In George Quarles’ 16 years as head coach at Maryville, the Rebels leave put up some pretty gaudy numbers.
Among the accomplishments:
Quarles overall record of 221-14, which is a winning percentage of .940.
The Rebels have won 10 state titles and 14 straight district/region titles and 99 consecutive district games.
But the streak that is the most staggering and absurd at the same time is Maryville has made 15 consecutive Semifinal rounds in the playoffs.
The last non semifinal round was 1999, Quarles first year at Maryville when they were defeated by Knoxville Central in the Class 4A Quarterfinals.
Since that defeat, Maryville has won seven 4A state titles and three 6A championships.
What’s the secret to the Rebels Semifinal success?
“Honestly, I haven’t got a clue to the reason we’ve been so good at getting to the Semifinals,” Quarles said.
“I think if we ever figure out what the secret is, it will end and right now we are enjoying everything but like all good things it will come to an end and we understand that.”
The way Maryville keeps winning games at a clip it seems it never will end.
Last season as the Rebels prepared for their 14th state title win over Hendersonville, I was granted all access by Quarles and wanted to see what made Maryville tick.
What I found was a very stable program with a very level person at the top in Quarles, who despite not being a military man runs the Rebels like a well oiled machine.
No stone is left unturned by Quarles who thrives on being over prepared for every situation which has served the Rebels well.
“We definitely have a routine and a way of doing things but I think there are several reasons why we have been successful,” Quarles said.
One reason is the stability of the coaching staff especially with his offensive and defensive coordinator in David Ellis and Jim Gaylor as well as other position coaches being around for awhile.
“I’ve been really fortunate that our coaches have been on staff here during this run and we are very comfortable with one another,” Quarles said.
Another reason for the success is that kids grow up wanting to wear the Rebel colors in high school.
“The kids grew up wanting to be a part of the Maryville program but they hold themselves up to a great standard,” Quarles said.
“At the end of the day, they don’t want to be the class that broke the streak or didn’t win a state championship.”
Maryville isn’t the only team that has had success in getting to the semifinal round.
Below is a list of schools that have made a tradition of playing on Thanksgiving weekend.
1. Maryville-15 (2000-current)
2. Knoxville Webb-6 (2009-current)
3. Ensworth-5 (2010-current)
4. Adamsville-4 (2011-current)
4. CPA-4 (2011-current)
4. Coalfield-4 (2011-current)
7. Fulton-3 (2012-current)
7. MBA-3 (2012-current)
7. Nashville Christian-3 (2012-current)
10. Alcoa-2 (2013-current)
10. Grace Christian-2 (2013-current)
10. Knoxville West-2 (2013-current)
10. Trezevant-2 (2013-current)
10. Union City-2 (2013-current)
Class 1A Semifinal
Coalfield (9-4) at Monterey (9-3)
Head Coaches-Coalfield- Keith Henry; Monterey-Scott Hughes
All Time Playoff Records-Coalfield-29-26; Monterey-2-17
Last Semifinal Appearance-Coalfield-2013; Monterey-First Appearance
State Championships-Coalfield-None; Monterey-None
Semi Finals Record-Coalfield-0-4; Monterey-0-0
Winning Streaks-Coalfield-4; Monterey-9
Offense PPG-Coalfield-26.2; Monterey-29.5
Defense PPG-Coalfield-21.7; Monterey-16.3
Players To Watch-Coalfield-Zach Stewart (OL/DE, Sr., UT commitment; Class A Mr. Football Lineman Finalist, 99 tackles, 24 for loss, 14 sacks), Addison Bible (RB/DB Sr., 1,756 total yards, 20 TDs), Parker McKinney (QB, Fr., 2,077 passing yards, 17 TDs), Josh Turpin (OL/DL, Sr., 82 tackles, 18 for loss), Blake Hall (OL/LB, Jr., 109 tackles, 16 for loss, 6 sacks), Kyle Vanwitzenburg (TE/QB/LB, Jr.), Peyton Tinker (WR/DB, Sr., 35 tackles, 3 INT), John Ervin (ATH/DB, Jr.), Mikie Ausburn (SS, Jr., 87 tackles, 7 for loss, 2 FR)
Monterey-Dalton Phillips (RB/S, Sr., 1,760 rushing yards, 22 TDs), Corey Heiderich (QB, Jr., 779 passing yards, 8 TDs), Bradley Tayes (OL/LB, Jr., 74 tackles, 22 TFL, 6 sacks), Braxton Tayes (OL/LB, Jr., 103 tackles, 10 for loss), Dale Walker (OL/DL, Jr., 63 tackles, 14 for loss), Jesse Raines (TE/LB, Jr., 64 tackles, 10 for loss), Spencer Norrod (OL/DL, Soph., 57 tackles, 17 for loss),
Chase Smith (OL/DL, Soph., 54 tackles, 15 for loss, 4 sacks), Dillon Stults (WR/S, Sr.), Cody Goolsby (TE/LB, Sr.), Noah Mason (WR/CB, Jr.),
Dillon Adkins (OL/DL, Soph.), Dalton Beard (OL/DL, Soph.)
Class 1A Semifinal
Nashville Christian (12-0) at Union City (12-0)
Head Coaches-Nashville Christian-Jeff Brothers; Union City-Darren Bowling
All Time Playoff Records-Nashville Christian-14-10; Union City-39-20
Last Semifinal Appearance-Nashville Christian-2013; Union City-2013
State Championships-Nashville Christian-None; Union City-2 (Class 1A in 2009 and 2013)
Semi Finals Record-Nashville Christian-0-2; Union City-5-2
Enrollment-Nashville Christian-345.6 (Multiplied by 1.8); Union City-397
Offense-Nashville Christian-Multiple I; Union City-Split Back Veer
Defense-Nashville Christian-3-5-3; Union City-Multiple
Winning Streaks-Nashville Christian-12; Union City-25
Offense PPG-Nashville Christian-42.6; Union City-55.4
Defense PPG-Nashville Christian-7.3; Union City-8.6
Players To Watch-Nashville Christian-Daniel Bituli (RB, Jr., 618 rushing yards, 18 TDs, 50 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks), Alex Givens (OL, Sr., Ole Miss Commitment; Class A Mr. Football Lineman Finalist), Mickey Martin (DB, Soph., 20 tackles, 6 INTs), Malcolm Swann (DL, Jr.), Grant Williams (LB, Jr., 43 tackles), Nathan Hargrove (LB, Jr., 31 tackles, 4.5 sacks), Kyle Tidwell (QB, Jr., 912 passing yards, 14 TDs), Mareio McGraw (RB, Jr., 782 rushing yards, 11 TDs), Blake Barfield (RB, 669 rushing yards, 7 TDs)
Union City-Garrett Walton (QB, Sr.), JaVonte Moffatt (RB/DB, Sr.), Ricky Henry (FB/ DL, Sr., Class A Mr. Football Back Finalist), Alex Reid (RB/DB, Sr.), Case Cook (WR, Jr.), Tristan Jernigan (OL/DL, Sr., Class A Mr. Football Lineman Finalist), Kane Taylor (OL/LB, Sr.), Zach Parker (OL, Sr.), Cameron Avery (OL, Sr.), Jamie Pirtle (DL, Sr.), Jamison Blackwell (LB, Jr.), Mason Parker (LB, Sr.), D’Carrious Stephens (DB, Jr.)
Class 2A Semifinal
Grace Christian Academy (10-3) at Marion County (11-1)
Head Coaches-GCA-Randy McKamey; Marion County-Ricky Ross
All Time Playoff Records-GCA-8-6; Marion County-50-27
Last Semifinal Appearance-GCA-2012; Marion County-2008
State Championships-GCA-None; Marion County-4 (2A in 1990 and 1992; 3A in 1994 and 1995)
Semi Finals Record-GCA-0-2; Marion County-6-2
Enrollment-GCA-345.6 (Multiplied by 1.8); Marion County-518
Offense-GCA-Wing T; Marion County-Multiple
Defense-GCA-4-3; Marion County-30 Stack
Winning Streaks-GCA-3; Marion County-8
Offense PPG-GCA-28.0; Marion County-43.7
Defense PPG-GCA-15.2; Marion County-11.8
Players To Watch-GCA-Kyron Inman (RB, Sr.), Jimmy Clevenger (QB, Jr., 1,196 passing yards, 10 TDs), Cameron Kuershen (RB/LB, Sr., 1,319 rushing yards, 12 TDs, 72 tackles), Kobe Kelly (WR, Sr., 41 catches, 795 yards, 8 TDs, 6 INTs), Dylan Todd (OL/DL, Jr.), Rhett Elwood (TE/DE, Jr., 4.5 sacks), Wade Sluss (RB/S, Jr.), Zach Beck (RB/LB, Jr.), Brandon Maiorin (LB, Sr., 79 tackles, 9.5 for loss)
Marion County-Blake Zeman (RB/LB, Sr., Class A Mr. Football Back Finalist, 1,650 rushing yards, 32 TDs, 111.5 tackles, 31 for loss, 10 sacks), Chandler Willis (OL/DL, Sr.), Deion Riley (DB/RB, Sr.), Josh Henderson (RB/DB, Jr., 704 rushing yards, 10 TDs), Blake Brooks (RB/OLB, Sr., 484 rushing yards, 2 TDs), Bryce Massengale (QB, Jr., 1,004 total yards, 15 TDs),
Bradley Baxter (LB/TE, Jr., 62.5 tackles, 9 for loss), Hunter McClain (ATH/FS, Soph., 54 tackles, 15 for loss), Alex Kirkendoll (TE/OLB, Soph., 99 tackles, 23 for loss, 2 sacks), Hayden Tudors (OL/DL, Sr., 51 tackles, 9 for loss)
Class 2A Semifinal
Adamsville (11-1) at Peabody (11-2)
Head Coaches-Adamsville-Brandon Gray; Peabody-Ricky Woods
All Time Playoff Records-Adamsville-18-14; Peabody-19-18
Last Semifinal Appearance-Adamsville-2013; Peabody-2007
State Championships-Adamsville-None; Peabody-None
Semi Finals Record-Adamsville 2-3; Peabody -1-1
Offense-Adamsville-Multiple I; Peabody-Multiple
Winning Streaks-Adamsville-9; Peabody-4
Offense PPG-Adamsville-39.6; Peabody-41.8
Defense PPG-Adamsville-13.2; Peabody-15.2
Players To Watch-Adamsville-Seth Paul (QB, Sr., 1,082 passing, 19 TDs), Jacob Dengler (RB/LB, Sr., 93 tackles, 15 for loss, 3 sacks), Ross Burcham (WR/S, Sr., 33 catches for 816 yards, 14 TDs), Chris Irons (RB, Sr., 650 rushing yards, 11 TDs), Chase Burdette (LB, Soph., 80 tackles)
Luke Kiser (TE/DE, Sr.), Zach Martin (OL, Sr.), Benji Smith (OL, Jr.), Dylan Sweat (OL/DL, Jr.), Blake Sweat (OL/DL, Jr.), Hutch Hefner (LB, Jr.), Chris Bernier (LB, Sr.), Will Linam (K, Soph.), Austin Cotner (DB/WR/QB, Jr.), Bradley Parmley (DB/WR, Sr.), Noah Martin (OL/DL, Jr.), Laderrick Means (RB, Jr.), Ryan Nixon (ATH, Soph.), Dylan Whirley (RB/LB, Soph.),
Peabody-Kendrick Malone (QB, Jr., 3,031 total yards, 35 TDs),
Parker Reeves (OL/DL, Sr.), Grant McEwen (DL, Sr., 72 tackles, 16 for loss), Jordan Johnson (LB, Sr., 67 tackles, 12 for loss), Xavier Ball (DB, Sr.), Jarred Penn (WR/DB, Sr., 32 catches, 512 yards, 8 TDs), Daniel Hodges (FS, Sr., 100 tackles, 2 FF, 2FR), John Davis Prince (OL, Sr.), Zay Norman (OL, Jr.), Octavia Lee (WR, Jr.), Brandon Johnson (RB, Jr., 959 rushing yards, 23 TDs), Reco Buchanan (LB, Sr., 67 tackles, 3 INT), Keyvon Goodwin (31 catches, 608 yards, 8 TDs)
Class 3A Semifinal
Alcoa (12-1) at Notre Dame (12-1)
Head Coaches-Alcoa-Gary Rankin; Notre Dame-Charles Fant
All Time Playoff Records-Alcoa-90-14; Notre Dame-14-22
Last Semifinal Appearance-Alcoa-2013; Notre Dame-2005
State Championships-Alcoa-13; Notre Dame-0
Semi Finals Record-Alcoa-14-4; Notre Dame-0-3
Enrollment-Alcoa-566; Notre Dame-750.6 (Multiplied by 1.8)
Offense-Alcoa-Pro I; Notre Dame-Pistol
Defense-Alcoa-4-3; Notre Dame-3-4
Winning Streaks-Alcoa-10; Notre Dame-12
Offense PPG-Alcoa-41.0; Notre Dame-43.9
Defense PPG-Alcoa-16.8; Notre Dame-7.7
Players To Watch-Alcoa-Jaquez Tyson (RB, Sr., Class AA Mr. Football Back Finalist, 1,852 rushing yards, 31 TDs), Kyle Malik Mitchell (OL, Sr., Class AA Mr. Football Lineman Finalist),
Brody Hess (FB/LB, Sr.), Mitchell McClurg (QB/LB, Jr., 447 passing yards, 2 TDs), Jaylen Myers (QB, Soph., 784 passing yards, 4 TDs)
Matthew McClurg (TE/DE, Jr.), Blake Holder (OL, Sr.), Andrew Pierce (OL, Sr.), Jonathan Decker (DE, Jr.), Keller Maples (LB, Sr.), Jake Warwick (LB, Sr.), Brenden Teeter (SS, Sr.), Dustin Clabough (FS, Jr.), Caleb Woody (DB, Jr.), Braxton Dockery (WR/DB, Sr.)
Notre Dame-Alex Darras (QB, Jr., 1,717 passing yards, 29 TDs), Ricky Ballard (RB, Jr.), Auston Banks (RB, Sr., 1,811 rushing yards, 25 TDs), Kareem Orr (WR/DB, Sr., Louisville Commitment, 50 catches, 755 yards, 17 TDs), Tyler Enos (LB, Jr., 110 tackles), Chris Hornsby (S, Sr.), Joe Dossett (DT/OT, Sr., 10 sacks), Kealey Green (LB, Sr., 85 tackles), A.J. Flemister (S, Sr.)
Class 3A Semifinal
CPA (13-0) at Milan (10-3)
Head Coaches-CPA-Ingle Martin; Milan-Jeff Morris
All Time Playoff Records-CPA-37-15; Milan-79-32
Last Semifinal Appearance-CPA-2013; Milan-2012
State Championships-CPA-2 (2000, 2002); Milan-4 (1971, 1977, 1998, 1999)
Semi Finals Record-CPA-3-2; Milan-9-8
Enrollment-CPA-754.2 (Multiplied by 1.8); Milan-616
Offense-CPA-Two Back Shotgun; Milan-I Formation
Winning Streaks-CPA-13; Milan-7
Offense PPG-CPA-44.3; Milan-27.3
Defense PPG-CPA-12.7; Milan-16.9
Players To Watch-CPA-Jay Hockaday (QB/LB, Sr., 724 rushing yards, 17 TDs, 74 tackles, 3 sacks), Zack Weatherly (QB, Jr., 2,105 passing yards, 37 total touchdowns), Mac Keck (LB, Sr., 85 tackles, 5 sacks), Wallace Barrett (RB/DB Jr., 814 rushing yards, 7 TDs)
Will Whitaker (WR/DB, Sr., 4 INTs), J.R. Osborn (WR/DB, Sr., 40 catches, 693 receiving yards, 12 TDs), Sam Johnson (OL/DE, Sr.), David Bates (OL, Soph.), Will Arsta (OL, Jr.), Peyton Kemp (OL/DL, Jr.), Matthew Dustin (OL, Sr.), Alden Seger (WR/DB Sr.), John Orr (ATH, LB, Jr.) Chip Omer (RB/LB Jr.), Austin Russell (TE Jr.) Cole Smith (RB/LB Jr.) Price Perdue (WR/DB Jr.)
Milan-Landon Walker (QB, Jr.), Hayden Bolton (WR, Sr.), Skykar Hopewell (RB, Sr.), Isaiah Ross (RB, Sr.), Jake Ramaker (DL, Sr.), Devin Stephens (DL, Sr.), Grant Holden (OL, Sr.), Jackson Norris (OL, Sr.), Kristian McKinney (DB, Sr.), Jaleel Buckner (DL, Jr.)
Class 4A Semifinal
Fulton (13-0) at Loudon (13-0)
Head Coaches-Fulton-Bob Black; Loudon-Jeff Harig
All Time Playoff Records-Fulton-48-18; Loudon-35-19
Last Semifinal Appearance-Fulton-2013; Loudon-1997
State Championships-Fulton-5 (2003, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2013); Loudon-3 (1969, 1974 and 1975)
Semi Finals Record-Fulton-8-0; Loudon-3-3
Offense-Fulton-Multiple I; Loudon-Spread
Winning Streaks-Fulton-34; Loudon-13
Offense PPG-Fulton-59.3; Loudon-37.5
Defense PPG-Fulton-5.8; Loudon-9.8
Players To Watch-Fulton-D. J. Campbell (LB, Sr., 579 rushing yards, 11 TDs), K. J. Roper (WR/LB, Sr., 28 catches, 559 yards, 12 TDs), Tony Gunn (NG, Sr.), Domonique Williams (DB/WR, Sr., 27 catches, 600 yards, 11 TDs), Gage Seymour (FS/WR, Sr.), Adam Diggs (QB, Sr., 1,788 passing, 30 TDs), De’Ontay Tate (RB, Jr., 865 rushing yards), Jonathan Roth (OL, Sr.), Kentel Williams (WR/DB, Jr., 22 catches, 503 yards, 6 TDs), Zach Winston Martin (RB, Sr., 645 rushing yards, 8 TDs), Marquiese Batts (LB, Sr., 68 tackles), Chaton Mobley (LB, Soph.)
Loudon-Josh Jackson (RB/DB, Sr., 2,180 rushing yards, 29 TDs), Tyler Ferguson (WR, Sr., 71 catches, 1,144 yards, 13 TDs), Travis Brewer (S/QB, Sr., 1,567 passing yards, 21 TDs), Bryson Marshall (OL/DL, Sr.), Macklyn Russell (DE, Sr.), Trent Berry (LB/RB, Sr.), Ben Johnson (OL, Jr.), Brandon Price (OL, Sr.), Jack Nichols (LB, Sr.), Trevor Reese (OL/DE, Sr.), Jesse Kerr (OL/DT, Jr.)
Class 4A Semifinal
Pearl Cohn (11-2) at Trezevant (12-1)
Head Coaches-Pearl Cohn-Tony Brunetti; Trezevant-Teli White
All Time Playoff Records-Pearl Cohn-29-14; Trezevant-24-22
Last Semifinal Appearance-Pearl Cohn-2007; Trezevant-2013
State Championships-Pearl Cohn-2 (1996 and 1997); Trezevant-None
Semi Finals Record-Pearl Cohn-2-2; Trezevant-1-2
Enrollment-Pearl Cohn-853; Trezevant-568
Offense-Pearl Cohn- Multiple; Trezevant-I Formation
Defense-Pearl Cohn-4-3; Trezevant-Multiple
Winning Streaks-Pearl Cohn- 5; Trezevant-11
Offense PPG-Pearl Cohn-51.6; Trezevant-42.6
Defense PPG-Pearl Cohn-21.6; Trezevant-10.3
Players To Watch-Pearl Cohn-Keshawn Vaughn (RB, Sr., Class AA Mr. Football Back Finalist, 2,525 rushing yards, 44 TDs), Jimmy Ferrell (QB, Sr., 2,289 passing yards, 32 TDs), Rontavios Groves (DB, Sr., 43 catches, 1,120 yards, 19 TDs), Koreyon Jordan (LB, Sr.), Demarques Douglas. (OL, Sr.), Terry Goldthreate (OL, Sr.), Aaron Nixon (OL, Sr.), Dequan Reynolds (OL, Sr.), Josh Montgomery (RB/DE, Sr.), Cameron Watkins (WR/DB, Sr.), Nassir Bigham (WR, Sr.)
Trezevant-Jamal Jones (RB, Sr., 1,603 rushing yards, 18 TDs), Cordarrion Richardson (RB, Jr., 730 rushing yards, 7 TDs), Jordan Spencer (QB, Sr., 619 passing yards, 13 TDs), Gabriel Scott (WR/DB, Sr., 5 INTs), George Monson (RB/LB, Sr., 647 rushing yards, 15 TDs), Justin Swift (LB, Jr., 8.5 sacks), Torrey Mabone (DE, Sr., 11 sacks), Nicholas Clay (LB, Sr.), Tony Grandberry (OL, Sr.), QuZarrius Lacey (DL, Sr.), Albert Terry (OL, Sr.), Veruntavious Walton (WR, Sr.), Micheal Morris (WR, Sr.), Deontay Hughes (DL, Sr.)
Class 5A Semifinal
Knoxville West (12-1) at Rhea County (13-0)
Head Coaches-Knoxville West-Scott Cummings; Rhea County-Mark Pemberton
All Time Playoff Records-Knoxville West-21-12; Rhea County-28-20
Last Semifinal Appearance-Knoxville West- 2013; Rhea County-1989
State Championships-Knoxville West-None; Rhea County-None
Semi Finals Record-Knoxville West-1-3; Rhea County-2-1
Enrollment-Knoxville West-1,338; Rhea County-1,521
Offense-Knoxville West-Split Back Veer; Rhea County-Wing T
Defense-Knoxville West-3-4; Rhea County-3-4
Winning Streaks-Knoxville West-11; Rhea County-13
Offense PPG-Knoxville West-46.0; Rhea County-41.1
Defense PPG-Knoxville West- 14.7; Rhea County-12.6
Players To Watch-Knoxville West-Nathan Cottrell (RB/DB, Sr., Georgia Tech commitment, 1,510 rushing yards, 18 TDs), Seth Marshall (QB/RB, Sr., 2,745 total yards, 37 total TDs), Noah Hoxie (DE/LB, Sr., Air Force Commitment, 58 tackles, 15 TFL), Max Bacon (DB, Sr., 111 tackles, 5 INTs, 5 FF), Alex Burch (FS, Sr., 105 tackles, 5 INTs), Eric Middleton (LB, Soph., 103 tackles), Cole Skavara (LB, Jr., 106 tackles), Cameron Trainer (TE, Jr.), Blake Ensley (OL, Jr.), Ryan Perry (OL, Sr.), Isaiah Mobley (OL, Jr.), Shawn Highfill (LB, Sr.), Tommy Pridemore (DB, Sr.), Jeremiah Russell (WR, Soph.), Hayden Shymlock (DB, Soph.), Tyler Jones (NG, Soph.), Christian Romines (RB, Soph.)
Rhea County-Daniel Dotson (QB, Jr., 679
Passing yards, 10 TDs),
David Loden (WR, Sr.), Jacob York (RB, Sr., 863 rushing yards, 16 TDs), Cody Bice (RB/DB, Soph., 1,107!rushing yards, 12 TDs), Mason Stevenson (FB/LB, Soph.), Noel Patterson (WR/DB, Jr., 19 catches, 467 yards, 4 TDs), Zach Daoust (RB/LB, Sr., 1,571 rushing yards, 13 TDs), Tyler Pendleton (LB, Jr., 102 tackles, 7 TFL)
Bryce Keylon (RB/DB, Sr.), Jacob Williams (OL/DL, Sr.), Lee Hill (TE/DE, Sr.), C. J. Shelton (OL/DL, Sr.), Logan Hinds (C/DL, Sr.), Holden Doss (OG/ ILB, Sr.)
Class 5A Semifinal
Hillsboro (13-0) at Ridgeway (12-1)
Head Coaches-Hillsboro-Craig Clayton; Ridgeway-Duron Sutton
All Time Playoff Records-Hillsboro-38-14; Ridgeway-35-26
Last Semifinal Appearance-Hillsboro-2008; Ridgeway-2010
State Championships-Hillsboro-2 (4A in 2003 and 2008); Ridgeway-1 (3A in 2003)
Semi Finals Record-Hillsboro-5-2; Ridgeway-1-2
Offense-Hillsboro-Multiple; Ridgeway-Multiple I
Winning Streaks-Hillsboro-13; Ridgeway-8
Offense PPG-Hillsboro-40.1; Ridgeway-42.5
Defense PPG-Hillsboro-8.8; Ridgeway-18.8
Players To Watch-Hillsboro-Kyle Phillips (DE/OL, Sr., Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman Finalist, 53.5 tackles, 13 sacks, 20 TFL, 5 FF, 4 FR), Vincent Perry (RB, Sr., Tennessee Commitment, 1,105 rushing yards, 17 TDs), Michael Hughes (QB, Sr., Tennessee State Commitment, 2,158 passing, 21 TDs), Juwan Davis (WR, Sr., Austin Peay Commitment),
DeAndre Alexander (RB, Jr.), Ben Hutch (DT, Soph.), Brent Patterson (NT, Sr.), Nigel Stanton (DE, Sr.), Jonathan Young (LB, Sr., 93 tackles), Michael Mootry (LB, Sr., 89 tackles), Malique Fleming (LB/SS, Jr., 78 tackles, 4 INTs), James Crutcher (DB, Sr.), Shandon Mayes (FS, Sr.), Jeremy Hill (RB, Jr.), Jay King (WR, Jr., 37 catches, 648 yards, 9 TDs), Montgomery Jackson (OL, Sr.), Bailey Goodman (OL, Sr.), CJ Lee (OL, Jr.), Roy Hunter (DE, Jr.).
Ridgeway-Cameron Jones (OT, Sr.), Braxton Conard (QB, Sr., 1,892 passing yards, 26 TDs), Earl Harrison (RB, Sr., Arkansas State Commitment, 2,213 rushing yards, 29 TDs), Elontae Bateman (DT, Sr., Arkansas State commitment), Katavious Taylor (WR, Sr., 34 catches, 785 yards, 13 TDs), Marquette Murdock (TE, Sr., SE Missouri State commitment, 24 catches, 366 yards, 6 TDs), Lilotis Walker (RB, Jr., 956 rushing yards, 8 TDs), Deharrius Smedley (DB, Sr.), Larry Palm (OL, Sr.), D’Angelous Davis (FB, Sr.), Darron Johnson (LB, Sr.), Monteris Boyd, (LB, Sr.), Nick Gordon (DB, Sr.), Terry Fultz (DE, Sr.).
Maryville (13-0) at Oakland (12-1)
Head Coaches-Maryville-George Quarles; Oakland-Thomas McDaniel
All Time Playoff Records-Maryville-106-20; Oakland-35-17
Last Semifinal Appearance-Maryville- 2013; Oakland-2008
State Championships-Maryville-14 (Oakland-3
Semi Finals Record-Maryville-20-8; Oakland-5-1
Offense-Maryville-Multiple Spread; Oakland-Multiple
Winning Streaks-Maryville-28; Oakland-12
Offense PPG-Maryville-42.2; Oakland-36.6
Defense PPG-Maryville-8.1; Oakland-10.2
Players To Watch-Maryville-Tyler Vaught (QB, Sr., Air Force commitment,1,200 total yards, 16 TDs), Dylan Jackson (DE, Sr., Tennessee commitment, Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman Finalist, 52 tackles, 12 TFL),
Dylan Shinsky (RB/LB, Sr.), Richie Koons (OL/DL, Sr.), Jaylen Burgess (RB, Sr., 1,052 rushing yards, 13 TDs), Bryce Miller (TE/DE, Sr.), Clay Straws (OL, Sr.), Lakin McCall (OL, Jr.), Matthew Howard (OL, Sr.), Kyle Withrow (DT, Jr.), T. D. Blackmon (LB, Soph.), Ethan Dudley (LB, Sr.), Paul Bristol (DB, Sr.), Luke Orren (P, Jr.), Kelby Brock (WR, Jr.) Matt Young (DE, Soph., 50 tackles, 8 sacks)
Oakland-Josh Smith (LB, Sr., Vanderbilt commitment, 112 tackles, 23.5 TFL), Jacory Smith (QB, Sr., 1,033 passing), Jack Jones (OT, Sr., Tennessee Commitment, Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman Finalist), Kyle Oliver (WR, Sr., Tennessee commitment, 36 catches, 531 yards), George Gbesee (WR, Sr., 31 catches, 589 yards, Wofford commitment), Tyler Black (FS/RB, Sr., Tennessee State Commitment, 736 rushing yards), Anthony Akers (DT, Sr., 76 tackles, 16.5 TFL), Josh Cunningham (RB/S, Sr., 1,431 rushing yards), Te’Juan Henderson (OL, Sr.), Hudson Smith (OT, Jr.), Ty Nix (DT, Jr., 81 tackles, 29 TFL)
Jacoby Stevens (WR/DB, Soph.)
Ravenwood (13-0) at Whitehaven (13-0)
Hester; Whitehaven-Rodney Saulsberry
All Time Playoff Records-Ravenwood-14-4; Whitehaven-31-20
Last Semifinal Appearance-Ravenwood-2006; Whitehaven-2012
State Championships-Ravenwood-1 (2005 in 5A); Whitehaven-1 (2012 in 6A)
Semi Finals Record-Ravenwood-2-0; Whitehaven-2-1
Offense-Ravenwood-Spread Option; Whitehaven-Multiple
Winning Streaks-Ravenwood-13; Whitehaven-13
Offense PPG-Ravenwood-38.7; Whitehaven-32.3
Defense PPG-Ravenwood-9.9; Whitehaven-13.2
Players To Watch-Ravenwood-Van Jefferson (WR, Sr., Georgia commitment, Class AAA Mr. Football Back Finalist, 58 catches, 1,095 yards, 12 TDs), Cole Brown (QB, Sr., 2,092 passing, 17 TDs), Austin Percy (WR, Sr., 46 catches, 809 yards, 5 TDs), Garrison Jeroninus (LB, Sr., 72 tackles, 18 TFL),
Alexander Sleenhof (OL, Sr.), Seth Rowland (RB, Sr., 1,348 rushing yards, 16 TDs), Nick Barton (S, Sr.) Austin Burt (LB, Sr.) Jeb Stewart (LB, Sr., 83 tackles, 14 TFL),
Whitehaven-Jordan Williams (QB, Sr., 1,600 passing, Joshua McMillon (LB, Sr., Alabama commitment, 65 tackles, 20 TFL, 12 sacks), Kerrick Jones (WR/DB, Jr., 48 catches, 586 yards, 7 TDs), Elex Harris (LB, Sr., 70 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks), Ayron Thompson (RB, Jr., 613 rushing, 6 TDs), Elijah Phipps (LB/DL, Sr., 55 tackles, 25 TFL, 15 sacks, 5 FF), Martiavous Williams (LB, Jr., 75 tackles, 15 TFL)
Ester (WR, Sr.), Zachary Merritt (LB, Sr.), Darrin Davis (RB, Sr.), Myles Chalmers (DL, Sr.), Donte Vaughn (DB/ATH, Jr.), Rodney Saulsberry Jr. (DB/P, Jr.), Mamadou Agne (K, Sr.), Elijah Phipps (LB/DE, Sr), Braylen Rochell (WR/ATH, Sr.), Fydale Williams (DB, Sr.), Delvin Salter (OL, Jr.), Jamecole Banks (OL/DL, Jr.).
Longest Time Between Semifinal Appearances
Monterey-Making 1st semifinal in school history
Rhea County-Last Semifinal in 1989, finished 10-4
Loudon-Last Semifinal in 1997, finished 12-2
Most Consecutive Playoff Wins To Date
3. Knoxville Webb-8
6. Union City-6
2013 Semifinal Rematch
Union City and Nashville Christian will again play each other in the Semifinals for the second year in a row.
Union City defeated the Eagles in a shoot out 42-34 last year.
Something has to give as Union City are winners of 25 straight and Nashville Christian are winners of 12 in a row.
Besides the Nashville Christian-Union City undefeated clash, two other semifinal games has undefeated teams going up against one another as Fulton (13-0) tackles Loudon (13-0) in Class 4A and in 6A Ravenwood (13-0) travels to Whitehaven (13-0).
Of the 28 schools still alive in the Playoffs, here’s a breakdown by seeds.
19-No. 1 seeds
5-No. 2 seeds
2-No. 3 seeds
1-No. 4 seeds
1-No. 5 seeds
FIRST STATE TITLE GAME?
with a win on Friday in the Semifinals, the following five teams would make their first state title game appearance.
Grace Christian Academy-2A
FIRST TIME MEETINGS
the following seven semifinal match ups will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Alcoa at Notre Dame-3A
Fulton at Loudon-4A
Pearl Cohn at Trezevant-4A
Knoxville West at Rhea County-5A
Hillsboro at Ridgeway-5A
Maryville at Oakland-6A
Andrew Wood Selects Navy
Like most football players in the social media 21st century, Andrew Wood took to twitter and made a recruiting announcement.
“Officially committed to the United States Naval Academy!!!,” Wood tweeted.
Wood (6-4, 300) is the ninth commitment for the Naval Academy in the Class of 2015 and the second from Tennessee joining Independence running back Dom Childress.
Wood helped lead Friendship Christian to a 10-2 this season and is a Division II-A Mr. Football Lineman Finalist as well.
He chose the Midshipman over offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Purdue, MTSU, Arkansas State, Duke, Louisville, Memphis, and Syracuse.
He is the 47th commitment in the Volunteer State in the class of 2015 joining MBA offensive lineman Chad Mitchell (Mercer),
Lavergne wide receiver Quin Jernighan (Western Kentucky), Farragut Offensive lineman Nathan Gilliam (Wake Forest), Wilson Central safety Wes Roundtree (Wofford), Melrose Athlete Ke’von Hall (Georgia State), Brentwood Academy defensive back Aaquil Annorr (Furman), Oakland defensive back George Gbesee (Wofford), Station Camp tight end Kyle Anderton (Vanderbilt), Hillsboro running back Vincent Perry (Tennessee), Hillsboro wide receiver Juwan Davis (Austin Peay), Trezevant running back Jamal Jones (Arkansas State), Oakland defensive back Tyler Black (Tennessee State), Knoxville West linebacker Noah Hoxie (Air Force), Giles County defensive back Cameron Ordway (Ole Miss), Independence running back Dom Childress (Navy), Maryville quarterback Tyler Vaught (Air Force), Ridgeway tight end Marquette Murdoch (SE Missouri State), Nashville Christian offensive lineman Alex Givens (Ole Miss), MUS offensive lineman Drew Richmond (Ole Miss), Hillsboro quarterback Michael Hughes (Tennessee State), Ravenwood wide receiver Van Jefferson (Georgia), Whitehaven linebacker Joshua McMillon (Alabama), East Literature athlete Lennox McAfee (Wofford), Ensworth defensive back Rico McGraw (Alabama), Centennial wide receiver Emanuel Hall (Missouri), Father Ryan safety Andrew Rector (Wake Forest), Knoxville Webb Linebacker Brant Mitchell (Georgia Tech), Southwind defensive end John McDougle (Memphis), MUS defensive end Peyton Jones (Memphis), Oakland linebacker Josh Smith (Vanderbilt), Franklin kicker/punter Corey Fatony (Missouri), Oakland tight end Kyle Oliver (Tennessee), Notre Dame Athlete Kareem Orr (Louisville), South Doyle running back Joc Bruce (Tennessee), Columbia tight end Jackson Harris (Georgia), Knoxville West running back Nathan Cottrell (Georgia Tech), Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano (Mississippi State), Memphis Central Athlete Deddrick Thomas (Mississippi State), Signal Mountain offensive lineman Harrison Moon (Mississippi State), Ridgeway defensive tackle Elontae Bateman (Arkansas State), Ridgeway running back Earl Harrison (Arkansas State), Melrose Safety Tony Pollard (Memphis), Blackman Athlete Jauan Jennings (Tennessee), Nashville Overton defensive back Ugo Amandi (Ole Miss), Ensworth defensive back Donovan Sheffield (Vanderbilt), Oakland offensive lineman Jack Jones (Tennessee), Maryville defensive end Dylan Jackson (Tennessee), Beech long snapper Riley Lovingood (Tennessee) and Coalfield offensive lineman Zack Stewart (Tennessee).
Jimmy Ferrell, QB, Pearl Cohn-Completed all 15 of his pass attempts for 391 yards and five touchdowns in a 79-36 win over White House.
Rontavius Groves, WR, Pearl Cohn-Caught seven passes for 251 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 79-36 win over White House.
BY THE NUMBERS
6-Number of 2015 Prospects that have committed to play college football in the Hillsboro-Ridgeway game.
7-Number of 2015 Prospects that have committed to play college football in the Maryville-Oakland game.
8-0- Fulton’s record in the Semifinal round of the playoffs.
50-Number of playoff wins for Marion County in the school’s history.
90-Number of playoff wins for Alcoa in the school’s history.
681-Total offensive yards gained by Pearl Cohn in a 79-36 win over White House in the Quarterfinals.
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