The hardest job in Tennessee high school football right now has to be that of the defensive coordinator.
High school coaches are like all other coaches---copy cats-- using offenses that get their best athletes isolated one on one in mismatches.
The Zone Read along with the Spread, the Tony Franklin system and Pistol offenses are allowing teams to put up crooked numbers.
The big yardage numbers are being put up in college programs such as Oregon, Texas Tech and West Virginia so high school coaches are following suit and copying systems.
"It's next to impossible if you keep the old mentality of shutting people out or limiting yardage," Mt. Juliet head coach Trey Perry said. "It's an offensive dominated game and the new job of the defense is to create turnovers and play great in the red zone."
In Week seven, offenses exploded as 40 or more points was scored in 74 of the 143 games good for 51.7% of the games played.
"It's definitely hard to defend most people these days, because of all the spread/pro style schemes and personnel groupings," Oakland head coach Thomas McDaniel said.
"I think the change began shifting in the early to mid 2000's when people realized initially it was a way to play with maybe lesser personnel."
There were 48 games where the winning team scored 40 or more points, 19 had 50 or more points, five had 60 or more and Sunbright and Riverside hit 72 and 71.
"With the advent of the spread and uptempo offenses, it is more difficult to be a defensive coordinator with regards to preparation," Whitehaven head man Rodney Saulsberry said. "With little or no time between plays, adjustments have to be made on the fly or better yet there is no time to adjust."
There was so much offense in four contests in general that it would make Caligula blush.
In fact those contests provided over 1,100 yards of total offense and over 100 combined points.
Knoxville Central 63, Clinton 60- The game had 1,136 yards of total offense which included a 504, six touchdown passing performance from quarterback Tyler Thackerson in a losing effort.
Central had 553 yards of offense while Clinton had 583 yards of offense.
Thackerson's main target was Drake Powell who caught 15 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
Central also had some big individual performances as quarterback Austin Kirby passed for 366 yards and six touchdowns
but the Bobcats still trailed 60-56 until
and all purpose running back JaJuan Stinson caught the game winner scoring from 59 yards out to give Central the shoot out win.
" I don't think any play caller, offensive or defensive, enjoys a shoot out," Central coach Joe Hassell said. "As football coaches we like to be in control of everything and when defensive and offensive game plans go out the window and it turns into a "slug fest" I think it can be chaotic sometimes for both the coaches and the kids."
Stinson had a big game rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries while catching five passes for 159 yards and two more touchdowns.
Anderson County 61, Knoxville Catholic 40- The best non region game of week seven saw Anderson County amass 701 yards of total offense and 34 first downs in the win.
The teams combined to gain 1,124 yards of total offense.
Maverick junior running back Matt Fox followed up a 357 yard four touchdown performance last week with a 402 yards and three touchdowns in the big win.
For the season, Fox has rushed for 1,684 yards on 151 carries (11.2 average) and scored 18 touchdowns as the Mavericks are 7-1 and ranked No. 5 in the recent Class 5A AP poll.
"Normally it makes it harder as far as feeling the pressure, you know you have to score or possibly lose," Anderson County head coach Davey Gillum said. "However when your offensive line is dominating the game it makes play calling a lot easier."
The Maverick offensive line did dominate
as they rushed for 544 yards and passed for 157 yards in the win.
The Catholic offense accounted for 423 yards as well as quarterback Zac Jancek passed for the 220 yards and two touchdowns for the Fighting Irish.
Sunbright 72, Oakdale 40- In a region 4-A battle, Sunbright accumulated 697 yards of total offense on their way to their fifth win of the season.
Both teams combined for 1,172 yards of total offense as Oakdale had 475 yards of offense in the loss.
Sunbright junior running back Skylar Bunch rushed for a career high 269 yards and a school record six touchdowns in the win.
Riverside 71, McNairy Central 40- Highly recruited quarterback Luke Ward was a one man highlight film on Friday.
Ward brought the Panthers back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to throw for 318 yards and three touchdowns through the air to fuel the comeback win.
He also rushed for two touchdowns as well.
"That's the first time I have ever been down 14 points in the first quarter and won by that big a margin," Riverside head coach Jeff Robertson said. "There is definitely a lot of pressure on the offense in a game like that because you feel like you have to score every time you have the ball."
The teams combined for 1,143 yards of offense as the Panthers had 694 while McNairy Central had 449 yards in the loss.
A look at every district with the leader highlighted
1-A- Cloudland, Hampton and South Greene all tied at 3-0
3-A- Grace Christian Academy (4-0)
4-A- Coalfield (4-0) and Oneida (3-0)
5-A- Boyd Buchanan and Silverdale (1-0)
6-A- Marion County (3-0) and South Pittsburg (2-0)
7-A- Monterey (3-0) has won the district
8-A- Trousdale County and Gordonsville both at (2-0)
9-A- Eagleville (3-0)
10-A- Nashville Christian (3-0)
11-A- Columbia Academy won the district
12-A- Wayne County won the district
13-A- Dresden and Huntingdon (3-0)
14-A- Humboldt, Peabody and Union City (4-0)
15-A- Trinity Christian (3-0)
16-A- Hillcrest and Mitchell (4-0)
1-AA- Sullivan South and Elizabethton (3-0)
2-AA- Greenville (3-0)
3-AA- Carter and Fulton (3-0)
4-AA- Alcoa and Knoxville Catholic (2-0)
5-AA- Polk County (2-0)
6-AA- Hixson (3-0)
7-AA- Signal Mountain and Sequatchie County (3-0)
8-AA- Upperman and DeKalb County (3-0)
9-AA-White House (4-0) and Westmoreland (3-0)
10-AA- Pearl Cohn are district champs
11-AA- Lewis County (5-0)
12-AA- CPA (4-0)
13-AA- Dyersburg (3-0)
14-AA- Lexington and Chester County (3-0)
15-AA- Covington (3-0)
16-AA- Trezevant (6-0) and Manassas (5-0)
1-AAA- Dobyns Bennett (4-0) and Science Hill (3-0)
2-AAA- Sevier County and South Doyle (4-0)
3-AAA- Anderson County (5-1), Campbell County (5-1), Oak Ridge (4-1) and Powell (4-1)
4-AAA- Maryville (3-0)
5-AAA- Ooltewah (4-0)
6-AAA- Rhea County (3-0)
7-AAA- Blackman (4-0), Oakland (3-0)
8-AAA- Lincoln County (3-1), Shelbyville (2-1), Tullahoma (2-1)
9-AAA- Hendersonville (4-1), Station Camp (4-1), Beech (4-1)
10-AAA- Henry County (5-0)
11-AAA- Franklin and Ravenwood (3-0)
12-AAA- Overton (4-0)
13-AAA- Brighton (2-0), Dyer County (1-0)
14-AAA- Arlington (3-0), Millington (3-0)
15-AAA- Collierville (4-0)
16-AAA- Whitehaven (3-0)
East/Middle 1- Knoxville Webb (3-0)
East/Middle 2-BGA and FRA (1-0)
West 1- ECS (3-0)
West 2- USJ (3-0) and St. George's (2-0)
East/Middle- Ensworth (4-0)
West- MUS and Briarcrest (1-0)
LAST GAME AT ROBINSON
Watertown High School played its last varsity game at Robinson Stadium on Friday night losing to JoByrns 38-30.
Next year, Watertown will move into a new high school and play at a new football field.
Robinson Stadium was named in 2007 for former Watertown player and coach Bill Robinson and his father Brownie.
The stadium will not be demolished but the junior high will play there from 2014 on.
"It has been an Honor to have coached on the same field as my father-in- law and his dad," Watertown head coach Gavin Webster said. "They both have meant a lot to this community and school. It will be bitter sweet to leave this field because of the memories but as we move forward to the new campus we can start new memories and traditions for Watertown."
Jo Byrns overcame a 14-0 deficit for the win as it was the 420th career game at the stadium.
Senior quarterback Kevin Adkins accounted for 288 yards of total offense (191 passing, 97 rushing) and three touchdowns to lead the Red Devils to the non district win.
The playing surface at Robinson Stadium is known as "Alumni Field" and the Purple Tigers first started playing there in 1926 and lights were installed in 1939.
The stadium used wooden bleachers until 1969 when they built concrete bleachers that are used today.
This week saw two players commit to colleges as Franklin Road Academy offensive lineman Joe Irby committed to Bobby Petrino and Western Kentucky while East Hamilton tight end Bailey Lenoir committed to hometown school Chattanooga.
Irby (6-4, 315) committed to Western over Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Chattanooga.
He is the 14th commitment in the Class of 2014 for the Hilltoppers.
“ I am very excited for Joe Irby and the opportunity he has received to continue his education on the field and in the classroom," FRA head coach Bill Whittemore said. "Joe will be a great addition to the Hilltoppers Football Program, not only as a player, but as a man. Joe is an exceptional young man that loves the game of football."
Meanwhile Lenoir became the first commitment to UTC after seeing the Mocs beat Furman last weekend.
"I was thinking about it a lot, and then I went to the Furman game," Lenoir told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I really liked the the atmosphere."
Lenoir (6-3, 231) picked UTC over Austin Peay and Furman.
This is a great opportunity for Bailey and he will do a great job at Chattanooga," East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood said. "He is a great blocking tight end and has great hands."
Here is a list of the best games of Week 8
Oak Ridge at Powell
Oneida at Coalfield
Grace Christian Academy at Greenback
Ravenwood at Franklin
Blackman at Smyrna
White House at Westmoreland
Arlington at Millington
Humboldt at Union City
Houston at Ridgeway
Jajuan Lankford, RB, South Pittsburg- Rushed for 216 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 47-19 win over Boyd Buchanan.
Austin Dotson, QB, Rhea County- Passed for 315 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-20 win over Soddy Daisy.
Brody Binder, QB, Ooltewah- Passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Walker Valley.
Keshawn Vaughn, RB, Pearl Cohn- Rushed for 282 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-28 win over East Nashville.
Earl Harrison, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 277 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 29-28 loss to Collierville.
Connor York, QB, Upperman- Accounted for 415 yards of total offense (283 passing, 3 TDs, 132 rushing, 2TDs) in a 55-18 win over Macon County.
Ryan Burger, QB, David Crockett- The sophomore passed for 481 yards and five touchdowns (526 yards of total offense) in a 43-42 win over Volunteer.
Eric Day, WR, David Crockett- Caught 12 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-42 win over Volunteer.
DeAndre Delaney, RB, Morristown West- Rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-13 win over Jefferson County.
Matt Fox, RB, Anderson County- Ran for 402 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 61-40 win over Knoxville Catholic.
Drake Powell, WR, Clinton- Caught 15 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-60 loss to Knoxville Central.
Tyshawn Gardin, RB, Powell-Ran for 195 yards and scored twice in a 17-0 win over Knoxville Halls.
Devin Prewitt, RB, Montgomery Central- Rushed for 210 yards and scored once in a 28-21 win over Creekwood.
Ladarius Wimberly, QB, Maplewood- Passed for 301 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Goodpasture.
Kaelin Cason, RB, Gordonsville- Rushed for 190 yards and scored three times in a 35-20 win over Jackson County.
Luke Ward, QB, Riverside- Passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 71-40 win over McNairy Central.
Will Slack, RB, Chattanooga Grace- Rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns in a 61-7 win over Sale Creek.
Clay McHone, RB, Whitwell- Rushed for 246 yards and scored give touchdowns in a 50-7 win over Clay County.
Austin Kirby, QB, Knoxville Central- Passed for 346 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-60 win over Clinton.
Isaiah Johnson, RB, Rossview- Rushed for 282 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 59-14 win over West Creek.
Tyler Thackerson, QB, Clinton- Passed for 504 yards and six touchdowns while running for another in a 63-60 loss to Knoxville Central.
Skyler Bunch, RB, Sunbright- Rushed for 269 yards and a school record six touchdowns in a 72-40 win over Oakdale.
BY THE NUMBERS
20- Number of consecutive times that MBA has beaten Father Ryan.
32- Number of second quarter points scored by Mt. Pleasant in a 40-10 win over Collinwood
78/923/15- Number of receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown catches for Clinton wide receiver Drake Powell.
200- Number of coaching victories for Maryville's George Quarles.
262-146-12- The overall home record at Robinson Stadium for Watertown.
300- Number of Lebanon games that Tommy Bryan and Terry Stafford have done on the radio most notably at WANT FM 98.9.
694-Total Yardage (317 rush, 377 pass) for Riverside in a 71-40 win over McNairy Central.
701- Total Yardage (544 rush, 157 pass) for Anderson County in a 61-40 win over Knoxville Catholic.
2,321/23- Passing yards for the season and touchdowns thrown for Clinton junior quarterback Tyler Thackerson.
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