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Region 2-4A 2021 Preview

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By Carter Mansfield

Region 2-4A is a very talented region with multiple teams that have the talent to make deep playoff runs. There are also several players who could be Mr. Football candidates, which is something you do not see very often in the same region. Teams in this region include Anderson County, Carter, Fulton, Gibbs, Scott, and South Doyle.


Anderson County

Key Returning Players: RB Gavin Noe, QB Walker Martinez, WR Bryson Vowell

Key Losses: WR Josh Miller, LB Stone Cummins, OL Maxx Oglesby

2020 Record: 9-3

Anderson County returns a ton of talent from their 2020 squad, and will have one of the state’s most dynamic offenses in 2021. Gavin Noe was the region’s offensive player of the year last year at running back, and Walker Martinez looked like a potential star after filling in at quarterback for the Mavericks. Anderson County has the talent to compete for a state title, but 4A is loaded and the Mavericks have a VERY tough first six games. They may start out slow, but those games will only make them better for the latter part of the schedule and the playoffs.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

at Powell

Science Hill

Fulton

at Rhea County

at South Doyle

at Elizabethton

Carter

at Gibbs

at Bearden

Scott

Record Prediction: 6-4 (4-1)


Carter

Key Returning Players: QB Chandler Wilson, WR Kaleb Harper, LB Damion Daniels

Key Losses: WR Anthony Stocker, WR Colby Reynolds, DL Christian Wallace

2020 Record: 5-5

Carter is one of the teams in this region that is moving down from 5A, and the Hornets return several very good players that will help with that transition. Quarterback Chandler Wilson threw for 1,500+ yards as a sophomore, and wide receiver Kaleb Harper will look to be the main target for Wilson as the team’s leading returning receiver. Carter is definitely a playoff-caliber team, and don’t be surprised if they give South-Doyle and Anderson County a tough matchup, as well.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

Knox Webb

at Sevier County

at Gibbs

Walker Valley

Scott

at Karns

at Anderson County

Morristown West

South Doyle

at Fulton

Record Prediction: 6-4 (3-2)


Fulton

Key Returning Players: RB Daveon Shenault, LB Keenan Vaughn, DL Bill Anderson,

Key Losses: QB Tommy Sweat, WR Adriaan Roberson

2020 Record: 4-7

Fulton returns a very solid core of players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side, running back Daveon Shenault will be one of the region’s biggest breakout players in 2021, in my opinion. Fulton will be in a battle for the final playoff spot with Gibbs throughout the season, as both teams are very evenly matched.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

at Austin-East

Knox Central

at Anderson County

Knox West

at Gibbs

at Bearden

South Doyle

at Scott

Farragut

Carter

Record Prediction: 4-6 (2-3)


Gibbs

Key Returning Players: LB Eli Hubbs, WR Bryson Walker, QB Bryson Palmer

Key Losses: RB Patrick Spears, QB Colton Qualls, OL Zach Dyer

2020 Record: 4-6

Gibbs is losing several key players on the offensive side of the ball, but have several young players that could make a serious impact in 2021. Gibbs should be fairly strong on the defensive side of the ball, so expect the Eagles to lean on their defense more this season. I give the slight advantage to Fulton for the final playoff spot in this region, but don’t be surprised at all if it’s Gibbs that earns the final playoff spot.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

Halls

at Knox Webb

Carter

at Knox Central

Fulton

at Scott

Anderson County

at York

Clinton

at South Doyle

Record Prediction: 2-8 (1-4)


Scott

Key Returning Players: RB William Young, RB Ashton Rowe, QB Alex Chambers

Key Losses: LB Brandon Carson, OL CJ Collier, WR River Gray

2020 Record: 5-5

Scott will be making the transition from 3A to 4A, but are also losing a majority of their all-region talent from last season’s squad. The Highlanders have several talented offensive players returning, but are losing a lot of production on the defensive side of the ball. I would be surprised if Scott ends up being a playoff team, unless the defense steps up in a big way in 2021.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

Coalfield

South Doyle

Austin-East

at Carter

at Pigeon Forge

Gibbs

Clay County

Fulton

at Gatlinburg-Pittman

at Anderson County

Record Prediction: 2-8 (0-5)


South Doyle

Key Returning Players: QB Nick Martin, RB Shawn Gary, DL Levi Herald

Key Losses: WR Preston Sisler, TE Terrell Brown, LB Noah Myers

2020 Record: 10-4

After making a run all the way to the semifinals in 5A last season, South Doyle will be looking to bring back a state title this season as they transition to 4A. The Cherokees will have several key players returning from that team including all-state running back Shawn Gary. Expect South Doyle to not only compete for the region title, but the state title as well.

2021 Schedule Prediction (Wins in Bold, Losses in Standard Font)

at Oak Ridge

GCA

at Scott

at Bearden

Anderson County

Farragut

at Fulton

Knox Central

at Carter

Gibbs

Record Prediction: 8-2 (5-0)


Final Standings Prediction

1. South Doyle

2. Anderson County

3. Carter

4. Fulton

5. Gibbs

6. Scott


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