Siegel senior Quarterback Brent Stockstill almost engineered his team to their first ever state title game but in the end, Maryville came up with the big plays to win 47-43 in the Class 6A semifinals las Friday night.
Rebel quarterback Nick Myers found wide receiver T.J. Kimble for the game winning 28 yard touchdown, now Maryville has made the state title game for the ninth straight season.
Maryville (14-0) winners of 43 straight games and two time defending state champion will face Whitehaven (14-0) for the straight year for the Class 6A state title.
The semifinal game shootout featured 90 points, 969 yards of total offense but it was the performance from Stockstill that stole the show.
The Class AAA Mr. Football Back Finalist passed for 376 yards on 23 of 33 passing and four touchdowns and the Stars rolled up 508 total yards in the losing effort.
The amazing thing about Stockstill’s heroic performance was he did it on one leg.
He played the game with a torn ACL in his right knee an injury he suffered in the Stars Quarterfinal win over rival Riverdale, a week earlier.
“We use the words gutsy, heroic and intestinal fortitude wrong sometimes but all those describe what Brent did for us on Friday,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said.
“He was in a ton of pain but blocked it out in the name of the team and if there’s one guy that could do it, it’s Brent Stockstill.”
“It was a great game to be a part of one of the best I have ever been in and his performance was the best singular performance I have ever seen,”Wyant said.
Wyant wasn’t the only coach impressed by Stockstill’s performance.
“We use the term warrior and gutsy, but I don’t know if those do a good job of explaining that effort,” Maryville coach George Quarles told the Daily News Journal. “To be that effective on one leg is phenomenal.
“For him to go out there and just sling it around is extremely impressive. It wasn’t like he went and handed it off. He made plays and tried to run.”
Stockstill had a good connection with fellow senior wide receiver Tae Martin who torched the Rebel secondary for seven catches, 200 yards and three touchdowns.
But Maryville’s running game led by junior running back Shawn Prevo (119 yards, 3 TDs) offset Siegel’s yardage in the win.
Stockstill who is being recruited by Texas Tech, Memphis, Toledo and Western Michigan among others should have surgery within the next two weeks when swelling in the knee goes down.
Cardwell On the Mend
Boyd Buchanan junior quarterback Jim Cardwell joined Stockstill Friday night with his own gutsy performance in the Buccaneers 27-6 loss to Class 2A defending champion Friendship Christian.
Cardwell suffered what Boyd coach Grant Reynolds called a broken right ankle late in the second quarter as the Buccaneers trailed 20-6 at the half.
Although he had to be helped off the field, Cardwell played the entire game on the busted up ankle.
On Monday, Cardwell received a different prognosis after having an x-ray on the ankle.
“He torn the ligaments in his right ankle,” Reynolds said. “Obviously that’s not good he’s hurt but it could be a whole lot worse, he’s not going to have surgery and he is expected to make a full recovery.”
Cardwell who had over 2,200 yards of total offense for the Buccaneers will be on crutches and in a walking boot for six weeks.
Three Chasing 3,000 yard milestone in Cookeville
While Christian Academy of Knoxville senior quarterback Charlie High and wide receiver Davis Howell will chase passing and receiving records this weekend at the Blue Cross Bowl State championship games fans should look forward to an awesome ground game as well.
Whitehaven senior running back Mark Dodson, Beech junior running back Jalen Hurd and Huntingdon quarterback Jacob Warbritton all have their sights set on winning state titles and joining the 3,000 yard rushing club.
Last season former Powell and running back D’yshawn Mobley had a magical season as he rushed for 3,068 yards breaking Troy Fleming’s state record for most yards rushing in a season.
Now Dodson, an Ole Miss commitment has 2,977 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, Hurd has 2,963 yards and 36 touchdowns while Warbritton has rushed for 2,937 yards and 41 touchdowns on the year.
Dodson, Hurd and Warbritton all had monster semifinal games helping their teams advance to the state championship games.
Hurd rushed for 394 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 64-31 win over Jackson Northside, while Dodson ran for 304 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 41-35 win over Mt. Juliet and Warbritton was a one man wrecking crew in a 35-7 win over Nashville Christian as he rushed for 218 yards and scored two touchdowns.
All three were up for Mr. Football Back awards in their respective classifications as Hurd won the Class AAA Back award over Dodson and Warbritton lost out to Grace Christian Academy running back Will McKamey for the Class A Back award.
Warbritton broke former Mt. Pleasant quarterback Marco Dailey’s record for most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback (2,812 yards set in 2006).
He also could tie Mobley’s TSSAA record for most touchdowns in a single season (46) if he scored five touchdowns or break it by scoring six in the Class 1A title game against Gordonsville on Friday.
Covington senior running back Johnston White who has rushed for 2,600 yards going into the Class 4A title game against Fulton could tie or break Mobley’s TD record as well as he has 42 touchdowns on the year.
Bland Fired, Reid then Hired at Humboldt
In a move that stunned many around the Volunteer State especially in West Tennessee, Humboldt fired head football coach Dan Bland and replaced him with Viking middle school coach Dorrington “Junior” Reid.
“We have relieved Coach Dan Bland of the head football coaching responsibilities,” Humboldt principal Arthur Moss said. “The reason for the change we are going in a new direction and appreciate what Coach Bland has done for the last five years.”
Bland had a 34-22 record in five years at Humboldt, which included four Class 2A playoff trips and back-to-back undefeated district 14-A titles in 2010 and 2011.
The Vikings are coming off a 6-5 season but have been a huge force in district play going 24-7 in Bland’s tenure including 21-3 the previous four seasons.
Bland has a 174-101 overall record with head coaching stops at Tullahoma, Knoxville Farragut, Jackson Central Merry, Columbia, Milan and Pascagoula (MS) as well as Humboldt.
He also played for Mississippi State in college and was drafted and played for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons he was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the staff at Humboldt and I appreciate the faith that former Humboldt school superintendent Butch Twyman and former Humboldt principal Ron Canada had in me. It is obvious that the present administration does not have that same feeling,” Bland said.
The naming of Reid as the new head coach hours later officially closed the door on Bland has Viking fans looking into the future.
Reid, who played and graduated at Humboldt and went on to play and letter at the University of Tennessee from 1977-1980 is the current head football coach at Humboldt Middle School.
“He has been with the Humboldt system his entire educational career,” Moss said. “He has been a great influence on the students in the Humboldt system over the years as a teacher, middle school football and basketball coach.”
Bland also thinks that Reid will make a difference with the Viking football program.
“The team for 2013 will be outstanding and Junior will do a fine job,” Bland said.
The Vikings will drop from Class 2A to 1A next season as a result of the new classification.
Hacker Resigns at Cocke County
After three seasons as head football coach Greg Hacker has resigned at Cocke County.
Hacker posted a 9-22 overall record and the Fighting Cocks are coming off a 3-7 season.
In Hacker’s tenure in Newport he has led the Fighting Cocks to their first playoff appearance in 2011 since 2002 as they went 5-6 after losing to Morristown West in the Class 5A playoffs.
Although attempts have been unsuccessful to get a comment from the Cocke County administration, athletic director Patrick O’Neil did comment to the Newport Plain Talk.
“Coach Hacker walked into my office on Monday at 3:30 and resigned,” O’Neil told the Newport Plain Talk “We wish him in the best in his future endeavors and we wish him well.”
Cocke County is now the 16th head coaching vacancy open in the state now joining Bartlett, Cordova, David Crockett, Humboldt, Hunters Lane, Knoxville Catholic, Knoxville Halls, Lebanon, Macon County, Ravenwood, Scotts Hill, Sequatchie County, Spring Hill, Union County and William Blount.
Charlie High, QB, CAK- Passed for 384 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-34 win over Elizabethton.
Davis Howell, WR, CAK- Caught 10 passes for 189 yards and scored twice in a 44-34 win over Elizabethton.
Ethan Thomas, RB, Elizabethton- Rushed for 194 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 44-34 loss to CAK.
Brent Stockstill, QB, Siegel- Passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-43 loss to Maryville.
Tae Martin, WR, Siegel- Caught eight passes for 245 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 47-43 loss to Maryville.
Daryl Rollins, RB, Fulton- Rushed for 332 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 41-27 win over Giles County.
Steven Hollis, RB, Friendship Christian- Rushed for 199 yards in a 27-6 win over Boyd Buchanan.
Mark Dodson, RB, Whitehaven-Rushed for 304 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 41-35 win over Mt. Juliet.
Arkel Coleman, RB, Milan- Rushed for 231 yards on 47 carries and scored once in a 16-8 win over CPA.
Jacob Warbritton, QB, Huntingdon-Rushed for 218 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Nashville Christian.
Jalen Hurd, RB, Beech-Rushed for 394 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 64-31 win over Jackson Northside.
Adam Craig, QB, Jackson Northside- Passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 102 yards in a 64-31 loss to Beech.
Jerry Neylon, WR, Jackson Northside- Caught nine passes for 189 yards and scored a touchdown in a 64-31 loss to Beech.
Johnston White, RB, Covington- Rushed for 184 yards and scored once in a 34-14 win over Liberty.
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