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Smyrna's Casey Perkins (31), holds on to the ball despite his helmet popping off as Blackman's Blake Taylore (10) tackles Perkins from behind during the game at Blackman, on Friday Oct 2, 2015.

Smyrna’s Casey Perkins (31), holds on to the ball despite his helmet popping off as Blackman’s Blake Taylore (10) tackles Perkins from behind during the game at Blackman, on Friday Oct 2, 2015.


Jordan Tucker, QB, Giles County: 334 yards rushing, 5 TDs, 4-of-5, 41 yards passing, TD in 56-46 win over Spring Hill.

R’Kell Reed, RB, Giles County: 205 yards rushing, TD in 56-46 win over Spring Hill.

Ty Chandler, RB, MBA: 17 carries, 201 yards, 5 TDs in 56-14 win over Pope John Paul II. Read more

Austin Bryant, RB, Riverdale: 221 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 42-21 win over Siegel. Read More

Taeler Dowdy, RB, Blackman: 195 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 28-14 win over Smyrna.

Mondu Sawyers, RB, Centennial: 24 carries, 166 yards, 2 TDs in 42-5 win over Clarksville.

Hunter Zimmerman, QB, Fairview: 8-of-10, 178 yards, 3 TDs in 41-6 win over Cheatham County.

August Hill, RB, Lincoln County: 25 carries, 197 yards, TD in 34-7 win over Shelbyville.

Tennessee high school football scores Week 7

Jarrett DeLozier, QB, Zion Christian: 123 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 56 yards passing, TD in 40-12 win over Memphis Catholic.

Carson Croy, QB, Brentwood: 168 yards passing, 2 TDs, 48 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 44-0 win over West Creek. Read more

Brandon Bea, QB, Riverdale, 200 total yards, 4 total TDs in 42-21 win over Siegel. Read More

Greedy Howse, RB, Siegel: 153 yards, 2 TDs in 42-21 loss to Riverdale.

Ian Hafner, WR, Beech: 3 receptions, 103 yards, 3 TDs, rushing TD in 45-7 win over Gallatin. Read more

Thomas Garrison, RB, K, DB, Columbia Academy: 2 rushing TDs, 43-yard FG, interception return for TD, 6 extra points in 52-7 win over Grace Christian Academy.

Mikey Chennault, RB, Jo Byrns: 159 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 28-0 win over Red Boiling Springs.

Connor Thomas, RB, Clarksville Academy: 149 yards rushing, 5 TDs in 42-6 win over Collinwood.

Connor Jeffries, RB, Ravenwood: 206 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 49-13 win over McGavock. Read more

Vic Johnson, RB, Cookeville: 184 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 42-14 win over Coffee County.

Devin Palk, RB, Waverly: 197 yards rushing, 3 TDs, receiving TD in 25-7 win over Lewis County.

Chip Omer, RB, CPA: 206 yards rushing, TD in 34-18 win over Stratford.


Something special: Oakland’s special teams got the job done in a 48-7 win over Warren County. The Patriots blocked three punts and returned all three for touchdowns.

“When we talk about blocking punts and blocking kicks, we talk about scooping and scoring too,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said.

Week of the blowout: Every week you will find a good share of blowout games across the Midstate. However, Friday night saw several blowouts in games that many thought would be close.

Among games that were expected to be closer were Brentwood Academy (49) and Ensworth (7). Read more

Beech ran the clock on rival Gallatin, winning 45-7. Read more. In another Sumner rivalry, Hendersonville blanked Station Camp 31-0. Read more

Centennial roughed up Clarksville 42-5, while a two-win White House-Heritage squad routed rival Greenbrier 44-7.

Shelbyville came into Friday’s big Region 5-5A matchup with Lincoln County unbeaten, having averaged 40 points a contest. The Falcons blanked the Golden Eagles until late in the game, ultimately winning 34-7.

Inspired performance: Giles County entered the night 0-6, having just released coach Walt Smith during the week.

The mid-season turmoil didn’t have a negative effect on the Bobcats, as they cranked up the offense in a 56-46 win over Spring Hill to earn their first victory of the season.

Giles County, under the tutelage of former assistant Scott Blair, racked up 614 yards of total offense (573 rushing). Quarterback Jordan Tucker blazed his way for 334 yards and five TDs while also throwing for a score. Running back R’Kell Reed added 205 yards and a TD on the ground.

The Bobcats are two years removed from a Class 4A state title game appearance (under Smith). Last season the team slipped to 5-7 before losing their first six games in 2015.

Reaching the Summit: It’s been a struggle for Summit’s football team since its initial season in 2011. Summit entered Friday’s 22-14 win over La Vergne 1-5, with its only win coming against Northwest. The Spartans’ closest loss was 12 points. They were 0-10 last season and 1-9 the season before, 3-7 in 2012 and 0-10 in 2011, their first season.

Tai Carter and Tyler Palmer combined for 265 rushing yards and all three Summit touchdowns in the victory. Read more

No lull for No. 1: The state’s top-ranked Class 5A team, Independence, had no ill effects from last week’s bye, rolling to a 27-0 win over Stewarts Creek. Quarterback Adam Swayze passed for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also ran for a score in the win.

Just give him the ball: Kenwood’s Antwuan Branch touched the ball on all but four plays in the first half and all but 13 for the game in the Knights’ 20-7 win over Northwest. He finished with 38 carries for 252 yards and all three of the team’s TDs.


“That’s our first region win as a football program. It’s exciting for us.” – Summit coach Brian Coleman after his team’s 22-14 win over La Vergne. Read more

“The O-line is blocking well and we’re moving the ball well. We’re just doing the right things right now, getting the job done.” – MBA running back Ty Chandler, who rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns (giving him 13 in three games) in a blowout win over JPII. Read more

“I just did whatever I could to help my team. (Sophomore quarterback Nelson Smith) knows how fast I am and just how high I can jump, and he can put it in a place where only I can get it.” – Beech wide receiver Ian Hafner, who touched the ball five times and scored on four of them in a 45-7 win over Gallatin. Read more

“It is the best night of my career. That was all because of the O-line. They did a great job blocking and opening huge holes in the secondary so it really wasn’t too hard for me.” – Ravenwood running back Connor Jeffries, who gained 206 yards and two TDs in a 49-13 win over McGavock. Read more

“You cannot have six turnovers in a game against a bad team. We did some good things in parts of the the game. But you really cannot have six turnovers against a good team.” – Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers, whose team lost to Brentwood Academy 49-7. Read more

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