It has been a long time coming for a win for the Dragons of Clinton (Tenn.) over Oak Ridge (Tenn.) The Dragons fans felt that 2008 could be the year of the dragon and they were right. Clinton (Tenn.) gave Oak Ridge (Tenn.), who leads the all time series 36-11, all they wanted on offense. The Dragons had a huge performance from junior quarterback Darian Stone. Fans need to remember his name for the early class of 2010. Stone had 147 yards passing, two touchdowns through the air, and 12 carries, 111 yards.
Staying in the Knoxville area fans from Knoxville-Webb were able to take in a big time performance from 5-5, 150 pound freshman tailback Caleb Blance in the Spartans 31-14 win over Knoxville-Christian Academy. Blance ran for 237 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. The Spartans got their second win of the season and hope to have better luck this week against Division Two opponents as they travel to play Nashville-Father Ryan.
There was also a big time victory for Knoxville-Powell as they took on Andersonville-Anderson County. The Panthers from Knoxville-Powell saw a big time performance from their quarterback Kier Houston, who completed 10 out of 20 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. The win over Andersonville-Anderson County is a big step in the region as the Panthers hope to qualify for the playoffs this season.
Going into Friday night the state of Tennessee had matched up well against high profile out of state teams, but not on this night. The Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy were never able to get anything going on offense as they took on the Lions from Prattville (Alabama). For the Eagles the usual suspects of Josh Tate and Victor Caro were limited by a dominant defense that held the dynamic duo to 71 yards on 28 carries. Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy looks to bounce back this week as they take on Hendersonville-Pope John Paul II.
Everyone waited for lightning to strike again and for David to step on Goliath, but on this Friday night the Big Red machine made sure it wouldn't. The Raptors from Brentwood-Ravenwood pulled off the week one upset of Division Two power Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy so likewise many thought the same may hold true for the Raptors against Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red. In the end the Raptors gave the Big Red all they wanted and a little more in a 24-21 victory for Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy. The Big Red continued their win streak to 19 consecutive wins led by the strong quarterback play of Spencer Wise, who was 14 of 25 for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Also in Middle Tennessee the Irish of Nashville-Father Ryan changed their offensive woes to put up 52 points on Nashville-Christ Presbyterian Academy. The Lions of Nashville-Christ Presbyterian Academy started off on the wrong foot with three early turnovers giving the Irish field position on the short side of the field. The Irish took advantage and put up 31 points early in the second quarter. The Irish were led by quarterback Mitchell Stoffer, who completed seven out of eleven passes for 81 total yards, rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries, and had two touchdowns. The Irish also saw big time contributions from running backs Anthony Wilson, who had 72 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns, and Nick Bateman, who had 91 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball Wilson also had an interception to combine with two interceptions from junior defensive back Jackson Coursey.