The USA Today High School Game of the week featured on 10News2 for Week 8 was Grace Christian travelling to Greenback. An extended delay in action occurred when Greenback's Jordan Anderson suffered a neck injury. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, but gave the crowd a thumbs up on his way off. Grace easily took care of Greenback, 52-13. Greenback fell to 5-2 on the season. Grace moved to an unblemished 9-0 record with only one game left in the regular season.
Other than their week one loss to the number one team in the state, Maryville, Alcoa has been steamrolling through teams during their five game winning streak. They faced a CAK team who has been desperate for a win standing at 2-5. The Warriors had high hopes to pull off the upset in attempts to salvage their season, but Alcoa quarterback Peyton Wall was in top form, managing the offense and leading an offensive attack that CAK was not prepared for. Alcoa beat the Warriors 51-17 and moved to 7-1.
Maryville has yet to be tested on the season. Before the game, head coach George Quarles, the winningest high school football coach in the country for the past decade, was honored on the field for his 200th win he achieved last week. He would achieve number 201 on this night against William Blount. The Rebels broke William Blount early and often. They scored 28 points in the first quarter and won the game 66-7, dropping the Governors to 2-6. Maryville moved to 8-0 on the season and with only Bearden and Farragut left to play, it appears as if the Rebels will be making another run at a state championship.
Catholic offense holding strong against the Highlanders of Scott County. The Fighting Irish's Elijah Brown destroyed the field tonight, including a 61 yard rushing touchdown. Scott County stood no chance and would fall to Catholic, 35-2.
If you're a fan of offense, this was the game for you. Carter, who has flown under the radar this season, came in at an undefeated 7-0. They faced a Gatlinburg-Pittman team whose only loss came to Fulton. Jeremy Odom for Gatlinburg-Pittman returned an interception for 102 yards out of the Carter end zone to make the score 21-14. The offense would continue to move up and down the field all night, but Carter would take the game 49-42 and continue their season of perfection. Gatlinburg-Pittman dropped to 7-2.
A nail-biter at Powell who hosted Oak Ridge. Powell had dominate control of the game at half when the score was 14-0, but the second half Oak Ridge came out to play. This game would come down to the very last play as Powell had high hopes of tying the game up to go into overtime, but the pass would be through the fingertips of Andrew Cox. Oak Ridge, after making a second half comeback, would take the win on the road, 21-14.
McMinn Central and Loudon are two teams that haven't been strong this season. Loudon is on a two game winning streak, which are actually their only wins of the season. McMinn only has three wins on the season, but have a chance to get to .500 if they win out. A back and forth, well-played out game for both squads led to a Loudon loss at home, 20-17. For a school whose mascot has made more headlines than their football team, they try to salvage a season in which they have a 2-6 record with only two games to go. McMinn Central moved to 4-5.
The Heritage and Lenoir City game was a dogfight, filled with defense and only defense. Heritage never even sniffed the endzone. Lenoir City sniffed it once when the ball had been picked and ran back for the touchdown. That was all the Panthers needed. They won the game 7-2 in a barnburner and moved to 4-4 on the season.
As predicted, Fulton left a nasty devastation on their field tonight as they hosted Union County. At the half, Fulton had ran only 20 offensive plays while keeping possession for only 5:56 minutes, but had scored a total of 52 points. This would not be the end of their triumph tonight. Fulton would continue their reign and win 74-0 over Union County.
Oneida visited Coalfield for Week 8. Both teams have had strong seasons, especially in their district. However, one team had to come out on top and Coalfield would manage with a 21-10 win over Oneida.