By: Tom Kreager, firstname.lastname@example.org | November 5, 2016
Twenty-five high school football players from Middle Tennessee were among the 68 named semifinalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award on Friday.
Among the 25 area semifinalists were seven that were semifinalists for the award last season.
Montgomery Bell Academy’s Ty Chandler, who won the Division II-AA Back Award in 2015, is a semifinalist for the award along with Brentwood Academy’s Jeremiah Oatsvall, who was also a semifinalist a year ago.
Wayne County quarterback Preston Rice, who was a finalist for the Class 1A Back Award in 2015, is a semifinalist. Lipscomb Academy defensive tackle Rutger Reitmaier is a semifinalist for the 4A Lineman Award.
Siegel’s Jacob Smith, who was a finalist for the Kicker of the Year Award in 2015, is a semifinalist.
Trio of U.S. Army All-Americans
Three Nashville football standouts were named U.S. Army All-Americans this past week.
East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips, Chandler and Reitmaier all had ceremonies at their respective schools honoring their decision to play in the game.
Phillips has committed to Oklahoma. Chandler has committed to Tennessee and Reitmaier is an Oregon commitment.
This U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance will be held at noon on Jan. 7 at the Alamo Dome (TV: NBC) in San Antonio, Texas.
Gray was named to the Under Armour All-America game this past week. That game will be held at noon on Jan. 1 in Orlando (TV: ESPN).
Undefeated no more
Two of the state’s undefeated teams had their seasons end in the first round of the high school football playoffs. Spring Hill (6-5) upset Stone Memorial 28-8 in a Class 4A playoff game.
Scotts Hill (8-3) ended Adamsville’s season 19-14 in a Class 2A contest.
Region 4-4A sweep
There will be two Region 4-4A rematches in next week’s second round of the postseason after 4-4A swept Region 3-4A.
Giles County, the third seed, will play at top-seed Marshall County. The Tigers (10-1) won 45-10 over Giles County (8-3) in the regular season. Spring Hill, the fourth seed, plays at second-seed Page. Page (7-3) beat Spring Hill 26-25 in the regular season.
Area 6A teams struggle
A year ago, Middle Tennessee’s 16 Class 6A programs combined to go 12-4 in the opening round of the playoffs. This year they went 7-9. Region 2-6A struggled the most, going 3-5 in the opening round with Blackman, Oakland and Riverdale winning.
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