The Best of Preps High School Football Jamboree concluded on Saturday evening with seven more 20-minute scrimmages at Finley Stadium.
Next stop: The regular season
Sale Creek 0, Grace Baptist Academy 0
For the second night in a row, the jamboree started with a scoreless tie. The matchup between Class A schools Grace Baptist Academy and Sale Creek featured just 77 yards of total offense, three turnovers and several penalties.
The longest gain of the contest — a 28-yard hookup from Grace quarterback Chet Matheny to tight end Cody Saunders — set the Golden Eagles up with a chance to steal the win late, but junior kicker Josh Leamon’s 37-yard field goal attempt came up short as time expired.
Walker Valley 14, Howard 0
The Mustangs rolled to a two-score victory over the Hustlin’ Tigers, piling up 121 rushing yards in the process. Junior running back Holt Spencer racked up 50 yards and a pair of scores, including a 14-yard touchdown run to cap the team’s opening seven-play, 70-yard scoring drive.
Howard quarterback Terrance Brook broke loose down the sidelines on the Hustlin’ Tigers’ second play from scrimmage, but the long run was negated by a holding call. The best thing they did after that was force a Mustangs fumble inside the five-yard line, but Howard coughed the ball up on the the very next play.
Walker Valley’s Chandler Hunt and Colton Morrow also broke off long runs in the lopsided victory, while quarterback Cory Cook completed three pass attempts for 30 yards.
Hixson 27, Grace 0
This was wasn’t too competitive — not after Isaiah Robinson’s 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. It did, however, provide the play of the night as Hixson freshman Austin Clark, who was born with Down syndrome, put the finishing touches on his team’s lopsided victory with a 65-yard touchdown run on the final play.
Hixson’s Austin Gilkey was responsible for the team’s other two scores, first hauling in a 13-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Preston Wilkey before later adding a 3-yard rushing score.
Rhea County 14, Ooltewah 7
Golden Eagles running back Jacob York picked up 93 yards and a pair of scores as Rhea County piled up 108 yards on the ground out of its Wing-T attack, only throwing the ball once in its 14-7 victory over Ooltewah.
Following York’s first touchdown run — a 24-yarder — Ooltewah responded with a nine-play, 70-yard scoring drive, capped by Desmond Pittman’s nine-yard burst up the middle to tie things up at 7-7. The Owls, led by quarterback Brody Binder’s 79 yards through the air, drove down the field late for a potential game-tying score, but receiver Mike Williams, who finished with three catches for 75 yards, coughed up the ball in Rhea County territory.
McMinn County 13, Red Bank 0
The Cherokees couldn’t have asked for a better start to Saturday’s contest, marching down the field on a five-play, 70-yard scoring drive — capped by Dre Sanders’ 2-yard touchdown run — but a missed extra-point attempt made the score 6-0. Sanders, who finished with 73 yards on eight carries, also added McMinn County’s final score — a 1-yard run.
East Hamilton 0, Notre Dame 0
For what was probably the most anticipated matchup of the evening, there wasn’t a whole lot of action. At least not offensively, as the contest featured five punts and a turnover on downs.
East Hamilton running back Matt Milita picked up 21 yards on five carries, but quarterback Hunter Moore finished 0-for-3 through the air — a result of wide receiver drops. Irish running back Kareem Orr’s 27-yard run was the longest play of the game, but that drive stalled after a fumbled pitch.
Soddy-Daisy 0, East Ridge
East Ridge had a shot at breaking the tie in the game’s final seconds as quarterback JoJo Tillery launched a deep ball to wide receiver Kolbe King, but King let the ball slip through his hands, resulting in the third scoreless draw of the evening. The teams combined for 70 yards of total offense, but penalties negated most of both teams’ positive offensive plays.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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