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HS football Thursday round-up: It was an unusually busy Thursday night of high school football in East Tennessee as several games were moved up a day to avoid conflicting with Halloween. In the biggest game of the night, Oak Ridge upended Anderson County 28-16 at AC to cap an unbeaten regular season and clinch the District 3-AAA championship. Tee Higgins led Oak Ridge with a pair of touchdown catches, and Gavin Warrington and TJ Allison each added a rushing TD for the Wildcats. Garrett Johnson, who filled in for injured QB Zane Smith, threw a touchdown pass to Cole Brock and ran for a score as well. Elsewhere, it was Monterey clubbing Oliver Springs 49-14; Campbell County obliterated Powell 41-0; Rockwood knocked off Grace Christian 22-15 and Sunbright shut out Wartburg 33-0. The regular season concludes tonight with a lighter than usual docket, including right here on WYSH as we bring you Halls at Clinton when F&F FNF kicks off at 7:00. Other games of interest have Central at Gibbs, Greenback at Midway, Coalfield at Oakdale , Kingston at CAK and a battle of state-ranked powerhouses when Alcoa visits Catholic.
Schedule Week 10 (October 30th & 31st)…(Thursday) Oak Ridge at Anderson County...Monterey at Oliver Springs…Powell at Campbell County…Wartburg at Sunbright…Grace at Rockwood…South Doyle at Sevier County…(Friday) Halls at Clinton (WYSH, 7:00)…Coalfield at Oakdale…Greenback at Midway…Jellico at Oneida…Kingston at CAK…Alcoa at Catholic…William Blount at Bearden…Central at Gibbs…West at Lenoir City…Farragut at Maryville…Jefferson County at Morristown East.
HS Polls: The AP football polls were released on Monday. in Class 6A, Maryville is #1 and Sevier County is #10. in Class 5A, West is #1, South Doyle is #5, Oak Ridge is #7 and Anderson County is #8. In Class 4A, Fulton is #1 and Catholic stays at #2. In 3A, Alcoa is #1. In Class 2A, Oneida is #4 and Grace Christian #5. In Class 1A, Greenback is #6 and Coalfield is #10.
UT offers ORHS WR: Monday, Oak Ridge sophomore wide receiver Tee Higgins was offered a scholarship by the University of Tennessee. Higgins, a two-sport standout, is expected to make his collegiate decision midway through his senior season.
Costume contest Friday at CHS game: If you are looking for a way to take your kids trick-or-treating and still make it Friday night’s Halls at Clinton football game, the Clinton High School Football Booster Club has a solution for you. Kids are invited to join the Dragons this Friday, October 31st (Halloween) for the first-ever “Out of this World, Super Awesome Incredible, Funtastic, In It to Win It Dragons Costume Contest.” Wear your costume to the game and register for your chance to win prizes like Jump Jam VIP tickets, Tinseltown movie passes, $10 Big Lots gift cards, Disney’s “Frozen” art pack, Dragon gear and dollars you can use at the concession stand. To be eligible, you must register between 6 and 7 pm Friday inside the home gate at Dragon Stadium and winners will be announced after the first quarter. On Friday, kids 12 and under—accompanied by a paying adult—will get in to the game for free.
High School football scores Friday October 24th…Clinton 42 Sequoyah 10: Clinton knocked off the rust from the bye week early and then throttled Sequoyah on the road for their 4th straight victory. The 6-3 Dragons have won three of those games on the road. Tyler Thackerson led the Dragons with 303 yards passing and 4 TDs on 22-of-31 passing while adding 54 yards rushing and a score. J’Quan Thomas was sensational, rushing for 63 yards including a 58-yard scamper for a score on a reverse and catching six balls for 148 yards and 2 TDs, including a 91-yarder in the 3rd quarter. Jonathan Bean snared 2 TDs as part of his seven-catch night.
Anderson County 42 Halls 16: The Mavericks forced four interceptions and reeled off 35 straight points as they stayed unbeaten in D3AAA. Matt Fox scored three times on the ground for AC (8-1, 7-0), Chandler Kite caught two TDs from Garrett Johnson and Johnson threw a scoring pass to Aaron Sharp.
Oak Ridge 48 Central 7: OR (9-0, 7-0) remained unbeaten as they turned it on in the second half and blew out the Bobcats. Gavin Warrington threw a TD pass to Tee Higgins and ran for one as well. TJ Allison scored, as did Jaylen Nickerson (twice) and Jiminquas Johnson caught a TD pass from Logan Fadnek.
Elsewhere: Oliver Springs 30 Wartburg 0…Campbell County 53 Karns 14…Gibbs 39 Powell 6…Alcoa 31 Maplewood 22…Kingston 42 Sweetwater 34…Greenback 42 Tellico Plains 20…Hardin Valley 56 Lenoir City 0…West 62 Heritage 21…Maryville 62 Bearden 0…Notre dame 40 Coalfield 0…Oakdale 49 Jellico 0…Oneida 14 Sunbright 0…Rockwood 28 Midway 7…South-Doyle 13 Morristown East 10.
Clinton/Sequoyah box score October 24th
High School football polls: 6A, #1 Maryville...5A, West #1; South-Doyle #5; Anderson County #8; Oak Ridge #10...4A, Fulton #1; catholic #2...3A, Alcoa #1; CAK #10...2A, Oneida #5; Grace Christian #6...1A, Greenback #6; Coalfield #9.
High School football scores Friday October 17th: Oak Ridge 66 Powell 0…Sunbright 39 Oliver Springs 7…Gibbs 35 Karns 14…Central 42 Halls 6…Wartburg 8 Jellico 6…Kingston 17 Sequoyah 14…Harriman 41 Tellico Plains 14…Grace Christian 22 Greenback 16…Alcoa 38 CAK 7…Farragut 40 Bearden 22…Heritage 48 Lenoir City 8…West 55 Hardin Valley 8…South Doyle 40 Morristown West 7
High School football schedule (October 30-31): (Thursday) Webb at Catholic…(Friday) Clinton at Sequoyah (LIVE on F&F FNF on WYSH)…Anderson County at Halls…Central at Oak Ridge…Oliver Springs at Wartburg…Gibbs at Powell…Campbell County at Karns…Notre Dame at Coalfield…Rockwood at Midway (BBB-TV)…Jellico at Oakdale…Oneida at Sunbright…Maplewood at Alcoa…Kingston at Sweetwater…Heritage at West.
High School football (Thursday): Maryville 38 William Blount 0...Oneida 21 Coalfield 8
High School volleyball: Region 2AAA tournament at Bearden...Semifinals Farragut def. Oak Ridge 3-0...Bearden def. Anderson County 3-0...Championship Farragut def. Bearden 3-2...Region 2A at Grace...Semifinals Concord Christian def. Coalfield 3-0...Grace def. Jellico 3-0...Championship Grace def. Concord 3-2
HS Football polls: In Class 6A, Maryville remains #1. In Class 5A, West is #1, with South Doyle #6, Anderson County #7 and Oak Ridge #10. In Class 4A, Fulton is #1 and Catholic is #2. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 and CAK is #9. In Class 2A, Oneida is #6 while Grace Christian is #7. In Class 1A, Greenback is #4 and Coalfield is #5.
High School football Friday…Clinton 28 Central 17: Aaron Watson rushed for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns—all in the first quarter—as Clinton built a big early lead and held on for their third straight win and second straight District road victory. CHS (5-3, 4-3) took 4th place in D3AAA and solidified their position for the postseason. Watson scored on runs of 14, 45 and nine yards in the first quarter and the Dragon defense forced three turnovers (2 interceptions by J’Quan Thomas and a fumble recovery from Ben Ross, who played for the first time this season after an offseason knee injury). Thomas also caught at scoring pass from Tyler Thackerson to cap the scoring for CHS, which as this week off before traveling to Sequoyah. Watson has been nominated for both the WBIR Offensive Player of the Week and PrepXtra Offensive Players of the Week awards and Thomas is nominated for PX Defensive Player of the Week. Vote at www.wbir.com and/or www.knoxnews.com.
Catholic 50 Anderson County 14: The Irish sucked the drama out of the showdown of unbeatens early, taking a 22-0 first quarter lead on their way to an impressive win at home. AC (7-1) got a TD pass from Zane Smith to Brandon Ford that covered 80 yards in the first half and Garrett Johnson scored a late rushing TD for AC, which has this week off.
Oak Ridge 62 Karns 7: The Wildcats dominated Karns, building a 56-0 lead on the road thanks to stout defense. OR LB Alex Alcorn is nominated for WBIR Defensive Player of the Week for his 12-tackle performance.
Elsewhere: Oneida 42 Oliver Springs 0…Campbell County 14 Gibbs 7…Coalfield 42 Jellico 7…Farragut 49 Heritage 30…Greenback 21 Harriman 17…Hardin Valley 41 Bearden 7…Grace 36 Midway 0…West 70 William Blount 14…Loudon 28 Kingston 7…Maryville 45 Lenoir City 6…Monterey 43 Wartburg 6…Rockwood 41 Tellico Plains 0…Sunbright 53 Oakdale 6
This week’s schedule: Powell at oak Ridge…Coalfield at Oneida (Thursday)…Greenback at Grace…Wartburg at Jellico…Midway at Meigs County…Sunbright at Oliver Springs…Harriman at Tellico Plains…Alcoa at CAK…Sequoyah at Kingston…Karns at Gibbs…Halls at Central…Hardin Valley at West…Maryville at William Blount…South Doyle at Morristown West…Bearden at Farragut.
CLINTON/CENTRAL BOX SCORE
Middle School football Thursday October 9th: Robertsville 40 Jefferson 16 (RMS wins the Oak Ridge Middle School Championship)…Oliver Springs 24 Spring City 16 (OSMS completes 9-0 season with Clinch Valley Conference title.)
OR claims D3AAA volleyball crown: In high school volleyball, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats eliminated Clinton from the District 3-AAA semifinal Wednesday at Central. The Lady Dragons fell 3 games to 1 to Oak Ridge, which went on to face Anderson County—which outlasted Halls 3-2 in their semifinal match—for the District title. The Lady Wildcats knocked off the Lady Mavs 3 games to 1 and will host the District 4 runner-up in the Region tournament while AC will travel to the District 4 winner.
AP High School football polls: The Associated Press high school football polls for this week were unveiled Monday. Here is a look at the teams from East Tennessee who are ranked this week. In Class 6A, Maryville remains #1, with Science Hill at #6 and Dobyns-Bennett #9. In Class 5A, Knox West stays in first place while the Anderson County Mavericks remain at #3. South Doyle is #7 in Class 5A and Oak Ridge made its debut in the poll this week at #10. In Class 4A, Fulton and Catholic remain 1 & 2 while Greeneville is #4. In Class 3A, Alcoa is atop the poll with CAK at #7. In Class 2A, Oneida is #6 while Grace Christian is #7 and in class 1A, Greenback is #6 with Coalfield at #7.
Friday High School Football scores
Clinton 48 Powell 22…The Dragon defense forced 4 turnovers, the offense was led once again by a strong ground game, and Clinton won in back-to-back weeks for the first time this season, and improving to 4-3 (3-3 in D3AAA). The record is significant for Coach Josh Kerr, as it this marks the first time in his tenure that CHS has been above .500, and means that the Dragons’ postseason hopes are very much alive. In beating the Panthers at Powell for the first time since 2007, Clinton’s rushing attack generated 233 yards and all four primary rushers (Zach Jones, 103 yards; Aaron Watson, 60; Shane Hooks, 21; and Tyler Thackerson, 49) all scored via the ground game. Thackerson also threw touchdown passes to Christian Bailey and Dylan Faddis and accounted for 163 yards through the air. The Dragon defense got interceptions from Beau Crisp and Jevonne Shepard and Bailey recovered two fumbles for CHS. Sophomore J’Quan Thomas took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score but the Dragon offense was stymied for much of the first quarter. Their fortunes turned after Crisp intercepted a Brandon Brown pass to the Panther two-yard line, setting up Hooks’ 2-yard score from the Wildcat formation as heavy rains came and the Dragons took a 14-8 lead. Jones’ touchdown run covered 66 yards and Watson’s 34 as CHS took a 27-8 lead into halftime. CHS outscored Powell (1-5, 1-3) 21-14 in the second half. The CHS defense held Powell to 161 yards of total offense while the offense churned out 396 total yards.
Elsewhere…Oak Ridge 24 Campbell County 8: The Wildcats celebrated Homecoming by dominating and containing the Cougars’ high-powered offense while avenging last year’s loss at CCHS. TJ Allison scored twice on the ground and Jaylen Nickerson took one in, and both topped 100 yards rushing with Nickerson tallying 121 yards and Allison 110.
Oliver Springs 27 Jellico 18…Oneida 35 Oakdale 7…Coalfield 36 Wartburg 0…Alcoa 48 Scott 7…Greenback 30 Rockwood 3…Hardin Valley 41 Farragut 17…Harriman 35 Midway 26…Catholic 49 Kingston 14…Carter 35 Union County 13…Fulton 55 Pigeon Forge 6…Grace 13 Meigs County 6…West 54 Bearden 19…Halls 47 Karns 35…Maryville 45 Heritage 14…South Doyle 37 Seymour 6…Sequoyah 21 Polk County 0…William Blount 29 Lenoir City 17
Schedule: Thursday…Halls at Powell...Friday…(F&F FNF, 7:00 on WYSH) Clinton at Central…Anderson County at Catholic…Oak Ridge at Karns…Oneida at Oliver Springs…Midway at Grace…Harriman at Greenback…Sunbright at Oakdale…Tellico Plains at Rockwood…Monterey at Wartburg…Loudon at Kingston…Hardin Valley at Bearden…Gibbs at Campbell County…Farragut at Heritage…Lenoir City at Maryville…William Blount at West…Sequoyah at White County
Clinton Box Score (at Powell October 3rd)
Bailey 2; Powell: none
Middle School football: Robertsville 36 Clinton 14
High School football: Anderson County 59 Central 35…The Mavericks ran for 464 yards and romped on the road. Matt Fox led the way with 214 yards on the ground and 4 TDs while QB Zane Smith ran for 204 yards and two scores and threw another to Garrett Johnson, who himself also had a rushing TD. AC is 7-0, 6-0 in District 3AAA.
High School football schedule (Oct. 2nd & 3rd): Thursday, Anderson County at Central…Friday (F&F FNF) Clinton at Powell…Campbell County at Oak Ridge…Oliver Springs at Jellico…Karns at Halls…Rockwood at Greenback…Oakdale at Oneida…Catholic at Kingston…Coalfield at Wartburg…Midway at Harriman (BBB).
High School football polls: In Class 6A, Maryville remains #1 with Dobyns-Bennett at #9. In Class 5A, West is #1, while Anderson County has moved up to #3, South Doyle is #7 and Campbell County is #9. Class 4A continues to be led by Fulton (#1) and Catholic (#2). In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 with CAK at #8. In Class 2A, Grace Christian is #6 and Oneida is #7. In Class 1A, Greenback is #6, with Coalfield #7 and Midway #9.
Clinton 35 Karns 17: Clinton overcame a sluggish first half and a scrappy Karns team to win their Homecoming game and improve to 3-3 on the season. Trailing 17-14 at the half, the Dragons came out in the third quarter with a far more disciplined defensive performance and took control of the game. Shane Hooks once again provided an offensive spark for CHS as he took a short pass 46 yards to the Karns 6-yard line in the third quarter and ran in from 1 yard out two plays later to give the Dragons a lead they would never relinquish. CHS gained 458 total yards—254 on the ground. Zach Jones ran for 88 yards and caught a TD pass, Aaron Watson rushed for 83 yards and a TD and Tyler Thackerson threw for 204 yards and ran for 69 yards and a score. JaQuan Thomas caught a TD pass from Thackerson as well.
Karns 7 10 0 0
Anderson County 42 Powell 7: AC’s defense and ground game wore down Powell and the Mavericks rolled on the road. Matt Fox had 274 of AC’s 419 rushing yards and scored 4 TDs while the AC defense held Powell to a mere 112 yards of total offense.
Oak Ridge 38 Gibbs 21: OR pulled away after halftime to improve to 5-0 as TJ Allison rushed for 115 yards and a TD and Logan Fadnek threw 2 scoring tosses and rushed for another.
Elsewhere: Campbell County 42 Halls 7…Lenoir City 28 Kingston 23…Fulton 71 Central 7…Harriman 40 Wartburg 0…Sunbright 41 Midway 25…Rockwood 48 Oakdale 0
Middle school football Thursday...Clinton 50 Soldier's Memorial 28
Knox attorney puts heat on Lenoir City HS over Woods transfer: Attorney Greg Isaacs has sent a letter asking the principal of Lenoir City High School to send a letter to the TSSAA to restore eligibility for former UT commit Jaylond Woods to play football his senior year at Clinton High School or else possibly face a lawsuit. In the letter, which is making the rounds on social media, Isaacs says Woods transferred from Lenoir City High School in April in order to live with his mother in Clinton for several reasons including safety. The letter states that, according to the TSSAA Bylaws, a transfer student is eligible to play when he or she changes residence from a guardian to either or both parents as long as the principal of the former school writes a letter saying the transfer was not for academic or disciplinary reasons. Isaacs says Lenoir City Athletic Director Greg Boling wrote a letter in July to the TSSAA saying that while Woods didn't leave the school for athletic reasons, he was not in good academic standing and that he had disciplinary issues. The letter states that Woods had served a five-day out-of-school suspension prior to his withdrawal and was on a discipline contract that stated his next offense would result in him being place in alternative school. The TSSAA interpreted the letter to mean that Woods had transferred for disciplinary reasons and ruled he was ineligible to play football at Clinton after transferring this spring. Isaacs wrote that his office’s investigation into the matter determined that Woods’ academic file doesn't show that he was under any discipline at the time he transferred schools, and that he had no significant disciplinary issues during his entire time at LCHS. Woods received a scholarship offer from Clemson, but turned it down to commit to the University of Tennessee for the 2015 season. He has since de-committed. Isaacs says Boling's July letter “contained a number of false and defamatory statements and representations that were written maliciously and/or with reckless disregard for the truth, with the intention of sabotaging this young man’s academic and athletic future. Citing state law, Isaacs says the letter “constitutes libel, slander and defamation” and that Woods has suffered “significant harm to his professional and personal reputations, as well as monetary damage in the forms of loss of future earnings and scholarships.” Isaacs is asking the principal of Lenoir City High School to send a letter to the TSSAA to restore Woods' eligibility, or says that he will “not hesitate to exercise any and all remedies…including but not limited to pursuing a lawsuit against Lenoir City Schools and Athletic Director Greg Boling for defamation.”
Dragon Baseball announces Yard Sale: Come help support your Clinton Dragon Baseball Team for their 2nd Annual Yard Sale at the Clinton Baseball Field at the AC fairgrounds Saturday, October 11th, 2014 8am-2pm. We have many items donated from the parents, family members and our community. Don't miss an opportunity for a great bargain! In addition we will have a car wash, bake goods and cold drinks. Stop by and support your upcoming 2014-2105 Baseball team!
Middle School football...Tuesday: Jefferson 20 Clinton 8
High School Football polls: The high school football polls for this week were released on Monday. In Class 6A, Maryville is #1 and Sevier County #10. In Class 5A, Knox West remains at #1, with Anderson County at #4, South-Doyle at #9 and Campbell County at #10. In Class 4A, Fulton and catholic are ranked #1 and #2, respectively. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 with CAK at #7. In Class 2A, Grace Christian is ranked #3 and Oneida is #9. In Class 1A, Greenback is #5 with Midway and Coalfield tied for #7.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Week 4 Scores
Anderson County 64 Karns 28…AC scored twice BEFORE their offense ever took the field—once on an 81-yard punt return and again on a 40-yard interception return—both by Brandon Ford, and romped at the Beaver Dam. Ford added a second pick later in the first half. The Mavs led 51-14 at halftime and rested their starters beginning in the third quarter. Matt Fox rushed for 223 yards and three scores while Garrett Johnson added one rushing TD and 2 touchdown catches.
Oak Ridge 35 McMinn County 0…Jaylen Nickerson scored two rushing touchdowns and the Wildcat defense was stout as they kept host McMinn County winless.
Elsewhere: Coalfield 66 Oliver Springs 34…Alcoa 45 Kingston 14…Central 28 Powell 14…Gibbs 28 Halls 12…Midway 38 Tellico Plains 28…Meigs County 42 Rockwood 14…Oakdale 38 Wartburg 14…Grace Christian 40 Harriman 19…West 49 Farragut 30…Oneida 14 Greenback 0…Sunbright 39 Jellico 18
High School Football Thursday at Clinton…Campbell County 41 Clinton 34: The game lived up to its billing as an offensive shootout and a duel between two of the best quarterbacks in the state but the Campbell County Cougars left Clinton with a huge District win. The teams combined for 803 total yards (CCHS 411; CHS 392) in the televised match-up, which was not decided until late in the 4th quarter with Clinton trailing by 7 when a muffed center/QB exchange resulted in a lost Dragon fumble at the Cougar 16-yard line with 1:58 to play. Had the Dragons been able to punch it in, which seemed likely given the first 38 minutes of the game, Coach Josh Kerr said after the game that his team would have gone for two points and the win. CCHS struck first on a Trey Torres 2-yard TD run but the Dragons answered with touchdown passes from Tyler Thackerson to Travist Patrick (30 yards) and Zach Jones (13). The Cougars then scored twice, once on a run by Paul Courdle and again on a TD toss from Ethan Jeffers to Preston Miller that covered 32 yards. The Dragons knotted it up at the half on a 4-yard scoring strike to Hayden Martin with no time left in the quarter to make it 21-21. Clinton struck first in the third quarter on a Shane Hooks 15-yard touchdown catch that made it 28-21. Torres scored again for the Cougars on a 34-yard pass from Jeffers but the extra point was blocked, keeping the Dragons ahead 28-27. CCHS reclaimed the lead 34-28 early in the fourth quarter when Jeffers found Jacob Bunch from 20 yards out. Jones ran in from 14 yards out to tie the game but the extra point was blocked. Campbell County got the go-ahead score on a Courdle 3-yard plunge with 4:24 remaining. After recovering the botched snap, the Cougars were able to run out the clock and improve to 4-1 on the season, 2-1 in District 3-AAA. The loss dropped CHS to 2-3, 1-3. Thackerson went 18-of-22 for 169 yards and 4 touchdowns while the Dragon rushing attack ground out 223 yards, led by Aaron Watson (75 yards), Hooks (73), Jones (54) and Thackerson (36). Hayden Martin had 5 catches for 35 yards and a score while Travist Patrick caught a TD for the third straight game. Campbell County was led by Jeffers’ 21-of-26 passing for 329 yards and 3 TDs while Courdle added 60 rushing yards and two scores. Torres was Campbell County’s leading receiver with 122 yards on seven receptions. Next up for Clinton is a Homecoming date with Karns next Friday while the Cougars return home to face Halls.
High School football polls: High school football polls for this week were released on Monday and once again East Tennessee is well-represented. In Class 6A, Maryville remains at #1, with Dobyns-Bennett at #7 and Sevier County at #10. In Class 5A, Knox West is still #1, while Anderson County moved up to #4, South-Doyle jumped to #9 and Campbell County fell to #10. Fulton remains atop the Class 4A poll with Catholic at #2 and Greeneville at #3. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 and CAK is #9, while Grace Christian fell two spots to #3 in the Class 2A poll. Greenback is #2 in Class 1A, Coalfield is #7 and Midway is #9.
Much ado about very little: TSSAA officials are reviewing footage from Thursday night’s Lafollette/ Norris Middle School. The game was forfeited by Lafollette after five of their players were injured on what their coaches and administrators called “illegal” plays by Norris. There were a total of six personal fouls and two ejections in a first quarter that reportedly featured 37 total yards of combined offense by the two teams alongside 135 total combined penalty yards. TSSAA officials are deciding whether any of the personal fouls committed by either side were intentional. Following an injury to a fifth Owl player with about two seconds left in the first quarter, LaFollette forfeited. Norris head Richie Noe said the personal fouls were not intentional, and after watching the complete 14-minute long video available online, the claims of dirty play or unnecessarily aggressive play by his Senators indeed seem to be overblown. In the video, one personal foul did involve a Norris player blocking one of LaFollette's players and injuring him, but on a separate play, a LaFollette player threw a Norris player to the ground by his facemask. Both coaches agreed on very little following the game except that there were personal fouls on both sides of the ball and that both teams had one player each ejected from the game, meaning they will have to miss their team’s next contest, but Noe told the Courier News’s Richard Evans that he didn't feel like any of his players did anything other than play football. TSSAA has indicated that due to the high number of personal fouls and ejections in a first quarter, they have requested that both teams submit their respective game videos for review. The 5-0 Senators have dominated all of their opponents so far this season, due in no small part to their size and strength. (Editor’s note: WYSH’s initial report on this incident was filed before having had a chance to review the video. Having had the chance to watch the game film, we agree it does not show any dirty play or intent to injure on the part of the Senators.)
High School Football…Friday September 12th
Clinton 20 Gibbs 17 (2OT)…It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t typical, but the Clinton Dragons notched their first District 3-AAA victory of the season as they outlasted Gibbs on the road in a thriller. The victory, which improved Clinton to 2-2, 1-2 on the season, did not come on the backs of their offensive leaders but rather, was keyed by a defense that held the “ground-and-pound” rushing attack of the Eagles to only 52 yards and an offense that received a second-half pick-me-up from running back Shane Hooks, who tied the game up in the third quarter at 7-7 with the Dragons’ only points of regulation on an 8-yard run with 7:17 to play in the period. The Gibbs defense was stout as well, preventing Clinton from converting on seven of eight fourth-down conversions in a game that saw the Dragons move the ball extremely well between the twenties but have trouble converting their 325 yards of total offense into points. Gibbs stunned Clinton just before halftime on an 82-yard bomb from Preston Booth to Ethan Warden that made the score at intermission 7-0. After winning the coin toss to start their first overtime contest since 2000 (a 22-21 loss to South-Doyle), CHS went on defense and gave up an 8-yard Booth-to-Brendan Wilson scoring toss, which they promptly answered with a 3-yard pass hookup between Tyler Thackerson and Travist Patrick that knotted the score at 14-14. The Dragons won the second coin toss, opting once again to go on defense first, and surrendered a 22-yard field goal by Buck Hawkins. Two plays later, the game ended on a Thackerson 5-yard touchdown toss to Hayden Martin.
Clinton’s record in overtime games (Won 11, Lost 8)
(Rule instituted at start of 1973 season for regular-season games; single overtime unless noted; “vs.” = Clinton home game unless noted)
L, 7-10 vs. Bradley Central, 10/8/76
L, 7-10 at Powell, 8/25/78
W, 20-19 at Knoxville West, 9/10/82
W, 28-27 (2 OT) at Heritage, 10/21/83
W, 26-23 (2 OT) at Halls, 11/9/84
W, 21-14 vs. Springfield, 11/17/84 (Tobacco Bowl in Hartsville)
W, 14-13 at Central, 9/6/85
L, 24-27 (2 OT) at Farragut, 9/13/85
W, 36-29 at Murfreesboro Riverdale, 10/25/85
L, 7-14 vs. Powell, 9/1/89
L, 21-28 at William Blount, 9/20/91
L, 27-28 (2 OT) vs. Maryville, 9/23/94
W, 27-24 (2 OT) vs. Powell, 9/8/95
W, 31-24 (2 OT) at Sevier County, 9/27/96
W, 14-7 at Anderson County, 9/26/97
L, 28-35 (2 OT) vs. Science Hill, 11/6/98 (first round of playoffs)
W, 20-14 vs. Anderson County, 9/17/99
L, 21-22 at South-Doyle, 10/6/00
W, 20-17 (2 OT) at Gibbs, 9/12/14
Anderson County 35 Campbell County 14…AC reaffirmed its status as one of the teams—if not the team—to beat in District 3-AAA as they blew open a close game in the second half and improved to 4-0, 3-0. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime after each team scored once in each of the game’s first two quarters: Campbell County on TD passes from Ethan Jeffers to Preston Miller (37 yards) and Joseph Elkins (66 yards and the Mavericks on a Zane Smith-to-Garrett Johnson pass that covered seven yards and a one-yard Smith run. It was all AC in the second half, as they blanked the Cougars while adding a Matt Fox TD run, a second Smith run that covered 28 yards and a Johnson nine-yard scamper that gave the Mavs a big win at home.
Elsewhere: Oak Ridge 42 Halls 0…Jackson County 59 Oliver Springs 8…Central 49 Karns 28…West 34 Asheville (NC) 14…Alcoa 42 McMinn County 10…Greenback 17 Coalfield 6…Heritage 45 Seymour 8…Kingston 28 Rockwood 21…Fulton 55 Farragut 0…Webb 31 CAK 27…Lenoir City 43 Sequoyah 13…Midway 47 Hancock County 7…McMinn Central 27 Grace Christian 26…Scott 47 Wartburg 8…South Doyle 47 Hardin Valley 21…Sunbright 47 Tri-Cities Christian 22…Sweetwater 12 Austin-East 7…Whitwell 36 Harriman 28
High School Football, Week 2 (Friday Sept. 5)
Oak Ridge 44 Clinton 21…Clinton outgained Oak Ridge 471-396 and stunned the ‘Cats on the first play of the game with a Tyler Thackerson-to-Beau Crisp 80-yard score on a brilliantly-executed play-action pass, but the combination of a very talented Oak Ridge squad (2-0, 1-0), four turnovers and two failed onside-kick attempts doomed the Dragons (1-2, 0-2) as they tried to snap a now-five-game-losing skid versus their longtime rivals. Clinton was led by Thackerson (253 yards passing, 83 yards rushing; touchdown tosses to Crisp and Travist Patrick; while Aaron Watson added a TD run and Zach Jones had his second straight 100-yard rushing effort. Logan Fadnek made his first career start and went 11 for 21 for 185 yards, 2 TDs (1 to Tee Higgins, another to Isiah Jones—who also had 84 yards rushing). TJ Allison, Jaylen Nickerson and Malik Hardy all added rushing TDs for Oak Ridge.
Anderson County 35 Gibbs 14…AC put the game away by halftime as Matt Fox ran for two scores, Zane Smith ran for one and threw another to Brandon Ford, and Aaron Sharp returned an interception for a score for the Mavericks (3-0, 2-0).
Elsewhere: Oakdale 50 Oliver Springs 27…Campbell County 35 Central 27…Rockwood 42 Harriman 28…Coalfield 26 Sunbright 13…Scott 34 Kingston 7…Catholic 70 CAK 23…Fulton 56 Austin-East 6…Oneida 47 Wartburg 0…Hardin Valley 26 William Blount 7…Powell 35 Karns 28…Heritage 50 Bearden 14
Clinton Middle School Football on WYSH: (Thursday) Clinton 42 Horace Maynard 6
High School Football Scores Week 1 (August 29th)
Friday at Clinton…Dragons 51 Seymour 14: The Dragons assumed control of their home opener midway through the second quarter and never looked back as they rolled to 593 total yards of offense and scored 37 unanswered points. Zach Jones broke out in a big way with 176 yards on rushing and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. His scoring romps covered 47, 44 and 10 yards. Tyler Thackerson accounted for 288 total yards (198 passing and 90 rushing), threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Beau Crisp and ran for two more scores. Aaron Watson had 70 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Dragons, who gained 395 yards on the ground for the game. Jonathan Bean had five catches for 51 yards and Matt Tolson kicked a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to get the clock rolling under the mercy rule. Clinton’s defense forced four turnovers (Isaiah Vibbert interception, fumble recoveries by Travist Patrick, Cain Hammond and Christian Bailey). Clinton was flagged 12 times for 110 yards.
7- 0- 0—14
Elsewhere: Anderson County 38 Austin-East 0…AC rolled at home, outgaining the Roadrunners 302-82, and forcing two A-E turnovers. Brandon Ford caught at TD pass and recovered blocked punt in the end zone to help lead the Mavericks (2-0).
Oak Ridge 13 Farragut 0…Neither team’s offense scored but Brandon Nickle kicked two field goals (46, 44 yards) and Jemiah Hall returned an interception for a score as OR opened up its season at home.
York Institute 48 Oliver Springs 0…Campbell County 64 Lynn Camp (Ky) 0…Hardin valley 53 Karns 21…Halls 35 Union County 33…Gibbs 49 Grainger 14…CAK 47 Powell 13…Central 31 Jefferson County 17…Rockwood 49 Wartburg 6…Oakdale 28 Pickett County 6…Harriman 34 Sunbright 7…Catholic 61 Coalfield 0…Grace Christian 19 Kingston 7…Fulton 84 Bearden 0…Maryville 41 Alcoa 14
Middle School football August 28th…Oneida 42 Clinton 20…Oakdale 38 Jellico 22…Harriman 24 Rockwood 8…Oliver Springs 12 Cherokee 6…Midway 28 Wartburg 14…Norris 48 Maynardville 6…Coalfield 44 Burchfield 28…Spring City 14 Rhea Middle 12