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High School football polls: High school football polls for this week were released on Monday and once again East Tennessee is well-represented. In Class 6A, Maryville remains at #1, with Dobyns-Bennett at #7 and Sevier County at #10. In Class 5A, Knox West is still #1, while Anderson County moved up to #4, South-Doyle jumped to #9 and Campbell County fell to #10. Fulton remains atop the Class 4A poll with Catholic at #2 and Greeneville at #3. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 and CAK is #9, while Grace Christian fell two spots to #3 in the Class 2A poll. Greenback is #2 in Class 1A, Coalfield is #7 and Midway is #9.
Another busy week for WYSH Sports: Tune in this week for five days of live, local sports on WYSH. Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm, join the WYSH Sports Crew at Extreme Automotive at 284 Hi-Way Drive in Clinton for BLossman Propane Sports Talk as we get you ready for Thursday night’s special edition of Fox & Farley Friday Night Football featuring the Clinton Dragons at home against Campbell County. Live coverage from Dragon Stadium begins at 7:00 Thursday night. Friday, Clinton Middle School Football presented by the Rogers Group follows the Clinton Hawks to Jacksboro for a District showdown at 7:00. Saturday features a double-dip of NASCAR racing, starting at 12:30 with the Camping World Truck Series in New Hampshire and continuing at 7:00 that night with the Nationwide Series live from Kentucky. We will wrap our busy week and weekend Sunday at 1:00 with race #2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship live from New Hampshire. WYSH is your Local Sports Leader!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday at Chicago…Brad Keselowski opened the post-season on Sunday the same way he closed the regular season nine days ago – with a trip to Victory Lane. The driver of the Number-2 Team Penske Ford, who entered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the top seed, charged up the middle of the track between leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Kyle Larson coming out of a late-race restart and drove away to his fifth win of the season. The margin of victory over runner-up Jeff Gordon was one-point-seven seconds with Larson, Joey Logano and Harvick completing the top five. With the win, Keselowski automatically qualifies for the Contender Round of the Chase that will kick off October 5th at Kansas Speedway with a reduced field of twelve. Keselowski is the first driver with back-to-back Cup Series victories since Jimmie Johnson won two in a row at Charlotte and Dover to close the month of May and open June earlier this season. Keselowski started twenty-fifth in Sunday’s race but had his first lead at Lap-46 and showed the way for a total of sixty-two trips around the mile-and-a-half Joliet, Illinois, oval – including the final sixteen … Chase drivers dominated the top of the final running order with Larson, who finished third, and Jamie McMurray, ninth, the only non-title contenders in the top ten … Johnson opened his bid for a record-tying seventh championship with a twelfth-place finish … Pole sitter Kyle Busch led forty-six laps on the way to his seventh-place run … Sunday’s race included eighteen lead changes among seven drivers, with six cautions for twenty-eight laps.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday at Chicago…Kevin Harvick benefited from a two-tire pit stop under caution three-quarters of the way through Saturday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway and turned track position into triumph – notching his forty-fourth career win and fourth of the season. Junior Motorsports teammates Regan Smith and Chase Elliott finished eighth and tenth, respectively, and their championship battle tightened a bit with just seven races remaining. Elliott’s lead is eighteen points heading into next weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday at Chicago…Kyle Busch rallied from the rear of the field not once but twice on Saturday to win the rain-delayed Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Crafton finished second and took over the points lead after Johnny Sauter finished fourteenth.
Much ado about very little: TSSAA officials are reviewing footage from Thursday night’s Lafollette/ Norris Middle School. The game was forfeited by Lafollette after five of their players were injured on what their coaches and administrators called “illegal” plays by Norris. There were a total of six personal fouls and two ejections in a first quarter that reportedly featured 37 total yards of combined offense by the two teams alongside 135 total combined penalty yards. TSSAA officials are deciding whether any of the personal fouls committed by either side were intentional. Following an injury to a fifth Owl player with about two seconds left in the first quarter, LaFollette forfeited. Norris head Richie Noe said the personal fouls were not intentional, and after watching the complete 14-minute long video available online, the claims of dirty play or unnecessarily aggressive play by his Senators indeed seem to be overblown. In the video, one personal foul did involve a Norris player blocking one of LaFollette's players and injuring him, but on a separate play, a LaFollette player threw a Norris player to the ground by his facemask. Both coaches agreed on very little following the game except that there were personal fouls on both sides of the ball and that both teams had one player each ejected from the game, meaning they will have to miss their team’s next contest, but Noe told the Courier News’s Richard Evans that he didn't feel like any of his players did anything other than play football. TSSAA has indicated that due to the high number of personal fouls and ejections in a first quarter, they have requested that both teams submit their respective game videos for review. The 5-0 Senators have dominated all of their opponents so far this season, due in no small part to their size and strength. (Editor’s note: WYSH’s initial report on this incident was filed before having had a chance to review the video. Having had the chance to watch the game film, we agree it does not show any dirty play or intent to injure on the part of the Senators.)
High School Football…Friday September 12th
Clinton 20 Gibbs 17 (2OT)…It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t typical, but the Clinton Dragons notched their first District 3-AAA victory of the season as they outlasted Gibbs on the road in a thriller. The victory, which improved Clinton to 2-2, 1-2 on the season, did not come on the backs of their offensive leaders but rather, was keyed by a defense that held the “ground-and-pound” rushing attack of the Eagles to only 52 yards and an offense that received a second-half pick-me-up from running back Shane Hooks, who tied the game up in the third quarter at 7-7 with the Dragons’ only points of regulation on an 8-yard run with 7:17 to play in the period. The Gibbs defense was stout as well, preventing Clinton from converting on seven of eight fourth-down conversions in a game that saw the Dragons move the ball extremely well between the twenties but have trouble converting their 325 yards of total offense into points. Gibbs stunned Clinton just before halftime on an 82-yard bomb from Preston Booth to Ethan Warden that made the score at intermission 7-0. After winning the coin toss to start their first overtime contest since 2000 (a 22-21 loss to South-Doyle), CHS went on defense and gave up an 8-yard Booth-to-Brendan Wilson scoring toss, which they promptly answered with a 3-yard pass hookup between Tyler Thackerson and Travist Patrick that knotted the score at 14-14. The Dragons won the second coin toss, opting once again to go on defense first, and surrendered a 22-yard field goal by Buck Hawkins. Two plays later, the game ended on a Thackerson 5-yard touchdown toss to Hayden Martin.
Clinton’s record in overtime games (Won 11, Lost 8)
(Rule instituted at start of 1973 season for regular-season games; single overtime unless noted; “vs.” = Clinton home game unless noted)
L, 7-10 vs. Bradley Central, 10/8/76
L, 7-10 at Powell, 8/25/78
W, 20-19 at Knoxville West, 9/10/82
W, 28-27 (2 OT) at Heritage, 10/21/83
W, 26-23 (2 OT) at Halls, 11/9/84
W, 21-14 vs. Springfield, 11/17/84 (Tobacco Bowl in Hartsville)
W, 14-13 at Central, 9/6/85
L, 24-27 (2 OT) at Farragut, 9/13/85
W, 36-29 at Murfreesboro Riverdale, 10/25/85
L, 7-14 vs. Powell, 9/1/89
L, 21-28 at William Blount, 9/20/91
L, 27-28 (2 OT) vs. Maryville, 9/23/94
W, 27-24 (2 OT) vs. Powell, 9/8/95
W, 31-24 (2 OT) at Sevier County, 9/27/96
W, 14-7 at Anderson County, 9/26/97
L, 28-35 (2 OT) vs. Science Hill, 11/6/98 (first round of playoffs)
W, 20-14 vs. Anderson County, 9/17/99
L, 21-22 at South-Doyle, 10/6/00
W, 20-17 (2 OT) at Gibbs, 9/12/14
Anderson County 35 Campbell County 14…AC reaffirmed its status as one of the teams—if not the team—to beat in District 3-AAA as they blew open a close game in the second half and improved to 4-0, 3-0. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime after each team scored once in each of the game’s first two quarters: Campbell County on TD passes from Ethan Jeffers to Preston Miller (37 yards) and Joseph Elkins (66 yards and the Mavericks on a Zane Smith-to-Garrett Johnson pass that covered seven yards and a one-yard Smith run. It was all AC in the second half, as they blanked the Cougars while adding a Matt Fox TD run, a second Smith run that covered 28 yards and a Johnson nine-yard scamper that gave the Mavs a big win at home.
Elsewhere: Oak Ridge 42 Halls 0…Jackson County 59 Oliver Springs 8…Central 49 Karns 28…West 34 Asheville (NC) 14…Alcoa 42 McMinn County 10…Greenback 17 Coalfield 6…Heritage 45 Seymour 8…Kingston 28 Rockwood 21…Fulton 55 Farragut 0…Webb 31 CAK 27…Lenoir City 43 Sequoyah 13…Midway 47 Hancock County 7…McMinn Central 27 Grace Christian 26…Scott 47 Wartburg 8…South Doyle 47 Hardin Valley 21…Sunbright 47 Tri-Cities Christian 22…Sweetwater 12 Austin-East 7…Whitwell 36 Harriman 28
High School Football, Week 2 (Friday Sept. 5)
Oak Ridge 44 Clinton 21…Clinton outgained Oak Ridge 471-396 and stunned the ‘Cats on the first play of the game with a Tyler Thackerson-to-Beau Crisp 80-yard score on a brilliantly-executed play-action pass, but the combination of a very talented Oak Ridge squad (2-0, 1-0), four turnovers and two failed onside-kick attempts doomed the Dragons (1-2, 0-2) as they tried to snap a now-five-game-losing skid versus their longtime rivals. Clinton was led by Thackerson (253 yards passing, 83 yards rushing; touchdown tosses to Crisp and Travist Patrick; while Aaron Watson added a TD run and Zach Jones had his second straight 100-yard rushing effort. Logan Fadnek made his first career start and went 11 for 21 for 185 yards, 2 TDs (1 to Tee Higgins, another to Isiah Jones—who also had 84 yards rushing). TJ Allison, Jaylen Nickerson and Malik Hardy all added rushing TDs for Oak Ridge.
Anderson County 35 Gibbs 14…AC put the game away by halftime as Matt Fox ran for two scores, Zane Smith ran for one and threw another to Brandon Ford, and Aaron Sharp returned an interception for a score for the Mavericks (3-0, 2-0).
Elsewhere: Oakdale 50 Oliver Springs 27…Campbell County 35 Central 27…Rockwood 42 Harriman 28…Coalfield 26 Sunbright 13…Scott 34 Kingston 7…Catholic 70 CAK 23…Fulton 56 Austin-East 6…Oneida 47 Wartburg 0…Hardin Valley 26 William Blount 7…Powell 35 Karns 28…Heritage 50 Bearden 14
Clinton Middle School Football on WYSH: (Thursday) Clinton 42 Horace Maynard 6
High School Football Scores Week 1 (August 29th)
Friday at Clinton…Dragons 51 Seymour 14: The Dragons assumed control of their home opener midway through the second quarter and never looked back as they rolled to 593 total yards of offense and scored 37 unanswered points. Zach Jones broke out in a big way with 176 yards on rushing and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. His scoring romps covered 47, 44 and 10 yards. Tyler Thackerson accounted for 288 total yards (198 passing and 90 rushing), threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Beau Crisp and ran for two more scores. Aaron Watson had 70 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Dragons, who gained 395 yards on the ground for the game. Jonathan Bean had five catches for 51 yards and Matt Tolson kicked a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to get the clock rolling under the mercy rule. Clinton’s defense forced four turnovers (Isaiah Vibbert interception, fumble recoveries by Travist Patrick, Cain Hammond and Christian Bailey). Clinton was flagged 12 times for 110 yards.
7- 0- 0—14
Elsewhere: Anderson County 38 Austin-East 0…AC rolled at home, outgaining the Roadrunners 302-82, and forcing two A-E turnovers. Brandon Ford caught at TD pass and recovered blocked punt in the end zone to help lead the Mavericks (2-0).
Oak Ridge 13 Farragut 0…Neither team’s offense scored but Brandon Nickle kicked two field goals (46, 44 yards) and Jemiah Hall returned an interception for a score as OR opened up its season at home.
York Institute 48 Oliver Springs 0…Campbell County 64 Lynn Camp (Ky) 0…Hardin valley 53 Karns 21…Halls 35 Union County 33…Gibbs 49 Grainger 14…CAK 47 Powell 13…Central 31 Jefferson County 17…Rockwood 49 Wartburg 6…Oakdale 28 Pickett County 6…Harriman 34 Sunbright 7…Catholic 61 Coalfield 0…Grace Christian 19 Kingston 7…Fulton 84 Bearden 0…Maryville 41 Alcoa 14
Middle School football August 28th…Oneida 42 Clinton 20…Oakdale 38 Jellico 22…Harriman 24 Rockwood 8…Oliver Springs 12 Cherokee 6…Midway 28 Wartburg 14…Norris 48 Maynardville 6…Coalfield 44 Burchfield 28…Spring City 14 Rhea Middle 12