Chris Hale received the news Monday that he had feared.
The Eagleville senior running back had torn his ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Dr. Michael Jordan, of Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance, confirmed the tear during a check up. Hale said he will miss the basketball season and track season at Eagleville. He said he’s been told he’ll have surgery on the ACL in the next four to six weeks after the MCL heals.
“It didn’t hit me until I was at (basketball) practice,” Hale said.
Hale, who is Eagleville’s first Class A Mr. Football finalist, finished the season with a school-record 1,980 rushing yards. He was injured in the first quarter of the Class 2A quarterfinals against Adamsvillewhen one defender was tackling him high while a second tackled him low and hit his knee with his helmet.
All-Star teams set: Eight Rutherford County and Cannon County football players along with two head coaches from District 7-AAA have been selected for the TACA Toyota East-West All Star Classic. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
Blackman, Oakland and Siegel each had a pair of standouts selected. Riverdale and Cannon County each had one.
All will represent the East team.
* Blackman receiver Styles Corder (6-0, 170) and linebacker Antonio Allen (6-3, 235) were chosen.
* Oakland senior offensive lineman Caleb Yates (6-4, 285) and defensive lineman Austin Barrett (6-3, 275) were selected. Both are Mercer commitments. Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel is the defensive coordinator for the East team.
* Siegel running back and Mr. Football finalist Denzel Harding (5-10, 175) and linebacker Nick Peters (5-11, 215) were selected to the team.
* Riverdale defensive back Tad Onwu (6-0, 175) and Cannon County linebacker/long snapper B.J. Daniel (6-1, 205) were also chosen.
* La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens is on the East coaching staff. He is joined by former Siegel offensive coordinator Steve Matthews, who is the East team’s offensive coordinator
* MTSU commitments Jessie Moffitt and Carlos Johnson were chosen for the West team. Moffitt is a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman at Goodpasture. Johnson is a 6-4, 315-pound offensive lineman for Pearl-Cohn.
Back-to-back for LCA: Lancaster Christian finished the football season 11-1 and won its second straight National Association of Christian Athletes championship.
LCA defeated Anderson (S.C.) 8-7 in the championship after defeating Middletown Christian (Ohio) 50-16 in the semifinals.
Senior Jared Beard, who has an offer from Austin Peay and is being recruited by Georgia Southern, UT-Chattanooga and UT-Martin, was named the MVP of the tournament.
The receiver went to the backfield at running back in the championship game after quarterback Matt Williams left the game in the third quarter with an injury.
First-year coach Rocky Peeler graduates 12 of his 29 players, including Beard who played on offense, defense and special teams.
Williams finished the season 221 of 307 passing for 4,352 yards with 50 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Beard had 87 catches for 2,321 yards for 30 TDs.
“We had (Beard) all over the place,” Peeler said. “It will be a big challenge for us with everyone we lose. We’ll need some kids to come in or some kids mature.”