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Titans top Eagles for first winning season since 2010

From staff reports • Nov 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM

NICKELSVILLE — Twin Springs beat a rival to achieve its first winning football season since 2010.

The Titans held off cross-county foe Rye Cove 34-24 on Friday night.

Titans coach Keith Warner, a Twin Springs graduate, is in his second season at the helm.

Corbin Kilgore, who rushed for 112 yards, gave the Titans (6-4, 2-3) the lead late in the third quarter with his second TD of the game.

In the fourth, the Eagles (4-6, 0-5) fumbled away the ball, and Twin Springs’ Preston Larkins punched it in for a 10-point lead with 7:57 to play. Twin Springs’ defense held off Rye Cove the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Larkins finished with 127 yards and two TDs. Conner Gilmer had two receptions for 43 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass from Mason Elliott, for the Titans.

Mason Hardin scored three touchdowns to stake Rye Cove to a 24-22 halftime lead, but it was all Titans after the break. Hardin rushed for 188 yards and threw for another 40 for Rye Cove. Hardin also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the game.

J.I. BURTON 44, THOMAS WALKER 6

EWING — J.I. Burton (8-2, 5-0) racked up 424 yards — including 306 on the ground — to blast Thomas Walker (6-4, 2-3) and clinch the Cumberland District title on the final night of the regular season.

Esau Teasley, who racked up 87 yards rushing and caught three passes for 67 yards, scored three touchdowns for the Raiders. Mikey Culbertson led the ground assault, rushing for 135 yards and a score, and Najee Steele added 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Lonnie Lindsey had an interception for the J.I. Burton defense, which held Thomas Walker to just 137 yards of total offense.

Zack Kidwell caught a 17-yard TD pass from Kenny Ball for the Pioneers’ only score.

ABINGDON 49, LEE HIGH 14

BEN HUR — The Falcons (5-5, 4-2) piled up 35 points in the first quarter on their way to blowing out Lee High (0-10, 0-6) in a Mountain 7 District matchup.

Malique Hounshel led the Abingdon offense with 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns. John Fields added to the ground attack with 106 yards and two TDs.

Jadon Boothe was 5-for-6 passing for 101 yards and two TDs for the Falcons, including a 42-yarder to River Carter late in the first quarter.

Carter finished with two receptions for 67 yards and two scores.

Jake Johnson made five tackles and Ethan Doane had an interception to lead Abingdon’s defense.

Bryce Clark ran for 41 yards and a touchdown and Jayden Spain returned a blocked punt for a score for the Generals.

RIDGEVIEW 61, HONAKER 14

CLINTWOOD — On Senior Night, junior Trenton Adkins amassed 171 yards and scored five touchdowns on just nine carries in the Wolfpack’s regular season-capping victory.

Ridgeview (8-2) clinched the top seed in Region 2D and earned the right to host a home playoff game next week.

Cannon Hill returned a punt for a score and rushed for 57 yards and another touchdown. Alijah Sproles rushed for 36 yards and a TD and Kanin Lewis had five carries for 77 yards.

Trevor Dye ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns for Honaker, and Dylan Casey contributed 50 yards on the ground.

TSSAA PLAYOFFS

MARYVILLE 42, SCIENCE HILL 0

MARYVILLE — Perennial state powerhouse Maryville (11-0) built a 35-point halftime lead over Science Hill (4-7) and coasted into the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Tee Hodge’s 1-yard scoring run was the only dent in the first-quarter scoreboard, but the second quarter was a different story. After scoring on the first play of the second period on Hodge’s second 1-yard run, the Rebels never let up.

Hodge scored his third touchdown from 6 yards out and Parker McGill added a 12-yard scoring run. It looked like it would be 28-0 at the break, but a Maryville interception set up the Rebels in Science Hill territory with a little over a minute left. Cade Chambers immediately took advantage with a 27-yard scoring strike to Ashton Maples.

That set the stage for a running clock in the second half.

Maryville, which will face Farragut in the second round, outgained Science Hill 414-52 for the game.

SOUTH-DOYLE 41, CHEROKEE 3

KNOXVILLE — Elijah Young had 11 carries for 247 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cherokees over Cherokee.

Peter Egbert converted on a 35-yard field goal that closed the margin to 7-3 early. Cherokee made multiple trips to the red zone but couldn’t come away with any points.

ONEIDA 35, SULLIVAN NORTH 0

ONEIDA — The Indians held the Golden Raiders to 52 yards and three first downs in the shutout win.

Oneida piled up 360 yards, capped off by Kolby Morgan’s 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

GIBBS 20, TENNESSEE HIGH 13

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Jordan Humphreys scored on a 31-yard touchdown run with 4:10 left to push the Eagles to the upset of the Vikings at the Stone Castle.

Tennessee High took an early 10-0 lead after a blocked punt by Nathan Johnson led to an 11-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Smith. Jacob Craft hit two field goals for the Vikings.

HAMPTON 50, CUMBERLAND GAP 0

HAMPTON — The Bulldogs earned their fourth consecutive shutout, this time in a Class 2A playoff game at J.C. Campbell Stadium.

Caleb Oaks had three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. Conor Jones threw for three touchdowns, one to Jonah Jones in addition to the one to Oaks.

Matt Hughes, Aiden Vines and Macon Barden all had rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

AUSTIN-EAST 41, JOHNSON COUNTY 0

KNOXVILLE — The Longhorns trailed just 6-0 at the end of the first quarter before the Roadrunners ran away.

Curtis Lowe had 63 rushing yards to lead Johnson County. Joseph Gambill led the Longhorns with seven tackles and Nathan Mink had five.

MEIGS COUNTY 41, HAPPY VALLEY 6

DECATUR — Meigs quarterback Aaron Swafford, the Class 2A Mr. Football winner last season, accounted for 256 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Tigers over the Warriors.

Meigs held Happy Valley to 70 yards of offense. Will Tittle completed a touchdown pass to Ty Pierce for the Warriors’ only score.

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