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AC’s Martin, OR’s Booker named Mr. Football Finalists

Two high school football standouts who call Anderson County home have been named finalists for the 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards. For a second straight year, Anderson County’s Stanton Martin is a finalist in Division I, Class 4A, and Oak Ridge’s Herbert Booker is among the three finalists for the honor in Division I, Class 5A.

Martin is once again joined as a finalist by Greeneville’s Cade Ballard, who won the award a year ago, and is also joined by Bobo Hodges of Maplewood. Martin and Ballard will each lead their respective teams into a quarterfinal playoff game Friday at Maverick Stadium.

Booker is up against Fulton’s Deshawn Page and Cade Larkins of David Crockett.

The awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Sunday, November 25th, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.  For the seventeenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

The three finalists for each award that were announced today will be the ones invited to attend the awards dinner at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2018 regular season.  Academics and character were also taken into consideration.  High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

This is the 34th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players.  A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category.  A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category.  The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.

More than 400 people, including the 30 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2018 dinner.

Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live video stream of the awards will be provided at www.titansonline.com.

2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalists

DIVISION I, CLASS 1A

Bryce Hanley, Greenback

Dezmon Johnson, Lake County

Cameron Whitaker, Cornersville

DIVISION I, CLASS 2A

Jeremiah Batiste, Tyner

J.D. Dixon, Waverly

Aaron Swafford, Meigs County

DIVISION I, CLASS 3A

Kam Harris-Lusk, Fairview

Walker Russell, Alcoa

Xavier Shepherd, Pearl Cohn

DIVISION I, CLASS 4A

Cade Ballard, Greeneville

Bobo Hodges, Maplewood

Stanton Martin, Anderson County

DIVISION I, CLASS 5A

Herbert Booker, Oak Ridge

Cade Larkins, David Crockett

Deshawn Page, Fulton

DIVISION I, CLASS 6A

Xavier Myers, Oakland

T.J. Sheffield, Independence

Devon Starling, Cane Ridge

DIVISION II, CLASS A

Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy

Stone Norton, Davidson Academy

Rube Scott Rhea, Fayette Academy

DIVISION II, CLASS AA

Eric Gray, Lausanne

Noah Henderson, CPA

Cameron Wynn, Notre Dame

DIVISION II, CLASS AAA

Maurice Hampton, MUS

Bill Norton, Christian Brothers

Omari Thomas, Briarcrest

KICKER OF THE YEAR

Mason Lafollette, East Hamilton

Garrett Taylor, Oakland

Zaden Webber, Rossview

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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