Defensive Player of the Week
South-Doyle's defense leads the InterMountain Athletic Conference (District 2-AAA) in average points (8.4) and yards (205.4) allowed per game. The Cherokees have also forced 18 turnovers in just seven games.
A big part of that is the stout defensive line led by senior defensive tackle Dennis Mongon.
Mongon is the USA Today High School Sports Defensive Player of the Week for Week 7. The senior recorded seven tackles and two sacks, and also returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in South-Doyle's 41-0 shutout of Cocke County.
The defensive tackle has posted 42 tackles, 2 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception on the season.
Mongon is part of a senior class that experienced 0-10 and 1-9 seasons in 2009 and 2010. The Cherokees rebounded to make the playoffs last season and are currently 6-1 in 2012 including three shutouts.
Offensive Player of the Week
The Offensive Player of the Week comes from another IMAC school. Sevier County's Logan McCarter claims the award after a huge night against Morristown West. McCarter caught three passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and added a rushing score and a 61 yard punt return touchdown.
The senior says he had previously returned five punts for touchdowns but had every single one of them called back because of a penalty. The score against Morristown West is the lone return touchdown that stood for McCarter.
One of McCarter's touchdown receptions resulted from a trick play. In the second quarter, quarterback Luke Manning threw across the formation and behind him to freshman Devonte Matthews who then chucked it deep to a wide open McCarter for the score. McCarter gives you his take on the trick play, here.
So far this season McCarter has 26 receptions for 546 yards and 11 touchdowns. The senior will play football next year at Furman University, a Division I FCS school and member of the Southern Conference.