Victory Formation

The Week 4 Victory Formation

Although Sale Creek lost a close game to Jackson County on Friday night, Panthers coach Ron Cox still considers it a win.

After starting the program nine years ago, Cox - the only head football coach the Panthers has known - had a first against Jackson County.

Although the Panthers lost 27-20, they finally got to play a real home game and enjoy a home-field advantage.

It was Sale Creek’s first home game in its on-campus stadium.

For the first eight years of the program, Sale Creek played their home games at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium, Hixson High School and Fort Bluff Stadium on Dayton Mountain.

The Panthers (0-2) got some offensive output from quarterback Camden Perry, who had two rushing touchdowns and also passed for 171 yards.

Khale Mooneyham also added some excitement as he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for Sale Creek.

“That atmosphere was so awesome knowing that everyone in the bleachers on our side was there to cheer and support the Sale Creek Panthers,” Sale Creek coach Ron Cox said.

“The fans really let our team know how much the Panthers mean to them and it felt so good not to have to get on a bus to go play a home game.”

The biggest issue for Sale Creek was it didn’t have an answer for Blue Devil running back Austin Birdwell, who rushed for 207 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win.

“I would like to thank our administration, faculty, community, fans, parents and players for such a wonderful evening. Our kids played to the very end,” Cox said.

“With a minute to go we still had a chance to win, and we are very young this year as we only have four seniors and with the new stadium and all the young players the future looks bright for Sale Creek football.”

  

Greeneville snaps Elizabethton’s winning streak

After a 31-game winning streak and back-to-back Class 4A state titles, Greeneville showed that Elizabethton was human after all.

Behind Greene Devil running back Mason Gudger’s 171 yards rushing and five touchdowns, Greeneville defeated Elizabethton 42-12.

The win over Elizabethton broke the Cyclones 23-game regular season winning streak and a 14-game region winning streak.

The win over Elizabethton also snapped a four-game losing streak for Greeneville as the last win over the Cyclones came back in 2018.  

Hendersonville snaps Beech’s region winning streak

When the TSSAA reclassified last year, Beech moved up from 5A to 6A and was placed in the same region as rival Hendersonville.

Beech had won the last three region 6-5A titles but behind two touchdown catches from senior Ellis Ellis, Hendersonville broke the Buccaneers 11-game region winning streak by winning 28-10.

Region losing streaks no more

The following five schools broke lengthy region losing streaks last week:

Gleason 69, Bruceton 21: Sophomore quarterback Kolton Crochet did everything but sell popcorn for the Bulldogs, breaking a 21-game region losing streak.

Crochet ran for 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground, threw a touchdown pass, intercepted a pass and for good measure returned a punt for another touchdown.

Rockvale 14, Siegel 7: The Rockets snapped a 14-game region losing streak, winning in a low-scoring game against Siegel.

Rockvale (3-0) got rushing touchdowns from LaMarcus Nelson and Logan Nowacki to turn back Siegel (2-1).

The region win for the Rockets was the first region win in the school’s brief three-year history.

Jefferson County 17, William Blount 14: The Patriots (2-1) got their second straight victory to snap an 11-game region losing streak as quarterback Izaiah Hall passed for 126 yards and a touchdown.

The hero was kicker Dylan O’Neal, who booted the game-winning field goal with 58 seconds left sending William Blount to their third straight loss.

Whites Creek 28, Harpeth 26: The Cobras (2-1) won their second straight win as wide receiver TeDarius Taylor scored the game-winner from 55 yards out.

The win gave Whites Creek its first region victory since 2019, breaking their eight-game region losing streak.

Portland 56, Northwest 19: First-year head coach Wes Inman picked up his second win of the season as Portland defeated winless Northwest to break an eight-game region losing streak.

Freddy Paxton did it all in the win, scoring three total touchdowns. He had 272 all-purpose yards, scoring a rushing touchdown, returning an interception for another touchdown and then returning a kickoff 80 yards for another touchdown.

3-0 teams for the first time in a while

The following nine schools are off to a 3-0 start for the first time in a while.

Franklin Grace and Rockvale are off to their first 3-0 starts in school history. Here’s a quick look at each team.

Franklin Grace Lions

2020 Record: 4-7, lost in DII-A first round

2021 Wins So Far: Beat Humboldt 45-24, MTCS 35-33 and Collinwood 16-12

Last Time Starting 3-0: Never started 3-0 since the program began the varsity program in 2014.

Rockvale Rockets

2020 Record: 1-9, missed the playoffs

2021 Wins So Far: Beat LaVergne 43-20, Smyrna (COVID) and Siegel 14-7

Last Time Starting 3-0: The program has never started 3-0 in the program’s three-year history.

Ripley Tigers

2020 Record: 7-5, made the Class 4A Quarterfinals

2021 Wins So Far: Defeated Jackson South Side 20-18, Crockett County 20-14 and Bolivar 42-13

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2007. Won the first four games and finished the season 5-6.

 

Station Camp Bison

2020 Record: 1-10, missed the playoffs

2021 Wins So Far: Beat White House 14-7, Hillsboro 33-14 and White County 14-10.

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2007. Won their first nine games of the season and a playoff game before losing in the 3A playoffs and finishing the year 10-2.

Collierville Dragons

2020 Record: 7-5, made 6A Quarterfinals

2021 Wins So Far: Defeated Raleigh Egypt 61-0, Douglass 54-0 and White Station 34-6

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2011. Won the first three games and finished the season at 4-6.

Cascade Champions

2020 Record: 5-6, made the 2A playoffs

2021 Wins So Far: Beat Moore County 29-14, Cannon County 25-0 and Mt. Pleasant 16-14.

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2013. Won the first four games, made the first round of playoffs, and finished 7-4.

 

Carter Hornets

2020 Record: 5-5, missed the playoffs

2021 Wins So Far: Defeated Knoxville Webb 26-21, Sevier County 42-35 and Gibbs 42-35.

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2013.Won their first nine games before losing the last two contests and finished 9-2.

Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish

2020 Record: 5-5, missed the playoffs

2021 Wins So Far: Beat Chuckey Doak 63-7, South Greene 52-0 and Baylor 31-21

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2014. Won the first nine games of the season, made the playoffs and finished 10-2.

Signal Mountain Eagles

2020 Record: 4-7, lost in 3A first round

2021 Wins So Far: Defeated Hixson 38-0, Soddy Daisy 21-14 and McMinn Central 17-15

Last Time Starting 3-0: 2014. Won the first six games, made the 3A playoffs and finished 9-3.

Not used to being winless

There are nine teams that are not used to being winless through the first three games of the season. Here’s a quick synopsis of each:

Hillsboro Burros

2020 Record: 5-5, lost in 5A second round

Teams Played So Far: Pope John Paul II, Station Camp and Smyrna

Opponents Combined Records: 8-0

Last Time Starting 0-3: 1994, lost first nine games and finished 1-9.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 1994: 22 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Crockett County Cavaliers

2020 Record: 5-7, lost in second round of 4A playoffs

Teams Played So Far: Dyer County, Ripley and Haywood

Opponents Combined Records: 6-2

Last Time Starting 0-3: 1996. Finished 2-8 and missed the playoffs

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 1996: 20 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)

Farragut Admirals

2020 Record: 7-4. Lost in second round of 6A playoffs

Teams Played So Far: Beech, Knoxville West and Maryville

Opponents Combined Records: 8-1.

Last Time Starting 0-3: 1996. Finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 1996: 18 (1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Rossview Hawks

2020 Record: 5-4. Lost in 6A first round

Teams Played So Far: Wilson Central, Riverdale and Clarksville

Opponents Combined Records: 7-2.

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2011. Finished 1-9 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2011: 6 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020).

Soddy Daisy Trojans

2020 Record: 3-8, lost in 5A first round

Teams Played So Far: Loudon, Signal Mountain and Chattanooga Central

Opponents Combined Records: 7-1.

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2011. Finished 4-6 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2011: 6 (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)

Cordova Wolves

2020 Record: Didn’t play in 2020 because of COVID.

Teams Played So Far: Memphis Central, Haywood and Houston.

Opponents Combined Records: 7-1

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2012. Finished 1-9 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2012: 6 (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Northwest Vikings

2020 Record: 1-7, missed the playoffs

Teams Played So Far: Stewart County, West Creek and Portland

Opponents Combined Records: 5-4

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2012. Finished 1-9, missed the playoffs

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2012: 1 (2016)

Brentwood Bruins

2020 Record: 11-4, 6A Runner up

Teams Played So Far: Blackman, Father Ryan and Summit

Opponents Combined Records: 7-2.

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2014. Finished 2-8 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2014: 6 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Lincoln County Falcons

2020 Record: 3-8. Lost in 5A first round.

Teams Played So Far: Giles County, Centennial and Nolensville.

Opponents Combined Records: 6-3

Last Time Starting 0-3: 2014. Finished 4-6 and missed the playoffs.

Number of Playoff Appearances Since 2014: 3 (2015, 2018 and 2020).

 

Rivalry games in Week 4

Here are 11 rivalry games statewide to keep an eye on in Week 4:

East

*Maryville Rebels at Alcoa Tornadoes

2021 Records: Maryville (3-0), Alcoa (3-0)

AP Rankings: Maryville is No. 2 in 6A, Alcoa is No. 1 in 3A

Series Record: Maryville leads 65-24-3

Current Series Winning Streak: Maryville has won two in a row

*Hampton Bulldogs at Cloudland Highlanders

2021 Records: Hampton (3-0), Cloudland (3-0)

AP Rankings: Hampton is No. 3 in 2A, Cloudland is No. 6 in 1A

Series Record: Hampton leads 58-29

Current Series Winning Streak: Hampton has won the last four meetings

 

*Kingston Yellow Jackets at Rockwood Tigers  

2021 Records: Kingston (3-0), Rockwood (1-1)

AP Rankings: Kingston is No. 7 in 3A, Rockwood is unranked

Series Record:  Kingston leads 47-20

Current Series Winning Streak: Kingston have won the last seven games

*McMinn Central Chargers at Polk County Wildcats

2021 Records: McMinn Central (0-3), Polk County (2-0)

AP Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Series Record: Polk County leads 24-20

Current Series Winning Streak: McMinn Central has won the last two games

Middle

*Rossview Hawks at Northeast Eagles

2021 Records: Rossview (0-3), Northeast (1-2)

AP Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Series Record: Northeast leads 11-10

Current Series Winning Streak: Rossview has won the last two games

*Jo Byrns Red Devils at Houston County Fighting Irish

2021 Records: Jo Byrns (2-1), Houston County (0-3)

AP Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Series Record: Jo Byrns leads 21-20

Current Series Winning Streak: Jo Byrns won last year

*Trousdale County Yellow Jackets at Macon County Tigers

2021 Records: Trousdale County (2-0), Macon County (3-0)

AP Rankings: Trousdale County is No. 2 in 2A, Macon County is unranked

Series Record: Trousdale County leads 54-21-1

Current Series Winning Streak: Trousdale has won the last three meetings.

*Portland Panthers at White House Blue Devils

2021 Records: Portland (2-1), White House (2-1)

AP Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Series Record: Portland leads 27-26

Current Series Winning Streak: White House won last season

West

*Chester County Eagles at Adamsville Cardinals

2021 Records: Chester County (1-2), Adamsville (2-1)

AP Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Series Record: Chester County leads 16-14

Current Series Winning Streak: Adamsville has won the last eight games in the series

*Brighton Cardinals at Covington Chargers

2021 Records: Brighton (3-0), Covington (3-0)

AP Rankings: Brighton is unranked, Covington is No. 2 in 3A

Series Record: Covington leads 16-9

Current Series Winning Streak: Covington has won the last four games

*Brentwood Bruins at Henry County Patriots

2021 Records: Brentwood (0-3), Henry County (1-2)

AP Rankings: Brentwood is unranked, Henry County is No. 6 in 5A

Series Record: Brentwood leads 8-2

Current Series Winning Streak: Brentwood won last year

 

First head coaching wins

The following four coaches got the first head coaching win of their careers last week:

Dakota Crews, Summertown beat Richland 15-10

Matt Dyer, Smith County beat Maplewood 56-16

Steve Haywood, Lakeway Christian beat North Greene 49-0

Chris Jones, Southwind beat Kingsbury 20-0

First head coaching win with new team

The following two head coaches picked up their first win with their new teams in Week 3:

Ethan Edmiston, Greenback beat Sunbright 57-0

Brad Waggoner, Gatlinburg Pittman beat Austin East 44-27

Scoring At Will

Here are the top 12 scoring offenses in the state after the first three weeks of the season. To be eligible, teams have to have played three games.

1.Greeneville Greene Devils

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 162 points, 54.0

2. Alcoa Tornadoes

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 160, 53.3

3. Northpoint Christian Trojans

2021 Record: 1-2

Points Scored/PPG Average: 157, 52.3

4. MAHS Lions

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 156, 52.0

5. McKenzie Rebels

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 154, 51.3

6. Collierville Dragons

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 149, 49.7

7. Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 146, 48.3

8. Coalfield Yellow Jackets

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 139, 46.3

8. Davidson Academy Bears

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 139, 46.3

8. Lipscomb Academy Mustangs

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 139, 46.3

8. Maryville Rebels

2021 Record: 3-0

Points Scored/PPG Average: 139, 46.3

12. Powell Panthers

2021 Record: 2-1

Points Scored/PPG Average: 138, 46.0

Defense needed

The following 10 teams are in search of players to play defense, as these are the 10 defenses allowing the most points:

1.Glencliff Colts

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 171, 57.0

2. Cordova Wolves

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 156, 52.0

3. Lincoln County Falcons

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 149, 49.7

4. Webb School Feet

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 146, 48.7

5. Hamilton Wildcats

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 140, 46.7

6. Northpoint Christian Trojans

2021 Record: 1-2

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 137, 45.7

7. Austin East Roadrunners

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 132, 44.0

8. Livingston Academy Wildcats

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 131, 43.7

9. Houston County Fighting Irish

2021 Record: 0-3

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 129, 43.0

10. Cocke County Fighting Cocks

2021 Record: 1-2

Points/Points Per Game Allowed: 128, 42.7

Scoring in more ways than one

The following seven players scored touchdowns in more than one way in Week 3:

*Jamarious Brooks, Memphis Central: Rushed for 244 yards and scored four total touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in a 31-27 win over Dyer County.

*Boo Carter, RB, Chattanooga Christian: Despite losing 45-31 to Silverdale, Carter, only a sophomore, rushed for 275 yards and scored five total touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving) as the Chargers were beaten by Silverdale.

*Kolton Crochet, QB, Gleason: Ran for 203 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while also throwing a touchdown, intercepting a pass and returning a punt for touchdowns in a 69-27 win over Bruceton.

*Cameron Houston, WR, Macon County: Scored three different ways as he caught two touchdown passes, intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and ran back a kickoff for another touchdown in a 32-29 win over region rival DeKalb County.

*Charles Robinson, QB, Knoxville Webb: In offensive coordinator Rusty Bradley’s passing offense, Robinson threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 44-0 win over Notre Dame.

*Brett Rogers, QB, Silverdale: Was the Seahawk offense as he accumulated 555 total yards (278 passing, 199 rushing and 78 receiving) and five total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing, one receiving) in a 45-31 win over Chattanooga Christian.

*Chandler Wilson, QB, Carter: Accumulated 334 total yards and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a 42-35 win over Gibbs. Carter is now 3-0 this season.

Alex Mitchell, LB, Riverdale: Intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns in a 49-18 win over Blackman.

Mitchell, a Georgetown University commitment, has intercepted three passes already this year and returned all of them for touchdowns.

Already in three games this season, the Riverdale defense has posted two shutouts, has 23 tackles for loss, has intercepted eight passes, with four of them returned for touchdowns, and is plus-11 in turnover differential.

Head-to-head news and notes

*Bradley Central has a seven-game winning streak over Bradley County rival Cleveland, although Cleveland leads the series overall 27-20.

*Oak Ridge now has a dominant 48-12 series lead over Clinton as the Wildcats have won 12 in a row.

*David Crockett picked up its first win over Morristown West since 1978, as West has won 30 in a row and leads the series 33-2.

*Greeneville broke a four-game losing streak to Elizabethton, but the Cyclones still lead the series 42-34-2.

*Lebanon snapped a five-game losing streak to Cookeville on Friday, but the Cavaliers still lead the overall series 37-35-2.

*DCA beat Friendship Christian Friday night to stay undefeated and tie the series at 14-14.

*Forrest has now won nine in a row over Loretto and ups the series lead to 13-1 over the Mustangs.

*Pope Prep has won five Bishop’s Cups in a row over Father Ryan, but the Fighting Irish still lead the series 10-8.

*Watertown picked up its first win of the year and its ninth in a row over Westmoreland.

*Briarcrest picked up its first win over Brentwood Academy as the Eagles lead the series 8-1.

*Germantown head coach Gene Robinson got his first win over his high school coach and friend Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry. Whitehaven leads the series 52-19.

*Henry County grabbed its first win of the year and extended its winning streak to 13 straight over Kenwood.

*MUS is still a perfect 16 for 16 against St. Benedict thanks to last Friday night’s win.

*Westview continued its winning streak over Gibson County. The Chargers have beaten the Pioneers 10 straight times.

Contact Donovan at dstewart@mainstreetmediatn.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

Donovan Stewart is entering his 26th season covering high school football and his 10th year of covering the entire state of Tennessee. He is also the Media Director for the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA).

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