The start of the 2009 district season saw some good individual performances, exciting endings and all around good games.
Ensworth Bullies MBA - The new kids on the block showed MBA how to run the football pushing the Big Red around as Orleans Darkwa ran for 342 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 50-21 Ensworth win.
The Tigers scored early and often and led 28-7 at the half and Darkwa was dominant as he had huge holes all night. Ensworth broke the Big Red’s 15-game home winning streak.
White Station whips Whitehaven - A week after surviving vs. Ridgeway, the Spartans made some major adjustments to beat district 16-AAA rival Whitehaven 33-13. White Station, still undefeated at 3-0, got three touchdown passes by quarterback Anthony Hayes and two scores by Julian Burton -- one at wide receiver, the other on a 60 yard fumble return that staked the Spartans to a 20-7 lead at the half.
Austin East over Fulton 20-14 - Normally having 84 yards of total offense doesn’t lead to a win but teams don’t have Austin East’s defense. AE quarterback Ricshon Johnson threw two touchdown passes including the game-winner as the Roadrunners beat the Falcons for the second straight season. The Roadrunner defense then took over as they tackled Class 4A’s No.1-ranked team 12 times behind the line of scrimmage.
RBS Wins Again - What a win will do for a program. When the Bulldogs defeated Oakdale in Week Zero, it broke a 61 game losing streak and made first year coach Kyle Shoulders a legend in the community. After a week off, the Bulldogs trailed Pickett County 22-16 with 1.8 seconds left and came up with a big play for the win. RBS quarterback Cody Dickens hit wide receiver Shelton Watson for a 24 yard touchdown as time expired to give the Bulldogs a 23-22 win.
FRIDAY NIGHT STAT STUFFERS
Spencer Mackle, WR, Knoxville Catholic- Caught 10 passes for 174 yards and a TD in a 20-12 loss to Knoxville Farragut.
Orleans Darwa, RB, Ensworth- Ran wild for 342 yards and five TDs in a 50-21 hammering of rival MBA.
R.J. Miller, RB, Middle Tennessee Christian- Rushed for 247 yards and scored twice in a 30-7 win over Moore County.
Will Redmond, RB, Manassas- Ran for 221 yards and three TDs in a 40-21 win over Trinity Christian.
LaDarius Vanlier, RB, Maplewood- Rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-13 win over David Lipscomb.
Reed Gurchiek, QB, Mt. Juliet- Had 354 yards of total offense as he rushed for 170 yards and TDs touchdowns and threw for 154 yards and one touchdown in a 42-35 win over Gallatin.
Dosha Mintlow, RB, Glencliff- Ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a 13-12 win over Hillwood.
Justin Williams, RB, Davidson Academy- Rushed for 286 yards and three scores in a 21-19 loss against DCA.
Rocky Fludd, RB, Oak Ridge- Ran for 225 yards on just 10 carries and scored twice in a 34-0 win over Knoxville Central.
Xavier Nelson, LB, Liberty- Made 10 tackles, seven of which were for loss, forced two fumbles and recorded 3.5 sacks in a 41-0 win over Jackson Central Merry.
Nick Ellison, QB, Bolivar- Ran for 282 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-20 loss to McNairy Central.
Nathan Davis, RB, Hickman Co.- Rushed for 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-26 win over Marshall County.
Markeise Lockridge, RB, Page- Ran for 212 yards in a 38-13 win over Lewis County.
Allen Seiber, RB, Coalfield- Rushed for 228 yards and one TD in a 33-12 win over Sunbright.
Ryan Shipley, LB, Cumberland Gap- Made 11 tackles, intercepted a pass and blocked an extra point in a 56-55 overtime win over South Greene.
Dallas Grace, QB, Macon County- Threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing in a 63-27 loss to Goodpasture.
Cameron Tallent, QB, Rhea Co.- Threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-20 loss to Walker Valley.
BY THE NUMBERS
0- Number of points that Whites Creek has given up this season
3- Number of touchdowns and number of carries that Huntingdon’s Keenon Holder had in 55-0 win over Bruceton.
14- Consecutive times Cookeville has beaten White County.
81- Undefeated teams left
81- Winless teams left
85- Number of games in the rivalry between Marion County and South Pittsburg.
944- Combined yardage between Cumberland Gap and South Greene, a 56-55 win for Cumberland Gap.
1969- The last time that Gibbs started 3-0 before winning Thursday night’s 46-0 over Pigeon Forge.
1988- Last time Lawrence County had defeated Lincoln Co. before Friday night’s 45-6 win.
1996- Last time Clinton started the season 3-0.
2001- Last time Blackman started the season 3-0.
STEW’S TOP FIVES
Class 1A Record Last Week
1.South Pittsburg 2-0 1
2.Union City 2-0 2
3.Jo Byrns 2-0 3
4. Wayne Co. 2-0 4
5. Huntingdon 2-1 5
Class 2A Record Last Week
1.Trousdale Co. 2-1 1
2.Boyd Buchanan 2-1 2
3.Friendship Chr. 3-0 4
4.McKenzie 2-1 5
5. Signal Mountain 3-0 NR
Class 3A Record Last Week
1.Alcoa 3-0 1
2.Milan 3-0 2
3.Austin East 2-1 3
4.Smith Co. 3-0 4
5.Camden 3-0 5
Class 4A Record Last Week
1.Red Bank 1-0 1
2.Maplewood 2-1 4
3.Dyersburg 2-0 5
4.Knox. Fulton 2-1 3
5. David Lipscomb 1-1 2
Class 5A Record Last Week
1.Knox. Catholic 1-1 1
2.Mitchell 3-0 2
3.Henry Co. 3-0 3
4.Clinton 3-0 4
5.Sullivan South 2-0 5
Class 6A Record Last Week
1.Brentwood 3-0 1
2.Farragut 3-0 3
3.Franklin 3-0 2
4.Oakland 2-1 4
5.Ooltewah 3-0 5
Division II-A Record Last Week
1.Knox. Webb 2-0 1
2.USJ 2-0 3
3.St. George’s 2-0 4
4.ECS 2-0 5
5.DCA 2-0 NR
Division II-AA Record Last Week
1.MUS 3-0 1
2.Ensworth 2-0 3
3.Christian Bros. 3-0 5
4.Baylor 3-0 NR
5.McCallie 3-0 NR
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