Jackson County played spoiler in Forrest’s quest for its first undefeated regular season since 1980.
Jackson County quarterback Tyler Boling’s 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Blue Devils a 20-14 win Friday night. The Rockets will be the top seed from Region 4-2A via tiebreaker after Forrest, Jackson County and Watertown all finished 6-1 in league play.
Cane Ridge (10-0), Columbia Academy (9-0), Fairview (10-0), Independence (10-0), Oakland (10-0), Stratford (10-0) and Wayne County (10-0) all finished with undefeated records from The Tennessean’s coverage area.
Oakland senior JaCoby Stevens, a LSU commitment, received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday, commemorating his pledge to play in the game.
The game is at noon on New Year’s Day in Orlando, Fla., and will be televised live on ESPN.
Stevens, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, is a five-star recruit according to 247Sports.
“It’s such a great honor,” Stevens said. “A lot of great players have played in this game before me. It’s a rite of passage, and if they feel I’m worthy to play in this game, it’s a huge honor.”
Soccer finalists set
Six Middle Tennessee girls soccer programs will have a chance to play for a TSSAA state championship on Saturday at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.
Battle Ground Academy, Ensworth and Father Ryan all clinched spots in the Division II championships with semifinal wins on Friday.
Father Ryan defeated Hutchison 3-1 and Ensworth beat Briarcrest Christian 2-0 to set up a all local final in the DII-AA title game at 4 p.m.
BGA downed St. George’s 2-1 in overtime to reach the DII-A championship, where it will play Evangelical Christian School. ECS beat University School of Nashville 2-1 in its semifinal.
Taylor Knight’s goal with six seconds left in regulation sent BGA’s semifinal to overtime. Wrenne French scored in the 95th minute to secure the win.
In Division I, Clarksville plays Franklin at 11 a.m. in the Class AAA championship. Christ Presbyterian Academy plays Greeneville at 1:30 p.m in the Class A/AA title game.
Ground and pound
Macon County racked up 517 yards on 46 carries in the Tigers’ 56-18 rout of Portland on Friday.
Running back Michael Tirjan accounted for 352 yards on 31 carries. He also had five of Macon County’s eight rushing touchdowns.
Quarterback Seth Carlisle had 14 carries for 162 yards.
Hillwood kicker Liam Dougherty’s 44-yard field goal with 3:29 remaining helped Hillwood secure a 24-21 win over Montgomery Central to wrap up the third seed from Region 6-4A.
Contributing: Cecil Joyce, The Daily News Journal
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.
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