The 2013 High School Football season is getting down to the nitty gritty.
Teams are playing for district titles all across the state and playoff spots are being won while teams are also on the bubble and need help the last two weeks of the season.
This is what makes football the best sport as so much is riding on the last two weeks of the regular season.
Last Friday, 11 teams won district titles and four of those teams won the title by beating the second place team head to head.
Coalfield 21, Oneida 10- The Yellow Jackets have been a mash unit with several injuries came up big on Friday and won their third 3-A district title in the last four years.
The Yellow Jackets got two touchdowns from senior Brett Keener who is replacing leading rusher Addison Bible.
Coalfield (6-2, 5-0, 4-A) took advantage of two Oneida turnovers, especially when Indian quarterback Cole West fumbled from the Yellow Jackets one yard line with Coalfield leading 7-3 in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets quickly took advantage as Ryan Hill hit Zach Wilkins from 25 yards out to take a 14-3 halftime lead.
It was a great, old-fashioned Oneida-Coa lfield game,” Coalfield coach Keith Henry told the Knoxville News Sentinel. To be able to come back after the adversity we’ve faced with all the injuries this season and clinch the district, it’s super."
“I’m so happy and so pleased for these young men.”
Trousdale County 43, Gordonsville 31-
Thanks to junior running back Kenyan Harper, Trousdale County is the district 8-A champions yet again.
Harper rushed for 175 yards and scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) on just 12 carries as the Yellow Jackets downed the defending Class 1A Champions and won the district for the fourth time in the last five years.
Gordonsville win the district and State title last season.
"I'm proud we won the district but Gordonsville took it to us tonight," Trousdale County head coach Kevin Creasy said.
"But the kids fought through the adversity and got it done and I'm proud of them for that."
It didn't start well for Trousdale ranked No. 2 in Class 2A as the Tigers took the opening kickoff and scored on quarterback Noah Smotherman's four yard run.
But Trousdale scored 17 straight points and led 23-21 at the half.
Trousdale upped their lead 36-21 on a Harper touchdown run and catch and hold on for the win.
White House 28, Westmoreland 13-
White House used a 21-point third quarter to blow open their 9-AA district title clash with Westmoreland as the Blue Devils won their first district title since 2008.
"We were fortunate to come out on top against a good football team in Westmoreland who plays with tremendous heart and are well coached," White House head coach Jeff Porter said. "Our kids played hard and were focused."
The game was tied at 7 at the half but behind running back Alex Fults' three touchdowns in the third quarter, the Blue Devils are district champions yet again.
Fults led the Blue Devil ground game rushing for 128 of White House's 283 yards on the ground.
Lexington 29, Chester County 16- It wasn't easy but Lexington got it done late to win their fourth straight 14-AA district title and their 26th consecutive district win.
After Chester County took a quick 7-0 lead, Lexington scored 16 straight points to take a 16-7 lead.
But Chester County responded with a touchdown and a safety to tie the game at 16-16 after three quarters.
Lexington capitalized in the fourth quarter as Tariqious Tisdale scored the game winner from nine yards out.
The Lexington defense added the last touchdown as Bradley Carver scooped up a fumble and returned it 75 yards for the final touchdown.
"The win against Chester County was huge for our team and program winning four district titles in a row, but it is only one step of many that we want to accomplish," Lexington coach Bryant Hollingsworth said. "The excitement of the win was great but short lived, because now it is back to business."
The other district winners from Friday night were:
Polk County- 5-AA
Knoxville Webb-Div. II-A East/Middle 1
ECS- Div. II-A West 1
A look at every district with the leader highlighted in Week 9.
1-A- Cloudland and Hampton tied at 4-0
3-A- Grace Christian Academy (5-0)
4-A- Coalfield won the district
5-A- Boyd Buchanan and Silverdale (2-0)
6-A- Marion County (3-0) and South Pittsburg (3-0)
7-A- Monterey won the district
8-A- Trousdale County won the district
9-A- Eagleville (4-0)
10-A- Nashville Christian (4-0)
11-A- Columbia Academy won the district
12-A- Wayne County won the district
13-A- Dresden and Huntingdon both (4-0)
14-A- Peabody and Union City (5-0)
15-A- Trinity Christian (4-0)
16-A- Hillcrest and Mitchell (5-0)
1-AA- Sullivan South and Elizabethton (4-0)
2-AA- Greenville won the district
3-AA- Carter and Fulton (4-0)
4-AA- Alcoa and Knoxville Catholic (3-0)
5-AA- Polk County won the district
6-AA- Hixson (3-0)
7-AA- Signal Mountain (3-1)
8-AA- Upperman and DeKalb County (4-0)
9-AA-White House won the district
10-AA- Pearl Cohn won the district
11-AA- Lewis County won the district
12-AA- CPA won the district
13-AA- Dyersburg won the district
14-AA- Lexington won the district
15-AA- Covington won the district
16-AA- Trezevant (6-0) and Manassas (6-0)
1-AAA- Dobyns Bennett (5-0) and Science Hill (4-0)
2-AAA- Sevier County and South Doyle (5-0)
3-AAA- Anderson County (5-1), Campbell County (5-1) and Oak Ridge (5-1)
4-AAA- Maryville (5-0)
5-AAA- Ooltewah (5-0)
6-AAA- Rhea County (4-0)
7-AAA- Blackman (5-0) and Oakland (4-0)
8-AAA- Lincoln County (4-1) and Shelbyville (3-1)
9-AAA- Hendersonville (4-1), Station Camp (4-1) and Beech (4-1)
10-AAA- Henry County (5-0)
11-AAA- Ravenwood (4-0)
12-AAA- Overton (5-0)
13-AAA- Brighton (2-0)
14-AAA- Arlington (4-0)
15-AAA- Collierville (4-0)
16-AAA- Whitehaven and White Station (3-1)
East/Middle 1- Knoxville Webb won the district
East/Middle 2-BGA and FRA (2-0)
West 1- ECS won the district
West 2- USJ and St. George's both (3-0)
East/Middle- Ensworth (4-0)
West- MUS and Briarcrest (2-0)
WEEK 9 HEAD TO HEAD
Five district champions will be decided to head to head in week 9:
Union City at Peabody, 14-A
Mitchell at Hillcrest, 16-A
DeKalb County at Upperman, 8-AA
Manassas at Trezevant, 16-AA
Blackman at Oakland, 7-AAA
HARD TO BEAT
The 10 Longest Statewide District Winning Streaks along with their district
1. Maryville- 91, 4-AAA
2. Greeneville- 41, 2-AA
3. Dobyns Bennett- 29, 1-AAA
4. Lexington- 26, 14-AA
5. Hampton- 25, 1-A
5. Sevier County- 25, 2-AAA
7. Knoxville Webb- 23, Division II-A East 1
8. Polk County- 20, 5-AA
9. Grace Christian Academy- 17
10. Ensworth- 16
BARRETT COMMITS TO MERCER
A week after seeing Oakland teammate Caleb Yates commit to Mercer, defensive lineman Austin Barrett will join Yates.
Barrett has officially committed to Mercer
and becomes the fourth member of the Patriots to commit to play college football.
He joins Free Safety Emmanuel Smith (Vanderbilt) and Yates (Mercer) in the Class of 2014, while junior offensive lineman Jack Jones is a Tennessee commit for the Class of 2015.
"It's a great school with a top notch education and football program that just started back up," Barrett said. "They are looking for me to take on the role as a four year starter on the defensive line and I think that is something rare and special in college."
He chose Mercer over offers from Austin Peay, Furman, Georgia Southern, Indiana State, UAB, Youngstown State and UT Martin.
UT COMMIT DISMISSED FROM TEAM
Darel Middleton, a Class of 2016 commitment to Tennessee has been dismissed from the Powell football program.
Powell head football coach Tobi Kilgore confirmed the dismissal.
Middleton, a sophomore (6-5, 235) committed to Tennessee this summer and had 13 catches for 254 yards and scored two touchdowns from his wide receiver position while making his 23 tackles from his outside linebacker spot for the Panthers (5-3).
The top nine games in week nine.
East Hamilton at Rhea County
Ooltewah at Cleveland
Signal Mountain at Greeneville
Blackman at Oakland
East Nashville at Nashville Christian
Hendersonville at Beech
Trinity Christian at ECS
Union City at Peabody
Memphis East at Ridgeway
Austin Herink, QB, Cleveland- Passed for 352 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Walker Valley.
Nick Fuqua, RB, Cane Ridge- Ran for 286 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-22 win over Riverdale.
Otis Gerron, RB, Dickson County- Rushed for 354 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 49-36 loss to Independence.
Chris Hale, RB, Eagleville- Rushed for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 32-8 win over MTCS.
Marquece Bell, RB, East Robertson- Rushed for 238 yards and scored twice in a 41-21 loss to Jo Byrns.
Desmond Sweat, RB, Cheatham County- Rushed for 218 yards and scored twice in a 33-18 win over White House Heritage.
Michael Conn, QB, Clarksville Academy- Ran for 247 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Houston County.
LeEarl Patterson, Melrose- Passed for 320 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-14 win over Hamilton.
Lilotis Walker, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 222 yards in a 38-14 win over Houston.
Kortney Morris, RB, FACS- Ran for 209 yards on 14 carries and scored twice in a 54-25 win over Lausanne.
Steven Hollis, RB, Friendship Christian- Rushed for 223 yards and one touchdowns on just 10 carries in a 45-42 win over DCA.
A.J.Long, QB, Friendship Christian- Ran for 199 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 45-42 win over DCA.
Hank Black, WR, Carter- Caught eight passes for 201 yards and scored twice as well as making five PATs in a 49-42 win over Gatlinburg Pittman.
Devin Smith, QB, Grace Christian Academy- Passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 15 of 17 passing in a 52-13 win over Greenback.
Noah Bunch, RB, Grainger- Rushed for 239 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-27 win over Cumberland Gap.
Connor York, QB, Upperman- Complied 417 yards of total offense (253 rushing, 164 yards passing, four touchdowns) in a 41-34 win over Livingston Academy.
Vic Wharton III, WR, Independence- Rushed for 297 yards and had 102 yards receiving and five touchdowns in a 49-36 win over Dickson County.
Dylan Wieger, QB, Sullivan South- Passed for 310 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes in a 43-0 win over Sullivan North.
Luke Fronckoski, RB, Unicoi County - Rushed for 361 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 33-30 win over Happy Valley.
Zach Miller, RB, Polk County- Rushed for 222 yards and scored four times in a 41-13 win over Sweetwater.
Clay McHone, RB, Whitwell- Rushed for 192 yards and scored three times in a 53-8 win over Sale Creek.
Phillip Garland, RB, Happy Valley- Rushed for 330 yards and scored twice in a 33-30 loss to Unicoi County.
Rik Van Mali, QB, Mt. Juliet Christian- Passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-19 loss to The King's Academy.
BY THE NUMBERS
9- Number of players that scored for St. George's in a 62-9 win over Rosemark
1987- The last time that Upperman beat Livingston Academy before winning 41-34 on Friday.
1992- Last time that Shelbyville had defeated Columbia before Friday night's 42-7 win.
2006- Last time that Whitehaven lost two consecutive games.
1,130- Combined total yardage in Friendship Christian's 45-42 win over DCA.
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