Stewarts Creek honored Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, the Blue Angels pilot who died when his jet crashed in Smyrna prior to the Great Tennessee Air Show, during Friday’s 44-30 win over rival La Vergne.
The fourth-year Smyrna school held a red, white and blue theme for the game, which also recognized Marine Week.
Stewarts Creek teacher Todd Harris helped come up with the idea. He was part of a fly-along with the Blue Angels the day prior to the June crash.
“I flew with them on June 1, then the accident happened the next day,” Harris said. “I was overwhelmed (with emotion). It happened two hours after I posted my videos on it.”
Stewarts Creek principal Clark Harrell, who is a colonel in the Tennessee Air National Guard with a specialty as a chaplain, was quickly on board with the idea.
Harrell ministered to the Blue Angels pilots as well as others who work with the air show after the crash.
“It happened right in our backyard, and I think (Rutherford County) should be very proud at how we’ve rallied around the Blue Angels and certainly Capt. Kuss and his wife and children,” Harrell said.
Light up the scoreboard
Nashville Christian wasted little time putting away Pickett County in a Region 4-1A contest Friday night. The defending Class 1A state champions scored 55 points in the first quarter of their 69-6 rout.
The quarter included three touchdown passes from Bryce Pemberton and three rushing touchdowns from Xavier Myers.
Ensworth stops Clemson recruit
Ensworth avenged a 14-10 loss in 2015 by crushing Trezevant 54-14. The Tigers held Clemson commitment Cordarrian Richardson to just 84 yards on 16 carries.
Richardson is the No. 5 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.
“Getting that guy down anytime is a tremendous effort,” Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers said. “He was never tackled by one person.”
Goodpasture continued its winning ways with a 35-10 win over Franklin Road Academy for its third consecutive victory. The Cougars had lost 22 straight games.
Jermaine Mason returned punts of 71 and 80 yards to give the Cougars an early 14-0 lead. He added a 29-yard TD run and a 38-yard TD catch from Dylan Brooks.
Bryce Wallace aired it out in Marshall County’s 41-7 rout of East Nashville.
Wallace, the younger brother of former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, completed 20 of 26 passes for 301 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Tigers’ 41-7 rout of East Nashville.
Wallace has thrown for 878 yards with 10 touchdowns and just one interception.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.
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