By DONOVAN STEWART, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackman High's I’tavious Mathers could be the best high school running back you’ve never heard of. Friday in a 47-14 win over county foe LaVergne, the junior rushed for a school record 319 yards and four touchdowns to break the 1,000 yard mark in only five games this season.
With the record breaking performance Mathers, now has 1,049 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the 4-1 Blaze. He is now only one of two backs across the state that have more than 1,000 yards as he joins Bearden’s Devrin Young in the 1,000 yard club this season. For the season, Mathers has had three games over 270 yards, and is arguably the best back in the state regardless of grade.
Mathers rushed for 279 yards and scored three times in the season opener against Tullahoma and a week later had 271 yards and another three touchdowns in a win over Lincoln County.
Devrin Young Unstoppable- Devrin Young, like Mathers cannot be stopped as he blitzed Lenoir City for 244 yards and scored twice as Bearden remains undefeated at 5-0. Young is averaging an eye popping 17.7 yards per carry and the Bulldogs are 5-0 for the second year in a row. The schedule though will get tougher as Bearden after a week off will host Maryville in two weeks.
Oakland Outlasts Riverdale- It took three overtimes but the 41st edition of the “Battle Of The Boro” was a classic as Oakland senior running back Tee Mayberry scored from four yards out in the third overtime to lift the Patriots to a 34-28 win. The No. 3 Patriots (5-0) got revenge for two defeats at the hands of the No. 6 Warriors (4-1) last season, but expect both of these teams to meet again later this season in the 6A playoffs.
Northside Makes A Statement- Jackson Northside made a huge statement by blasting pass happy Brighton 51-21. Indian quarterback Adam Craig was a very efficient 10-of-14 passing for 207 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense while the Northside defense intercepted Brighton quarterback Danny Potter four times on the evening. The Indians, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, are now 5-0 for the first time since 2001 and will go for their sixth win as they travel to Liberty (4-0) Friday night. Liberty is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
Signal Mountain Shows They Can Beat The Big Boys- After losing 48-20 last season to eventual Class 1A state runner up South Pittsburg for the region title, Signal Mountain got revenge in a big way on Friday night. Eagle quarterback Hogan Whitmore was the straw that stirred the Signal Mountain drink as he passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns and also scored the game winning touchdown for Signal Mountain. The loss for South Pittsburg was the first inside the district since 2006.
FRIDAY NIGHT STAT STUFFERS
Morgan Burman, RB, Clarksville Academy- Had a monster game as he rushed for 202 yards on just 17 carries and scored five touchdowns in 49-15 win over White House Heritage.
I’tavious Mathers, RB, Blackman- Set a school record with 319 yards on just 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in 46-14 win over Lavergne.
Zach Harvey, RB, Mt. Juliet Christian- Rushed for 235 yards and one touchdown a in 33-18 win over Kings Academy.
Jaylen Walton, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 203 and scored twice in a 35-0 win over Collierville.
Terrance Ayers, QB, Mitchell- Threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-41 passing in a wild 48-42 loss to Melrose.
Nathan Cole, WR, Mitchell- Caught ten passes for 171 yards and scored twice in 48-42 loss to Melrose
James Harmon, RB, Fairley- Rushed for 205 yards on just 13 carries and scored once in 38-0 win over Carver.
Devrin Young, RB, Bearden- Rushed for 244 yards and two TDs in a 40-13 win over Lenoir City.
Charlie High, QB, CAK- Subbing for an injured Quinn Epperly, the sophomore threw for 451 yards on 27 of 43 passing and three TDs in 48-45 win over Loudon.
Dametrius Thomas, RB, Fulton- Rushed for 221 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 22-7 win over Pigeon Forge.
Cameron Tallent, QB, Rhea Co.- The senior threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-24 loss to Bradley Central.
Terrance Marbuy, RB, Lookout Valley- Ran for 244 yards on just 16 carries and scored four times in a 41-20 win over Whitwell.
Hunter Lewis, RB, Sequatchie Co.- Ran for 327 yards and scored once in a 40-27 win over Chattanooga Christian.
Cedric Edwards, RB, Soddy-Daisy- Rushed for 245 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Walker Valley.
Cody Ricker, RB, Morristown East- Rushed for 254 yards and scored four times while throwing two more scores in a 42-26 win over Cherokee.
BY THE NUMBERS
23- Consecutive games lost by Fayette Ware -- which is the most in the state.
33- Consecutive games won by Alcoa -- which is best in the state.
38- Number of undefeated teams in the state
41- Number of Winless teams in the state.
5-0- Overall record for Wartburg -- 5-0 for the first time in school history.
514- Total rushing yards for Gibbs on 56 carries in a 52-14 win over Gatlinburg Pittman.
1,049/11- Number of yards and touchdowns for Blackman junior running back I’tavious Mathers
1,005/15- Number of yards and touchdowns for Bearden senior running back Devrin Young.