Going through league play unbeaten? That’s something else.
St. Paul accomplished just that, beating Thomas Walker 40-6 Friday night to wrap up an unblemished Cumberland District campaign.
Josh Brooks scored three touchdowns for the Deacons (8-2, 6-0), finding the end zone on runs of 67 and 3 yards, and also returning a blocked punt for a TD.
Tyler Phillips threw for one touchdown and ran for another for the Deacons (8-2, 6-0), who outgained Walker 319-199 in total yardage.
Ryan Padgett had the TD reception, and Corey Ellis’ 52-yard fumble return closed scoring for St. Paul, which led 33-0.
Robbie Giles scored the lone TD for the Pioneers (4-6, 3-3) on a pass from Travis Hall.
Lee 42, VHS 0
BEN HUR — Tyler Mullins and Michael Rutledge scored two touchdown apiece while the Generals’ defense smothered the Bearcats in Clinch Mountain District action.
Mullins scored on runs of 12 and 1 yards while Rutledge added 6- and 3-yard TD runs.
With Lee leading 7-0 at the half, the Generals went into high gear, scoring 21 points in the third quarter to blow open the contest.
Cole Rutherford had a 10-yard fumble return for a score for the Generals (6-3, 2-2) while Jordan Haynes added a 1-yard TD run.
John Paul Lewis led the Lee defense with nine tackles while Shaka Andrews added eight.
The Generals held Virginia High (4-6, 1-3) to 58 yards of total offense.
Clintwood 48, Pound 0
CLINTWOOD — The Green Wave scored 34 points in the second quarter to take control for good in a Lonesome Pine District matchup.
Alec Osborne led Clintwood (5-4, 3-1) with three rushing touchdowns on just five carries. Mansel Powers added 66 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushes.
Nick Robinson hauled in four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Green Wave, while Ryan Lyle caught a 54-yard TD from Trey Meade on a halfback pass. Chris Robinson added a 5-yard TD run and Heath Counts threw a 13-yard scoring strike in the rout.
Haysi 42, Kelly 0
HAYSI — Chris Fleming tossed five touchdown passes as the Tigers blitzed the visiting Indians in non-district action.
Fleming had TD throws of 23 yards to Joe Yates and 25 yards to Cody Yates.
Hobert Newberry caught the other three touchdown passes from Fleming. Those catches went for 25, 48 and 50 yards.
Fleming was 14-of-26 for 300 yards for Haysi (7-2).
Kelly (5-5) had 151 yards rushing.
Rye Cove 28, Twin Springs 14
NICKELSVILLE — The Eagles stormed out to a 28-point lead and held off a late charge by the Titans to come away with a convincing Cumberland District win.
Seth Blevins ran for two touchdowns and toted the ball 14 times for 80 yards to pace Rye Cove (3-7, 3-3). Teddy Parker added 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Chris Lane returned the opening kickoff 72 yards to paydirt. Robert Vikara snagged an interception on defense.
Michael Salyers finished with 226 yards on 14-of-29 passing to lead Twin Springs (3-7, 3-3).
Powell Valley 41, Appalachia 6
BIG STONE GAP — The Vikings amassed 347 yards of total offense to cruise past the Bulldogs in LPD play.
Cedric Mitchell stole the show, scoring three touchdowns for Powell Valley (7-3, 3-2) and building 139 yards of offense. Myron Pinkston earned 67 yards on seven carries and made one interception.
Morgan Ireson was a standout for Appalachia (6-3, 2-3) with 21 carries for 67 yards and one TD.
Castlewood 27, Coeburn 20
COEBURN — Brad Robinson led the Blue Devils with two touchdowns and 160 yards of offense to beat the Blue Knights in a Cumberland game.
Shane McFall added another 130 yards on 11 carries for Castlewood (6-3, 4-1).
Shane Bright set the pace for Coeburn (3-7, 2-4) with 29 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter Bond contributed another touchdown as part of a three-catch, 68-yard effort.
Morristown East 21, Daniel Boone 14
GRAY — Johnny Hodge scored the winning touchdown on a 5-yard run with less than six minutes remaining, and Morristown East beat Daniel Boone to earn a playoff spot.
The winner of Friday’s Five Rivers Conference game was guaranteed a playoff spot against Region 1-4A champion Sullivan South.
Hodge finished with two touchdowns and 134 yards on 26 carries. Tee Howell helped lead the charge for Morristown East (5-5, 4-3), scoring one TD and rushing for 99 yards on 16 carries.
Mitch Masters scored both of the TDs for the Trailblazers (5-5, 3-4), racking up 163 yards of offense on 23 carries. He finished the season with 1,408 rushing yards.
Greeneville 35, David Crockett 6
GREENEVILLE — The Greene Devils clinched the top seed in Region 2-4A in emphatic fashion with a rout of the Pioneers.
Greeneville (8-2, 6-1 Five Rivers) scored 35 unanswered points, with Jordan Greenway and Jeremy Barner setting the statistical pace. Greenway threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Barner ran for 145 yards and two scores.
Ryan Duncan returned an interception for a pick six.
Eric Richardson’s 8-yard scoring strike to Barry Van Delinder in the waning seconds broke up the shutout for Crockett (2-8, 1-6).
Sullivan East 23, Sullivan Central 7
BLUFF CITY — The Patriots jumped out to a 23-point lead and never looked back in their Mountain Lakes Conference win over the Cougars.
Caleb Looney ran for a 2-yard touchdown and threw an 11-yard TD pass to Kody Dowell to lead Sullivan East (7-3, 4-3). Chase Depew hauled in a 36-yard scoring strike from Tyler Gaby, while Tyler Crowder hit a 30-yard field goal.
Carl Roberts helped Sullivan Central (1-9, 1-5) avoid the shutout with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
East is headed to the playoffs with the fourth Region 1-4A spot, and will face Greeneville in the first round.
Mountain Empire 34, South Haven 24
BRISTOL — Mark Winegar led Mountain Empire with four touchdowns and 197 yards of rushing to win the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools championship game.
Mountain Empire goes on to Dayton, Tenn. next week to play in the Division 2 national tournament.