When Scott Murray was hired as the new head coach at Hunters Lane in January, he said it was his dream to coach at a 6A school.
Murray had previously served as the head coach at other metro programs in Glencliff and Whites Creek.
Many coaches would steer clear of a program such as Hunters Lane which hadn't won a game since 2010.
But Murray embraced the challenge.
Murray is also the fourth head coach in the last five years.
His assistant stints at Smith County, Riverdale and Beech had prepared him to take on a 6A program.
Losses to Maplewood, Hendersonville and Overton to start the season didn't dull Murray's enthusiasm and the hard work paid off on Friday.
The Warriors broke their 29 game losing streak by ironically beating Murray's former team Whites Creek 28-21.
"It was very important for me, as it was necessary to get the program headed in the right direction," Murray said after the win. "We needed to see that we could win and It was even more important for the kids."
The last time Hunters Lane tasted victory
was midseason 2010 as they again defeated Whites Creek.
"I just wanted to see our kids get a chance to experience victory and they have worked hard and bought in to what we are trying to do here and they earned and deserved the win," Murray said.
Cannon County and Heritage also broke lengthy losing streaks as well last week.
Cannon County broke a 22 game losing streak by nipping Class 1A Red Boiling Springs 28-25.
"It's huge for us," Cannon County first year coach T.J. Daniel told the Daily News Journal. "We've been looking for that win for two years. Now, we know how it feels."
The Lions hadn't won since the season finale in 2010 when they outlasted Upperman 36-35.
Thanks to running back Orlando Bledsoe who rushed for 263 yards and scored three touchdowns, Heritage broke their 20 game losing streak besting Seymour 41-38 in a shoot out.
"Our students needed this win almost as much as our players," Heritage coach Tim Hammontree said. "Winning seems to be the thing we all needed."
The last win for Heritage came back in 2011 when they defeated Hardin Valley.
While losing streaks were broken last week so was a lengthy winning streak of Friendship Christian.
The Commanders playing without Syracuse commitment A. J. Long at quarterback were shutout by 2A power Trousdale County 35-0 as running back Kenyan Harper rushed for four touchdowns.
The Commanders 12 game winning streak is over and coach John McNeal hopes to get Long (concussion) back this week for their showdown with defending Division II-A champion Knoxville Webb.
SPEAKING OF STREAKS
Here's the Current Winning and Losing Streaks across the Volunteer State.
Most Consecutive Wins
1. Ensworth- 24
2. Whitehaven- 19
Most Consecutive Losses
1. Fayette Ware- 54
2. Gibson County-46
3. Memphis Northside- 31
4. Cumberland County- 20
5. Montgomery Central- 19
Most Consecutive District Wins
1. Maryville-87 in 4-AAA
2. Greeneville- 38 in 2-AA
3. Dobyns Bennett- 25 in 1-AAA
4. Lexington- 23 in 14-AA
5. Hampton- 22 in 1-A
6. Sevier County- 21 in 2-AAA
7. Whitehaven- 18 in 16-AAA
8. Polk County- 17 in 5-AA
9. Gordonsville- 15 in 8-A
9. Oak Ridge- 15 in 3-AAA
11. Columbia- 14 in 8-AAA
12. Grace Christian Academy- 13 in 3-A
13. Boyd Buchanan- 12 in 5-A
14. Fulton- 11 in 3-AA
Most Consecutive District Losses
1. Middleton- 50 in 15-A
2. Fayette Ware- 32 in 14-AA
3. Whitwell- 23 in 6-A
4. Heritage- 22 in 4-AAA
5. Hunters Lane- 19 in 12-AAA
6. Union County- 18 in 3-AA
6. Whites Creek- 18 in 10-AA
8. Bruceton- 14 in 13-A
8. Middle Tennessee Christian- 14 in 9-A
10. East Robertson-13 in 10-A
10. Greenfield- 13 in 14-A
12. Montgomery Central- 11 in 11-A
13. Cannon County- 10 in 8-AA
13. Hancock County- 10 in 1-A
13. West Creek- 10 in 10-AAA
RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES
Beech head coach Anthony Crabtree knew Dorian Carter could carry the mail.
On Friday night against Class 6A Independence, a team with three Division I commitments on defense, he carried the mail and his team on his back.
Carter, who was a 1,000 yard rusher as a sophomore two seasons ago, carried the football an astounding 54 times for 310 yards and all four Buccaneers touchdowns in a 28-21 win over the Eagles.
The 54 carries by Carter is second in TSSAA history for a single game just behind Jeff Womack who toted the ball 56 times in a game for Warren County back in 1981.
"We have always known that Dorian was a heckuva player but on Friday he was a flat out Warrior for us," Crabtree said
The Buccaneers as a team carried the football 67 times for 371 yards in the game, which is second all time after Gibbs had a TSSAA record 71 rushes against Carter in Week 0 this year.
The previous record for team carries was 66 by Heritage in 2000.
While Carter was having a record breaking game on offense, Independence Free Safety Rashaan Gaulden had an amazing night as well.
Gaulden, a University of Tennessee commitment made an absurd 34 tackles on the night (16 solo) in the loss.
"What a defensive game Rashaan had, he was everywhere," Independence coach Scott Blade said. He definitely had way more tackles than we wanted."
It's hard to tell where Gaulden's individual tackling performance ranks as the TSSAA does not keep records on tackling.
NICE COACHING JOBS
The following first year coaches have their teams off to fast starts.
Brian Coleman, Forrest
Signature 2013 Win- Shutout then Class 1A No. 1 Moore County 23-0 two weeks ago.
Reason for Quick Success- Coleman has went in and preached discipline and toughness for the Rocket program and so far so good as the players have really responded.
Up Next- Eagleville
Will Hester, Ravenwood
Signature 2013 Win- Clarksville
Reason for Quick Success- Hester who grew up not far from where Ravenwood was built, came over from Brentwood and has the Raptors undefeated.
Helping his cause is a fast break offense and junior stud wide receiver Van Jefferson who has been a nightmare for opposing secondaries.
Jason Hicks, Greenback
Signature 2013 Win-Coalfield
Reason for Quick Success- Everyone thought when Justin Ridge left for William Blount, the Cherokees would fold as they also graduated a big senior class as well.
But Hicks who was the Offensive Coordinator last year has kept the same offense and defense and has his players believing in his mantra of "Win The Day."
Up Next- At Oneida (4-0)
Will Hudgens, Houston
Signature 2013 Win- Dickson County
2012 Record- 7-4
Reason for Quick Success-Hudgens has made up for his lack of coaching experience (2 years) with four straight wins.
Hudgens has stressed playing hard all four quarters and the Mustangs have turned two close games (Cordova 15-13, Dickson County 42-35) into wins.
Up Next- at Germantown
Charlie Lansdell, Columbia Academy
Signature 2013 Win- Mt. Pleasant
Reason for Quick Success-Lansdell got his second chance to be a head coach (Nashville Christian was his first HC job) and has made good of the opportunity so far as the Bulldogs are undefeated.
Up Next- at Richland
Steve Matthews, Knoxville Catholic
Signature 2013 Win- CAK
Reason for Quick Success-Matthews, the offensive wunder kid has the Irish up tempo and scoring points at a quick pace and they have matched their win total of last year.
Up Next- at Tyner
Alvin Palmer, Fayetteville
Signature 2013 Win- Community
2012 Record- Played a JV Schedule
Reason for Quick Success- Palmer is not a first year coach at Fayetteville but 2013 is the first varsity season for the program and Palmer a coaching veteran has the Tigers undefeated at 3-0.
Up Next- at Moore County
Junior Reid, Humboldt
Signature 2013 Win- Milan 26-21
Reason for Quick Success-Reid, a Humboldt playing legend was the head middle school last year and became coach when they ran Dan Bland out on a rail.
Reid has the Vikings undefeated and No. 1 in the Class 1A polls.
Up Next- Greenfield
Mac Bryan, Ooltewah
Signature 2013 Win- Tyner
Reason for Quick Success-Bryan who came from the college ranks (UT Martin Offensive Coordinator) has the Owls 3-1 in one of the hardest districts in the state.
Up Next- East Hamilton
Scott Tillman, Lipscomb Academy
Signature 2013 Win- White House
Reason for Quick Success-The "Interim" head coach for Lipscomb Academy has the Mustangs undefeated.
He has rallied the team around the passing of McCadams and the team has responded.
The LA administration should do themselves a favor by taking the interim tag off Tillman and give him the job outright.
I think it's ridiculous that after the passing of legendary coach Glenn McCadams Lipscomb Academy gave the job to Tillman, a worthy assistant for the Interim.
So give him the job full time already It's the right thing to do first of all and it's also the right way to properly honor McCadams memory by giving one of his assistants the job for good.
Up Next- at Pearl Cohn
The best games of the upcoming week
No. 2 in 5A East Hamilton (4-0) at Ooltewah (3-1)
No. 10 in Division II Friendship Christian (2-1) at No. 9 Knoxville Webb (1-2)
No. 4 in 1A Greenback (3-1) at No. 5 in 2A Oneida (4-0)
No. 5 Father Ryan (3-1) at No. 1 Ensworth (3-0)
No. 6 in 6A Science Hill (3-0) at No. 8 Siegel (2-2)
No. 10 in 6A Smyrna (4-0) at No. 2 Oakland (4-0)
No. 10 in 5A Melrose (4-0) at No. 3 in 6A Whitehaven (4-0) Thursday
No. 9 in 4A Crockett County (3-1) at No. 10 Dyersburg (3-1)
No. 4 in 2A Adamsville (3-1) at Riverside (3-1)
Rashaan Gaulden, FS, Independence- Made 34 total tackles (16 solo) in a 28-21 loss to Beech.
Austen Banks, RB, Notre Dame- Rushed for 306 yards and scored twice in a 26-0 win over Boyd Buchanan.
Hunter Suggs, QB, Cocke County- Passed for 350 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-27 win over Pigeon Forge.
Dorian Carter, RB, Beech- Rushed for 310 yards and scored four touchdowns on 54 carries in a 28-21 win over Independence.
Daryl Rollins, RB, Fulton- Rushed for 196 yards on just eight carries and scored three touchdowns in a 55-7 win over Farragut.
LeEarl Patterson, QB, Melrose- Passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Kirby.
Sam Harvin, RB, FRA- Rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and caught a touchdown pass in a 26-23 loss to DCA in OT.
Isiah Upton, QB, East Nashville- Passed for 345 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 40-26 win over Westmoreland.
Hunter Moore, QB, East Hamilton- Passed for 351 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Riverdale.
Chris Hale, RB, Eagleville- Rushed for 230 yards and scored once in a 20-17 loss to Jo Byrns.
Logan Montgomery, QB, Collinwood-Rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-28 loss to Clarksville Academy.
Trez Osborne, RB, Springfield- Rushed for 315 yards and six touchdowns in a 50-26 win over Northwest.
Otis Gerron, RB, Dickson County- Rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown in a 42-35 loss to Houston.
Jacob Bevis, RB, Wayne County- Rushed for 203 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Moore County.
Orlando Bledsoe, RB, Heritage- Rushed for 263 yards and scored twice in a 41-38 win over Seymour.
Josh Holt, QB, Dobyns Bennett- Rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-30 loss to Sevier County.
Blake Zeman, RB, Marion County- Rushed for 229 yards and scored twice in a 21-19 loss to Chattanooga Central.
Matthew Melton, RB, Knoxville Webb- Rushed for 277 yards on just six carries and scored four touchdowns in a 49-7 win over CAK.
Michael Muszik, RB, Gatlinburg Pittman- Rushed for 250 yards on just 12 carries and scored four times in a 46-22 win over Unicoi County.
Jeremiah Howard, WR, Knoxville Central- Caught five passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore also scored on a rush and returned an interception for a touchdown as well in 52-31 win over Karns.
Tyler Thackerson, QB, Clinton- Only a sophomore passed for 313 yards and five touchdowns in 38-19 win over Gibbs.
Drew Slomski, LB, The Kings Academy- Registered 17 tackles, two for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and also blocked a punt in a 40-0 win over Jellico.
BY THE NUMBERS
0/235- Number of points scored and given up by Memphis Northside.
2- Number of punts returned for touchdowns by Nashville Christian's Houston Downey in a 51-7 win over Davidson Academy.
46.1- The rushing average for Knoxville Webb running back Matthew Melton in Friday's win over CAK.
49- Number of winless teams remaining in the state
52- Number of undefeated teams remaining in the state
82- Total yardage that Friendship Christian had against Trousdale County in a 35-0 loss.
216/7- Number of points scored and number of points given up by defending 4A state champion Fulton.
1990- The last time that Bradley Central and Hixson played before hooking up on Friday.
1995- Last time that Clarksville started the year 0-4.
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