At some point in time everyone in the state will finally sit down and realize that Tavarres Jefferson, quarterback from Nashville-Ensworth is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball. Coach Tim Johnson and his Franklin-Battle Ground Academy Wildcats learned that lesson a couple times this past week as Jefferson rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns in his team's 28-14 region win over the Wildcats. The win gave Jefferson and the Tigers from Nashville-Ensworth the region title and home field in the playoffs. As always Jefferson was accompanied by junior running back Orleans Darkwa, one of the top prospects in the state for the class of 2010, who rushed for 135 yards.
Another young name to keep an eye for the future is sophomore running back Justin Williams from Nashville-Davidson Academy. This past week he helped his team cruise to a 42-0 rout of Tipton-Rosemark Academy with 135 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Williams leads the entire Nashville area in rushing with 2262 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season.
In a battle of dual threat quarterbacks Paris-Henry County quarterback Marsalis Teague had a pretty even match with Savannah-Hardin County quarterback Will Gilchrist. Even though the Patriots from Paris-Henry County took the game 47-27, including a late fourth quarter rally from Savannah-Hardin County where they scored 20 points, quarterback Will Gilchrist put up some serious stats. Gilchrist finished the night with 231 yards passing and three touchdowns while piling up 63 yards on the ground. For Teague he was able to move the football down the field a few times for his team. Teague threw for 55 yards and rushed for 122 yards. The big help for the Patriots came inside the red zone when big time back Dominque Allen carried the load scoring three times.
The Panthers from Knoxville-Powell have the one man show right now in senior quarterback Kier Houston. The Panthers are playing great up front and giving Houston time to make decisions and so far all the decisions have been good. Houston rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 131 yards and three touchdowns. The win gave the Panthers the second spot in the region and a chance to hope the first round of the playoffs at home.
One of the top performing teams in the state had to be the Rebels from Maryville (Tenn.). The Rebels won big this past week 35 – 6 over Lenoir City to capture the region title and their seventieth consecutive win stemming from 2002. Coach George Quarles look to keep the streak alive and advance towards a fifth consecutive state championship and seventy five consecutive wins this week as they take on Cleveland (Tenn.).
Fans in the Mid State were able to catch an upset as the Irish of Nashville-Father Ryan defeated the Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. The Irish saw a solid rushing attack from senior running back Anthony Wilson, 6-1, 195 pounds. Wilson rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown. In addition to Wilson's game on the ground senior quarterback Mitchell Stoffer, 6-0, 185 pounds threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns including a big time receiving performance for senior tight end Mark Mulloy, 6-4, 240 pounds. Mulloy hauled in seven catches for 89 yards and also a big time catch from senior wide receiver Mitchell Burns, who caught the go ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.