Week 8 of the high school football season featured eight shut out victories and noteworthy region matchups with playoff implications on the line.
CAK (7-1) traveled to Clinton (1-7) to face off in the PrepXtra Game of the Week. The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead after senior quarterback Cole Smith connected with Stewart Howell for a Warrior touchdown. Clinton responded with a touchdown from Demarea Whitt to J'Quan Thomas. The Warriors pulled away to record their seventh win of the season after defeating the Dragons, 38-14.
Region 1-6A contenders in Jefferson County (3-4) and Hardin Valley (5-2) met Friday night. The Hawks wasted no time putting points on the board as running back Aaron Dykes scurried down the sideline to the house on the first drive of the game. The Hawks added to their 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Gavin Greene spotted Elijah Jones alone in the end zone for another Hardin Valley score. Thomas Clay got in on the action with a touchdown reception from Greene to boost the Hawks' lead to 21. Hardin Valley shuts out Jefferson County, 35-0.
Farragut (6-1) snapped the Rebels' (4-3) four-game win streak in the series and took home its first win against West since 2011. The Admirals shut out the Rebels, 20-0, as their band donned pink plumes for breast cancer awareness.
Scott (5-3) entered Friday's game against Seymour (4-3) on a two-game winning streak. The Eagles entered on a 2-game losing streak. Scott's Hayden Byrge won the defensive PrepXtra Player of the Week honor last week, but showed off his skills on the other side of the ball in this contest. Byrge rushed into the end zone for a score to put the Highlanders up 14-2 in the second quarter. Byrge tacked on another touchdown later in the quarter. Scott goes on to defeat Seymour, 47-30.
Central (5-2) faced Halls (4-3) in the Battle of Black Oak Ridge Friday night. The Red Devils took a 3-0 lead after a Matthew Runge-Gold interception led to a field goal. But the Bobcats' offense would roll from there on out. Senior quarterback Trey Mitchell tossed five touchdowns as the Bobcats extended their win streak over Halls to seven after a 34-10 win. The Bobcats have now won four straight games this season.
Gibbs (5-3) and South-Doyle (4-4) battled in Region 2-5A play out in South Knoxville. Eagles' quarterback H.T. Fortner and running back Dalton Rodgers combined for 193 yards and a touchdown a piece to guide Gibbs to a 28-7 win over South-Doyle. Gibbs remains undefeated (4-0) in region play and clinches a first-round playoff game at home after topping the Cherokees.
William Blount (2-5) hosted Science Hill (4-3) in a Region 1-6A battle. With the game tied at 7, Science Hill's junior quarterback Jaylan Adams found senior tight end Nakiya Smith for a 66-yard touchdown. William Blount would answer with a 51-yard bomb from Austin Myrick to Isaiah Hannah to tie it at 14. Science Hill would pull away as senior running back Canaan Mackie would score three touchdowns on the night aiding them to a 50-21 win.
Stone Memorial (8-0) upheld its undefeated season after knocking off Sequoyah (2-5), 63-25 Friday night.
Sweetwater (6-1) scored at least 40 points in its last five games and continued that trend as they faced Tellico Plains (3-4). Wildcats' Riley Turpeinen sliced through the Bears' defense and into the end zone for a Sweetwater touchdown. Tellico tried to keep it close with a Blake Burgess rushing score, but the Wildcats kept answering. Sweetwater rolls to a 49-20 victory.
Morristown East (4-3) rolled past Daniel Boone, 47-16, in this Region 1-5A matchup.
The Smoky Bears fall to 2-6 on the season after falling to David Crockett, 28-25, in Region 1-5A play.
Other scores from around the area:
King's Academy 64, Concord Christian 6
Union Co. 0, Austin-East 70
Webb 27, Battle Ground Academy 9
Campbell Co. 49, Bell Co. 16
Northview Academy 48, Chuckey-Doak 14
Tennessee 39, Cocke Co. 42
East Hamilton 37, Cumberland Co. 10
Claiborne 6, Elizabethton 63
Jellico 0, Oneida 54
Cosby 0, Gatlinburg-Pittman 55
Sullivan Central 0, Grainger 50
Midway 36, Harriman 39
Loudon 7, Howard 46
York Institute 15, Kingston 35
Oak Ridge 24, McMinn Central 28
Sunbright 18, Oakdale 58
Rockwood 21, Oliver Springs 14
Unicoi Co. 14, Pigeon Forge 35
Karns 23, Powell 31
Cumberland Gap 20, South Greene 41
Grace Christian Academy 48, Wartburg 0