5 things from Week 1: Tennessee recruits star, Ensworth improves

5 things from Week 1: Tennessee recruits star, Ensworth improves


5 things from Week 1: Tennessee recruits star, Ensworth improves


Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

Tennessean high school sports coordinator Tom Kreager

Overton's Theo Jackson ran for three touchdowns Friday night.

Overton’s Theo Jackson ran for three touchdowns Friday night.

Tennessee recruit Theo Jackson was recruited to play in the secondary next year in college.

The Overton senior quarterback showed he can also make plays with the football in his hands.

Jackson scored three rushing touchdowns in the Bobcats’ 41-7 win over visiting Stewarts Creek. He had 112 rushing yard on nine carries.

“He did a great job running our offense,” Overton coach Steve Williams said. “He’s such an athletic kid. He’s very dangerous when he has the ball in his hands.”

Carter’s debut

T.J. Carter’s debut at Stratford was a memorable one.

Carter, who transferred from Hendersonville in the offseason, scored all three of  the Spartans’ touchdowns in their 19-0 shutout over Maplewood. Carter came to Stratford after being dismissed from Hendersonville’s team for breaking team rules.

Carter took the opening kickoff 77 yards for a quick score. He added touchdown runs of 5 and 15 in the third quarter.

Carter, who was No. 9 on The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen — a list of top college football prospects for the Class of 2017 —  finished with 122 yards on 20 carries.

Ensworth's Rodney Owens (2) hauls in a long second-quarter reception during Friday's game against Trinity.

Ensworth’s Rodney Owens (2) hauls in a long second-quarter reception during Friday’s game against Trinity.

Tigers turnaround

Ensworth was embarrassed a year ago in its season opener when Trinity (Ky.) routed the Tigers 45-0.

Things were much closer this year against the Shamrocks, ranked No. 19 in the country by USA Today Sports.

Trinity came back from a 7-0 deficit to win 14-7.

“This year’s game was completely different,” Ensworth senior Rodney Owens said. “We have an identity on offense and knew what we wanted to do.

“We came out played hard, the defense played hard and just fell short, but we came ready to play.”

Taylor’s TDs

Coffee County junior Alontae Taylor, a Tennessee commitment, accounted for six touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 49-10 rout of Tullahoma. Taylor threw one touchdown in his lone pass attempt.

He also caught a 43-yard touchdown pass and ran for touchdown runs of 48, 64 and 14. Taylor finished with 293 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Taylor is being recruited as an athlete. He had 363 total yards for the Red Raiders, who won the Coffee Pot trophy for the second consecutive year. It marks the first time since the 1980s that they have accomplished that feat.


Clutch kicker

In a battle of placekickers, Fairview’s Jeffrey Perez had the biggest kick at the biggest time.

Perez hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give a 13-10 win over Williamson County rival Page. Perez’s kick came after Tennessee recruit Brent Cimaglia booted a 44-yarder to tie the game.

The 48-yarder was a career best and gave Fairview its second win in three years over the Patriots.

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Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.


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