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Scrimmage Notes: USJ vs Peabody

Making a deep playoff run is a major accomplishment for many programs across the state, though for DII Class A powerhouse USJ, and recent 2A juggernaut Peabody, both teams look to play in December. Peabody’s path to Chattanooga ran through McKenzie, who edged the Tide out in a 36-30 nailbiter. Peabody graduated an elite 2022 senior class, though they bring back a larger senior class than last year's. The University School of Jackson’s 42-14 loss to Donelson Christian in last year's DII Class A semifinals meant the end of a Bruin backfield with Steele Haynes at tailback. The Bruins return plenty of depth in all areas, with Kevin Finch being a mainstay in the USJ backfield. Naturally, a preseason scrimmage between the two state semifinalists would produce fireworks. Peabody opened up the action, with Sam Driggers finding Garrett Webber from 21-yards out. USJ responded to the 6-0 deficit with a drive, which was finished by a Kevin Finch rushing touchdown from the 4-yard line. Peabody responded quickly, through a Sam Driggers rushing touchdown, taking a 12-7 lead. The Bruins responded with a drive, though a Quentarious Brooks interception in the endzone ended the threat. With 18-seconds before halftime, USJ quarterback Berkeley Pettigrew rolled out and led Noah Spencer upfield to score with 4.3 seconds remaining in the half. A Peabody inside run would send the two teams into the locker rooms with USJ leading 14-12. The Bruins received the ball in the second half, leading to a long Kevin Finch touchdown run. The Bruins went up 21-12 and looked to contain the ground game of Peabody. The Tide would respond with a drive finished with a Sam Driggers rushing touchdown with 7:08 left in the third quarter. The Bruins looked for a reply, driving inside the 10-yard line, though another Quentarious Brooks endzone interception sent Peabody’s offense back onto the field. The fourth quarter saw the rotation of many younger players, though neither side managed to score. Both sides scored 3-touchdowns and showed flashes of success. USJ brings plenty of size to the perimeter, which opens up the running game for Kevin Finch. The Bruins look primed to make another DII-A playoff run. Peabody replaces talent with more talent. The Golden Tide brings a large line, and an explosive backfield and looks to make another run at a state title. USJ finish their preseason at Dyersburg’s jamboree next Friday, while Peabody will open their season at Milan on the 18th.

Brentwood Academy Lineman Hank Weber Discusses Recruitment, Upcoming Junior Season

Brentwood Academy (TN) 2024 lineman Hank Weber is looking to have a break out junior season on the recruiting trail. The Brentwood Academy star is a rare type of player with him starting on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The 6’4 250 defensive lineman picked up his first offer from Eastern Kentucky last year when he was only a sophomore. Since then he has picked up multiple offers from schools like North Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas State and Mississippi State while receiving interest from other schools like Ohio State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Auburn, Northwestern, Virginia Tech and others. He had a busy schedule this past summer going to multiple camps at Notre Dame, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and North Carolina while visiting Michigan State earlier this year. As his recruitment begins to take off, he does have a few traits that he is looking for in a program. “I don’t have a top schools list right now but I’m looking for a school to have good culture like in the locker room and coaching staff, player development and a family environment.” He doesn’t have any set dates for gameday visits but a few schools have reached out to him trying to get him on campus during the season. “Duke, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are a few schools that are trying to me on campus for a game.” With the season starting in a few weeks, he is looking to help lead his team to a deep playoff run this year. “Yea, our team was really young last season. Our senior class last year was loaded last year, so we got a lot of new guys coming in.” With his recruitment just beginning to pick up the Brentwood Academy star does not have a set date on when he will be making his decision.

Tullahoma Makes History In 4A BlueCross Bowl Double Overtime Win Over Elizabethton

There haven’t been many turnarounds like that of the Tullahoma football program. Just five years removed from a losing streak of 20 consecutive games, this Tullahoma team brought home the school’s first state title Saturday afternoon in a 21-14 double overtime win over two-time defending 4A champion Elizabethton. The game was a defensive battle from start to finish, as the teams finished regulation tied at 7-7. Both teams scored in the first overtime, followed by a Tullahoma touchdown to begin the second overtime. This set up one of the best moments in state championship history, as Tullahoma senior Krys Uselton went up and picked off a pass from Elizabethton quarterback Bryson Rollins at full extension before falling on his back and giving Tullahoma their first state championship in school history. “It’s the best thing ever, there’s so many emotions.” Uselton said. “Once I came down with the ball, the team was already piling on me before I could even catch my breath.” Amazingly, this is Uselton’s first year playing high school football. He has been a basketball player throughout his high school career, but his teammates convinced him to come out for his senior season and because of that, he made a play that will live on in Tullahoma legend. “I’ve always been a basketball player, but decided to come out for my senior year.” Uselton said. “The whole team tried to get me to come out throughout these four years, and this year I told them I have nothing to lose, let’s go win a championship.” This championship is Head Coach John Olive’s first in 29 seasons as the head coach of the program. This is a program that he has brought from going 0-20 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons to a program that is a championship level program now. “When you’re on a 20-game losing streak you question every little thing that happens, there’s a little bit there that makes you want to prove that you still know what you’re doing and that you can still relate with young people.” Olive said. “It’s really just been a joyride with this group of seniors, they’re a very talented group and just a blast to be around.” This Tullahoma team boasts a very large senior class that is filled with contributors. One of those key contributors is senior quarterback Ryan Scott. Scott was named the game’s MVP with 212 yards of total offense and 2 total touchdowns. “We had this goal last year, and when we came up a little short, we kept it in the back of our mind to motivate us during the summer and during the season.” Scott said. “We have a great team and have confidence in each other and it paid off in the end.” This Tullahoma senior class is the most successful in school history and will be remembered forever for what they did for the program.

Powell Wins Shootout Over Page In 5A BlueCross Bowl

Powell and Page both came into Friday night’s 5A BlueCross Bowl looking for their first state championship in program history. Powell came out on top by a score of 42-34 in what was an offensive shootout from start to finish. “It’s just unbelievable for this group of young men and these coaches.” Powell Head Coach Matt Lowe said. “They set a goal in January and continued to work even through the ups and downs. To watch this group come together and find a way to win each of the last five weeks has been special. This game shaped up to be a battle between two of the state’s best quarterbacks in Jordyn Potts of Powell and Jake McNamara of Page and it did not disappoint. Potts finished as the game’s MVP going 24 for 30, with 324 yards, and 4 touchdowns passing, while McNamara went 32 for 56, with 291 yards, and 4 touchdowns passing. “We guessed coming into the game might turn into a shootout.” Potts said. “My offensive line and receivers have worked their tails off all season, so I’m glad we were able to pull out the win.” The Powell defense is led by 5-star Texas A&M commit Walter Nolen. Nolen finished with 7 tackles, 4 TFLs, 2 sacks, and a rushing touchdown on the night. This is Powell’s first state title in school history and Head Coach Matt Lowe’s first state championship in three appearances with the Panthers. “We knew we were going to get everyone’s best game and we found a way to overcome that.” Lowe said. “I’m just so happy for the Powell community and all of the work that these coaches have put in.”

South Pittsburg Overcomes Adversity; Wins First BlueCross Bowl Since 2010

You won’t find a team who has overcome more this season than South Pittsburg. The Pirates’ head coach resigned after one game, they went almost a month without playing due to COVID-19 issues, and they have gone through the entire season with co-head coaches. Even with all of the adversity that the program faced, this South Pittsburg team brought home their program’s first state championship since 2010 with a 24-21 win over McKenzie. “It’s surreal right now, I’m not sure a program can go through more adversity than this one has this season.” South Pittsburg Co-Head Coach Wes Stone said. “I’m super proud of these kids, they never quit and just kept coming no matter what adversity they faced.” South Pittsburg faced plenty of adversity in this game as well, as they trailed 14-0 after the first quarter. The Pirates were not phased, shutting down the McKenzie offense and only allowing 7 points through the rest of the game. South Pittsburg relied heavily on their running back, Mr. Football finalist De’Andre Kelly. Kelly earned MVP honors with 177 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the night. “I can’t even explain how happy I am right now.” Kelly said. “The coaches that stepped up told us to keep fighting and they’re going to take us where we need to be.” Kelly has been a constant for the South Pittsburg program that has faced a lot of adversity this season and this game proved to be no different. “I’m just so happy for De’Andre, I’ve known him since he was a kid and he’s like a son to me.” Stone said. “He’s the heart and soul of our team and I think he proved that tonight.” This is South Pittsburg’s sixth state championship in program history and their first since 2010. This one might be the most memorable title for the community of South Pittsburg, though.

Alcoa Beats East Nashville On The Way To Seventh Consecutive Title

Alcoa has been dominant year in and year out in 3A and that did not change Friday morning, as the Tornadoes beat East Nashville 45-14 in the 3A BlueCross Bowl for their seventh consecutive state championship. With seven consecutive state championships for Alcoa, that ties the record for most consecutive state champions which was also previously held by the Tornadoes’ from 2004-2010. “It’s not just our guys, it’s our community and our school. A lot of people take pride in it.” Alcoa Head Coach Gary Rankin said. “There’s a lot of factors, but I think being able to hold onto our coaching staff year after year is a blessing.” Alcoa was dominant on defense and special teams in this one, blocking two punts, forcing two turnovers, and holding East Nashville to 124 yards of total offense. Even though the defense is dominant, the Tornadoes have a steady hand at quarterback in senior Caden Buckles. Buckles was the game’s MVP with 169 yards of total offense and 4 total touchdowns. “I always love bringing state championships back to Alcoa, especially here in my senior year.” Buckles said. “Everybody on our team is so versatile that when it gets to the game we can do anything we need to with any position and it works.” Even with the Alcoa effort, this has been a historic season for East Nashville, as they reached their first championship game in program history. Senior running back Amarion Ford had a great game for the Eagles, running for 102 yards on the day. Alcoa caps off a one-loss season with the program’s 20th state championship and Head Coach Gary Rankin’s 17th state championship as a head coach.

McCallie Dominates MBA For Third Consecutive DII-AAA BlueCross Win

McCallie came into Friday night’s BlueCross Bowl looking for their third consecutive state championship. The Blue Tornado did just that in a dominant 28-7 victory over MBA. “There was a target on our back all season for sure.” McCallie Head Coach Ralph Potter said. “I think our kids felt a lot of pressure, but there’s a lot of relief now. They are leaving a mark that probably won’t ever be equaled.” The McCallie defense was a force in this one, harassing 4-star MBA Quarterback Marcel Reed all night. The Blue Tornado defense held MBA to 215 yards of total offense, with their only score coming after McCallie fumbled inside their own 20. “We did exactly what we wanted to do defensively.” Potter said. “We stopped their run, so then it was about disrupting and containing Marcel (Reed) and I think we did a good job of that.” McCallie quarterback and Mr. Football finalist William Riddle took home MVP honors with 172 passing yards and two touchdowns on the night. “To go undefeated and win a state championship in my senior year is really special.” Riddle said. “The long days and early mornings paid off for us. It’s good to see it all come together.” This is McCallie’s third consecutive state championship to cap off an undefeated season in one of the best stretches in one of the state’s toughest classes. “Our coaches and players have both been really talented over the last three seasons, while also knowing their role.” Potter said. “It’s been a really special stretch.”

Lipscomb Academy Defense Shines On The Way To BlueCross Bowl Win Over CPA

Lipscomb Academy left no doubt that they were the best team in DII-AA in a dominant 27-0 BlueCross Bowl win over CPA Thursday morning. After losing in last season’s BlueCross Bowl against CPA in heartbreaking fashion, the Mustangs have worked towards this moment all throughout the season and it paid off in a big way for the program, led by a very strong group of seniors. “These guys have not just changed the program, they’ve changed a whole community.” Lipscomb Academy Head Coach Trent Dilfer said. “They’ve bought into something bigger than themselves, it’s just awesome to watch them come together and grow together.” Senior running back Alex Broome, who is a Mr. Football finalist and Boston College commit, was the game’s MVP with 137 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. “It’s the last time this group of players will get to play together and it's fun to walk it off like this.” Lipscomb Academy senior running back Alex Broome said. “Everyone has worked their tails off and has continually gotten better as the season has gone along. While Broome was the game’s MVP, the Lipscomb Academy defense was the story of the morning. The Mustang defense pitched a shutout, while only giving up 223 yards of total offense. “After the Oakland game our starting defense hasn’t given up a point.” Dilfer said. “I’d welcome any argument about who the best defense in Tennessee is.” The Mustangs will cap off a one-loss season with Head Coach Trent Dilfer’s first state title at the helm of the program. CPA will finish at 11-3 on the season.

Strong Second Half Leads Tullahoma To Program's First Ever State Title Appearance

Tullahoma entered Friday night’s 4A semifinal matchup with Haywood looking to advance to the program’s first state championship game in its history. The Wildcats were successful in that mission, beating Haywood 44-19 after a dominant second half performance. A back and forth first half between the two teams seemed to have this game shaped up to be one of the better games of the night, but a dominant 24-0 second half for Tullahoma sealed the victory for the Wildcats. Haywood took their first drive of the game into the endzone with ease, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown reception by Arkansas commit Jaylen Lewis. Tullahoma seemed to have a response for every play that Haywood made in the first half, as they drove the ball down for a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The second quarter shootout commenced, as Haywood kicked a field goal and followed that with Lewis’ second touchdown of the night from 53 yards out to extend Haywood’s lead to 16-7. From that point on, the Wildcats dominated in every aspect of the game. “We really had to start utilizing our passing game because we’re against people who are just as big and as physical as we are.” Tullahoma head coach John Olive said. “Once we got the jitters out of us, we really started to move the ball well.” Two huge plays in the pass game to end the first half gave Tullahoma a one-point lead going into halftime, along with all the momentum. The first a 80-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Scott to Krys Uselton, followed by a 63-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Jacob Dixon. The Tullahoma defense forced a stop to begin the second half and the Scott-to-Dixon connection was working at full speed, as Dixon found the endzone for the second time from 20 yards out. On the very first play for Haywood on the ensuing offensive possession, the Tullahoma defense laid a huge hit on Haywood quarterback Cordero Walker, forcing a fumble that the Wildcats scooped up and took into the endzone. With all the momentum, Tullahoma rolled through the rest of the second half to victory. Scott and Dixon were the stars for Tullahoma all night, as Scott finished 13 for 23 with 269 yards and a touchdown passing, while Dixon finished with 4 catches for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving. “Jacob’s a ballplayer, if I was going into a fight I’d take him with me.” Olive said. “He’s just a gutty performer. I love those types of players.” A large part of Tullahoma’s success is their senior class. Through the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Tullahoma did not win a single game. The Wildcats’ senior class came in and changed the culture, proving to be one of the most successful classes in program history. “They are a very talented class.” Olive said. “We have 22 seniors and all 22 seniors make a contribution every week. They are great leaders and they don’t care who gets the credit. They celebrate for each other.” Tullahoma will take on two-time defending 4A state champion Elizabethton on Saturday, December 2nd in Chattanooga, in the program’s first title game appearance.

Page Outlasts Henry County In Semifinal Thriller

One of the best high school games ever was played in Rudderville Friday night. Page hosted Henry County for the Class 5A State Semi Finals, a game that proved to be an instant classic. A 35 point fourth quarter, and a touchdown pass from Jake McNamara to Max Collins gave Page the edge in the end—sending them to their first state championship in school history. After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter was very back and forth. McNamara connected with Boyce Smith for the game’s first score, giving Page a 7-0 lead. Henry County responded quickly; quarterback Ryan Damron tied the game from two yards out. McNamara connected with Smith again for a 31 yard touchdown to put Page on top but Damron answered again, scoring on a 12 yard run. Aiden Frey broke the 14-14 tie with a 33 yard field goal, sending Henry county in with a three point lead seconds before halftime. Henry County came out very aggressive in the third quarter. Cole Townsend and Damron both scored on 50+ yard runs to give Henry County a 31-14 lead. Page’s only score in the third quarter would come when McNamara and Smith connected for a third time. Facing a 10 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, McNamara knew the offense needed to respond every time Henry County scored if they wanted a chance to win. “We just had to keep balling, that was our mentality,” he said. Townsend opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown from seven yards out, extending the Henry County lead to 38-21. McNamara led Page back down the field and connected with Michael Mayer to inch Page closer. Townsend immediately responded with a 57 yard run for Henry County. Page answered again when McNamara connected with Collins for a 23 yard touchdown, then they were faced with a decision. Page chose to attempt an onside kick with five minutes left, and it was successful. Now in plus territory, Page was back on offense. McNamara wasted no time and found Michael Mayer in the endzone bringing Page within three points. Townsend answered the call yet again for Henry County, this time breaking off a 70 yard run for a touchdown. Overall, he had 28 carries for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Page responded, with Ethan Cunnigham capping off the drive with a one yard rushing touchdown. Henry County took over on offense with two and a half minutes left, looking to score, but then disaster struck. A Townsend fumble gave Page the ball back with great field position. “I knew the defense was going to get our one stop, and they did at the right time,” McNamara said. With seven seconds left McNamara found Collins in the back left corner of the end zone, giving Page the 56-52 victory. Overall, McNamara was 26-48 for 442 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, and he added 17 carries for 99 yards on the ground. McNamara doesn’t believe that the winning fortune for Page is a surprise. “We were 5-5 last year and we built the mentality in the offseason that we were gonna be something special, and I believe that this team is something special,” he said. Now sitting at 13-1, Page will face Powell on Dec. 3 in Chattanooga with the 5A state title on the line. “Everyone has doubted us all year and they’re going to keep doubting us,” McNamara said. “We’ll be the underdog next week and that’s what we like, we’ve liked it all year.”

Semifinal Game Picks

We are now in the semifinals for all public school classifications, and there are only twelve games in the entire state this week. Oakland will travel to Maryville in our Game of the Week in one of the state’s best rivalries over the last decade. Our guest picker this week is former Oakland and current UNLV offensive lineman Graham Keating. Keating went 53-3 in his high school career with the Patriots, along with two state titles. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and predictions for all twelve of this week’s games. 1. Carter Mansfield 129-73 2. Hunter DeNote 127-75 3. Isaac Leedham 124-78 4. Cooper Haines 120-72 5. Guest Picker 115-77 T-6. Landen Secrest 114-78 T-6. Braedon Henson 114-78 8. Jake Wallman 112-90 9. Kelsey Crabtree 109-93 Game of the Week Oakland (13-0) at Maryville (13-0) Mansfield: Oakland DeNote: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Haines: Oakland Keating: Oakland Secrest: Oakland Henson: Maryville Wallman: Oakland Crabtree: Maryville Other Games Summit (13-0) at Hendersonville (10-3) Mansfield: Summit DeNote: Summit Leedham: Summit Haines: Summit Keating: Summit Secrest: Summit Henson: Hendersonville Wallman: Summit Crabtree: Summit South Pittsburg (10-2) at Cloudland (12-1) Mansfield: South Pittsburg DeNote: South Pittsburg Leedham: South Pittsburg Haines: South Pittsburg Keating: South Pittsburg Secrest: Cloudland Henson: Cloudland Wallman: South Pittsburg Crabtree: Cloudland Upperman (12-1) at Elizabethton (11-1) Mansfield: Elizabethton DeNote: Elizabethton Leedham: Elizabethton Haines: Elizabethton Keating: Elizabethton Secrest: Elizabethton Henson: Elizabethton Wallman: Elizabethton Crabtree: Upperman Trousdale County (11-1) at Hampton (9-2) Mansfield: Trousdale County DeNote: Trousdale County Leedham: Trousdale County Haines: Trousdale County Keating: Trousdale County Secrest: Trousdale County Henson: Trousdale County Wallman: Trousdale County Crabtree: Hampton Giles County (12-0) at Alcoa (12-1) Mansfield: Alcoa DeNote: Alcoa Leedham: Alcoa Haines: Alcoa Keating: Alcoa Secrest: Giles County Henson: Alcoa Wallman: Alcoa Crabtree: Alcoa Powell (11-2) at Knoxville West (11-2) Mansfield: Powell DeNote: Powell Leedham: Powell Haines: Knoxville West Keating: Powell Secrest: Knoxville West Henson: Knoxville West Wallman: Powell Crabtree: Knoxville West Dyersburg (12-0) at East Nashville (9-4) Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: East Nashville Leedham: Dyersburg Haines: East Nashville Keating: East Nashville Secrest: East Nashville Henson: East Nashville Wallman: East Nashville Crabtree: East Nashville Haywood (13-0) at Tullahoma (13-0) Mansfield: Tullahoma DeNote: Tullahoma Leedham: Tullahoma Haines: Haywood Keating: Tullahoma Secrest: Tullahoma Henson: Tullahoma Wallman: Tullahoma Crabtree: Haywood Westview (12-1) at Riverside (12-1) Mansfield: Westview DeNote: Riverside Leedham: Westview Haines: Westview Keating: Westview Secrest: Westview Henson: Riverside Wallman: Westview Crabtree: Riverside Peabody (11-1) at McKenzie (13-0) Mansfield: McKenzie DeNote: Peabody Leedham: Peabody Haines: Peabody Keating: Peabody Secrest: Peabody Henson: Peabody Wallman: Peabody Crabtree: Peabody Henry County (8-5) at Page (12-1) Mansfield: Page DeNote: Henry County Leedham: Page Haines: Page Keating: Henry County Secrest: Page Henson: Henry County Wallman: Henry County Crabtree: Page

Hampton Advances To 2A Semifinals With Dominating Win Over Oneida

When the Hampton Bulldogs made the trip to Rockwood last week in the second round of the TSSAA 2-A state playoffs, fans went wild as the team became the seventh in Hampton history to advance to the quarterfinal round. And on Friday, the Bulldogs took the field with the same hunger they have shown all postseason. And because of that hunger, Hampton came, they saw, and they conquered the Oneida Indians to make it into the final four teams in the state of Tennessee for Class 2-A. Hampton received the ball to start the game, but it was nothing doing, as the Bulldogs were forced to punt. But the same was said for the Indians who gave the ball back to the Bulldogs on their inaugural drive. The Bulldogs second drive of the contest was where things got interesting as Hampton took control of the pigskin after a mishap on the Indian punt, taking possession at their opponents 32-yard line. It was a methodical drive, with the visitors pounding the rock until quarterback Conor Jones found the promised land from one yard out for the first score of the game. Hampton would go for two, and they would convert with Jones finding Ryan Crumley for the conversion making it an 8-0 ball game late in the first. The Bulldogs took over on their next possession after forcing another Oneida punt. And this drive would start late in the first period and conclude with nine minutes remaining in the second stanza with another Jones rushing score from one yard away. The two-point conversion was no good as Hampton took a 14-0 lead over the Indians On their next drive, the Bulldogs showed just how impressive their offense is driving 99 yards down the field after being pinned deep by an excellent punt. A drive that would take six minutes off the clock concluded with a bit of trickeration as Levi Lunsford took the toss at the Oneida ten-yard line where he would pitch the pigskin to Dylan Trivett. Trivett found Jones who was wide open at the goal line scoring his third touchdown of the contest. Morgan Lyons tacked on two more as the Bulldogs increased their advantage to 22-0 with under a minute to go in the first half, a score that the visitors would take into the locker room at the break. To start the second half, it would be Oneida striking first as Caden Rector found McLorne Love from nine yards out to shorten the deficit to 22-7 late in the third period. But the Bulldogs would strike right back on their next possession with Lyons fighting past the line of scrimmage and diving across the goal line from nine yards out. Jones would call his own number on the conversion, giving Hampton a 30-7 lead with nine and a half minutes to go in the ball game. On the Indians next possessions, Hampton's Jones would do all but seal the deal with an interception taken back to the 32-yard line, setting the Bulldogs up for a shot to advance to the state semifinals. With little left to do for the Bulldogs, Hampton headed home happy as they advanced with a 30-7 victory over Oneida to become one of the final four teams in Class 2A. In the win for the Bulldogs, Jones scored three touchdowns and finished with 54 rushing yards as well as 30 passing yards. Lyons ended the night with 89 yards on the ground and one score, while Lunsford amassed 128 rushing yards. The Hampton offense finished with 381 total yards on the night. For the Indians, Rector finished with 150 yards while the entirety of the Oneida offense totaled 200 yards on the night. Hampton head coach Michael Lunsford is headed to his first ever state semifinal appearance as head coach of the Bulldogs and he spoke on what this win means for him and his team. "I couldn't be more proud of these boys, they have worked so hard. It isn't pretty, we aren't a finesse team, but these guys come to work each day and are a tough bunch. These guys have grit, and not everyone can come out and do what we do, but these boys can." The Bulldogs will continue their run for a state title next Friday against the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets at JC Campbell Stadium in Hampton with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Elizabethton Grounds And Pounds Way To 4A Semifinals

The undefeated Greeneville Greene Devils were feeling confident enough during pre-game warm-ups that they were chirping toward the Elizabethton Cyclone student body. By the time the final horn sounded, one could have heard a pin drop from across the way as the Cyclones celebrated an exhilarating 13-7 victory at midfield that ended the perfect season for the Greene Devils and propelled the Cyclones to next week's TSSAA Class 4-A State Semifinal contest at Citizens Bank Stadium against Upperman, a 42-28 winner over Red Bank. The game was a classic showdown between two teams that have combined to win the last four state championships in Class 4-A with the winner at this particular junction of the playoffs going on to win the state championship. The Greene Devils won the gold ball in 2017 and 2018 while the Cyclones have prevailed in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Greene Devils took the first meeting between the teams in 2021 with a 42-12 whipping of the Cyclones during the second game of the regular season at Citizens Bank Stadium. There was a whole different plan for this evening however. The Greene Devils scored the first points of the game after a tightly played 0-0 first quarter as Adjatay Dabbs cradled a 31-yard scoring pass from Brady Quillen with 10:26 left in the first half. Cooper Graham booted the point-after attempt and the scoreboard read 7-0 Greeneville. The Cyclones didn't let the score rattle them and took the kick and methodically marched down the field eating up the clock and the yards as well before Cade Russell blasted into the end zone with 3:42 showing before intermission. Sean Smithdeal split the uprights and the game was knotted at 7-7. The half came with the 7-7 score with Greeneville slated to receive the second half kickoff. Coming out of the locker room, both teams played the third quarter just like the first with slobber knocker defense and neither offense able to punch the ball across the goal line. The Cyclones had possession of the football to open the fourth quarter of regulation after picking up critical third downs along the way at the closing of the third quarter and turned the drive into six points when quarterback Bryson Rollins threw a Patrick Mahommes - style pass to Jake Roberts who made a fantastic one-handed snare and carried the ball to pay dirt from 21-yards out. Smithdeal pulled the point-after just wide left of the uprights and the score was now in the Cyclones favor 13-7. Greeneville appeared to be marching toward tying or taking the lead but the Cyclone defense rose once more to stop the Greene Devils on fourth down with a little over six minutes on the clock. From that point, the Cyclones went on a drive of the season as Rollins continued to punch away with four, five, and six yard carries which the Greeneville defense didn't have an answer for. Forced to use their two remaining timeouts to stop the clock, the play of the game came on a fourth and two when a Rollins hard-count forced the front line of the Greene Devils to jump offsides to give the Cyclones a first down with all remaining to do was to take a knee on a couple of plays to run out the clock and send Cyclone Nation, players, coaches, and cheerleaders into a frenzied celebration. For the game, the Cyclones recorded 18 first downs to 10 for Greeneville. Rollins was 11-of-15 passing with 100 yards and the score while carrying the ball 39 times for 185 yards. The Cyclones finished the game with 299 total yards to 230 for the Greene Devils. Greeneville speedster Mason Gudger was held in check for the most part toting the football 17 times for 82 yards. Quillen finished the game 12-of-19 through the air for 135 yards. Roberts was on the receiving end of eight passes for 77 yards and the score. Defensively, Cyclone senior defensive lineman Trenton Taylor recorded a sack of Quillen. Gudger recovered his own fumble for Greeneville. Elizabethton will host Upperman next week in the 4A semifinals.
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