Middle Tennessee High School Football

Top 5 Mr. Football Candidates Going Into 2021

It's never too early to start talking about Mr. Football awards, so here are my top 5 Mr. Football contenders in each class for the 2021 season. 6A Jordan James, RB, Oakland Reason: James was an All-State running back last season, and really found his groove towards the end of the season, before winning state championship MVP. Destin Wade, QB, Summit Reason: Wade was a 5A Mr. Football finalist last season, and should be able to carry over that success in 6A. Isaiah Horton, WR/DB, Oakland Reason: Horton is a problem on both sides of the ball, and being elite both ways goes a long way towards Mr. Football. Carson Jones, QB, Maryville Reason: Jones was named all-state last season by the TNFCA, and will be heavily relied on by one of the state's best programs. Chris Parson, QB, Ravenwood Reason: Parson will most likely be the guy for a high-powered Ravenwood offense, in which he will thrive. 5A Jordyn Potts, QB, Powell Reason: Potts was a Mr. Football semifinalist last year, and should increase his production, along with having a better team in 2021. De’Sean Bishop, RB, Karns Reason: Bishop was a star for Karns in 2020, and was a consensus all-state pick as a sophomore. Ryan Damron, QB, Henry County Reason: Damron is a dynamic passer, who will put up big numbers for a team who will compete for a state title in Henry County. Shannon Blair, WR/DB, Knoxville West Reason: Blair is dynamic on both sides of the ball for West, and will be the key factor for a West team that will be state title contenders. Samson Johnson, RB, Nolensville Reason: Johnson was the workhorse for Nolensville last season, and his usage and production will only go up in 2021. 4A Bryson Rollins, QB, Elizabethton Reason: Rollins was a Mr. Football finalist last season, and has two state championships under his belt already. He is the easy favorite in 4A for 2021. Anthony Brown, WR/DB, Milan Reason: Brown was a Mr. Football finalist last year in 3A, as he led Milan to a state championship appearance. Shawn Gary, RB, South Doyle Reason: Gary had a monster season last year for the Cherokees, as he led them to a 5A semifinal appearance. Kaydin Pope, WR/DB, Hardin County Reason: Pope was one of the best receivers in the state last season, and is my pick to lead the state in receiving yards next year. Isiah McClaine, RB, Lexington Reason: McClaine was one of the state’s biggest breakout players, and carried Lexington all the way to the state semifinals last season. 3A Caden Buckles, QB, Alcoa Reason: Buckles was the state championship game MVP last season for Alcoa, and will get a full season at quarterback this year. Will Page, QB, Stewart County Reason: Page was an all-state quarterback last season, and will be one of the favorites for Mr. Football if he can improve his numbers at all. Keaton Harig, QB, Loudon Reason: Harig will most likely see his statistical production increase from an all-state caliber season in 2020 for a top 3A program. Jacob Dooley, QB, Waverly Reason: Dooley had over 2,000 total yards in 2020, and if Dooley can match or improve upon that production, he will definitely be a Mr. Football contender in 2021. D’Arco Perkins-McCallister, DB/WR, Stratford Reason: Perkins-McCallister has picked up several power five offers over the offseason, and will be a do-it-all athlete for Stratford in 2021. 2A Ty Simpson, QB, Westview Reason: Simpson is one of the top recruits in the state, and was a Mr. Football semifinalist in 3A last season. Luke Myers, QB, South Greene Reason: Myers was a Mr. Football finalist last season for a very good South Greene program. Taylor Groves, WR/DB, East Robertson Reason: Groves is committed to Michigan, and will be a do-it-all athlete for East Robertson in 2021. Cameron Miller, WR/DB, MAHS Reason: Miller is a four star recruit, and will play in multiple different roles for a MAHS team that will be very good in 2021. Logan Carroll, QB, Meigs County Reason: Carroll lead Meigs County to a state title in 2020, and will see his usage go up even more in 2021. 1A Khalik Ganaway, RB, Peabody Reason: Ganaway won Mr. Football in 2A last season, so he is a clear favorite in 1A for the 2021 season. KJ Jackson, RB, Fayetteville Reason: Jackson ran for 1,000+ yards last season as a freshman, and really broke out in the state championship game for Fayetteville, winning MVP honors. Deandre Kelly, RB, South Pittsburg Reason: Kelly battled injuries last season, but has the potential to be a very solid replacement for Hunter Frame in 2021. Emmett Hegland, QB, Midway Reason: Hegland threw for over 2,500 yards in 2020, and will definitely be in the Mr. Football conversation if he improves on that production in 2021. Gio Davis, DL, South Pittsburg Reason: Davis has picked up several power five offers through the offseason, and will put up monster stats for a defensive lineman in 2021. DII-AAA Dallan Hayden, RB, Chrisitan Brothers Reason: Hayden won Mr. Football in 2020, and will probably not see any kind of dip in production in 2021. Marcel Reed, QB, MBA Reason: Reed has been the starting quarterback for MBA since his freshman season, and will put up monster numbers in 2021. Kaden Martin, QB, Knoxville Catholic Reason: Martin should put big numbers for a Catholic team that will contend for a state title in 2021. Kenny Minchey, QB, JP2 Reason: Minchey broke out for JP2 last season, and will put up big numbers in his first full season in 2021. Walter Nolen, DL, SBA Reason: Nolen is a consensus five star prospect, and will be dominant on the defensive line for SBA in 2021. DII-AA Alex Broome, RB, Lipscomb Academy Reason: Broome was a Mr. Football semifinalist last season, even after missing several games due to transfer rules. Langston Patterson, RB/LB, CPA Reason: Patterson was a Mr. Football finalist last season for CPA, and is a star on both sides of the ball. James Dunn, RB, CAK Reason: Dunn was a Mr. Football finalist last season, and will only see his offensive production go up in 2021. Cade Law, QB, CPA Reason: Law was the state championship game MVP for CPA last season, after leading the Lions to a state title. Luther Richesson, QB, Lipscomb Academy Reason: Richesson really got hot towards the end of the season for Lipscomb Academy in 2020, and will look to continue that success into 2021. DII-A Nakelin McAfee, RB, TKA Reason: McAfee was a Mr. Football semifinalist in 2020, and will be the star of TKA’s offense once again in 2021. Steele Haynes, WR/LB, USJ Reason: Haynes had 92 tackles, along with 871 receiving yards in 2020, and will continue to be a force on both sides of the ball for USJ in 2021. Garrett Weekly, QB/DB, TKA Reason: Weekly filled in very well at quarterback for TKA last season, to go along with seven interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Aden Hooper, QB, MTCS Reason: Hooper was named to the all-state team by the TNFCA last season, and should see his production increase in 2021. Kam Boyd, RB, JCS Reason: Boyd will see his production and usage skyrocket in 2021, as JCS will most likely run the ball more with the graduation of star quarterback, Aaron Smith

Highly Rated Quarterback Transfers to Ravenwood

Ravenwood just added a huge piece to their football program at the most important position on the field. Chris Parson has transferred from Red Oak High School in Texas, and enrolled at Ravenwood, Head Coach Will Hester confirmed to stateoftennesseehsfb.com. Parson is ranked as a top 100 recruit in the class of 2023 by 247sports, and already holds offers from schools such as Iowa, TCU, and Virginia Tech. Parson played youth football in Tennessee for several area organizations, before moving to Texas. He has also played at Duncanville High School in Texas, who is recognized as one of the top programs in the entire country. Ravenwood will be looking to replace the production of all-state quarterback Trevor Andrews in 2021, and Parson has the capability to be a very good replacement.

Top 25 Uncommitted Players from the Class of 2022

Walter Nolen, St. Benedict at Auburndale Nolen is a 6’4 300 defensive lineman, who currently holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and LSU. Nolen is the number one rated prospect in the entire nation, according to the 247sports composite rankings. Ty Simpson, Westview Simpson is a 6’2 185 quarterback, who currently holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia. Simpson is a consensus top-100 recruit, nationally. Jordan James, Oakland James is a 5’10 200 running back, who currently has a top schools list of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida State. In his junior season, James ran for 1,521 yards and 20 touchdowns, including winning MVP honors in the 6A state title game with 226 yards and six touchdowns. Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers Hayden is a 5’11 192 running back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Hayden ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season, along with being named a Mr. Football finalist. Langston Patterson, CPA Patterson is a 6’1 215 linebacker and running back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Patterson finished with 733 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, while also racking up 72 tackles and 19 TFLs defensively Taylor Groves, East Robertson Groves is a 6’2 175 athlete, who currently holds offers from schools such as LSU, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. Groves played primarily on the defensive side of the ball, but missed some time due to injuries during the season. Groves gained 464 yard of offense with 7 touchdowns, along with 55 tackles and 2 interceptions on defense. Kenzy Paul, McCallie Paul is a 6’1 192 wide receiver and defensive back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Indiana. Paul really had a breakout season for McCallie, which has allowed him to gain several power five offers. Isaiah Horton, Oakland Horton is a 6’3 190 wide receiver, who currently holds offers from schools such as Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. Horton gained 635 yards and 7 touchdowns receiving in his Junior season. Keaten Wade, Summit Wade is a 6’4 210 linebacker, who currently holds offers from schools such as Oklahoma, LSU, and Tennessee. Wade missed most of his junior season with injury, before returning for Summit’s semifinal and state championship matchup. Barion Brown, Pearl-Cohn Brown is a 6’1 160 wide receiver, who currently holds offers from schools such as LSU, Georgia, and Auburn. Brown gained 596 yard and 7 touchdowns receiving in a limited season for the Firebirds, Cameron Miller, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

Early Look At The Class Of 2023

While the class of 2022 in Tennessee may be historically deep, the class of 2023 has no shortage of very talented players. It is way too early to put an accurate ranking on these players, as some potential recruits in the class haven’t even seen serious varsity playing time in their careers to this point, whether that be because of injuries, or being stuck behind talented and older players at powerhouse schools. Here’s an early introduction to some of the top players in the class of 2023, so far.

stateoftennesseehsfb.com's 4A All-State Team

QB: Axel Aldino, Dekalb County, Sr. QB: Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton, Jr. QB: Rivers Hunt, Hardin County, Sr. HB: Isaiah McClaine, Lexington, So. HB: Corterrion Moore, Ripley, Sr. HB: Josh Miller, Anderson County, Sr. HB: John Whitley, Hardin County, Sr. WR: Parker Hughes, Elizabethton, Sr. WR: Desmond Nokes, Dekalb County, Sr. WR: Kaydin Pope, Hardin County, Jr. WR: Alvin House III, Jackson North Side, Sr. TE: Landon Whittemore, Macon County, Sr. OL: Cole Morganstern, Elizabethton, Sr. OL: Ian Poe, Tullahoma, Jr. OL: Clay Odom, Greeneville, Sr. OL: Josh Williams, Lexington, Sr. OL: Will Lucas, White House, Sr. ATH: Jakobe Thomas, Tullahoma, Sr. ATH: Kevontez Hudson, Springfield, Sr. K: Connor Wood, Lexington, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Grant Reeder, Nolensville, Sr. DL: Tyreek Nard, Tullahoma, Sr. DL: Kevarius Smith, Springfield, Jr. DL: Trent Taylor, Elizabethton, Jr. LB: Stone Cummins, Anderson County, Sr. LB: Deuce Morton, Elizabethton, Sr. LB: Christian Stacey, Marshall County, Sr. LB: Anthony Brewer, Haywood, Jr. DB: Elijah Donaldson, Creek Wood, Sr. DB: Jaylen Lewis, Haywood, Jr. DB: Colton Dobson, Nolensville, Sr. DB: Isaac Knowles, Dekalb County, Jr. P: Daniel Bethel, Anderson County, Sr.

stateoftennesseehsfb.com 5A All-State Team

QB: Jordyn Potts, Powell, So. QB: Destin Wade, Summit, Jr. QB: Cole Henson, Morristown East, Sr. RB: Jermarcus Johnson, Henry County, Sr. RB: Shawn Gary, South-Doyle, Jr. RB: De’sean Bishop, Karns, So. RB: Tysean Jefferson, Beech, Sr. WR: Liam Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr. WR: Brody Swafford, Walker Valley, Sr. WR: Brady Pierce, Summit, Jr. WR: Micah Simpson, Morristown East, Jr. TE: Terrell Brown, South-Doyle, Sr. OL: Jacob Hood, Hillsboro, Jr. OL: Nicolas Edwards, Clarksville, Sr. OL: Camron Gann, Powell, Jr. OL: Kane Lewis, Knoxville West, Sr. OL: Marshall Jefferson, Shelbyville, Sr. ATH: Prince Kollie, David Crockett, Sr. ATH: Kade Cunningham, Shelbyville, Jr. K: Ewan Johnson, South-Doyle, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Jaxon Adams, Oak Ridge, Sr. DL: Xander Allen, Halls, Sr. DL: Gage Robinson, Clarksville Northeast, Sr. DL: Tony Davis, David Crockett, Sr. LB: Drew Fisher, Rhea County, Jr. LB: Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr. LB: Jacob Berven, Oak Ridge, Jr. LB: Ethan Scott, Knoxville West, Sr. DB: Jawon Odoms, Henry County, Sr. DB: Carson Whitehead, Powell, Jr. DB: Jaden Keller, Tennessee, Sr. DB: Preston Turner, Oak Ridge, Sr.

Mr. Football Winners Announced

The Mr. Football winners were announced Tuesday morning at Nissan Stadium, and here are the winners. 6A CJ Taylor, Warren County Taylor was a senior dual-threat quarterback, who passed for 492 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also running for 1,764 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also very good defensively this season, accumulating 57 tackles and 3 INTs. Taylor is committed to Vanderbilt. 5A Prince Kollie, David Crockett Kollie is a senior running back and linebacker, who ran for 1,562 yards and 26 TDs, while also accumulating 109 tackles and 11 TFLs on defense. Kollie is committed to Notre Dame. 4A Parker Hughes, Elizabethton Hughes is a senior wide receiver, running back, and safety, who ran for 539 yards, had 1,326 receiving yards, and 27 total touchdowns. Hughes also had 45 tackles and 6 Interceptions on defense. Hughes led Elizabethton to their second consecutive state title this season. 3A Grey Carroll, Alcoa Carroll is a senior defensive lineman, who racked up 64 tackles, 24 TFLs, and 8 Sacks on the season. Carroll led Alcoa to their sixth consecutive state championship this season. Carroll is committed to Georgia Tech. 2A Khalik Ganaway, Peabody Ganaway is a junior running back, who rushed for 1,860 yards and 24 touchdowns, while leading Peabody to their third consecutive state title. 1A Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg Frame is a senior running back, who rushed for 1,848 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, while leading South Pittsburg to the 1A state title game. DII-AAA Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers Hayden is a junior running back, who rushed for 2,010 yard and 24 touchdowns this season. He has several high major offers as a junior. DII-AA Dietrick Pennington, ECS Pennington is a senior offensive and defensive lineman, who paved the way for a dynamic running game at ECS. Pennington is committed to Clemson. DII-A Griffin Swinea, Davidson Academy Swinea is a senior running back, who ran for 1,922 yards and 34 touchdowns. He led Davidson Academy to their third consecutive state title this season.

6A All-State Team

QB: Cade Granzow, Brentwood, Sr. QB: Trevor Andrews, Ravenwood, Sr. QB: Connor Beavon, Franklin, Sr. RB: Ray Banner, Lavergne, Sr. RB: Jalen Hunt, McMinn County, Sr. RB: Robert Giamio, Bartlett, Sr. RB: Jordan James, Oakland, Jr. WR: Walker Merrill, Brentwood, Sr. WR: Isaiah Horton, Oakland, Jr. WR: Matt White, Farragut, Sr. WR: Tyroid Good, Cane Ridge, Sr. TE: Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood, Sr. OL: Bryce Goodner, McMinn County, Sr. OL: Jason Amsler, Franklin, Sr. OL: Fisher Anderson, Franklin, Jr. OL: Graham Keating, Oakland, Sr. OL: Harry Wilkes, Houston, Sr. ATH: CJ Taylor, Warren County, Sr. ATH: Jaxson Campbell, Independence, Sr. K: Trey Turk, Oakland, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Javon Nelson, Riverdale, Sr. DL: Ethan Hassler, Collierville, Sr. DL: Eric Gaston, Cane Ridge, Jr. DL: Ethan McLaurin, Oakland, Jr. LB: Spencer Rich, Brentwood, Sr. LB: Junior Colson, Ravenwood, Sr. LB: Caleb Herring, Riverdale, So. LB: Eli Purcell, Farragut, Sr. DB: Myles Pollard, Ravenwood, Jr. DB: John Howse, Brentwood, Sr. DB: DJ Burks, Maryville, Jr. DB: Kobe Manning, Oakland, Sr.

Oakland Dominant in 6A BlueCross Bowl Win Over Brentwood

Oakland has beaten every team they’ve played this year pretty handily, and the 6A BlueCross Bowl was no different for the Patriots, as they dominated Brentwood in every aspect of the game to a final score of 56-33. Oakland had an offensive explosion with 554 yards of total offense, and were led by MVP Jordan James, who had 252 total yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. The Patriots opened the scoring as Jordan James ran it in from three yards out. It looked like we may have a shootout, because on the next drive Cade Granzow found Aaron Walton streaking down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown pass to cut the Oakland lead to 7-6. After that though, the Patriots started rolling. James would take a carry 81 yards to the endzone on the next drive, and then after that, Oakland forced a fumble on the kickoff, which led to a 31-yard touchdown run by Antonio Patterson. The woes continued for the Brentwood offense as Granzow threw an interception, followed by another touchdown run for James to extend the lead to 28-6 at the end of the first quarter. Brentwood finally found some rhythm offensively, as Granzow found Walton again for a Bruin touchdown, but by this point Brentwood was too far down to come back as James busted off a 59-yard touchdown run to pretty well put the game out of reach. James would take the ball into the endzone from four yards out for his 5th touchdown of the first half to extend the Patriot lead to 42-12 going into halftime. This was a championship record for most points scored in the first half. With a thirty-point lead going into halftime, the gap was too large for Brentwood to even get close to coming back because of how dynamic Oakland’s offense is. Oakland’s defense also played very well throughout this game, as Brentwood scored twice in the last two minutes to make the score what it was. James would score one more time in the game for his sixth touchdown, and sealed the MVP award if he hadn’t already. This was truly one of the best performances I’ve seen by a team at state. This win caps off Oakland’s perfect season, and earns them their fifth state title in school history, two of those having come in the last three years.

Summit Wins First 5A BlueCross Bowl in Program History Thanks to Dominant Defensive Performance

Summit won their first BlueCross bowl in school history Friday night, and were led by the MVP and Mr. Football finalist, quarterback Destin Wade. Wade went 7/10 for 135 yards and a touchdown passing, while also gaining 93 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns rushing. Summit also dominated defensively, allowing seven points and only 145 yards of total offense from Oak Ridge. The boost on defense that Keaten Wade has provided after coming back last week from injury has been immense, and that was proven on Friday night. Oak Ridge got behind early, as Summit gained an early lead on the opening drive thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by Destin Wade. The Spartans forced an Oak Ridge punt, and scored again to go up 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wade to Brady Pierce. Summit had all the momentum, and looked like they were going to run away with the game as Wade scored again, this time a 3-yard touchdown run to extend the Spartan lead to 21-0 in the second quarter. Oak Ridge finally found a little bit of rhythm offensively as they drove the ball down just before half, and Mitchell Gibbons found Brandon Heyward from two yards out in the corner of the endzone on fourth down to cut the Summit lead to 21-7 going into the locker room. Both teams played very well defensively in the second half, as neither team scored an offensive touchdown in the second half. Both teams were completely shut out in the third quarter, as well. Just as Oak Ridge was looking to cut the Summit lead to a touchdown, Brady Pierce picked off a pass from Mitchell Gibbons, and took it all the way back to the endzone. This was the dagger for Summit, and really took Oak Ridge out of the game completely. Pierce was a star in the game, as he had 3 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown receiving, and also had the pick-six that proved to be the dagger. This is Summit’s first BlueCross Bowl win in program history. The Spartans will prepare for a move to 6A next season into a region with powerhouses such as Brentwood, Ravenwood, Independence, and Franklin.

Fayetteville gets emotional win in 1A BlueCross Bowl over South Pittsburg

Chants of “State for Tate” rang throughout Tucker Stadium as the Fayetteville Tigers won their first BlueCross Bowl in school history with a 20-14 victory over South Pittsburg. Fayetteville football player Tate Tuten was killed last year in a car accident, and his memory has been a driving force behind Fayetteville’s run throughout the playoffs. This one was a battle between two very good running backs, Hunter Frame of South Pittsburg and KJ Jackson of Fayetteville. Jackson, only a freshman, dominated the entire game, earning MVP honors with 210 yards on 30 carries along with 3 touchdowns on the ground. The defenses also both shined the entire game, but Fayetteville’s run game was just too much for the Pirates to handle. The entire first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, as both defenses played lights out, including a goal line stand by Fayetteville inside the two. South Pittsburg was the first to get on the board, as Deandre Kelly ran the ball into the endzone from three yards out. Fayetteville quickly answered on the ensuing drive, capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Samuel Holdmeyer to Calvin Hughes, along with a successful 2-pt conversion to give Fayetteville an 8-7 lead early in the second quarter. After this touchdown, Fayetteville would not trail for the remainder of the game. The Tigers got another key stop, before driving the ball down and punching it in just before halftime on a 3- yard touchdown run by Jackson to extend the Tiger lead to 14-7 after a failed 2-pt conversion attempt. Fayetteville went into the locker room with all the momentum. South Pittsburg played much better defensively in the second half, even with the loss of Mr. Football Finalist, linebacker Jared Stone, which helped them gain back some of that momentum they lost in the first half. South Pittsburg was the first team to score in the second half, as quarterback Brayden Sanders ran it in from one yard out with five seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game up at 14 a piece. This one looked like it would come down to the wire in the fourth quarter, and that’s exactly what happened. Both teams traded punts to begin the fourth quarter, and then Fayetteville put together a drive that will be remembered forever. The Tigers had their backs against the wall on fourth down, and KJ Jackson busted off a 29-yard touchdown run to give Fayetteville a 20-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. South Pittsburg tried to work some magic of their own, but they came up just short, as a pass in the endzone fell incomplete. There was nothing but pure joy and excitement on the Fayetteville sideline, as the Tigers will bring home their first Gold Ball in school history in honor of their late teammate. State was won for Tate.

6A Blue Cross Bowl Preview

6A Blue Cross Bowl Preview Oakland vs. Brentwood Saturday, Dec. 5th, 7 PM -Oakland Breakdown Oakland was absolutely dominant in their first matchup against Brentwood this season, as they have been against almost everyone. The thing that separates this Oakland team from the past teams is the ability to throw the ball at a high level. Oakland has always been dynamic in the run game and on defense, but they have become almost unstoppable this season with the addition of receiver Isaiah Horton. The Patriots have not really had a very close game all season, so it will be interesting to see what happens if Brentwood can keep it close late into the game. If Brentwood wants to win this game, they need to start fast and gain momentum offensively early. If they get down it will be almost impossible to come back. -Brentwood Breakdown 2013 was the last time a team other than Whitehaven or Ravenwood made it out of this side of the bracket, into the state championship game. The Bruins have played one of the toughest schedules in the state, and it has proved to pay off, as they will find themselves in Cookeville with a chance to bring home a gold ball. The Bruins have relied very heavily on dynamic dual-threat quarterback Cade Granzow all season long, and will need to get him going early in this one. If Oakland wants to win this game they will need to stick to the same formula that earned them a 37-0 victory in the first matchup between these two. Brentwood has been dynamic on offense all year long other than the Oakland game, so it will be interesting to see if the Patriots can shut them down like that again. Key Players Oakland Ian Schlacter, QB: 70/114, 1,250 Yards, 18 TDs, 2 INTs Jordan James, RB: 160 Carries, 1,521 Yards, 20 TDs Antonio Patterson, RB: 94 Carries, 1,065 Yards, 15 TDs Isaiah Horton, WR/DB: 32 Catches, 635 Yards, 7 TDs Victor Stephenson, WR/RB/DB: 44 Carries, 306 Yards, 6 TDs, 10 Catches, 278 Yards, 5 TDs Theron Gaines, LB: 103 TKLs, 22.5 TFLs, 5 Sacks Ethan McLaurin, DL: 91 TKLs, 15.5 TFLs, 4 Sacks Brentwood Cade Granzow, QB: 216/332, 2,333 Yards, 23 TDs, 6 INTs, 163 Carries, 834 Yards, 20 TDs Walker Merrill, WR: 92 Catches, 1,055 Yards, 8 TDs Aaron Walton, WR: 64 Catches, 744 Yards, 12 TDs John Howse, DB/WR: 7 Catches, 67 Yards, 5 INTs Spencer Rich, LB: 115 Tackles, 6 TFLs, 9.5 Sacks Prediction I think this game will be much closer than the first meeting between these two. I think this Brentwood team has come a long way throughout the season because of how battle tested they are, playing such a difficult schedule. I think this Oakland team is the best one I’ve seen in a long time, and I think it would be almost impossible not to pick them, just because of how dominant they have been. I’m going with the Patriots. Oakland 35, Brentwood 17

Davidson Academy Dominates Late to Bring Home 3rd Consecutive DII-A Blue Cross Bowl Title

Davidson Academy has dominated DII-A for the past three years, and nothing changed Thursday night at Tucker Stadium. After getting off to a slow start and trailing at halftime, the Bears absolutely dominated the second half to earn a 53 their third consecutive Blue Cross Bowl win. USJ looked like the much better team in the first half, as touchdowns by Steele Haynes, Tyke Tabor, and Myles Mayo gave the Bruins a 21-6 lead just before Griffin Swinea struck for his second touchdown ona 284 yard 4 touchdown day to make it 21-12. Davidson Academy knew USJ had all of the momentum, so quarterback Jared Vetetoe led an aggressive drive down the field capped off by a long 28 yard touchdown pass to Juju Orr as time expired in the first half to make it 21-19 USJ. Davidson Academy came out firing in the second half, and they didn’t look back. The Bears did whatever they wanted in the second half offensively, and it all started with an 8 yard touchdown run by Swinea to give the Bears the lead. The Bruins were not out of it yet though, as Tyke Tabor took a 66 yard pass from Andrew Smith for a touchdown. After that, though, Davidson Academy took over, scoring 4 unanswered touchdowns. Davidson Academy has been dominant all season, and they showed just how dominant they could be in the second half of this one. This Davidson Academy senior class will finish 48-3, with 3 straight Blue Cross Bowl victories, and 2 undefeated seasons. This is the 6th overall Blue Cross Bowl championship for Davidson Academy. The Bears will move up into a much tougher region next year in DII-AA with teams such as the two finalists from the game earlier today in Lipscomb Academy and CPA.

CPA wins DII-AA Blue Cross Bowl

CPA came into this game looking for revenge, and they got that and more in a 35-28 DII-AA Blue Cross Bowl championship. MVP Cade Law was the driving force behind the victory, going for 204 total yards and 2 TDs. This game was a shootout between two offensive powerhouses, and that was shown from the opening drive CPA drove it right down the field and punched it in on a 4 Yard TD run by Langston Patterson, his first of three touchdowns and 168 yards on the day. It took awhile for Lipscomb to answer, as the CPA defense looked dominant early, but they finally found the endzone on a 7 yard TD catch by Daniel Green from Luther Richesson. After that touchdown, it looked like CPA might begin to run away with it. Langston Patterson ran it in for his second touchdown midway through the second quarter, and then scored another on a fast paced drive right before halftime. The Lions had all the momentum going into halftime, and it looked like Lipscomb Academy was in trouble. The Mustangs came storming out of the locker room after halftime, as they finally got Mr. Football Semifinalist Alex Broome going on a 4 yard TD run to begin the second half. CPA quickly answered with a touchdown of their own on a TD by Cade Law from 1 yard out to extend the lead to 28-14. Lipscomb Academy knew they needed to score quickly if they wanted a chance in this one, and that’s exactly what they did, twice. Alex Broome had a TD run after a Mustang drive inside the 10, and then a 22 yard touchdown catch on a screen pass to tie the game at 28. The season came down to one final drive for CPA, and they executed it perfectly. Cade Law found Cade Reynolds on a 2 yard TD pass that ended up being all the Lions needed. The very first play of the next drive was picked off by the Lions, and there was nothing but joy on the CPA sideline. This is CPA’s 5th state title in the school’s history.
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