Week four of the high school football season saw a mixture of rivalries and upsets.
Alcoa traveled to Maryville to compete in one of the most-anticipated rivalry matchups in Tennessee for the PrepXtra Game of the Week. The Rebels entered Friday night on a five game winning streak versus the Tornadoes and looked to add another win this year. Alcoa got off to a hot start. Jaylen Myers completed a pass to Tykee Ogle-Kellogg for the Tornado touchdown to put Alcoa up 7-0. The Rebels responded with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Hopkins to Blake Watson to tie the game at seven. The Tornadoes kept within reach of the lead, but the Maryville offense kept finding the end zone. Maryville extended its winning streak against Alcoa with a 43-29 win.
The Roadrunners and Falcons stepped on the field with 2-1 records Friday night. Fulton's Xavier Malone connected with DaShaun McKinney for a 44-yard gain and a first down. Chaton Mobley capped off the drive with a touchdown run to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Austin-East would respond, though. Darius Harper showed off his arm on a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kashif Warren Jr. to pull within six. The Roadrunners would miss the point after attempt. Austin-East would take the lead late in the fourth quarter to defeat Fulton, 20-13.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter, but the Hawks would change that early in the second quarter. Aaron Dykes took the hand-off and outran the Cherokee defense for the score to put Hardin Valley up 7-0. Hawks' quarterback Gavin Green put his team in scoring position after connecting with Thomas Clay for a big gain. Two plays later, Dykes shed tacklers and trotted into the end zone for another Hawks touchdown. Hardin Valley went on to defeat South-Doyle, 47-7.
Webb fell to CAK for the first time in school history last year and looked to avenge that loss Friday. The Spartans held a 2-point lead at the half and got off to a quick start to begin the third quarter. Hunter Green found the speedy eighth-grader Elijah Howard for a touchdown to put Webb up 28-19. Green tacked on another score after finding a wide open Bryson Glenn to extend the lead to 16. Webb held off a late CAK comeback to secure the victory, 35-33.
Jefferson County hosted Morristown West Friday. Daymion Blevins took the hand-off and found the end zone to put the Trojans up 7-0. Blevins got the job done on defense, too. He intercepted a Patriots' pass and returned it 76 yards for a Morristown West touchdown. The Trojans shutout Jefferson County en route to their 21-0 win.
The Cougars entered this game looking for their fourth win of the season. Campbell County quarterback Zach Rutherford tossed a touchdown pass to Landon Reese on the second play of the game to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead. The Rams countered on their next drive. Ryan Medders took the pitch from Luke Kirby to set up a Grace touchdown. Rutherford would be too much for the Grace defense, though, after hitting Max Farris for another touchdown score. Campbell County moved to 4-0 for the time in school history after they defeated Grace, 34-20.
Halls looked to get back in the win column after last week's loss to West. Red Devils' Caden Harbin found Matthew Runge-Gold for a 60-yard score to put seven points on the board. The Harbin to Runge-Gold connection would strike again on Halls' next drive to increase its lead. The Red Devils went up 21-0 as Colton McMahan scampered into the end zone. Halls defeated Union County, 50-6.
Gibbs hosted Karns for a Friday showdown on the gridiron. The Eagles held a 27-0 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Bailey Sivyer picked off a Karns pass to give Gibbs the ball on offense. Demarcus Hight hit pay dirt on a 60-yard run to extend the Eagles' lead by 34. Dalton Rodgers got in on the scoring party after taking the rock into the end zone as well. Gibbs cruised to a 48-0 win versus Karns.
Sunbright traveled to Oliver Springs to face the Bobcats in week four. Oliver Springs extended its lead late in the second quarter after Jon Woodward ran through the tackles to find the end zone. Bobcats now held a 19-7 lead. Oliver Springs kept piling on the points. Jerimiah Johnson found Jacob Grace for a 15-yard touchdown strike to add on to the score. The Bobcats defeated Sunbright, 45-7.
The Wildcats wasted no time putting points on the board. Oak Ridge running back Tre Jackson put his team up seven after taking the rock into the end zone from 31 yards out. The Mavericks answered shortly after. Stanton Martin connected with Michael Carroll to tie the game at seven. But the Wildcat offense kept scoring as Johnny Stewart found Tee Higgins for another Oak Ridge touchdown. Wildcats take down Anderson County, 48-34.
Catholic traveled to Chattanooga to face Notre Dame Friday night. PrepXtra Defensive Player of the Week last week Jeffery Wood helped the Fighting Irish on offense Friday night. Wood scampered down the sideline to the 15-yard line on the opening kickoff to put his team in scoring position. Josh Brown capped off the long kickoff return with the 15-yard run to put Catholic up 7-0. Clemson commit Amari Rodgers went 80 yards untouched on a touchdown strike from Chase Cunningham to put another 6 points on the board for the Fighting Irish. Catholic rolled over Notre Dame, 54-9.
The Smoky Bears ventured northeast to take on Dobyns-Bennett. Special teams played a key role in this contest. The Indians took a 3-0 lead on a field goal. Dobyns-Bennett would attempt another field goal later in the game, but Sevier County's Charlie Brown swooped in to block the kick. The Indians got revenge for the blocked attempt on the last play of the first quarter. James Buchanan blocked the Smoky Bears' punt to put the Dobyns-Bennett offense at the 10-yard line. The Indians get the win over Sevier County, 38-21.