Brian Kimbrow had been running rough shod over all of Memphis East’s competition through the first five games.
The Vanderbilt commitment came into the MUS game with overt 1,400 yards rushing including 441 yards in Week 4, but MUS was not impressed.
The Owl defense smothered Kimbrow all night long holding him to only 38 yards on 16 carries and East to only 96 total yards in the 41-0 win.
“Our guys were fired up to play; they were up to the challenge,” MUS coach Bobby Alston. “He’s a good player and I’m sure he’ll have a lot more better games than the one he had tonight.”
MUS running back Shane Tucker was the Owl star on offense as he rushed for 181 yards and scored five touchdowns.
MUS plays hated rival Christian Brothers while East will be off this week.
Speaking of Expectations…..
Expectations are hard to maintain especially high ones that some high school football powerhouses always have year after year.
When you’re a powerhouse program, other schools don’t want to play you, so you have to schedule teams in higher classifications and most of the time that leads to losses.
To read my story about scheduling click here: http://knotmove.com/high-school-football-in-nashville/playoff-seeding-making-it-diffucult-for-teams-to-schedule-2
So here’s a look at 12 teams that I had ranked in my Preseason top 10 that have two or more losses to schools in higher classifications.
Jo Byrns (3-3, Class 1A, Preseason No. 2)
Lost to Macon County (4A) 35-7, Humboldt (2A) 34-14 and Cheatham County (3A) 35-14
1A Pretender or Contender- Contender. Despite the 3-3 record Jo Byrns will definitely be a contender when the 1A playoffs roll around. They will be looking for their second straight title game appearance in the last three years.
Rockwood (3-3, Class 2A Preseason No. 9)
Lost to Sequoyah (4A) 21-0, Kingston (3A) 21-0
2A Pretender or Contender- Pretender. Rockwood hasn’t lived up to the expectations and in a pretty good region may have a tough time getting into the playoffs.
Polk County (4-2, Class 3A, Preseason No. 6)
Lost to Bradley Central (6A) 34-12, Chattanooga Central (4A) 29-13
3A Pretender or Contender- Pretender. The Wildcats look as if they have circled the wagons as they lead their district but they will probably be toast early in the playoffs if their ground game is shut down.
Elizabethton (3-3, Class 3A, Preseason No. 5)
Lost to Science Hill (6A) 27-13, Sullivan South (5A) 28-27
3A Pretender or Contender- Contender. This is based on last season’s 9-5 semifinal run as the Cyclones were you guessed it 3-3 after six games so here’s betting that Shawn Witten can work that magic again this season since 3A is up for grabs this year.
Alcoa (3-3, Class 3A Preseason No. 1)
Lost to Maryville (6A) 26-19, Lost to Greeneville (4A) 42-14
3A Pretender or Contender- Contender. For the last seven seasons Alcoa has destroyed every playoff team they have faced in both 2A and 3A to the tune of 35 straight playoff wins. Just because they are struggling doesn’t mean they can’t win another title, if they do it will be Gary Rankin’s best coaching job to date.
Mitchell (4-2, Class 4A Preseason No. 8)
Lost to Melrose (5A) 26-13, Lost to Craigmont (5A) 41-30
4A Pretender or Contender- Contender. The Tigers have the offensive weapons in quarterback Terrence Ayers at quarterback and Cincinnati commitment Nathan Cole at wide receiver.
Liberty (2-3, Class 4A Preseason No. 6)
Lost to Henry County (5A) 37-0, Lost to Jackson North side (5A) 28-21
4A Pretender or Contender– Pretender. In the preseason, I thought very highly of the Crusaders but with the emergence of Lexington, I don’t see a long playoff run for Liberty.
Maplewood (4-2, Class 4A Preseason No. 2)
Lost to Brentwood Academy (Div. II-AA) 35-7, Riverdale (6A) 41-14
4A Pretender or Contender-Pretender. The Panthers can run the football with the best of them with little guy LeDarius Vanler leading the way. But Maplewood’s Achilles heel is their lack of a passing game and that won’t serve them well in the playoffs.
Craigmont (4-2, Class 5A Preseason No. 9)
Lost to Blount (AL, 6A) 60-56, Cordova (6A) 26-13
5A Pretender or Contender- Contender. The Chiefs led by junior quarterback Sam Hayes can flat out score as they are averaging 39.8 points per game.
Hendersonville (4-2, Class 5A Preseason No. 5)
Lost to Franklin (6A) 51-35 and Riverdale (6A) 49-34
5A Pretender or Contender – Pretender. The Commandos can score but they can’t stop anyone on defense as in their two losses they gave up 100 points.
Ridgeway (2-3, Class 5A Preseason No. 1)
Lost to White Station (6A) 34-14, Dallas Skyline (TX, 5A but their large enrollment would make them equivalent to a 6A team in Tennessee) 47-7 and Whitehaven (6A) 41-27
5A Pretender or Contender– Contender. The Roadrunners are the best team ever on paper as they are led by four college commitments but the expectations and a tough non region schedule has them struggling right now. But in the 5A playoffs they should be the favorite to come out of the West to play for a state title.
Knoxville Webb (4-2, Division II-A Preseason No. 1)
Lost to Maryville (6A) 30-7, Ensworth (Division II-AA) 40-0
Division II-A Pretender or Contender– Contender. The Spartans took on a rough early schedule that will make them better come playoff time. Webb led by Caleb Blance will compete in the title game for their third consecutive Division II-A state title.
Top 6 Leading Rushers In The State
Ranked According to Yards per game
1.Dalton Boles, West Greene- 138 carries, 1,580 yards, 11.4 yards per carry, 15 TDs, 263.3 ypg
2.Brian Kimbrow, Memphis East- 142 carries, 1, 532 yards, 10.7 ypc, 15 TDs, 255.3 ypg
3. I’tavius Mathers, Blackman-143 carries, 1,470 yards, 10.3 yards per carry, 13 TDs, 245.0 ypg
4. Jordan Wilkins, St. Benedict- 102 carries, 1, 130 yards, 11.1 ypc, 17 TDs, 226.0 ypg
5. Dy’Shawn Mobley, Powell- 87 carries, 1,140 yards, 13.1 yards carry, 19 TDs, 190.0 ypg
6. LaDarius Vanlier, Maplewood-131 carries, 1,102 yards, 8.4 ypc, 10 TDs, 183.6 ypg
The seven highest scoring games of last week
101- Signal Mountain 65, South Pittsburg 36
94- South Greene 60, David Crockett 34
91- Forrest 50, Cornersville 41
91- Columbia Academy 63, McEwen 28
83-Clarksville 42, Clarksville NE 41
83- Riverdale 49, Hendersonville 34
80-Obion County 50, Montgomery Central 30
The seven lowest scoring games of the week
10- Clarksville Academy 7, Portland 3
14- Greenback 14, Cloudland 0
17- Nashville Christian 10, Lancaster Christian 7
20-Adamsville 14 , Collinwood 6
21- Antioch 15 , Glencliff 6
23-Happy Valley 13 , Abingdon, VA 10
23-McGavock 13 , Cane Ridge 10
The 12 biggest one sided games of the week
61-Independence 68 , Coffee County 7
55- Friendship Christian 55 , Pickett County 0
51-Lexington 51 , Scotts Hill 0
48-Westwood 48 , Oakhaven 0
47- Sequatchie County 49 , Marion County 2
46- William Blount 49 , Heritage 3
44- CPA 44 , Davidson Academy 0
42-Harpeth 54 , East Robertson 12
41-Station Camp 59 , Hillwood 18
41-ECS 50 , Jackson Christian 9
41-MUS 41 , Memphis East 0
40- Sequoyah 48 , Tellico Plains 8
The 22 closest games of the week
1-Sullivan South 28 , Elizabethton 27
1-Greenbrier 28 , White House Heritage 27
2-Cookeville 24 , Lebanon 22
3-Happy Valley 13 , Abingdon, VA 10
3-Bledsoe County 24 , McMinn Central 21
3-Lewis County 18 , Page 15
3-McGavock 13 , Cane Ridge 10
3-Nashville Christian 10 , Lancaster Christian, TN 7
3-Smyrna 20 , Franklin 17
3-Whites Creek 21 , Hillsboro 18
3-Arlington 28 , Briarcrest 25
4-York Institute 25 , Cumberland County 21
4-Moore County 31 , Warren County 27
4-South Doyle 22 , Knoxville Carter 18
4-Boyd Buchanan 21 , DCA 17
4-Clarksville Academy 7 , Portland 3
4-Hardin County 17 , McNairy Central 13
4-Waverly 14 , Riverside 10
5-Campbell County 28 , Clinton 23
5-Hollow Rock-Bruceton 18 , Greenfield 13
5-MAHS 25, Carver 20
6-Soddy-Daisy 34 , Chattanooga Central 28
BY THE NUMBERS
4-1- Sullivan East record so far in 2011, they were 0-10 in 2010.
28- Number of points CPA’s defense has allowed this season which is first in the state.
11- Number of total turnovers in the Shelbyville-LaVergne game, one which Shelbyville won 28-21.
23-21- The series record between Goodpasture and David Lipscomb with Goodpasture leading.
34- The consecutive game losing streak for Fayette Ware which is the worst in the state.
44.3- CAK’s points per game average which is the best in the state.
70- Consecutive district wins by Maryville.
1,179- Combined total yardage in the Riverdale (670) and Hendersonville (509) game, Riverdale won the game 49-34.
FRIDAY NIGHT STAT STUFFERS
Corn Elder, RB, Ensworth- Rushed for 265 yards and scored once in a 33-7 win over BGA.
Caleb Blance, RB, Knoxville Webb- Rushed for 209 yards and scored one touchdown in a 42-14 win over Knoxville Catholic.
I’tavius Mathers, RB, Blackman- Ran for a career high and school record 335 yards on 31 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 34-14 win over Bradley Central.
Jalen Hurd, RB, Beech- The sophomore running back exploded for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 27-16 win over White House.
Jalen Manning, RB, Smith County- Ran for 227 yards and scored twice in a 38-21 win over Macon County.
Dy’Shawn Mobley, RB, Powell- Rushed for 239 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 40-20 win over Karns.
Bryce Baker, RB, Harpeth- Rushed for 285 yards and scored five times in a 54-12 win over East Robertson.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, St. Benedict- Ran for career high 320 yards and scored four total touchdowns (3 rushing) in a 42-21 win over Jackson Central Merry.
Wesley Bland, RB, Columbia Academy- Ran for 208 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 63-28 win over McEwen.
Dillon Woodruff, QB, Riverdale Threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-34 win over Hendersonville.
Curtis King, RB, Austin East- Rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-13 win over Brainerd.
Charlie High, QB, CAK- Threw for 488 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-26 win over Gibbs.
Chase Travis, RB, Pigeon Forge- Ran for 271 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Grainger.
Terrence Ayers, QB, Mitchell- Threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-30 loss to Craigmont.
Jermiah Balfour, WR, Mitchell- Caught nine passes for 202 yards in a 41-30 loss to Craigmont.
Ryan Garner, QB, USJ- Passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-14 win over SBEC.
Lee Mayhall, WR, USJ- Made 10 catches for 179 yards and one touchdown in a 37-14 win over SBEC.
Ladarius Vanlier, RB, Maplewood- Ran for 240 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 31-16 win over East Literature.
William Hall, WR, Trinity Christian- Caught eight passes for 217 yards in a 41-6 win over Halls.
Noah Rubbo, RB, Cornersville- Gained 251 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 51-40 loss to Forrest.
Austin Glover, RB, Sullivan East- Ran for 201 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 20-0 win over Sullivan Central.
Dalton Boles, RB, West Greene- Rushed for 253 yards and scored one touchdown in a 35-7 win over North Greene.
Martavious Newby, RB, Booker T. Washington- Rushed for 264 yards and scored three touchdowns on just nine carries in a 40-12 win over Douglass.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, QB, Clarksville Northeast- Accounted for 405 yards of total offense (205 rushing, 200 passing and three touchdowns) in a 42-41 loss to Clarksville.
Cole Baxley, RB, South Greene- Rushed for 277 yards in a 60-34 win over David Crockett.