Week 6 of high school football provided plenty of excitement with the fall of three unbeaten teams and some important district games.
In the USA Today High School Sports Game of the Week, Bearden held a 3-0 lead over Maryville for most of the first half. The Rebels couldn't get on the board until their final possession of the second quarter when Trenton Shuler reached the endzone.
Maryville would go on to win 21-3. Despite the loss, Bearden proved it can hang with the top teams which should make next week's rivalry game with Farragut very interesting.
Greenback came into last year's meeting with Grace undefeated at 6-0, but got undressed by the Rams, 40-0.
The Cherokees came into tonight's match-up with the Rams at 6-0 once again. This game was much closer but Grace pulls out a 13-6 win.
Fulton and Gibbs squared off in a big District 3-AA game, but Fulton and running back Daryl Rollins stole the show from the start.
Rollins rushed for 348 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the school record set by Fred Elder last season.
The Falcons defense did their part, keeping dynamic Gibbs quarterback Jay Cade contained. When the Fulton lead swelled, Gibbs coach Brad Conley went to a more passing oriented offense instead of the usual triple option. Seth Kennard took over at quarterback and Cade was split out wide at receiver but the Eagles couldn't muster enough offense to stay in the game.
Fulton defended its home field with a 48-10 win. Gibbs has now lost three straight after starting 4-0.
Oak Ridge was in trouble early against Anderson County as the Mavericks jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The Wildcats battled back to win 33-27 in overtime.
If you thought Daryl Rollins' night was impressive, then check out the performance by Central's JaJuan Stinson. The Bobcat halfback rushed for 416 yards on 15 carries, an average of nearly 28 yards per rush. Central held off Clinton to win 52-31.
The atmosphere was electric in Burke-Toney Stadium for the annual rivalry game between Morristown East and Morristown West.
The defenses were in the spotlight early in the game.
Malachi Horton looked like he might put Morristown West on the board in the first quarter but the Hurricane defense knocked the ball loose, Shawn Morris scooped it up and returned it thirty yards. Cody Dibble forced another Horton fumble in the second quarter that the Canes recovered, but West kept the East offense shackled all night.
East managed only 86 yards through the air on 29 attempts. Garrett Salansky led the way in the Trojan secondary, picking off two passes and breaking up two more to go with eight tackles. Morristown West would pick up its fifth straight win in the rivalry series, 27-0.
South-Doyle saw its undefeated run come to an end, falling 17-7 at Cherokee.
Halls picked up its first victory since Week Zero of 2011. The Red Devils narrowly beat Karns, 30-29, snapping a 14-game losing streak.
The list of undefeated teams in the area has dwindled to just three- Maryville, CAK (47-21 win over Scott), and Coalfield (41-8 over Wartburg).
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