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Dragons/Wildcats hoops doubleheader rescheduled: The Clinton High School basketball doubleheader scheduled for Friday November 21st against Oak Ridge has been rescheduled for Monday December 1st to accommodate the fact that so many members of Oak Ridge’s boys’ team are still participating in football. The games will be played at the Don Lockard Gymnasium at Clinton High School and the girls’ varsity game will tip off at 6:30 pm, followed by the boys’ game. You will be able to listen to the games on WYSH’s Fox & Farley Full Court Press.
High School basketball scores Tuesday November 18th
Clinton girls 37 Karns 36...It wasn't pretty, but the Lady Dragons notched the first win for first-year head coach Alicia Phillips with a gritty effort on the road. Clinton made some clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win and even their record at 1-1. Jordan Whitt led CHS with 10 points.
Clinton boys 94 Karns 92 (OT)...Clinton scored nine points in the final 29.8 seconds to erase a seven-point deficit at Karns and emerged with an improbable 94-92 win. CHS also rallied from down 12 in the third quarter and sent it to overtime on a Dillon Shirley fall-away jumper in the lane at the buzzer. Trailing 92-85 with under 30 seconds to play in OT, Cole Lockard converted a four-point play, which was followed by a Beaver turnover, which led to a Shirley three that tied the game. Another errant Karns pass gave CHS the ball and Shirley was fouled. He hit both charity shots and the Dragons forced a turnover on the other end of the floor to preserve the victory and move to 1-3 on the season. Shirley finished with 29 points while J'Quan Thomas notched 25 and Gavin Shelton added 14.
Campbell County girls 42 Anderson County 35...Campbell County boys 56 Anderson County 32
Maryville girls 63 Oak Ridge 34...Oak Ridge boys 62 Maryville 61
Oliver Springs girls 66 Harriman 56...Harriman boys 76 Oliver Springs 67
Powell girls 62 Gibbs 36...Powell boys 64 Gibbs 51...Halls girls 49 Central 28...Central boys 45 Halls 42...Kingston 52 Sweetwater 30...Sweetwater boys 72 Kingston 66...Scott girls 64 Sunbright 27...Scott boys 83 Sunbright 48
High School basketball scores Monday November 17th
Union County girls 64 Gibbs 44...Union County boys 66 Gibbs 63
Cumberland County girls 77 Halls 24...Cumberland County boys 70 Halls 53
Midway girls 57 Coalfield 49...Coalfield boys 58 Midway 49
Wartburg girls 60 Sweetwater 38...Wartburg boys 79 Sweetwater 71
High School football playoff round-up: Wrapping up your Friday night high school football playoff action, in class 5A, Oak Ridge survived Cleveland 10-6 thanks to a late defensive stand and in spite of three turnovers. The 12-0 Wildcats will host 12-0 Rhea County—47-14 winners over Ooltewah—in Friday’s quarterfinals. Elsewhere in 5A, West thumped Tennessee High 46-10 and will travel to South Doyle, who beat Campbell County 48-33, on Friday night. In Class 6A, Maryville handled Sevier County 62-28 and will host Science Hill, 41-6 winners over Dobyns-Bennett. In Class 4A, Fulton waylaid Catholic 51-14 and will host Sullivan South on Friday after Sullivan nipped Greeneville 21-20. In Class 3A, Alcoa blew past Gatlinburg-Pittman 49-14 and will host CAK, who handled Pigeon Forge 26-15, in the quarterfinals. In Class 2A, Grace Christian doubled up Hampton 54-27 while Oneida eliminated Rockwood 21-7, setting up Grace at Oneida on Friday. In Class 1A, Coalfield won at Cloudland 38-28 and will play at Greenback this week after Greenback took out Sunbright 31-14.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday at Homestead…Kevin Harvick drove underneath race leader Denny Hamlin eight laps from the finish of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 and then held off Ryan Newman to win his first Sprint Cup Series championship – driving to victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick benefited from a late-race visit to pit road for four tires while Newman took only two. Hamlin, also racing for a championship, decided to remain on the track during the pivotal caution – temporarily holding prime track position but eventually being overtaken by Harvick, Newman and others on fresher tires as he faded to seventh place. Joey Logano finished 16th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday at Homestead…Matt Kenseth pulled away from Kyle Larson on an overtime restart Saturday, notching his twenty-ninth career Nationwide Series win and first of the season. Kyle Busch then outraced Larson for second place, giving Joe Gibbs Racing the top two spots in the season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rookie Chase Elliott, who will celebrate his 19th birthday eleven days from now, rode home in seventeenth place after sewing up the championship the week before in Phoenix. Elliott’s final margin of victory is forty-two points over Junior Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who finished sixth in Saturday’s race
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday at Homestead…Darrell Wallace Junior held off pole sitter Kyle Larson in the closing laps Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim his fourth victory of the season and the second in his last four starts. Matt Crafton finished ninth – more than enough to sew up the 2014 championship, becoming the first driver in the twenty-year history of the Truck Series with back-to-back titles. The ThorSport Racing driver went into the weekend needing only to finish twenty-first or better to claim the crown.
High School basketball (Friday): Carter girls 61 Clinton 40…Carter boys 105 Clinton 61…Jefferson County girls 71 Karns 25…Jefferson County boys 69 Karns 52…Kingston girls 51 Meigs County 43…Meigs County boys 89 Kingston 67...(Saturday): Clinton’s boys lost to Heritage and South-Doyle…Lenoir City girls 48 Anderson County 33…Anderson County boys 62 Claiborne 33…Anderson County boys 51 Sullivan North 31…Oak Ridge girls 78 West 49…Oak Ridge girls 84 CAK 71…Oak Ridge boys 73 CAK 54…Webb boys 79 Oliver Springs 40…Oliver Springs boys 65 William Blount 64
TSSAA approves reclassification, realignments: Thursday, the TSSAA Board of Control finalized its realignment of the state’s high school football teams and there are plenty of changes affecting our local teams. The state’s new Class 6A will be made up of the 31 largest schools in the state by enrollment, except for Maryville, which successfully petitioned the state to move from 5A to 6A. All 32 6A teams will qualify for the postseason while the remaining Division I classifications will send the top four finishers in each Region to the postseason. The realignment will remain in effect for at least the next two academic years, beginning in 2015. Locally, the Clinton Dragons are in the new Region 3-5A with Campbell County, Oak Ridge, Farragut, Karns and Lenoir City. Anderson County has moved to Class 4A and will play in Region 2 with Fulton, Carter, Catholic, Central and Union County. The list of regions served by this radio station is below, with local teams in italics.
Class IA, Region I
Cloudland High School, Roan Mountain
Concord Christian, Knoxville
Hancock Co. High School, Sneedeville
Oakdale High School, Oakdale
Unaka High School, Elizabethton
Class IA, Region 2
Coalfield High School, Coalfield
Greenback High School, Greenback
Harriman High School, Harriman
Jellico High School, Jellico
Midway High School, Kingston
Oneida High School, Oneida
Sunbright High School, Sunbright
Class 2A, Region 2
Austin-East High School, Knoxville
Grace Christian Academy, Knoxville
Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs
Rockwood High School, Rockwood
Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater
Tellico Plains High School, Tellico Plains
Wartburg Central High School, Wartburg
Class 3A, Region 2
Alcoa High School, Alcoa
Christian Academy of Knoxville, Knoxville
Kingston High School, Kingston
Loudon High School, Loudon
McMinn Central High School, Englewood
Scott High School, Huntsville
Class 4A, Region 2
Anderson Co. High School, Clinton
Carter High School, Strawberry Plains
Fulton High School, Knoxville
Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville
Knoxville Central High School, Knoxville
Union Co. High School, Maynardville
Class 5A, Region 2
Gibbs High School, Corryton
Heritage High School, Maryville
Knoxville Halls High School, Knoxville
Powell High School, Powell
South Doyle High School, Knoxville
West High School, Knoxville
Class 5A, Region 3
Campbell Co. High School, Jacksboro
Clinton High School, Clinton
Farragut High School, Knoxville
Karns High School, Knoxville
Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City
Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge
Class 6A, Region 1
Bearden High School, Knoxville
Bradley Central High School, Cleveland
Dobyns Bennett High School, Kingsport
Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville
Jefferson Co. High School, Dandridge
Maryville High School, Maryville
Science Hill High School, Johnson City
William Blount High School, Maryville
High School basketball scores November 11th
Grace girls 63 Oak Ridge 54...Oak Ridge boys 70 Grace 54
Kingston girls 44 Anderson County 41 (OT)...Anderson County boys 65 Kingston 51
Sevier County girls 66 Campbell County 46...Sevier County boys 63 Sevier County 37
Tellico Plains girls 58 Coalfield 38...Tellico Plains boys 69 Coalfield 67
Harriman girls 42 King's Academy 21...Harriman boys 67 King's Academy 60
Mr. Football finalists announced: The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Murfreesboro. For the thirteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award. There are three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2014 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. "We are obviously excited and appreciative about being involved with the Tennessee Titans for the eighth consecutive year,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They have helped make the recognition of the 33 student-athletes, their families, and schools possible. The sponsorship of the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and numerous contributions to high schools across the state since the team moved to Tennessee have meant a great deal to the member schools of the TSSAA.” This is the 30th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. Plaques will be presented to 22 other finalists. Approximately 600 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2014 luncheon. 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 for free by the NFHS Network. Those interested can watch the awards by going to www.TSSAANetwork.com. The Tennessee Titans will also stream the event live on their website, www.titansonline.com.
2014 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalists
CLASS A LINEMAN
Alex Givens, Nashville Christian
Zach Stewart, Coalfield
Tristan Jernigan, Union City
CLASS AA LINEMAN
Parker Howell, CPA
Kyle Mitchell, Alcoa
Harrison Moon, Signal Mountain
CLASS AAA LINEMAN
Dylan Jackson, Maryville
Jack Jones, Oakland
Joshua McMillon, Whitehaven
Brant Mitchell, Webb School of Knoxville
Trey Smith, USJ
Andrew Wood, Friendship Christian
Myles Douglas, Ensworth
Jackson Pittman, Brentwood Academy
Drew Richmond, MUS
CLASS A BACK
Kyle Akin, Trinity Christian
Ricky Henry, Union City
Blake Zeman, Marion County
CLASS AA BACK
Johnny Jones, Crockett County
Jaquez Tyson, Alcoa
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Pearl Cohn
CLASS AAA BACK
Van Jefferson, Ravenwood
Jauan Jennings, Blackman
Malik McGue, Science Hill
Clay Beathard, BGA
Chase Hayden, St. George’s
Austin Taylor, Friendship Christian
Cole Euverard, MBA
Colton Neel, MUS
Alex Trotter, McCallie
KICKER OF THE YEAR
Corey Fatony, Franklin
Thomas Garrison, Columbia Academy
Laszlo Toser, Ooltewah
High School football playoffs Friday November 7th
5A: Cleveland 10 Clinton 7…The Dragons’ usually potent offense was held in check by a fast, physical and active Cleveland defense and Clinton’s first foray into the postseason since 2009 ended with a first-round loss on the road. Clinton’s season ended at 7-4. Cleveland’s defense held Clinton to just 63 yards rushing on 34 carries and harassed QB Tyler Thackerson all night long, sacking him three times. Thackerson did find Travsit Patrick for a 25-yard TD pass in the third quarter but the Dragons were unable to break through again against the talented Blue Raiders.
Tennessee 41 Anderson County 24…The Mavericks played without seven starters due to injuries and Tennessee rolled up 364 yards rushing as AC’s season ended at 8-3.
Oak Ridge 53 Soddy Daisy 28…The Wildcats pulled away from the Trojans in the second half to improve to 11-0 and advance to next week’s second round. TJ Allison ran for 175 yards and 2 TDs and Jaylen Nickerson rushed for 132 yards and 2 scores for OR.
Campbell County 26 Morristown West 25…Ethan Jeffers connected with Trey Torres on a 68 yard scoring strike late in the 4th to lift the Cougars.
West 46 Central 0…South Doyle 32 Gibbs 21…Ooltewah 31 Stone Memorial 0…Rhea County 52 Tullahoma 14
6A: Maryville 48 Walker Valley 0…Sevier County 28 Hardin Valley 20
4A: Greeneville 34 Carter 3…Catholic 24 Elizabethton 17…Fulton 56 Scott 0…Loudon 50 Macon County 7
3A: Alcoa 62 Johnson County 14…CAK 48 Chuckey Doak 6…Gatlinburg-Pittman 52 Sweetwater 23…Pigeon Forge 49 West Greene 6
2A: Grace 35 Meigs County 23…Rockwood 24 Boyd Buchanan 21
1A: Coalfield 8 Harriman 6…Midway 42 Red Boiling Springs 8…Sunbright 42 Oakdale 28
Round 2 Friday November 14th
1A: Sunbright at Greenback…Coalfield at Cloudland…Midway at Monterey
2A: Rockwood at Oneida…Grace at Hampton
3A: Gatlinburg-Pittman at Alcoa…CAK at Pigeon Forge
4A: Catholic at Fulton…Greeneville at Sullivan South
5A: Cleveland at Oak Ridge…Ooltewah at Rhea County…Campbell County at South Doyle…Tennessee at West
6A: Sevier County at Maryville…Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill
Clinton/Cleveland box score
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday at Phoenix…Four drivers have advanced to the Championship Round of the post-season Chase and four have been left behind as NASCAR’s sixty-sixth season now rolls toward its conclusion next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick made sure he was one of those advancing out of the Eliminator Round with a dominating victory Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick led 264 of the 312 laps on the one-mile desert oval and is joined by Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman in NASCAR’s version of the “Final Four.” The highest-finishing driver from that quartet in next Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 will win the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. The four-man title field was not completely set until the final lap of Sunday’s race – when Newman steered his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet underneath rookie Kyle Larson to grab eleventh place. The last-lap move was enough to slide Newman into the Championship Round and squeeze Jeff Gordon out. Harvick and Gordon, who finished second in Sunday’s race, wound up tied for the fourth and final spot in the Championship Round. The tiebreaker went to Harvick by virtue of his victory. Hamlin and Logano locked in their spots with finishes of fifth and sixth, respectively. Gordon was the last remaining title contender among the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers who began the Chase in mid-September. Also eliminated Sunday were Matt Kenseth, despite a third-place finish in the race … Brad Keselowski, who placed fourth … and Carl Edwards, fifteenth.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday at Phoenix…Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s race and 18-year-old Chase Elliott made NASCAR history as the youngest champion ever in one of the sport’s three top national series. Elliott finished fifth in the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans, building an insurmountable fifty-two-point lead over Junior Motorsports teammate Regan Smith entering the season finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Elliott, the son of 1988 Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, was victorious July 19th at Chicagoland Speedway … taking over the points lead then and holding the Number-1 spot ever since. Previously, NASCAR’s youngest champion in a national series was Brian Vickers, who won the 2003 Nationwide Series crown at the age of 20. As for Saturday’s race, Keselowski snatched the lead from Kyle Busch on the final lap to notch his fifth win of the season and the thirty-second of his career. Busch started from the pole and led all but nineteen of the 206 laps.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday at Phoenix…Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway was cut short because of a widespread power outage in the area around the one-mile desert oval. But Erik Jones had plenty of power under the hood of his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, leading all but twelve of the 126 laps contested to notch his third victory of the season and the fourth of his career. Matt Crafton finished second to stretch his lead over Ryan Blaney to twenty-five points heading into next weekend’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway – where Crafton needs to finish twenty-first or better to become the first back-to-back champion in the series’ twenty-year history. Cole Custer took third place in Friday’s race with Blaney and Ben Rhodes completing the top five
Final HS Football Polls for 2014: Maryville is #1 in the final 6A poll of the year. West is #1 in 5A, with Ooltewah at #3, South Doyle at #5, Rhea County at #6, Oak Ridge at #7 and Anderson County at #10. In Class 4A, Fulton is #1 with Catholic #3, Greeneville #4 and Loudon #10. Alcoa remains atop the 3A poll. In Class 2A, Oneida is #4 and Grace Christian #9, while the Class 1A poll has Greenback at #5 and Coalfield at #7.
Clinton’s record in the playoffs (Won 8, Lost 10)
(“vs.” = Clinton home game)
1981—vs. Farragut, L 14-18 (1st round)
1986—at Carter, W 19-0 (1st round)
1986—at Jefferson County, L 0-35 (2nd round) (may have been quarterfinals in this era)
1992—vs. Maryville, W 46-14 (1st round)
1992—at Cocke County, W 27-15 (2nd round)
1992—vs. Riverdale, W 19-14 (quarterfinals)
1992—vs. Halls, W 14-10 (semifinals)
1992—vs. Gallatin in Nashville, L 13-21 (Clinic Bowl)
1993—at Tullahoma, L 18-21 (1st round)
1995—at Morristown East, W 19-0 (1st round)
1995—vs. Lebanon, L 16-22 (2nd round)
1996—at Science Hill, L 22-27 (1st round)
1997—vs. William Blount, W 28-7 (1st round)
1997—vs. Sevier County, L 7-49 (2nd round)
1998—vs. Science Hill, L 28-35 (2 OT) (1st round)
2008—at Rhea County, L 21-41 (1st round)
2009—vs. Shelbyville, W 35-6 (1st round)
2009—vs. Anderson County, L 28-31 (2nd round)
2014 HS football season over, CHS ends with shutout: The high school football regular season wrapped up Friday and playoff brackets were announced Saturday morning. Friday, the Clinton Dragons did what they needed to do to close out the regular season on a high note, shutting out Halls 32-0. The defense held Halls to 118 total yards and picked off three passes (one each by Travist Patrick, J’Quan Thomas and Christian Bailey) while also recording three sacks (two by Shane Hooks and one by Jacob Rickett). Tyler Thackerson led a balanced offense, completing 11 of 17 passes for 152 yards and a TD to Hooks, while also rushing for 83 yards and a score. Aaron Watson ran for 75 yards and got the scoring started with an electrifying 54-yard TD run. Thomas scored on a reverse and Patrick returned a punt 32 yards for Clinton, which improved to 7-3, 5-3 in D3AAA with its fifth straight win. Elsewhere: Central 13 Gibbs 0…Fulton 18 Carter 12…Greenback 37 Midway 16…Bearden 34 William Blount 14…CAK 42 Kingston 20…Alcoa 21 Catholic 14…West 55 Lenoir City 16…Coalfield 52 Oakdale 0…Oneida 56 Jellico 8
Clinton/Halls box score
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HS football Thursday round-up: It was an unusually busy Thursday night of high school football in East Tennessee as several games were moved up a day to avoid conflicting with Halloween. In the biggest game of the night, Oak Ridge upended Anderson County 28-16 at AC to cap an unbeaten regular season and clinch the District 3-AAA championship. Tee Higgins led Oak Ridge with a pair of touchdown catches, and Gavin Warrington and TJ Allison each added a rushing TD for the Wildcats. Garrett Johnson, who filled in for injured QB Zane Smith, threw a touchdown pass to Cole Brock and ran for a score as well. Elsewhere, it was Monterey clubbing Oliver Springs 49-14; Campbell County obliterated Powell 41-0; Rockwood knocked off Grace Christian 22-15 and Sunbright shut out Wartburg 33-0. The regular season concludes tonight with a lighter than usual docket, including right here on WYSH as we bring you Halls at Clinton when F&F FNF kicks off at 7:00. Other games of interest have Central at Gibbs, Greenback at Midway, Coalfield at Oakdale , Kingston at CAK and a battle of state-ranked powerhouses when Alcoa visits Catholic.
Schedule Week 10 (October 30th & 31st)…(Thursday) Oak Ridge at Anderson County...Monterey at Oliver Springs…Powell at Campbell County…Wartburg at Sunbright…Grace at Rockwood…South Doyle at Sevier County…(Friday) Halls at Clinton (WYSH, 7:00)…Coalfield at Oakdale…Greenback at Midway…Jellico at Oneida…Kingston at CAK…Alcoa at Catholic…William Blount at Bearden…Central at Gibbs…West at Lenoir City…Farragut at Maryville…Jefferson County at Morristown East.
HS Polls: The AP football polls were released on Monday. in Class 6A, Maryville is #1 and Sevier County is #10. in Class 5A, West is #1, South Doyle is #5, Oak Ridge is #7 and Anderson County is #8. In Class 4A, Fulton is #1 and Catholic stays at #2. In 3A, Alcoa is #1. In Class 2A, Oneida is #4 and Grace Christian #5. In Class 1A, Greenback is #6 and Coalfield is #10.
High School football scores Friday October 24th…Clinton 42 Sequoyah 10: Clinton knocked off the rust from the bye week early and then throttled Sequoyah on the road for their 4th straight victory. The 6-3 Dragons have won three of those games on the road. Tyler Thackerson led the Dragons with 303 yards passing and 4 TDs on 22-of-31 passing while adding 54 yards rushing and a score. J’Quan Thomas was sensational, rushing for 63 yards including a 58-yard scamper for a score on a reverse and catching six balls for 148 yards and 2 TDs, including a 91-yarder in the 3rd quarter. Jonathan Bean snared 2 TDs as part of his seven-catch night.
Anderson County 42 Halls 16: The Mavericks forced four interceptions and reeled off 35 straight points as they stayed unbeaten in D3AAA. Matt Fox scored three times on the ground for AC (8-1, 7-0), Chandler Kite caught two TDs from Garrett Johnson and Johnson threw a scoring pass to Aaron Sharp.
Oak Ridge 48 Central 7: OR (9-0, 7-0) remained unbeaten as they turned it on in the second half and blew out the Bobcats. Gavin Warrington threw a TD pass to Tee Higgins and ran for one as well. TJ Allison scored, as did Jaylen Nickerson (twice) and Jiminquas Johnson caught a TD pass from Logan Fadnek.
Elsewhere: Oliver Springs 30 Wartburg 0…Campbell County 53 Karns 14…Gibbs 39 Powell 6…Alcoa 31 Maplewood 22…Kingston 42 Sweetwater 34…Greenback 42 Tellico Plains 20…Hardin Valley 56 Lenoir City 0…West 62 Heritage 21…Maryville 62 Bearden 0…Notre dame 40 Coalfield 0…Oakdale 49 Jellico 0…Oneida 14 Sunbright 0…Rockwood 28 Midway 7…South-Doyle 13 Morristown East 10.
Clinton/Sequoyah box score October 24th
High School football polls: 6A, #1 Maryville...5A, West #1; South-Doyle #5; Anderson County #8; Oak Ridge #10...4A, Fulton #1; catholic #2...3A, Alcoa #1; CAK #10...2A, Oneida #5; Grace Christian #6...1A, Greenback #6; Coalfield #9.
High School football scores Friday October 17th: Oak Ridge 66 Powell 0…Sunbright 39 Oliver Springs 7…Gibbs 35 Karns 14…Central 42 Halls 6…Wartburg 8 Jellico 6…Kingston 17 Sequoyah 14…Harriman 41 Tellico Plains 14…Grace Christian 22 Greenback 16…Alcoa 38 CAK 7…Farragut 40 Bearden 22…Heritage 48 Lenoir City 8…West 55 Hardin Valley 8…South Doyle 40 Morristown West 7
High School football schedule (October 30-31): (Thursday) Webb at Catholic…(Friday) Clinton at Sequoyah (LIVE on F&F FNF on WYSH)…Anderson County at Halls…Central at Oak Ridge…Oliver Springs at Wartburg…Gibbs at Powell…Campbell County at Karns…Notre Dame at Coalfield…Rockwood at Midway (BBB-TV)…Jellico at Oakdale…Oneida at Sunbright…Maplewood at Alcoa…Kingston at Sweetwater…Heritage at West.
High School football (Thursday): Maryville 38 William Blount 0...Oneida 21 Coalfield 8
High School volleyball: Region 2AAA tournament at Bearden...Semifinals Farragut def. Oak Ridge 3-0...Bearden def. Anderson County 3-0...Championship Farragut def. Bearden 3-2...Region 2A at Grace...Semifinals Concord Christian def. Coalfield 3-0...Grace def. Jellico 3-0...Championship Grace def. Concord 3-2
HS Football polls: In Class 6A, Maryville remains #1. In Class 5A, West is #1, with South Doyle #6, Anderson County #7 and Oak Ridge #10. In Class 4A, Fulton is #1 and Catholic is #2. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 and CAK is #9. In Class 2A, Oneida is #6 while Grace Christian is #7. In Class 1A, Greenback is #4 and Coalfield is #5.
High School football Friday…Clinton 28 Central 17: Aaron Watson rushed for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns—all in the first quarter—as Clinton built a big early lead and held on for their third straight win and second straight District road victory. CHS (5-3, 4-3) took 4th place in D3AAA and solidified their position for the postseason. Watson scored on runs of 14, 45 and nine yards in the first quarter and the Dragon defense forced three turnovers (2 interceptions by J’Quan Thomas and a fumble recovery from Ben Ross, who played for the first time this season after an offseason knee injury). Thomas also caught at scoring pass from Tyler Thackerson to cap the scoring for CHS, which as this week off before traveling to Sequoyah. Watson has been nominated for both the WBIR Offensive Player of the Week and PrepXtra Offensive Players of the Week awards and Thomas is nominated for PX Defensive Player of the Week. Vote at www.wbir.com and/or www.knoxnews.com.
Catholic 50 Anderson County 14: The Irish sucked the drama out of the showdown of unbeatens early, taking a 22-0 first quarter lead on their way to an impressive win at home. AC (7-1) got a TD pass from Zane Smith to Brandon Ford that covered 80 yards in the first half and Garrett Johnson scored a late rushing TD for AC, which has this week off.
Oak Ridge 62 Karns 7: The Wildcats dominated Karns, building a 56-0 lead on the road thanks to stout defense. OR LB Alex Alcorn is nominated for WBIR Defensive Player of the Week for his 12-tackle performance.
Elsewhere: Oneida 42 Oliver Springs 0…Campbell County 14 Gibbs 7…Coalfield 42 Jellico 7…Farragut 49 Heritage 30…Greenback 21 Harriman 17…Hardin Valley 41 Bearden 7…Grace 36 Midway 0…West 70 William Blount 14…Loudon 28 Kingston 7…Maryville 45 Lenoir City 6…Monterey 43 Wartburg 6…Rockwood 41 Tellico Plains 0…Sunbright 53 Oakdale 6
This week’s schedule: Powell at oak Ridge…Coalfield at Oneida (Thursday)…Greenback at Grace…Wartburg at Jellico…Midway at Meigs County…Sunbright at Oliver Springs…Harriman at Tellico Plains…Alcoa at CAK…Sequoyah at Kingston…Karns at Gibbs…Halls at Central…Hardin Valley at West…Maryville at William Blount…South Doyle at Morristown West…Bearden at Farragut.
CLINTON/CENTRAL BOX SCORE
Middle School football Thursday October 9th: Robertsville 40 Jefferson 16 (RMS wins the Oak Ridge Middle School Championship)…Oliver Springs 24 Spring City 16 (OSMS completes 9-0 season with Clinch Valley Conference title.)
OR claims D3AAA volleyball crown: In high school volleyball, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats eliminated Clinton from the District 3-AAA semifinal Wednesday at Central. The Lady Dragons fell 3 games to 1 to Oak Ridge, which went on to face Anderson County—which outlasted Halls 3-2 in their semifinal match—for the District title. The Lady Wildcats knocked off the Lady Mavs 3 games to 1 and will host the District 4 runner-up in the Region tournament while AC will travel to the District 4 winner.
AP High School football polls: The Associated Press high school football polls for this week were unveiled Monday. Here is a look at the teams from East Tennessee who are ranked this week. In Class 6A, Maryville remains #1, with Science Hill at #6 and Dobyns-Bennett #9. In Class 5A, Knox West stays in first place while the Anderson County Mavericks remain at #3. South Doyle is #7 in Class 5A and Oak Ridge made its debut in the poll this week at #10. In Class 4A, Fulton and Catholic remain 1 & 2 while Greeneville is #4. In Class 3A, Alcoa is atop the poll with CAK at #7. In Class 2A, Oneida is #6 while Grace Christian is #7 and in class 1A, Greenback is #6 with Coalfield at #7.
Friday High School Football scores
Clinton 48 Powell 22…The Dragon defense forced 4 turnovers, the offense was led once again by a strong ground game, and Clinton won in back-to-back weeks for the first time this season, and improving to 4-3 (3-3 in D3AAA). The record is significant for Coach Josh Kerr, as it this marks the first time in his tenure that CHS has been above .500, and means that the Dragons’ postseason hopes are very much alive. In beating the Panthers at Powell for the first time since 2007, Clinton’s rushing attack generated 233 yards and all four primary rushers (Zach Jones, 103 yards; Aaron Watson, 60; Shane Hooks, 21; and Tyler Thackerson, 49) all scored via the ground game. Thackerson also threw touchdown passes to Christian Bailey and Dylan Faddis and accounted for 163 yards through the air. The Dragon defense got interceptions from Beau Crisp and Jevonne Shepard and Bailey recovered two fumbles for CHS. Sophomore J’Quan Thomas took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score but the Dragon offense was stymied for much of the first quarter. Their fortunes turned after Crisp intercepted a Brandon Brown pass to the Panther two-yard line, setting up Hooks’ 2-yard score from the Wildcat formation as heavy rains came and the Dragons took a 14-8 lead. Jones’ touchdown run covered 66 yards and Watson’s 34 as CHS took a 27-8 lead into halftime. CHS outscored Powell (1-5, 1-3) 21-14 in the second half. The CHS defense held Powell to 161 yards of total offense while the offense churned out 396 total yards.
Elsewhere…Oak Ridge 24 Campbell County 8: The Wildcats celebrated Homecoming by dominating and containing the Cougars’ high-powered offense while avenging last year’s loss at CCHS. TJ Allison scored twice on the ground and Jaylen Nickerson took one in, and both topped 100 yards rushing with Nickerson tallying 121 yards and Allison 110.
Oliver Springs 27 Jellico 18…Oneida 35 Oakdale 7…Coalfield 36 Wartburg 0…Alcoa 48 Scott 7…Greenback 30 Rockwood 3…Hardin Valley 41 Farragut 17…Harriman 35 Midway 26…Catholic 49 Kingston 14…Carter 35 Union County 13…Fulton 55 Pigeon Forge 6…Grace 13 Meigs County 6…West 54 Bearden 19…Halls 47 Karns 35…Maryville 45 Heritage 14…South Doyle 37 Seymour 6…Sequoyah 21 Polk County 0…William Blount 29 Lenoir City 17
Schedule: Thursday…Halls at Powell...Friday…(F&F FNF, 7:00 on WYSH) Clinton at Central…Anderson County at Catholic…Oak Ridge at Karns…Oneida at Oliver Springs…Midway at Grace…Harriman at Greenback…Sunbright at Oakdale…Tellico Plains at Rockwood…Monterey at Wartburg…Loudon at Kingston…Hardin Valley at Bearden…Gibbs at Campbell County…Farragut at Heritage…Lenoir City at Maryville…William Blount at West…Sequoyah at White County
Clinton Box Score (at Powell October 3rd)
Bailey 2; Powell: none
Middle School football: Robertsville 36 Clinton 14
High School football: Anderson County 59 Central 35…The Mavericks ran for 464 yards and romped on the road. Matt Fox led the way with 214 yards on the ground and 4 TDs while QB Zane Smith ran for 204 yards and two scores and threw another to Garrett Johnson, who himself also had a rushing TD. AC is 7-0, 6-0 in District 3AAA.
Clinton 35 Karns 17: Clinton overcame a sluggish first half and a scrappy Karns team to win their Homecoming game and improve to 3-3 on the season. Trailing 17-14 at the half, the Dragons came out in the third quarter with a far more disciplined defensive performance and took control of the game. Shane Hooks once again provided an offensive spark for CHS as he took a short pass 46 yards to the Karns 6-yard line in the third quarter and ran in from 1 yard out two plays later to give the Dragons a lead they would never relinquish. CHS gained 458 total yards—254 on the ground. Zach Jones ran for 88 yards and caught a TD pass, Aaron Watson rushed for 83 yards and a TD and Tyler Thackerson threw for 204 yards and ran for 69 yards and a score. JaQuan Thomas caught a TD pass from Thackerson as well.
Karns 7 10 0 0
Anderson County 42 Powell 7: AC’s defense and ground game wore down Powell and the Mavericks rolled on the road. Matt Fox had 274 of AC’s 419 rushing yards and scored 4 TDs while the AC defense held Powell to a mere 112 yards of total offense.
Oak Ridge 38 Gibbs 21: OR pulled away after halftime to improve to 5-0 as TJ Allison rushed for 115 yards and a TD and Logan Fadnek threw 2 scoring tosses and rushed for another.
Elsewhere: Campbell County 42 Halls 7…Lenoir City 28 Kingston 23…Fulton 71 Central 7…Harriman 40 Wartburg 0…Sunbright 41 Midway 25…Rockwood 48 Oakdale 0
Middle school football Thursday...Clinton 50 Soldier's Memorial 28
Middle School football...Tuesday: Jefferson 20 Clinton 8
High School Football polls: The high school football polls for this week were released on Monday. In Class 6A, Maryville is #1 and Sevier County #10. In Class 5A, Knox West remains at #1, with Anderson County at #4, South-Doyle at #9 and Campbell County at #10. In Class 4A, Fulton and catholic are ranked #1 and #2, respectively. In Class 3A, Alcoa is #1 with CAK at #7. In Class 2A, Grace Christian is ranked #3 and Oneida is #9. In Class 1A, Greenback is #5 with Midway and Coalfield tied for #7.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Week 4 Scores
Anderson County 64 Karns 28…AC scored twice BEFORE their offense ever took the field—once on an 81-yard punt return and again on a 40-yard interception return—both by Brandon Ford, and romped at the Beaver Dam. Ford added a second pick later in the first half. The Mavs led 51-14 at halftime and rested their starters beginning in the third quarter. Matt Fox rushed for 223 yards and three scores while Garrett Johnson added one rushing TD and 2 touchdown catches.
Oak Ridge 35 McMinn County 0…Jaylen Nickerson scored two rushing touchdowns and the Wildcat defense was stout as they kept host McMinn County winless.
Elsewhere: Coalfield 66 Oliver Springs 34…Alcoa 45 Kingston 14…Central 28 Powell 14…Gibbs 28 Halls 12…Midway 38 Tellico Plains 28…Meigs County 42 Rockwood 14…Oakdale 38 Wartburg 14…Grace Christian 40 Harriman 19…West 49 Farragut 30…Oneida 14 Greenback 0…Sunbright 39 Jellico 18
High School Football Thursday at Clinton…Campbell County 41 Clinton 34: The game lived up to its billing as an offensive shootout and a duel between two of the best quarterbacks in the state but the Campbell County Cougars left Clinton with a huge District win. The teams combined for 803 total yards (CCHS 411; CHS 392) in the televised match-up, which was not decided until late in the 4th quarter with Clinton trailing by 7 when a muffed center/QB exchange resulted in a lost Dragon fumble at the Cougar 16-yard line with 1:58 to play. Had the Dragons been able to punch it in, which seemed likely given the first 38 minutes of the game, Coach Josh Kerr said after the game that his team would have gone for two points and the win. CCHS struck first on a Trey Torres 2-yard TD run but the Dragons answered with touchdown passes from Tyler Thackerson to Travist Patrick (30 yards) and Zach Jones (13). The Cougars then scored twice, once on a run by Paul Courdle and again on a TD toss from Ethan Jeffers to Preston Miller that covered 32 yards. The Dragons knotted it up at the half on a 4-yard scoring strike to Hayden Martin with no time left in the quarter to make it 21-21. Clinton struck first in the third quarter on a Shane Hooks 15-yard touchdown catch that made it 28-21. Torres scored again for the Cougars on a 34-yard pass from Jeffers but the extra point was blocked, keeping the Dragons ahead 28-27. CCHS reclaimed the lead 34-28 early in the fourth quarter when Jeffers found Jacob Bunch from 20 yards out. Jones ran in from 14 yards out to tie the game but the extra point was blocked. Campbell County got the go-ahead score on a Courdle 3-yard plunge with 4:24 remaining. After recovering the botched snap, the Cougars were able to run out the clock and improve to 4-1 on the season, 2-1 in District 3-AAA. The loss dropped CHS to 2-3, 1-3. Thackerson went 18-of-22 for 169 yards and 4 touchdowns while the Dragon rushing attack ground out 223 yards, led by Aaron Watson (75 yards), Hooks (73), Jones (54) and Thackerson (36). Hayden Martin had 5 catches for 35 yards and a score while Travist Patrick caught a TD for the third straight game. Campbell County was led by Jeffers’ 21-of-26 passing for 329 yards and 3 TDs while Courdle added 60 rushing yards and two scores. Torres was Campbell County’s leading receiver with 122 yards on seven receptions. Next up for Clinton is a Homecoming date with Karns next Friday while the Cougars return home to face Halls.
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.
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