Anderson County 35, Clinton 19
The Anderson County Mavericks have had Clinton's number for the last 15 years, winning all but one game in that span. But an improved Clinton team looked sharp early on when quarterback Tyler Thackerson threw a reverse pass to Beau Crisp to put the Dragons on top by seven. But the Dragons had no answer for the Mavericks' Matt Fox. On a humid night, not even the cramps could bring down the running back from barreling over the Clinton defense. With the game at 14-13, his rushing touchdown merely 29 seconds into the second half would unleash the Anderson County offensive attack and squashed any hope for a Clinton upset. Anderson County faces Austin-East next week at home, while Clinton goes back home to play Seymour.
Fulton 83, Powell 3
Fulton picked up right where it left off last season, jumping on Powell from the opening kick. On their first play from scrimmage, the Falcons' D.J. Campbell, a 6 feet, 277-pound force ran for a 63-yard touchdown. He then intercepted an errant pass and ran it to the endzone for a pick six touchdown. From there, the Falcons never looked back, pummeling the Panthers and setting school records in the process for the largest margin of victory against Powell and most points scored in a game. The Panthers look to shake off this blowout next week at home against CAK. Fulton's next victim is Bearden at home.
Maryville 28, Webb 7
This was a matchup of two defending state champions at Maryville High School, but the hometown Rebels were highly favored going into the game for good reason. On their first possession, the Rebels' quarterback Tyler Vaught found Kelby Brock for a touchdown strike. Later in the first half, Vaught hit Brice Miller for another score to put the Rebels up by 14 at the break. They wouldn't look back, winning by three touchdowns in a game they were never threatened. A successful season is ahead for both of these teams, but only Maryville starts the season 1-0. Next week, the Rebels face Alcoa at home. Webb goes on the road to face Baylor in Chattanooga.
Sevier County 35, Bearden 0
Bearden disappointed on its home field in the jamboree, losing by 21 points in one quarter of play. The Bulldogs continued it against Sevier County. The Smoky Bears burned the Bulldogs to a crisp, whipping them handily in a game they went untested throughout. New Sevier County Head Coach, Tony Linginfelter, had to be pleased with the performance of his junior quarterback. Deuce Wallace went 18 for 27 with 232 yards and four touchdowns. The Smokey Bears will have a tougher test next week against Morristown East. It doesn't get any easier for Bearden. It will face Fulton.
Loudon 34, William Blount 19
An improved Loudon team had to recall getting drubbed 40-7 last season at home against William Blount because it showed in its play on the field. A focused Redskins team was set on revenge and would strike first as Josh Jackson would ran it from 16 yards out to put his squad up by seven. He'd then race for 80 yards and another touchdown to kill any William Blount hope for a comeback. He finished with 17 carries for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Loudon will travel to Lenoir City next week and William Blount hopes to bounce back on the road against Morristown East.
West 39, Karns 0
West looks poised for another run to the state title game after throttling Karns 39-0. It didn't take long for the Rebels to get on the board as Seth Marshall threw to Umar Tate to end the first drive of the game. West could have led more than 39-0 at the half if it wasn't for two fumbles inside the Karns' 5-yard line. Marshall led the way for the Rebels for a 39-0 victory over Karns.
Knoxville Catholic 15, Notre Dame 12
Knox Catholic held on to win their second straight "Irish Bowl" 15 to 12 over Notre Dame. ND got the ball with 4:30 left in the 4th on their own 17 down by three. The Knox Catholic defense would come up with a huge interception with no time left to stop the drive. Next week the Knoxville Fighting Irish host a Coalfield team who manufactured a 34-32 come from behind victory over Copper Basin on Friday.
CAK 49, Franklin Road Academy 29
CAK looking to bounce back after making the state game two years ago. The Panthers and Warriors were locked in a close contest going into the second half when FRA quaterback Spence Jones broke through the line for a 70 yard touchdown to make it 28-21 in the third. After forcing a turnover later in the period, the Warriors would capatalized when QB Cole Smith found Austin Pope for a touchdown. CAK travels to Powell next week.
Dobyns-Bennett 31, Farragut 27
Admirals and Indians played in yet another close one at Farragut. The two teams would trade field goals coming out of the half 20-16 Admirals in the 3rd. Running Back Tanner Thomas would put Farragut up 27-16 early in the 4th quarter on a 4 yard plunge. The Indians would answer right back with a 5 yard TD of their own to cut the lead to 27-24 with 9 minutes to go. On their very next drive, Dobyns-Bennett would score on a bomb to take the lead for good. It doesn't get any easier for the Admirals as they travel to Oak Ridge next week.