Andrew Bunch, QB, Independence: 332 yards passing, 3 TDs, 91 yards rushing, TD in 38-7 win over Hendersonville. Read more
Taeler Dowdy, RB, Blackman: 288 yards rushing, 4 TDs in 56-28 win over Siegel. Read more
Jeremy Hill, RB, Hillsboro: 113 yards rushing, TD, 8-yard TD reception in 42-7 win over Beech. Read more
Jeremy Oatsvall, QB, Brentwood Academy: 292 yards passing, 4 TDs, 28 yards rushing, TD in 50-3 win over Briarcrest.
Nate Johnson, WR, Independence: 9 receptions, 162 yards, TD in 38-7 win over Hendersonville. Read more
Cam Johnson, WR, Brentwood Academy: 135 yards receiving, 2 TDs in 50-3 win over Briarcrest.
Tyler Rice, QB, Wayne Co.: 178 yards passing, 2 TDs, 77 yards rushing in 27-7 win over Houston County.
Mareio McGraw, RB, Nashville Christian: 124 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 45-yard punt return for TD in 34-7 win over Huntingdon.
Taylor Thompson, WR, Columbia Academy: 127 yards receiving, 4 TDs, punt return for TD in 54-6 win over Whitwell.
Ty Chandler, RB, MBA: 29 carries, 234 yards, 4 TDs in 38-10 win over McCallie. Read more
Ke’juan Vaughn, RB, Pearl-Cohn: 165 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 28-17 win over Lipscomb Academy. Read more
John Matt Merritt, QB, Lipscomb: 213 yards passing, 2 TDs in 28-17 loss to Pearl-Cohn. Read more
Connor Jeffries, RB, Ravenwood: 104 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 35-0 win over Overton. Read more
Ashton Posey, QB, Marshall Co.: 116 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 114 yards passing, 2 TDs in 49-13 win over Livingston Academy.
Josh Franklin, RB, Marshall Co.: 6 carries, 176 yards, TD in 49-13 win over Livingston Academy.
Mike Jones, QB, Friendship Christian: 168 yards passing, 4 TDs, 106 yards rushing, TD in 34-33 loss to Harding Academy.
Chip Omer, RB, CPA: 198 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 82-yard kickoff return for TD in 31-12 win over Stratford. Read more
AROUND THE MIDSTATE
Devious defender: Centennial’s Devious Christmon got it done on both sides of the ball in the Cougars’ 25-7 triumph over Brentwood.
Christmon had two catches for 43 yards to help the Centennial (11-1) offense, but the big story of the night was the Cougars’ defense, which forced five turnovers to end Brentwood’s season.
Centennial plays at home against Henry County in a rematch of the 7-5A title game in Friday’s quarterfinals. Read more
Efficient: Hillsboro quarterback Daylon Murphy was 10-of-11 passing for three touchdowns in the Burros’ 42-7 win over Beech. His lone incompletion was an interception by Beech’s Ty Dean. Read more
Containing Branch: Springfield’s game plan going into its 4A playoff matchup with Kenwood was to contain Knights standout running back Antwuan Branch, who had rushed for at least 200 yards in six straight games (two for more than 300 yards) going in.
The plan worked, as Branch was limited to 139 yards on just 15 carries. While he had some big runs, keeping the ball out of Branch’s hands was the biggest key, as he had no touches in the third quarter. Kenwood had just one possession in the period.
Conversely, Springfield’s Dewayne Bucker (98 yards, 2 TDs) and Alan Gardner (122 yards, 2 TDs) provided plenty of offense for the Yellow Jackets in a 36-7 win. Read more
Turning the tables: Independence had lost to Hendersonville in the 6A playoffs in 2013 and 2014, but things were much different in the second round of the 5A playoffs Friday.
The Eagles scored on their first three drives and never looked back in a 38-7 victory.
Unbeaten Independence (12-0) rode the arm and legs of quarterback Andrew Bunch, who put up more than 420 yards of total offense and four TDs. Read more
“I am really proud of our seniors. I am their third head coach in four seasons, and they’ve had plenty of excuses to quit playing football. But they have hung in there and really kick-started our program. Tonight, though, we just made too many mistakes to beat a really good football team.” – Brentwood coach Ron Crawford, whose Bruins ended the season with a 25-7 loss to Centennial. Read more
“We kind of beat them up a little bit two weeks ago. They looked like they might have lost a step a bit. We changed some things a bit on our blocking schemes.” – Hillsboro coach Craig Clayton, whose squad defeated Beech 42-7, just two weeks after edging the Bucs 21-17 for the 6-5A title.Read more
“We have a lot of skill players we can go to, but nothing happens without those big guys up front who put their hand in the ground every play. They did the dirty work and our skill players did what they do, make plays.” – Springfield coach Dustin Wilson, on the team’s offensive line play in Friday’s 36-7 win over Kenwood. Read more
“He’s pretty tough. He’s like Larry Csonka back in the day.” – Stratford coach Maurice Fitzgerald on CPA running back Chip Omer, who rushed for 198 yards and 2 TDs and had an 82-yard kickoff return for a score in a 31-12 win. He was being compared to former Miami Dolphins running back Larry Csonka, who was a member of the last undefeated team in the NFL during the 1972 season. Read more
“They’re as good as advertised.” – Hendersonville coach Bruce Hatfield on unbeaten Independence, which beat the Commandos 38-7.Read more
“Coming in, we knew it was going to be a dogfight.” – Pearl-Cohn QB Jimmy Ferrell, whose team got past Lipscomb Academy 28-17.Read more
“Maryville, that’s all I’ve heard about since I began playing high school football. I’m glad I finally get to play against them.” – Blackman running back Taeler Dowdy, whose 288 yards rushing in a win over Siegel helped the Blaze advance to play nationally ranked Maryville in the 6A quarterfinals. Read more