannon County 47, Red Boiling Springs 6- The Lions under first year coach Matt Daniel broke a 16 game losing streak as senior running back Tyler Bundy rushed for 121 yards and scored three touchdowns.
The 16 game losing streak was the second longest in the state behind only Sullivan Central who have lost 31 straight games.
Senior running back/defensive back Cort Litchford scored touchdowns three different ways as he had a 10 yard run, a 17 yard punt return and returned an interception 60 yards for another touchdown as Cannon County gave Daniel, a 1998 Cannon County graduate his first career win as a head coach.
The last win for Cannon County came against RBS back in 2016 as they beat the Bulldogs 34-14.
“Great win for the program last night and a real payoff for the hard work the players have put in this summer. It was a great feeling bringing home a win to my hometown and especially in front of so many people that have been influential in my life. Hard work does pay off and I am proud of our young men,” Daniel said.
The 47 points scored are the most for the Lions in a game since they beat Jackson County 53-7 on October 13, 2009.
*Millington 21, Bolton 13- The Trojans beat Bolton to open the 2018 season the way they opened the season last year.
In 2017, Millington nipped Bolton 14-12 in the opening week then preceded to lost 10 straight games which included losing to Haywood in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Offensively, Millington was led by junior quarterback Tommy Clifton as he had a hand in two touchdowns as he had a touchdown run and he hit receiver Eddie Macklin for a 45 yard touchdown pass that turned out to be the game winner.
*Volunteer 33, Happy Valley 7- Two Sophomores played huge roles as Volunteer snapped a 10 game losing streak in coach Justin Pressley’s coaching debut as the Falcon boss.
Running back Cameron Johnson rushed for 104 yards and scored a touchdown on offense while fellow sophomore corner back Bryson Miller made seven tackles, forced a fumble, made an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Falcons first win since the regular season finale back in 2016 when they beat Sullivan South 40-21.
Junior wide receiver Paul Derrick also had two touchdowns as he scored on the ground and had a touchdown reception as well.
“I’m just really proud of our kids, who have been through a lot and worked extremely hard to earn that moment last night. I am also very excited for our community. We had so much support last night and the energy was contagious. Great start to our season and my career here,” Justin Pressley said.
*Clinton 16, Scott 14– The Dragons broke an eight game losing streak as Blake Cooper (five rushes, 35 yards) and Andrew Shoopman (nine rushes, 44 yards) scored touchdowns while Josh Breeden (13 rushes, 58 yards) contributed heavily for Clinton.
*Hancock County 37, Cosby 7- The Indians won their first season opener since 2012 and broke a seven game losing streak by beating Cosby as Ethan Short rushed for 119 yards and scored two touchdowns while Seth Hipshire ran for 116 yards, scored two touchdowns and also converted three two point conversions.
*Clarksville Academy 34, Harpeth 6- The 2018 season opener went smoother for second year coach J.D. Sellers then the opener in 2017 did.
Last season, the Wildcats lost a heartbreaker to Harpeth 13-12 but this year senior Bryce Robinson passed for 117 yards in the 34-6 win over Harpeth, the win broke a six game losing streak for Clarksville Academy.
*Goodpasture 48, DCA 0- Goodpasture got off on the right foot against DCA breaking a six game losing skid as they shut out the Wildcats.
The Cougars tied their win total from 2017 and get revenge after being shut out by DCA 30-0 in last year’s season opener.
Senior running back Julius Elder rushed for 92 yards and scored two touchdowns on just 10 carries and the Cougar defense was good as six players combined for 13 tackles for a loss led by freshman linebacker Nick Corley (3 TFL) and sophomore defensive tackle Adam Crider (3 TFL).
*Richland 29, Perry County 8- The new energy around the Richland football program was evident Friday night.
Richland under the leadership of first year coach Nick Patterson broke a five game losing streak as they outlasted Perry County 29-8.
Senior fullback Dustin Grenko led the rushing attack with 92 yards and scored once while linebacker Hunter Evans made 12 tackles and forced a fumble for the winners.
*Silverdale 48, The Kings Academy 20- Last season, The Kings Academy throttled Silverdale shutting out the Seahawks 35-0.
This season the shoe was on the other foot as Silverdale used a power wing T running attack as running back Clay Buckley was the work horse as the Seahawks hammered the Lions 48-20.
Silverdale rushed for 403 yards as Buckley rushed for 216 yards and scored two times while Evan Padgett added two touchdowns on the ground as Silverdale broke a five game losing streak.
Weather Cancels Games in Chattanooga
Most teams statewide played their first regular season games in rain and while they were able to finish their games, heavy rain, lightning and thunder played havoc in the Chattanooga as five games were postponed then cancelled and will not be made up which will force those teams to make their 2018 debuts this week.
The Marion County at Hixson and Soddy Daisy at Red Bank games never got going and were postponed Friday night and then cancelled altogether early Saturday morning.
Rhea County’s non region contest with Cleveland was postponed Friday night and rescheduled for 1 pm Saturday afternoon but like the other two games was cancelled on Saturday morning.
Two other contests in Lookout Valley and Chattanooga Grace and Sunbright and Sale Creek both started their games but heavy rains and lightening forced the teams off the field and both games were forced to cancel and both games were called no contests.
Howard led city rival Brainerd 6-0 in the second quarter and the game was postponed until noon on Saturday but unlike the other games, the game was finished on Saturday as Howard beat Brainerd 18-0.
Winning Their Coaching Debut
12 coaches won their coaching debuts in week one and here’s the list
Hayden Chandley, David Crockett beat Seymour 21-7
Fred Copeland, Westwood beat Hamilton 20-14
Matt Daniel, Cannon County beat RBS 47-6
Paul Derrick, Nolensville beat Fayetteville 41-28
Jeremy Garrett, Ensworth beat Lipscomb Academy 14-6
Kit Hartsfield, Blackman beat Hendersonville 28-10
Tracy Hayworth, Grundy County beat East Hickman 21-14
Edward Kuykendoll, Oakhaven beat Sheffield 22-6
Preston Patrick, Sullivan North beat Sullivan Central 30-20
Craig Pettigrew, Milan beat Humboldt 62-6
Ray Reagan, Pickett County beat Oakdale 22-0
James Thomas, Houston beat Brighton 34-14
Coaches That Won In First Game with New Program
Although it wasn’t their coaching debuts, the following 11 coaches won their first game with their new school.
Adam Caine, Upperman beat Cookeville 23-7
Tim Johnson, Lincoln County beat Lawrence County 37-6
Curt Jones, Chattanooga Central beat Walker Valley 40-28
Matt Lowe, Powell beat Knox. Halls 35-0
G. Benjamin Myles, KIPP Academy beat Memphis East 18-0
Nick Patterson, Richland beat Perry County 29-8
Chad Perry, Westmoreland beat Ezell Harding 26-9
Justin Pressley, Volunteer beat Happy Valley 33-7
Derik Samber, Stone Memorial beat East Ridge 21-7
Marcus Wimberly, Cordova beat Southaven (MS) 21-14
Major Wright, Memphis Central beat Melrose 31-6
25 other coaches picked up big wins and here’s the list
Phillip Shadowens, William Blount- Picked up 185th career win as Governors beat Lenoir City 13-7
Clark Duncan, South Doyle- Picked up 170th career win as the Cherokees beat Heritage 52-3
Bobby Alston, MUS- Gained his 160th career win as the Owls blanked Ridgeway 34-0
Bart Stowe, Dyersburg- Won his 125th career win and 70th at Dyersburg as the Trojans hammered MLK Prep 63-6
Jason Fitzgerald, Meigs County- Scored his 115th career win as the Tigers mauled Sweetwater 47-7
Eric Swenson, Huntingdon- Gained his 105th career win as the Mustangs out raced McKenzie 49-19
Arcentae Broome, Maplewood- Earned his 90th career win as the Panthers pounced on McGavock 42-21
Ingle Martin, CPA- Collected his 85th win at CPA as the Lions outlasted Stratford 34-12
Bruce Lamb, Livingston Academy- Captured his 75th win at Livingston Academy as the Wildcats shut out White County 35-0
Charlie Lansdell, Columbia Academy- Attained his 65th career win as the Bulldogs outlasted Nashville Christian 21-14
Tim Johnson, Lincoln County- Johnson won his 60th overall win and first at his alma mater as the Falcons beat Lawrence County 37-6
Derek Rang, Gatlinburg Pittman- Notched his 50th career win as the Highlanders downed Cloudland 20-8
Eddie Woods, Cane Ridge- Grabbed his 50th career win as the Ravens out gunned Marshall County 35-28 in overtime
Chris Michael, Millington- Got his 40th win at Millington as the Trojans beat Bolton 21-13
Greg Ryan, Greenback- Picked up his 40th win in just 45 games as head coach at Greenback as the Cherokees beat Loudon 31-14
Trey Perry, Mt. Juliet- Captured his 35th win at Mt. Juliet as the Bears clobbered Glencliff 63-0
Jeff Phillips, Austin East- Gained his 35th win at Austin East as the Roadrunners beat Gibbs 30-12
Josh Puckett, Lake County- Notched his 35th win at Lake County as the Falcons blasted Halls 52-7
Brian Coleman, Summit- Earned his 30th overall win as the Spartans edged Spring Hill 12-7
Mike Dickerson, Smith County- Gathered his 30th win at Smith County as the Owls beat Macon County 28-14
Shane Jacobs, Peabody- Collected his 30th win at Peabody as the Golden Tide blanked Booker T. Washington 55-0
Fred Shambaugh, MTCS- Get his 30th win at MTCS as the Cougars beat Collinwood 26-7
Don Kerley, Johnson County- Notched his 25th career win at his alma mater as the Longhorns shut out Sullivan East 14-0
Derek Hunt, Maryville- Picked up his 15th win in 16 games as the Rebels beat Knoxville Catholic 31-10
Nick Patterson, Richland- Scored his 15th overall win and first at Richland as the Raiders beat Perry County 29-8
UT- Martin continues to hit the jackpot in the Volunteer state.
The Seahawks have nabbed another in state commitment as Columbia Academy safety Rush Lansdell gave his pledge.
Lansdell (6-3, 200) is the fifth in state commitment for the Class of 2019 joining FACS safety Carson Evans, Farragut running back Isaiah Gibbs, Farragut wide receiver Jaden Gibbs and Whitehaven athlete Vincent Guy.
“I’m very excited to join the Skyhawk family at UTM. I feel it was a perfect fit for me and what I’m looking for in a school.
I’m extremely excited to know how much they value me as a player and person and I look forward getting on campus and working with the coaches and my future teammates,” Rush Lansdell said.
Lansdell chose the Skyhawks over offers from Tulane, Memphis and Murray State.
In 2017, Lansdell had a big year on both sides of the ball as he recorded 72 tackles, including 12 for a loss and intercepted two passes on defense, while catching 31 passes for 556 yards and scored five touchdowns at wide receiver.
“I’m very proud of him. It’s been a long hard process and it feels good to see Rush achieve this goal. I know UTM is getting a young man that will represent their proud football program in a first class manner. The expectation is to earn everything he has been given. We are truly humbled and grateful for the opportunity coach Simpson has given him,” Columbia Academy coach Charlie Lansdell said.
FRA DT Tymon Mitchell Commits to UGA
Franklin Road Academy defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell is headed to the Southeastern Conference.
Mitchell (6-3, 310) has committed to Georgia over offers from his other finalists Tennessee, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
He is the 19th overall commitment for the Bulldogs No. 1 ranked 2019 recruiting class according to 247sports.com
Mitchell had a big junior year as he made 74 tackles including 11 for loss and three sacks and becomes the third in state player to commit to Georgia joining Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton and Lebanon defensive end Zion Logue.
The following 63 players have committed in the Class of 2019:
Columbia Academy defensive back Rush Lansdell (UT-Martin),
FRA defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell (Georgia), Lausanne defensive back Erek Campbell (Austin Peay), Whitehaven defensive back Vincent Guy (UT-Martin), Oakland running back Xavier Myers (Illinois State), Briarcrest quarterback Jackson Walker (Richmond), Blackman defensive back Adonis Otey (Arkansas), Ensworth defensive back Wesley Walker (Georgia Tech), Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield (Purdue), Centennial running back Jariel Wilson (Austin Peay), Hillsboro defensive end Joseph Honeysucker (Memphis), Christian Brothers offensive guard Jacob Likes (Memphis), Whitehaven tight end Cormontae Hamilton (Ohio State), Lausanne defensive back Cameron Sims (Central Arkansas), Farragut wide receiver Tanner Corum (Southern Illinois), Farragut wide receiver Jaden Gibbs (UT-Martin), Mt. Juliet kicker Robbie Brewington (Cumberland), Mt. Juliet punter Matt Pewitt (Cumberland), FACS strong safety Carson Evans (UT-Martin), Watertown athlete Heath Price (Tennessee Tech), Blackman wide receiver Micaleous Elder (MTSU), Pearl Cohn quarterback Xavier Shepard (Kennesaw State), MUS linebacker Dorian Hopkins (Tulsa), Greeneville quarterback Cade Ballard (Army), BGA running back Jaylen Frierson (ETSU), Lebanon defensive end Zion Logue (Georgia), Elizabethton offensive tackle Garrett Jennings (Western Kentucky), ECS kicker Chandler Caughron (Central Arkansas), defensive tackle Marlon Alexander (Gardner Webb), Farragut running back Isaiah Gibbs (UT-Martin), Pearl Cohn defensive tackle Elijah Simmons (Tennessee), CPA Linebacker Kane Patterson (Ohio State), Oakland defensive back Woodi Washington (Oklahoma), Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer (Western Kentucky), CPA tight end Bryce McCormick (Furman), Lausanne running back Eric Gray (Michigan), Pearl Cohn wide receiver Jayden Harrison (Vanderbilt), Science Hill offensive tackle Blake Austin (Coastal Carolina), FRA athlete Lance Wilhoite (Oregon), Cordova offensive lineman Matthew Bedford (Indiana), BGA linebacker Chico Bennett (Georgia Tech), Whitehaven athlete Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt), Red Bank athlete Calvin Jackson (Wofford), Whitehaven athlete Keveon Mullins (South Carolina), Davidson Academy quarterback Stone Norton (Florida International), Christian Brothers defensive end Christian James (Vanderbilt), Germantown tight end Conner Richardson (Tulane), Dyersburg linebacker Chris Russell (Memphis), Karns athlete Thomas Harper (Oklahoma State), MBA linebacker Jackson Hannah (Nebraska), Oakland defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina), Davidson Academy running back Da’Joun Hewitt (Purdue), Davidson Academy defensive end Ani Izuchukwu (Mississippi State), Greeneville wide receiver Dorien Goddard (Virginia), Memphis Central defensive tackle Trevis Hopper (Memphis), Greeneville tight end Cameron Hite (Wake Forest), Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton (Georgia), MUS defensive back Maurice Hampton (LSU), MBA offensive lineman Jackson Lampley (Tennessee), Kirby quarterback Jaden Johnson (Louisville), Independence quarterback Nathan Cisco (Idaho), Grace Christian Academy offensive tackle Wes Dorsey (Western Kentucky) and Friendship Christian defensive tackle Luke Smith (Appalachian State).
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