Going into the 2014 high school football season when you talked about Division II-AA favorites the following three teams were discussed first: Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and Memphis University School.
All three teams are easy to discuss and dissect as Ensworth are the four time defending state champions and have two Southeastern Conference defensive back commitments in Rico McGrew (Alabama) and Donovan Sheffield (Vanderbilt).
Brentwood Academy has a college look to them on the offensive line led by juniors Ryan Johnson (6-6, 280, Class of 2016 Tennessee commitment), Bryce Mathews (6-6, 285) and Jackson Pittman (6-3, 290).
MUS rules the West and with Ole Miss commitment Drew Richmond (6-6, 320) anchoring the offensive line and Memphis commitment Peyton Jones making tons of plays from his defensive end position it’s easy to talk about the Owls.
So far Ensworth (4-0) is one of three undefeated teams in Division II-AA while Brentwood Academy is 4-1 and MUS despite a very tough non region schedule is 3-2.
The other two undefeated teams in Division II-AA have been the most impressive and are two teams flying under the radar.
Chattanooga rivals Baylor and McCallie are both standing at 5-0 and will clash next week at McCallie.
But first things first for the Blue Tornado as they host Ensworth on Friday.
McCallie is coming off a huge win as they defeated Bowling Green (KY) 21-20 last Friday and broke the third longest winning streak in the country as the Purples had won 48 straight games only two shy of all time winning streak in the Bluegrass State.
Bowling Green won the last three Class 5A state titles in Kentucky and hadn’t lost a game since Christian County beat them in the 5A playoffs back in 2010.
Down 20-14, McCallie quarterback JayVaughn Craig engineered the game winning drive taking the Blue Tornado 80 yards capped off by a three yard Craig touchdown pass to Matt Brock for the win.
The Blue Tornado out gained the Purples 325 to 272 in total yardage including 228 to 39 in the second half.
For the game Craig threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns and running back Alex Trotter gained 124 yards on the ground.
The Blue Tornado are 5-0 for the first time since 2001 when they went undefeated at 12-0 and won the school’s lone Division II state title.
Baylor on the other hand defeated Division II-A defending state champion Knoxville Webb and district rival MBA in back to back weeks.
The Red Raiders have been downright defensive as their defense is only giving up 10.8 points per contest.
If one coach could give a good scouting report on both Baylor and McCallie it would Pope John Paul II head coach Jerry Joslin.
Joslin’s Knights have already played both Chattanooga schools losing to McCallie 59-38 in week two and dropping last week’s game 38-7 to Baylor.
“First off they are both so fundamentally sound and have great head coaches which I really respect,” Joslin said.
“But I think they are completely different because McCallie is so explosive on offense and Baylor is so stout on defense.”
McCallie’s offense has been stellar so far this year averaging 44.4 points per game as Vaughn and Trotter (997 rushing yards) has been the offensive stars so far.
“McCallie is so scary on offense,” Joslin said. “Ralph (Potter) does such a good job with his offense and Craig is an athlete that can make a ton of plays and Trotter is really exceptional and beyond belief.”
“Trotter has all the tools as he can take and give a hit and has the speed to run by you, right now he is in a league of his own.”
Baylor on the other hand has Mississippi State commitment Nick Tiano at quarterback leading the way for the Red Raiders.
“Tiano is a very smart player and knows how to make all the throws and his line has done a great job of keeping him clean,” Joslin said.
“But Baylor’s defense is the real deal and they have done a great job of getting stops and they have guys that will come up and strike you,” Joslin said.
The Red Raider defense is led by junior linebacker Ryan Parker who led the team in tackles as a sophomore and is leading the way again with 43 tackles so far.
Fellow junior Preston Ballard leads a ball hawking secondary with four interceptions as the secondary as a whole has picked off eight passes already.
“Defense has not given up big plays and Ryan Parker has picked up where he left off last season for us,” Baylor head coach Phil Massey said.
“Also, Scheduling pays a big part as four of our first five games were at home.”
Joslin think both teams have set themselves up for great things this season and next week clash at McCallie will be a classic.
“I think you give McCallie the edge on offense and Baylor the edge on defense,” Joslin said. “I wouldn’t be surprised in who wins but I think it will be a great game not only for the rivalry but for the Division II-AA East/Middle region.”
Baylor has a six game winning streak over the Blue Tornado going into the game.
McCallie and Baylor are not the only teams that have been dominant so far.
Here’s five more teams that have been lights out on both offense and defense.
2014 Record-5-0, 26 straight wins, longest streak in state
Points Scored/Points Against-339/9
Points Per Game (Off/Def)- Off-67.8, Def-1.8, Point Differential-66.0
Mercy Rule Games-All Five games
Reason(s) For Domination So Far-Balance. The Falcon offense averages 435 yards per game with 164.6 through the air and 267.4 on the ground.
Their offense has been so good, they have only punted five times all year.
Five Falcons have rushed for at least a hundred yards on the year while the Fulton defense has been tough with 14 sacks, eight interceptions and nine fumble recoveries.
2014 Record-5-0, 18 game winning streak
Points Scored/Points Against-287/54
Points Per Game (Off/Def)- 57.4 Off, 10.8 Def, Point Differential-46.6
Mercy Rule Games-4
Reason(s) For Domination So Far-The Split Back Veer. The Golden Tornadoes simply mash you at the point of attack and average 356.6 yards per game on the ground.
With the ground game moving the ball at will, Union City the defending 1A state champion has only attempted seven passes on the season.
Their defense is talented as well as they are only allowing 180 total yards per contest as they try to defend their state title.
Points Scored/Points Against-254/60
Points Per Game (Off/Def)-50.8 Off, 12.0 Def, Point Differential-38.8
Mercy Rule Games-4
Reason(s) For Domination So Far-Like Union City, the Commandos pound you on the ground as they execute the wing T to perfection. Head coach Bruce Hatfield is an very underrated coach that doesn’t get enough credit.
Hendersonville averages 356.2 yards on the ground and have exploded for 1,026 yards rushing the previous two games and outscored their opponents 110-47.
Points Scored/Points Against-208/0
Points Per Game (Off/Def)-41.6 Off, 0-Def, Point Differential-41.6
Mercy Rule Games-5
Reason(s) For Domination So Far- The Eagle defense have been in lockdown mode as they still haven’t allowed a point through five contests and obviously leads the state in scoring defense.
The defensive secondary already has nine interceptions and the front seven has combined for 16 sacks already.
Offensively, the offense is led by dual quarterback Isiah Upton who recently committed to MTSU.
Points Scored/Points Against-172/20
Points Per Game (Off/Def)-43.0 Off/5.0 Def
Mercy Rule Games-2
Reason(s) For Domination So Far- The Golden Eagle offense under second year coach Mark Pemberton are using the wing T to put some gaudy numbers.
Rhea County’s offense was good last year under Pemberton but the biggest difference this year is the Golden Eagles which has played lights out allowing only 20 total points on the year.
The following five district wins were down to the wire in week four and all five involved undefeated teams.
Westview 15, Milan 14- Westview come back from a 14-0 deficit and four early turnovers to win their second straight game over Milan.
Down 14-0 to start the second half, the Chargers took their first possession and Parker Beal cut the deficit as he scored from 12 yards out.
The Chargers went for two and got it to cut the deficit to 14-8.
Westview (5-0) used their last possession of the game for the game winner as they marched 74 yards on 18 plays as quarterback Dallas Callins found Jason Hicks from three yards out to give Westview the lead.
Camden 40, Lewis County 22- Camden running back Deshawn Brown has had a big first half of the 2014 season.
Brown followed up with yet another 200 yard night as the junior rushed for 211 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Lions avenged two losses to the Panthers in the 2013 season.
Ravenwood 21, Independence 7- Ravenwood started fast and scored 14 quick points to stun the home team and cruise to a 21-7 win.
The Raptor (4-0) special teams came up big as Austin Burst blocked the Independence punt and William Fraey scooped up the football and went 23 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Ravenwood’s defense became opportunistic as Garrison Jeronimus recovered an Independence fumble on the Eagles next possession.
Ravenwood quarterback Cole Brown then found Georgia commitment Van Jefferson for a 30 yard touchdown to up the the lead to 14-0.
Hillsboro 20, McGavock 14-Hillsboro used a solid running game and a tough defense to beat previously unbeaten McGavock.
Burro running backs De’Andre Alexander and Vincent Perry both scored and led the Hillsboro running game.
Alexander gave the Burros a 7-0 lead and Perry broke a 7-7 tie to give Hillsboro a 14-7 lead.
Alexander scored the game winner from 23 yards out in the third quarter and the Hillsboro defense made the lead stand up.
Oneida 14, Greenback 7-Using the legs of running back Jake Lawson, Oneida scored a big win over the previously unbeaten Cherokees.
The win for Oneida was the first for the Indians since 2010 as Greenback had won the last four meetings.
Lawson scored both touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the game winner coming with 20 seconds left in the game.
TURNING IT AROUND
The following 12 schools lost their first game but haven’t lost since.
Lost to ECS 42-28 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- Carver 54-12, St. George’s 17-14, Germantown 28-14 and Jackson Academy (MS) 14-10
Lost to Gibbs 16-13 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat-Cocke County 49-14, Pigeon Forge 14-7 and Austin East 20-2
Chester County (4-1)
Lost to Adamsville 14-7 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- South Gibson 19-12, Bolivar 27-20, Jackson Central Merry 24-21 and Jackson Southside 48-0
Daniel Boone (3-1)
Lost to Elizabethton 49-0 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat-Cherokee 33-20, Sullivan Central 38-7 and Volunteer 21-0
Lost to Lauderdale County (AL) 35-7 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat-Cascade 35-21, Moore County 41-0, Cornersville 49-14 and Eagleville 21-7
Lost to Morristown West 21-14 in week 1
Since Recovered to beat-Chuckey Doak 42-0, Jefferson County 35-3 and Claiborne County 49-0
Lost to Nashville Christian 47-7 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat-Montgomery Central 30-21, Cheatham County 28-0 and East Robertson 40-0
Northpoint Christian (4-1)
Lost to Magnolia Heights (MS) 12-7 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- West Memphis (AR) 44-8, Holly Springs (MS) 38-26, Hillcrest 33-7 and Lausanne 27-14
Notre Dame (4-1)
Lost to Knoxville Catholic 15-12 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- East Ridge 34-20, Chattanooga Christian 42-7, Boyd Buchanan 50-7 and Bledsoe County 48-0
Lost to Blackman 28-21 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- White Station 35-14, Siegel 45-14, Arlington 35-3 and Smyrna 35-14
Trinity Christian (4-1)
Lost to St. George’s 31-29 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- USJ 52-14, Adamsville 49-42, South Gibson 53-28 and Scotts Hill 49-28
West Greene (4-1)
Lost to Morristown West 58-0 in week 0
Since Recovered to beat- Cosby 56-20, Grainger 14-0, North Greene 38-13 and Cumberland Gap 41-7
UNDEFEATED NO MORE
12 schools that lost for the first time in week three.
Greenback (4-1) lost to Oneida 14-7
Dyersburg (4-1) lost to Crockett County 35-21
Spring Hill (4-1) lost to Marshall County 36-13
Scott County (4-1) lost to CAK 41-21
Lewis County (4-1) lost to Camden 40-22
Independence (4-1) lost to Ravenwood 21-7
McGavock (4-1) lost to Hillsboro 20-14
Smyrna (4-1) lost to Oakland 35-14
Brentwood Academy (4-1) lost to MBA 52-44
Friendship Christian (3-1) lost to Knoxville Webb 35-14
St. Benedict (3-1) lost to Horn Lake (MS) 39-28
GETTING THAT 1ST WIN
15 Teams tasted victory for the first time Friday night:
Cosby (1-4) defeated Hancock County 63-47
Watertown (1-4) defeated RBS 46-6
East Robertson (1-4) defeated Houston County 35-18
Gibson County (1-4) defeated Halls 42-26
Jackson Christian (1-4) defeated Middleton 42-0
Booker T. Washington (1-4) defeated Carver 20-16
South Gibson (1-4) defeated Obion County 34-3
McNairy Central (1-4) defeated Fayette Ware 38-14
Sheffield (1-3) defeated Westwood 45-6
Jefferson County (1-3) defeated Seymour 28-14
William Blount (1-3) defeated Heritage 50-48
Brentwood High (1-4) defeated Dickson County 45-25
Antioch (1-4) defeated Glencliff 20-6
White Station (1-4) defeated Hamilton 28-12
Ezell Harding (1-4) defeated Mt. Juliet Christian 24-12
Seven more district games that came down to the wire
Brainerd 29, East Ridge 28
McMinn Central 20, Polk County 18
Soddy Daisy 23, Cleveland 16
Hickman County 27, East Hickman 24
South Pittsburg 29, Whitwell 28
Haywood 14, Covington 12
Walker Valley 17, Bradley Central 13
Six games that defense failed to show up.
Campbell County 41, Clinton 34
Cosby 63, Hancock County 47
William Blount 50, Heritage 48
MBA 52, Brentwood Academy 44
Pearl Cohn 49, Lipscomb Academy 46
Lewisburg (MS) 47, Mitchell 40
11 games that the scoreboard operator got a workout.
Signal Mountain 70, Grundy County 14
Beech 70, Portland 15
Coalfield 66, Oliver Springs 34
MTCS 66, Community 21
Union City 65, South Fulton 8
Anderson County 64, Karns 28
South Doyle 64, Cocke County 6
FRA 63, Davidson Academy 24
Station Camp 62, Lebanon 21
Greenbrier 62, Cheatham County 13
Fulton 61, Gatlinburg Pittman 0
Longest Active Winning Streaks Going Into Week 5:
3. Union City-18
Longest Active Losing Streaks Going Into Week 5:
1. Fayette Ware-64
2. Memphis Northside-41
3. Whites Creek-20
4. Hancock County-18
7. Sale Creek-14
11. Cannon County-11
Two District Winning Streaks were ended last week as McMinn Central ended Polk County’s 21 game district 5-AA streak with a 20-18 win over the Wildcats.
McMinn gave Polk County their last district loss as well in 2008.
Crockett County ended Dyersburg’s 12 game 13-AA district streak with a 35-21 win, the streak started for Dyersburg back in 2012.
William Blount broke a 10 game losing streak as they defeated Blount county rival in a shootout 50-48.
DISTRICT WINNING STREAKS
Below is a list of active longest district winning streaks
1. Maryville-94, 4-AAA
2. Greeneville-44, 2-AA
3. Lexington-29, 14-AA
3. Sevier County-29, 2-AAA
5. Hampton-28, 1-A
6. Trezevant-24, 16-AA
7. Knoxville Webb-22, DII-A East/Middle 1
8. Grace Christian Academy-20, 3-A
8. Signal Mountain-20, 7-AA
10. Fulton-18, 3-AA
10. Mitchell-18, 16-A
12. CPA-16, 12-AA
13. Boyd Buchanan-15, 5-A
13. Elizabethton-15, 1-AA
15. South Pittsburg-13, 6-A
15. Union City-13, 14-A
17. Henry County-12, 10-AAA
17. Nashville Christian-12, 10-A
19. MUS-10, DII-AA West
WEEK 5’s BEST GAMES
Ensworth (4-0) at McCallie (5-0)
Ooltewah (5-0) at Dobyns Bennett (5-0)
Sevier County (4-1) at Maryville (5-0)
Springfield (5-0) at White House (4-0)
Science Hill (4-0) at Brentwood Academy (4-1)
Blackman (5-0) at Independence (4-1)
MBA (4-1) at Millington (5-0)
Whitehaven (5-0) at Ridgeway (4-0)
Lexington (4-1) at Jackson Northside (5-0)
Cameron Turner, RB, Hendersonville- Rushed for 200 yards and scored twice on just seven carries in a 56-14 win over Gallatin.
Trevor Holder, QB, Giles County- Accounted for 543 yards of total offense (422 passing, 121 rushing) and three touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Cascade.
Lucas Harrison, WR, Giles County-Caught 10 passes for 295 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Cascade.
Devon Fair, RB, William Blount-Rushed for 208 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 50-48 win over Heritage.
Ethan Jeffers, QB, Campbell County-Passed on 331 yards and three touchdowns on 21 of 26 passing in a 41-34 win over Clinton.
Andrew McIntyre, QB, Craigmont-Passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-12 win over Fairley.
Matt Fox, RB, Anderson County-Rushed for 223 yards and scored three touchdowns on just carries in a 64-28 win over Karns.
Tomadreus Trezevant, QB, Mitchell-Passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rush) in a 47-40 loss to Lewisburg (MS).
Dylan Linder, RB, Livingston Academy-Rushed for 229 yards and scored three times in a 42-13 win over Macon County.
Jacob Lovelace, RB, Lawrence County-Rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Coffee County.
Jeremiah Oatsvall, QB, Brentwood Academy-Passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-44 loss to MBA.
Andrew Bunch, QB, Independence-Passed for 320 yards and one touchdown in a 21-7 loss to Ravenwood.
Auston Van Zant, RB, Beech-Rushed for 201 yards on just 10 carries and scored four times in a 70-15 blowout win over Portland.
Deuce Wallace, QB, Sevier County-The junior passed for 368 yards on 25 of 35 passing in a 28-21 win over Morristown West.
Jaquez Tyson, RB, Alcoa-Rushed for 254 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 45-14 win over Kingston.
Greedy Howse, RB, Siegel-Rushed for 207 yards and scored once in a 52-28 loss to Science Hill.
Malik Mague, QB, Science Hill-Accounted for 452 yards (285 passing, 4 touchdowns, 167 rushing, 2 TDs) plus a kickoff return for another touchdown in a 52-28 win over Siegel.
Grant Reviere, WR, Trinity Christian-Caught five passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-28 win over Scotts Hill.
Jacob Naumoff, QB, Farragut-Passed for 323 yards and and two touchdowns in a 49-30 loss to Knoxville West.
Tyler Ferguson, WR, Loudon-Caught seven passes for 179 yards and scored three times in a 45-7 win over Seqouyah.
Josh Jackson, RB, Loudon-Rushed for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 45-7 win over Seqouyah.
Logan Stewart, DB, Tipton Rosemark-Returned an interception for a touchdown in a 35-0 win over Macon Road. Has five interceptions on the year and has returned four for touchdowns.
Deshawn Brown, RB, Camden-Rushed for 211 yards and scored three times in a 40-22 win over Lewis County.
Dylan Johnson, QB, Huntingdon-Rushed for 264 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 28-0 win over West Carroll.
Parker McKinney, QB, Coalfield-The freshman quarterback passed for 303 yards on 14 of 17 passing and five touchdowns while rushing for another touchdown in a 66-34 win over Oliver Springs.
Griffin Delong, LB, Bearden-Made 24 total tackles (18 solo, 6 assists) and one sack in a 23-13 loss to Lenoir City.
BY THE NUMBERS
7-Number of passes attempted by Union City on the year, completing five of them.
21/1-Touchdown to Interception ratio for Craigmont QB Adam McIntyre.
24-Consecutive wins for South Pittsburg over Whitwell
46-Number of undefeated teams going into Week 5
49-Number of winless teams going into Week 5
360-Number of coaching wins for Alcoa coach Gary Rankin.
1,071-Total combined yardage between Knoxville West (560) and Farragut (511).
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