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Trent-led Chiefs beat Trojans for first time since '13

From staff reports • Sep 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Collin Trent powered Cherokee to its first win over Morristown West on the gridiron since 2013.

Trent was 15-for-22 passing for 231 yards and four touchdowns and had nine carries for 128 yards and two scores — an 80-yarder and a 6-yarder — in the Chiefs’ 45-17 victory on Friday night.

The Chiefs (4-0) exploded for 17 points in the second quarter and put away the game early.

Cherokee averaged an impressive 9.4 yards per offensive play and racked up 450 yards of total offense.

Connor Smith had three catches for 85 yards and two scores, Jonas Leeper had two receptions for 23 yards and a score, and Austin Hamblen had the other touchdown catch for Cherokee.

Peter Egbert was perfect on six extra-point attempts and also kicked a 38-yard field goal.

JoJo Madeano and Neyland Gordon registered touchdown runs for Morristown West.

Cherokee will go into next Friday’s rivalry game with Volunteer with its best record since 2016 when the Chiefs started 5-1. The Chiefs have won 11 consecutive matchups with the Falcons.


KNOXVILLE — Cade Larkins threw three touchdown passes to lead the Pioneers over TSSAA private school Webb.

Larkins had a 9-yard TD pass to Mason Britton and a 40-yarder to Donta Hackler, and the Pioneers took a 14-7 halftime lead.

Larkins hit Prince Kollie for a 20-yard score in the third quarter and Ronquille Joyner added a 3-yard TD run to put Crockett up 28-14 in the fourth.

“To be honest, they played better than we expected,” Crockett coach Hayden Chandley said. “They do stuff that’s hard to prepare for, but we made enough plays to win.”


JOHNSON CITY — The Greene Devils didn’t become a two-time defending state champion by worrying about an early deficit — not even the 21-point, 10-minute blitz authored by the Hilltoppers.

From there to the finish, the Greene Devils dominated. They walked out of Tipton Stadium with a 33-24 victory.

Greeneville improved to 3-1 on the season while the Hilltoppers fell to 1-3.

After two costly turnovers in its own territory contributed to the early woes, Greeneville (3-1) got an 80-yard touchdown run by Mason Gudger.

Even though Science Hill (1-3) was still in command, the run seemed to zap a lot of the Hilltoppers’ momentum.

With just 20 seconds remaining before halftime, Greeneville gained a momentum edge when former Science Hill quarterback AJ Stewart caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 21-13.

Eventually, Greeneville cut the deficit to three points on Gudger’s 17-yard run and Blayne Ferguson’s 2-point conversion pass to Will Allbright.

The Greene Devils went ahead early in the fourth quarter when Ty Youngblood powered into the end zone from 8 yards out.


ELIZABETHTON — Cade Maupin rushed for two touchdowns and Bryson Rollins threw for two more for the Cyclones at Citizens Bank Stadium.

Maupin finished with 131 yards on 14 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run down the right sideline late in the first half after Boone had closed within two points.

Rollins finished 5-of-8 passing for 52 yards and had 13 rushes for 80 more yards.

The Cyclones (3-0) outgained the Trailblazers (1-1) 212-102 on the ground.


CASTLEWOOD — The Pioneers held off the Blue Devils in a defensive Cumberland District slugfest.

Thomas Walker managed only 174 yards of total offense, and the difference in the game was a missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion.

Kenny Ball carried the rock 25 times for 90 yards and returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown for the Pioneers.

Castlewood fell despite putting up 261 yards of total offense. Jeremiah Allen had 14 carries for 146 yards and two TDs for the Blue Devils.


BEN HUR — The Raiders used a 26-6 run in the second half to take down the Generals.

J.I. Burton’s ground game was seemingly unstoppable, piling up 454 yards rushing. The Raiders passed for 74 more yards to give them 528 yards of offense.

Esau Teasley was the star for the Raiders, rushing eight times for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Najee Steele and Mikey Culbertson combined to rush 26 times for 183 yards and five TDs. Jaymen Buchanan was 4-for-5 passing for 74 yards.

Lee High had 214 yards of total offense. Nick Napier carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards and Tanner Laster had six carries for 16 yards and three TDs.


CLINCHPORT — The Eagles scored a TD and got the 2-point conversion to edge the Indians in their interstate battle.

Rye Cove rushed for 211 yards and threw for 109 yards to accumulate its 320 yards of offense.

Mason Hardin had 267 all-purpose yards for the Eagles, finishing 4-for-9 passing for 109 yards and two touchdowns and running 22 times for 158 yards and two TDs. Matthew Hardin ran 15 times for 50 yards and one score.

The Indians put up 295 yards of total offense, gashing Rye Cove for 262 yards on the ground and throwing for another 33.

Jadon Royston had 17 carries for 182 yards and three TDs and Devon Blevins rushed 13 times for 47 yards and a score.

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