Local teams secured playoff berths and region titles during Week 9 action of the high school football season.
Farragut (7-1) visited Lenoir City (3-5) in the PrepXtra Game of the Week Friday night. The Admirals scored early and often to extend their winning streak to five games with a 69-7 win over the Panthers. Lenoir City dropped its third consecutive game after the loss. Admirals' senior quarterback Adam Fulton tossed two early touchdown passes to put the Admirals up 14-0. Jake Evans replaced Fulton after Farragut built a hefty lead and found Jaden Gibbs for a 71-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter.
Catholic (7-1) locked up its first region title since 2008 after defeating Region 2-4A foe Carter (2-6), 55-14. The Irish produced seven early points after Chase Kuerschen took the opening kickoff 77 yards to the house. Catholic senior quarterback Chase Cunningham found Amari Rodgers for a 63-yard score to put the Irish up 14-0. Rodgers, a Clemson wide receiver commit, hauled in two touchdowns on the night.
Bearden (3-5) fell to fellow Region 1-6A member Dobyns-Bennett (4-4) Friday night, 34-21. The Bulldogs have now lost five of their last six games. Bearden took an early 7-3 lead over the Indians after Collin Ironside connected with Dawson Houser for a 48-yard touchdown. Dobyns-Bennett answered with its own score to take the lead for good.
Heritage (4-4) outlasted Region 2-5A foe West (4-4) after a 17-10 victory Friday night. Both teams struggled to find a rhythm on offense in the first half. The Mountaineers kept their playoff hopes alive with the win.
Maryville (8-0) cruised past William Blount (2-6) to record its eighth win of the season and remain undefeated. Maryville's junior quarterback Dylan Hopkins tossed four first-half touchdowns to give the Rebels a 38-0 halftime lead.
Hardin Valley (6-2) secured its first home playoff game in school history after knocking off previously unbeaten Region 1-6A contender Bradley Central, 14-13. Hawks' running back Aaron Dykes scored on a 26-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give his team the one-point advantage. Hardin Valley's stiff defense held off the Bears (7-1) to get the victory. For more on this game, visit PrepXtra.
Science Hill (5-3) boasted a 14-0 halftime lead and never looked back after defeating Jefferson County, 42-16. The Patriots (3-5) have lost five of their last six games this season.
Morristown East (5-3) took down David Crockett (3-5), 31-14 in Friday's Region 1-5A matchup. The Hurricanes jumped to a 7-0 lead after Dylan Noe found Nate Smith for the score. Noe took the rock himself and scampered into the end zone to increase the Hurricanes' lead to 17-0.
Grace Christian snapped Seymour's six-game winning streak after shutting out the Eagles, 55-0. Both teams entered Friday's contest undefeated in Region 2-2A, but the Rams' defense halted Seymour's momentum. Grace scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half alone.
Oneida (7-2) gained an upper hand in the Region 2-1A standings after defeating Harriman, 28-14. Oneida held a 21-point lead at the half, but the Blue Devils (6-2) wouldn't go down without a fight. Harriman pulled within seven points on the quarterback keeper from Joe Pace. Oneida's Evan Roberts twisted through Harriman's defense to build the final 14-point lead.
Austin-East (7-1) shutout the Rockwood (3-5) offense Friday night en route to a 30-0 win. Five of the Roadrunners' last seven wins have been shutouts.
Other local scores:
Chuckey-Doak 14, Pigeon Forge 35 (Final-Thurs.)
Grainger 38, Seymour 17 (Final-Thurs.)
Halls 49, Powell 22 (Final-Thurs.)
Unicoi Co. 35, Claiborne 22
Unaka 16, Oakdale 51
Campbell Co. 54, Karns 16
Sequoyah 21, Hixson 49
Fulton 62, Union Co. 6
Oliver Springs 42, Tellico Plains 29
Cumberland Gap 47, Cosby 12
Gatlinburg-Pittman 25, Happy Valley 22
Morristown West 42, Daniel Boone 35
Greenback 48, Midway 12
Scott 47, Loudon 13
Cumberland Co. 0, Livingston Academy 23
McMinn Co. 6, Ooltewah 28
Mt. Juliet Christian 34, King's Academy 40
Tennessee 15, Sevier Co. 31
Kingston 3, Alcoa 52
McMinn Central 27, CAK 42
Sunbright 13, Jellico 34
Anderson Co. 7, Central 49