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Cane Ridge cheerleaders and football players wear the color pink for breast cancer awareness during a home game on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

Cane Ridge cheerleaders and football players wear the color pink for breast cancer awareness during a home game on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.


Andrew Bunch, QB, Independence: 27-of-41, 415 yards passing, 6 TDs, 34 yards rushing, TD in 56-14 win over La Vergne.

D.J. Thorpe, QB, Cane Ridge: 374 yards passing, 2 TDs, TD run in 40-34 win over Gallatin. Read more

Antwuan Branch, RB, Kenwood: 333 yards rushing, 4 TDs in 26-24 win over Lipscomb Academy.

Jeremiah Oatsvall, QB, Brentwood Academy: 150 yards rushing, TD, 175 yards passing, TD in 41-32 win over McCallie.

Ty Chandler, RB, MBA: 221 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 23-21 win over Ensworth.

Darius Morehead, RB, Ensworth, 172 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 23-21 loss to MBA.

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Mason Cunningham, QB, Shelbyville: 222 yards passing, 3 TDs, 80 yards rushing, TD in 42-14 win over Franklin County.

Jimmy Ferrell, QB, Pearl-Cohn: 286 yards passing, 2 TDs, rushing TD in 47-7 win over Springfield. Read more

Rontavius Groves, WR, Pearl-Cohn: 6 receptions, 155 yards, 2 TDs in 47-7 win over Springfield. Read more

Jordan Mason, RB, Gallatin: 258 yards rushing, 3 TDs in 40-34 loss to Cane Ridge. Read more

Greedy Howse, RB, Siegel: 164 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 87-yard TD catch in 45-26 win over Coffee County. Read more

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Vic Johnson, RB, Cookeville: 145 yards rushing, 4 TDs in 42-21 win over Riverdale. Read more

Justin Tucker, QB, Giles County: 287 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 4-of-5, 72 yards passing in 35-14 win over Tullahoma.

Josh Trueheart, QB, Stratford: 333 yards passing, 4 TDs in 41-0 win over Greenbrier.

JaCoby Stevens, DB, Oakland: TD run, 59-yard interception return to set up TD in 20-7 win over Smyrna. Read more


Getting it done late: Hillsboro had a flare for the dramatic during Friday’s 21-17 win over Beech in a battle that secured first place in Region 5-5A for the Burros.

The Burros, trailing late in the game, drove 98 yards in 14 plays, with Daylon Murphy’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Hill with three minutes remaining proving to be the difference in the game and a region championship.

Hillsboro will take a No. 1 seed into Friday’s 5A playoffs, battling Cane Ridge (8-2) in the first round. Read more

Branch-ing out in a big way: Kenwood has rode the legs of running back Antwuan Branch to the tune of 713 yards and 10 touchdowns … in the past two weeks alone.

Branch’s 333 yards and four touchdowns Friday night helped the Knights slip past Lipscomb Academy 26-24 in a battle for the 6-4A title. Branch’s touchdown run with just one second remaining was the difference.

Branch finished the regular season with more than 2,100 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. Kenwood will battle Portland in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Late rallies: Branch’s last-second heroics for Kenwood wasn’t the only late score that impacted a region race.

MBA scored late in a 23-21 win over rival Ensworth as Ty Chandler’s 14-yard touchdown run late in the fourth proved to be the difference. Cane Ridge broke a 34-34 tie with Gallatin when D.J. Thorpe ran in from the 6 late in the fourth to give his squad a 40-34 victory. Jeremy Hill’s 23-yard touchdown pass from Daylon Murphy late in the fourth gave the Burros a 21-17 win over Beech and clinched first place in 6-5A. A loss would have put Hillsboro third.


“We could get two home games. I’m afraid we may have to play (Beech) again in two weeks if both of us win next week. It would be another great game, I’d imagine.” – Hillsboro coach Craig Clayton, whose squad defeated Beech 21-17 to earn the top seed in Region 6-5A.Read more

“I just kept my fight, kept my composure and kept my head. It was a pass, but I just saw a hole and had to make a play to put my team on top.” – Cane Ridge QB D.J. Thorpe, who scored the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run in a 40-34 triumph over Gallatin. Read more

“I take my hat off to Coach (Ryan) Sulkowski and their community. A lot of this was his idea. Being able to honor Baylor, and some healing for our kids, I can’t thank the Coffee County community enough.” – Siegel coach Greg Wyant, on sharing prayers with Coffee County for Siegel player Baylor Bramble, who has been in critical condition for a week at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a head injury suffered in a game last week.Read more

“I don’t think it was any question who the best players on the field were. We’ve seen enough film on them to know that 7 (Gabe Angel) and 9 (Vic Johnson) were the guys we were (going to) have to stop, and we didn’t stop either of those two.” – Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott, whose team fell to Cookeville 42-21.Read more

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