Numerous teams met on the gridiron Friday night to face region foes in the third week of the high school football season.
Farragut (2-1) and Oak Ridge (3-0) met in the much-anticipated Region 3-5A matchup. The Wildcats were 2-8 in the last ten contests but have improved to 2-2 in the past four meetings. The Admirals are the defending region champions. Oak Ridge got on the board first after Johnny Stewart found Tee Higgins for a 17-yard touchdown strike. The Admirals took a 16-10 lead late in the second quarter after senior quarterback Adam Fulton connected with Davis Simmons for a touchdown. Wildcats' sophomore running back Jordan Graham blazed down the sideline for another Oak Ridge score. The Wildcats hold on to defeat Farragut, 30-25.
Halls (2-1) and West (3-0) entered Friday night's Region 2-5A matchup undefeated. West's Jermaine Buchannon returned a punt and weaved his way inside the Halls' 25-yard line. Drake Peer found Deric King for the score to put the Rebels up 10-0. Halls scored on a pass from Caden Harbin to JT Freels to pull within four, but the Red Devils missed the extra point. Halls pulled within one on a field goal. The Rebels countered with their own to go up 13-9, and that would be all the scoring for both teams. West moved to 3-0 on the season.
Catholic (2-1) visited Central (1-2) with hopes to avenge last year's 28-10 loss to the Bobcats en route to the Irish's Class 4A state championship. The Region 2-4A matchup was all Irish from the start. Chase Cunningham found Amari Rodgers for an 89-yard touchdown score to put Catholic up 7-0 in the first quarter. Senior Jeffery Wood scampered into the end zone for a pick-6 to give the Irish a 14-0 lead with 7:22 left in the first quarter. Cunningham, a senior, was 18-21 for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. Rodgers netted 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns on six receptions in the first half, too. Catholic went on to defeat Central, 49-19.
The Hawks (1-1) eyed their first win of the season as they visited Bearden (3-0) Friday night. Hardin Valley's Rook Landers picked off Bearden's pass and took it in for a score to put the Hawks up 14-0. Bearden would answer on their next possession. Ty Warren pushed through the Hawks' defensive line from two yards out on 4th and 2 to cut the Bulldogs' deficit to 7. But Hardin Valley came right back. Gavin Greene hits Thomas Clay for a 66-yard touchdown to give the Hawks another 14-point lead. Hardin Valley got their first win of the season and defeated Bearden, 35-7.
Greenback (3-0) hosted Oneida (1-2) in Region 2-1A play on Friday. Greenback senior running back Kayne Roberts made all the difference Friday, starting with the very first snap of the game. Roberts scored touchdowns on two Greenback drives in the first quarter, each for 61 yards. Roberts finished with five touchdowns on the night. Greenback never trailed en route to its 48-10 win over Oneida.
Campbell County (3-0) led Lenoir City (1-2), 20-3 at halftime and never looked back. The Cougars dominated the third quarter, starting with a 36-yard pass from Zach Rutherford to Shawn Marcum. Campbell County's defense did not allow any points in the second half. Lenoir City’s lone score was a 38-yard field goal by Hailey Abston. The Cougars remain undefeated after a 41-3 win over Lenoir City.
After losing 35-0 last year against CAK (3-0), Scott High School (1-2) had its eyes set on revenge and an upset. The Highlanders dominated the first half. Wide receiver JoBen Terry scored a pair of touchdowns for Scott in the first half. Scott led CAK, 34-10 at the half. The Warriors hit a field goal with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. CAK scored a touchdown on its first overtime possession. Scott found the end zone on a fourth and goal from the 1/2 yard line to pull within one point. The Highlanders went for two, but the Warriors defense prevailed. CAK comes back from a 24-point deficit to defeat Scott, 41-40.
The Region 2-1A contest between Midway (0-2) and Coalfield (3-0) started off fast. Midway's Jake Woody found a wide open Jason Taylor who outran the entire Yellow Jacket defense for the score. Green Waves went up 7-0 after that play, but Coalfield came back to defeat Midway, 26-18.
Oliver Springs (2-1) hosted Grace Christian Academy (1-2). Rams' Andrew Sorrelis weaved through the Bobcat defense until he found the end zone for a Grace touchdown. Grace won big over Oliver Springs, 42-6.
The Governors traveled to the Tri-cities to take on Dobyns-Bennett. William Blount's Austin Myrick connected with Isiah Hannon for a 62-yard score to put the Governors on the board. Hannon had two first-half receiving touchdowns. Dobyns-Bennett answered on their next drive. Ian Hicks ran it up the middle and into the end zone to give the Indians a 14-7 lead. William Blount took home the victory, 37-28.
Morristown East (2-1) visited Tennessee High School (1-2) for a Region 1-5A battle on the gridiron. The Hurricanes recovered a Vikings fumble in the second quarter to put them in scoring position. Quarterback Dylan Noe found Tanner Coley for the touchdown to give Morristown East a 7-0 lead. Noe would hit Jacob Ward for another score to increase the Hurricanes' lead. Morristown West went on to beat Tennessee, 24-7.
Maryville head coach George Quarles traveled to his alma mater Friday night as his Rebels took on Jefferson County. The Patriots struck first after Bryson Sexton found Draven Fine for an eight-yard score on a fourth down conversion. Maryville would answer on the next drive with a 68-yard passing touchdown from Dylan Hopkins to Christian Markham. Hopkins then connected with Noah Humphreys for a 3-yard score for one of Hopkins' four touchdowns of the night. Rebels went on to defeat Jefferson County, 41-17.
The Halls band was featured during PrepXtra Friday night.