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Prep Standings District 13A
Dist. Overall Dresden (2A) 3-0 8-0 W. Carroll (1A) 2-1 6-2 Huntingdon (1A) 2-1 6-2 McKenzie (2A) 2-1 2-5 Gleason (1A) 0-3 4-3 Bruceton (1A) 0-3 1-6 Note: Top two schools automatically advance to playoffs. Others can get in as wildcard teams.
Dist. Overall Humboldt (2A) 3-0 5-2 Trenton (2A) 3-0 4-3 Union City (1A) 3-1 5-3 Halls (1A) 1-2 3-3 Lake Co. (1A) 1-2 3-4 So. Fulton (1A) 1-3 3-5 Greenfield (1A) 0-4 1-6 Note: Top two schools automatically advance to playoffs. Others can get in as wildcard teams.
Dist. Overall Covington (4A) 4-0 7-0 So. Gibson (3A) 4-0 7-0 Milan (3A) 3-1 7-1 Dyersburg (4A) 3-1 6-1 Westview (3A) 2-2 3-4 Ripley (4A) 2-2 3-4 Crockett Co. (4A) 1-3 4-3 Haywood (4A) 0-4 2-5 Obion Cent. (4A) 0-3 2-5 Gibson Co. (3A) 0-4 0-7 Note: Top two schools automatically advance to playoffs. Others can get in as wildcard teams.
Week 7 Results Games of local interest
Dresden 42, Riverside 3 Gleason 20, Fulton City 0 Dyersburg 49, Westview 14 Humboldt 27, Greenfield 0 Milan 21, Huntingdon 13 West Carroll 42, Scotts Hill 0 TCA 37, McKenzie 14 Union City 34, Lake Co. 28 Trenton 50, So. Fulton 0 So. Gibson 49, Gibson Co. 0 Covington 42, Haywood 6 Bartlett 21, Ripley 20 Adamsville 10, Hardin Co. 9 Henry Co. 45, Clarksville 3 Crockett Co., Halls, Bruceton and Obion Central had open dates.
Week 8 Games Games of local interest
Dresden at Gleason Crockett Co. at Westview Greenfield at Halls (Thurs.) Bruceton at West Carroll Huntingdon at McKenzie Lake Co. at South Fulton Trenton at Humboldt Dyersburg at Gibson Co. So. Gibson at Haywood Obion Central at Covington Ripley at Milan Middleton at Adamsville TCA at Riverside Henry Co. has an open date.
Gleason’s Chris Copeland makes a tackle earlier in the season.
Dresden quarterback Davis Moran unloads a pass during Friday’s victory against Riverside.
Lions roar through Riverside, still taking it a game at a time
Dresden is 8-0, but still taking it one game at a time. The Lions improved to said record on Friday with a 42-3 thrashing of Riverside. Dresden hosts District 13A and Weakley County rival Gleason on Friday evening. “We’ve got to keep going a game at a time,” Dresden head coach Keith Hodge said after the victory. “Right now, we’re worried about Gleason. We’re not worried about the playoffs or going undefeated. We’re focused on the next team on our schedule and that’s all. “I think it works out better for our kids if we approach the season this way. If they were worried about the playoffs and where we stand, it could become a distraction for them to be worried about postseason scenarios.” Davis Moran shined on Friday evening in his most extensive play since suffering a knee injury during Week 0. Moran was 9-for-11 passing for 133 yards and a touchdown. In addition, Devan Raymer turned in his usual performance with 16 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Lion Joey Caldwell was Moran’s favorite aerial option with four catches for 40 yards. Caldwell also had five carries for 18 yards. Defensively, Caldwell had eight tackles – a sack included, while Raymer totaled five stops and an interception. Dresden defensive back Blake Stoker accounted for eight stops to tie Caldwell atop the squad’s tackle chart. Swafford was also a big factor on defense with two solo tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception, while teammate Austin Daniel had two sacks.
The Lions totaled 406 yards of total offense (273 rushing and 133 rushing) during the triumph at R’side. On Friday, Dresden was off and to the races during the first half. The Lions struck for three touchdowns during the game’s first 14 minutes. The first Dresden score came two plays after the opening kickoff. On first down, Moran hit Colter Swafford for a 13-yard positive. Then, Swafford’s number was called in the backfield and the Lion running back sprinted 52 yards to paydirt. Lion kicker Ben Kendall booted the point-after through the uprights to put the Weakley Countians ahead 7-0. The Panthers were limited to a three-and-out on their next drive with two incomplete passes and a sack of the quarterback. R’side elected to punt on fourth-and-13. Dresden needed four snaps to find its way back to the end zone. Raymer did the scoring honors with a 65-yard sprint, weaving in and out of traffic along the way. Kendall put the PAT through the uprights as the Lions enjoyed a 14-0 advantage with 8:37 left in the first period. Riverside got on the board early in the second quarter, ultimately settling for a field goal after the host team blocked a Dresden punt at the Lion 8 yard line. The FG was a 14-yarder by Geovany Jimenez.
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Gleason load is light in shortened victory
By Kenneth Coker Sports Editor The Gleason High School football team struck three times before the lightning did on Friday evening. All totaled, GHS scored a trio of touchdowns in the 7:13 that was played in a weatherabbreviated 20-0 triumph over Fulton City. The game was called complete at around 9:45 on Friday evening after both teams and officials had left Park Edwards Field. Initially, FC was to come back on Saturday to complete the contest, but the Kentuckians were unable to find a bus driver to make the trip. Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins saw good and bad in calling the game complete after less than a quarter. “It was a very strange way to win,” Lampkins said. “On one hand, I really would’ve liked to have gotten four quarters in and the taste of last week’s loss completely out of our mouths. “On the other hand, we scored 20 points in the seven minutes we played and could tell it probably wasn’t going to be much of a game. Maybe, it’s best for us to get out of this game healthy going into a big week with Dresden.” Gleason (4-3) hosts undefeated Dresden this Friday. Kickoff is
slated for 7:30 p.m. GHS will be without offensive utility player Blake Taylor against the Lions. Taylor tore his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this season and is out for the remainder of the campaign. Gleason received the kickoff to open the contest against Fulton City. Chase Ezell was the workhorse of the Tennessee Bulldogs’ first drive, carrying five times for 50 yards – the 12-yard scamper to paydirt included. Kyle Williams carried in the two-point conversion to give GHS an 8-0 lead with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter. Fulton City was pushed back a cumulative negative-12 yards on the first three snaps of the ensuing drive. Gleason senior Austin Perry came up big with a sack of the FC quarterback for a three-yard loss. On fourth down, Fulton City rolled out a punting formation, but opted for a fake. Bulldog Archie Rich stopped FC’s Jicole Trice well short of the first down marker to force a turnover on downs at the GHS 22 yard line. Ian Legens carried Gleason to the end zone quickly, taking both carries in the possession. Legens’ touchdown run
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Perfect DMS campaign capped by triumph over rival Martin
Dresden Middle School’s Brice Williams runs, while Martin’s Heath Hester attempts a tackle.
By Kenneth Coker Sports Editor Eight wins are enough for the Dresden Middle School football team to complete a task not seen within the program in over two decades. The Lions completed an undefeated season – the program’s first since 1988 – with a 30-14 besting of Martin Middle School on Thursday. It is Dresden’s first win over MMS since 2009. “This group has been together since they were eighth graders and they all add something special to the team,” said DMS head coach David Lewellen – in his 17th season at that post. “We’ve been close to being undefeated a couple times over the years with 7-1 seasons. Our schedule could be easier without Huntingdon and Martin, but I want our kids to play the teams they’ll see in high school.
“Martin has been the measuring stick for the last couple years around here in middle school football. This year was our year. It’s been a great run, but it didn’t start this spring. It started two years ago with the work these players put in as sixth-graders.” Dresden (8-0) outscored its opposition via a 336-58 margin during the 2012 campaign, averaging 42 points per game. With the defeat, the Panthers fall to 4-2 on the season. Martin closed out its regular season on Tuesday at Paris Inman. On Thursday, Dresden was paced offensively by Quincey McDonald, who rushed nine times for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In addition, Lion quarterback Dresser Winn was 11-for-16 with 129 passing yards and one touchdown throw. The TD toss was to seventh-grader Cade
Rogers, whose father (Craig) was the head coach of the undefeated 1988 DMS squad. Winn also carried the pigskin nine times for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brice Williams was Winn’s favorite target with four catches for 47 yards. Martin Middle School quarterback McKinney Baker was 4-for-6 with 80 passing yards and one touchdown pass. Panther wide receiver Cameron Jones accounted for his team’s longest play – a 51-yard touchdown reception. MMS received the opening kickoff on Thursday and advanced to the Lion red zone with a firstand-10 at the Dresden 17 yard line. Panther Joe Ray Perry made
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Yellowjackets to play at Halls Thursday
Viking sailing smooth at Greenfield By Sara Rachels Special To The Enterprise The final score at Harris Field read 27-0 in favor of the visiting Humboldt Vikings over the Greenfield Yellowjackets, but the real winner of the contest may have been the weather. After nearly 15 minutes of play, lightning forced a two-hour delay in action and though the contest eventually continued, another round of lightning just after halftime prompted the game to be called. “It was overall a bad night,” Greenfield coach Don Pitt said. “We fumbled twice and they were able to move well and we could never put a good series together on offense. We look forward to what we can do next week.”
On the bright side, two seniors were added to Greenfield’s roster – Tony Robinson and Zach Grooms. They have been with the team for about two weeks and should see playing time in the coming weeks. “They are two good athletes and they have been getting ready and getting reps on offense,” Pitt said. “I only wish we’d had them sooner.” The ‘Jackets travel to Halls on Thursday night. Torrential rains factored in from the very beginning as the Vikes opened the contest on their own 43. Nic McLilly nearly picked up a first down on his first carry, but was stopped a yard short by Jeremy Lannom. A.J. Hodge and McLilly each ran for five yards, but quarterback
Jaylen Montague fumbled the snap on second down and McLilly coughed up the ball to the ’Jackets on third-and-long. Starting on the Greenfield 38, Zachary Lewis lost a yard on a handoff. On second and long, Austin Pence picked up two yards and a 10-yard run from Jeffrey Johnson on third down proved even more profitable when the Vikings were flagged for a late hit. This gave the ‘Jackets their first of two first downs. Johnson was pulled back a yard and Pence gained three yards on his next carry. On third-and-eight, Johnson’s pass was intercepted by Montague.
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Greenfield High School’s Austin Pence dives for the extra yard this season against South Fulton.
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From page 13 Dresden responded by finding its way to the end zone in quick order. As a matter of fact, the Lions made two consecutive trips across the goal line on the ensuing drive – the first a Raymer reception that was negated by an illegal shift penalty. Ultimately, Caldwell caught the touchdown pass – a 55-yard aerial from Moran. Kendall’s third successful PAT kick put the Lions ahead 21-3 with 10:14 to play in the first half. After the two teams swapped possession, Dresden took over on the R’side 49 yard line. Swafford busted free for a 32 yard gain to move into the red zone. While inside the 20, Caldwell took three hand-offs for 20 yards. Raymer did the scoring honors, diving in from two yards out with 37.1 seconds remaining in the first half. Kendall’s point-after kick was the final tally of the first half as Dresden led 28-3 at halftime. Lightning flashed in Parsons d u r i n g t h e t h i r d q u a r t e r, resulting in a 30 minute delay as storms covered much of West Tennessee. When play resumed, Dresden poured on a couple more touchdowns. The first score was a 27-yard end around by Jastin James to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive early in the fourth quarter. The second and final Lion touchdown was an eight-yard carry to paydirt by Torres Washington with 3:44 left to play.
Gleason From page 13
spanned eight yards. The two-point conversion run was stopped as Gleason led 14-0 with 5:30 remaining in the opening quarter. GHS’ Reece Montgomery took down Fulton City’s Greg Wheeler for a five-yard loss on the first down that followed. On FC’s second down, Devon Jackson fumbled and Gleason’s Will Clark fell on the loose pigskin. Three plays later, Chris Copeland bowled over a Fulton City defender at the goal line for the score.
UTM leading ladies immortalized
UT Martin product Pat Summitt, head coach emeritus of the Tennessee women’s basketball team, addresses a crowd in Martin, while Bettye Giles watches on Saturday at the unveiling ceremony of statues of Summitt, Giles and the late Nadine Gearin.
Summitt, Giles and Gearin statues unveiled
By Kenneth Coker Sports Editor Undoubtedly, the contributions to the UT Martin women’s athletics scene of Pat Summitt, Bettye Giles and the late Nadine Gearin are cemented and welldocumented in the papers that tell the school’s history. Now, the trio will forever be literally cemented for visitors to see at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. On Saturday morning, lifesized statues of the trio were unveiled to an audience of onlookers as Summitt and Giles attended the ceremony for the occasion along with a handful of University of Tennessee and UTM dignitaries. “Coming to UT Martin was the best thing to ever happen to me,” said Summitt, who stepped down as the University of Tennessee’s women’s head coach during the spring. “I didn’t know that my father,
Richard Head, said you have no choice. “I thought UTM was a long ways away. He said, ‘You need to get out of here.’ It was truly one of the best things to ever happen to me because the people here were so real and committed.” Summitt, college basketball’s winningest coach (1,098-208), led the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA national championships and 16 Southeastern Conference crowns during her 38-year tenure as head coach.The coaching legend retired after the 2011-12 campaign as she continues her battle with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt showed little sign of being hindered by the disease on Saturday as she visited with friends after the statues were revealed. During her playing career at UTM, Summitt starred under the tutelage of Gearin. Summitt – then known as Pat Head –
became the first UTM women’s player to score over 1,000 points with 1,405 tallies during her tenure in Martin. Gearin – regarded as a pioneer in the advancement of the UT Martin women’s athletics programs – coached the Lady Pacers’ squads from 1969-78, serving as the squad’s mentor when Title IX was enacted. Gearin, who also skippered UTM’s women’s volleyball and badminton teams, finished her hoops coaching career with a 104-86 record. She was inducted into the UT Martin Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. “In my association with Nadine Gearin, often times in an athletic meeting they would ask someone to speak for UT Martin,” Giles said. “Nadine never would. She’d always say, ‘You do it.’ “I know today that I can see not a smile… Nadine had a constant grin and I can see that
grind shining down on us today. I know so many of you can, as well.” Giles served as the UT Martin women’s athletics director from 1972-1995. While at UTM, she started the women’s tennis program and served as the coach of that squad for eight seasons. Giles eloquently closed the segment with the following comments. “So many times when people my age communicate with people of student age I get asked, ‘Why do you have that big car that looks like a tank?’ or ‘Why do you dress like so-and-so,?’” Giles said. “I always come back with ‘You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. And you know what they say to me when I say that? ‘Where are you going?’ “I’m telling y’all now, Nadine Gearin, Bettye Giles and Pat Summitt are going to be right here. Come and visit us.”
From page 13 Going to McLilly for the entire drive, the junior back netted gains of two, 19 and 37 yards before running six yards up the middle to the end zone. Daniel Blankenship’s kick put the visitors on the board, 70, with 4:43 left in the first quarter. After sustaining a six-yard loss on a fumble and a five-yard penalty for having too many players on the field, Greenfield was forced to punt on its next series. At midfield, McLilly carried once for 13 yards and again for three yards. Then, lightning suspended play with 2:28 left in the opening quarter. Two hours later, the teams came back on the field and McLilly picked up where he left off with runs of four, 15, five and six yards to wind down the first quarter. The second quarter opened with McLilly completing the drive with a four-yard run to the end zone. Blankenship’s extra point put Humboldt up by two scores, 14-0, with 11:57 left in the first half. The ’Jackets punted on their next series and pinned the Vikings on their own 25, but McLilly needed just one run of 75 yards straight through the defense to score again. Blankenship’s kick gave Humboldt a 21-0 advantage with 9:26 to go. Each squad turned the ball over on downs on their next possessions and though Greenfield looked to spark its offense with a 22-yard pass from Johnson to Miles Cavitt, another punt soon became necessary. Punter Zach Grebe fumbled the snap and Garrett Oden picked up the ball at the 40 and returned it to the house for Humboldt’s fourth TD. Blankenship’s kick missed the mark, but the Vikes led 27-0 with 2:48 left in the first half. Greenfield punted on its next series and Humboldt ended the first half with an interception caught by Lewis. After a regular halftime break, both squads walked back on the field to start the second half, but never got a play off as lightning intervened and finalized the score.
From page 13 a one-yard gain on first down and Heath Hester carried for six yards on second down to create a third-and-three. On third down, Hester was held up at the line. Martin elected to go for it on fourth down and converted lineman Dean Taylor took the hand-off. However, Taylor gained just one yard. Dresden took over at its own nine-yard line, but suffered a setback to the five-yard line after a false start penalty. From there, it took the Lions 13 plays to march to the 95 yards needed to find paydirt. A l o n g t h e w a y, Wi n n connected with Williams for 19 yards, McDonald for gains of 15 and 11 yards and Rogers for 11 yards. The 15-yard throw to McDonald set up a first-and-goal at the Martin seven-yard line. Blasé Cashion fought for three yards to set up Winn’s four-yard scamper to the end zone. On the two-point conversion attempt, Winn faked a handoff to McDonald and took the pigskin across the goal line to give Dresden an 8-0 advantage with 6:40 remaining in the first half. The Lion defense held MMS to seven yards on four plays during the next drive to force a turnover on downs at the DMS 43 yard line. Dresden’s offense went back to work with Winn hitting Williams for seven yards on first down and running a draw for 10 yards on the second play of the sequence. Eventually, the Lions were at the Martin Middle 13 yard line with a second-and-three. A high snap over Winn’s head resulted in an 18-yard loss for DMS. Winn gained back eight of the lost yards on third-and-long. On fourth down, Dresden elected to go for it and Winn
Dresden Middle School’s Quincey McDonald drags Martin Middle School’s Josh Smith to the goal line during Thursday triumph found Rogers over the middle for quarter. After a Dresden punt, it took the 23-yard touchdown throw. The two-point conversion the Panthers six plays to travel the pass fell incomplete as the Lions 40 yards needed for a touchdown. Baxter made the four-yard trip to led 14-0. Martin made it to the DMS 17- the end zone to cap the drive. yard line on its next possession Dresden’s Jordan Mitchell – thanks in large part to a 24-yard blitzed through the middle and Perry run – before the second Braden Cooper sacked Baker to thwart the Panthers’ two-pointer. quarter clock ran out. Martin attempted an onside From there, the two teams kick to begin the third quarter, exchanged possession with the but Dresden’s Devin Mansfield Lions fumbling the football away recovered the pigskin. at the Panther 10-yard line with Five plays later, McDonald 5:25 remaining. Boyd Campbell recovered the went untouched to the end zone on an eight-yard touchdown loose pigskin. Martin only advanced to its carry. Winn found Williams for the two-point conversion to 27 yard line before turning the give the Lions a 22-0 advantage pigskin over on downs with just with 6:21 remaining in the third over a minute left. DMS elected to tack on a final quarter. Martin responded with its first score in the game’s last minute touchdown of the evening. On as McDonald made a three-yard fourth-and-12, Baker went for trip across the goal line with 1.5 broke with a 51-yard touchdown seconds remaining. Winn had to scramble, but throw to Jones. Perry carried in the two-point conversion to eventually found a wide-open make the score 22-8 in Dresden’s Williams for the two-pointer and favor with 3:59 left in the third the game’s final tallies.
Greenfield Jr. High goes out a winner By Kenneth Coker Sports Editor The Greenfield Junior High football team went out a winner. The Yellowjackets finished the 2012 campaign with a 2812 besting of West Carroll at Atwood on Oct. 2. The game was the final in a GJH football jersey for a group of seven eighth-graders. Dusty Irby, Will Northcutt, Jacob Lewis, Truman Greub, Kody Mealer, Jacob Roney and Clayton McGill comprised that list. At WC, Irby paced the Greenfield offense, rushing for 84 yards on 18 carries. Irby also threw a pair of halfback passes for a total of 50 yards to catch the War Eagles off guard. One of those aerials was a 21-yard touchdown connection
with Greub. All totaled, the Yellowjackets (2-6) outgained West Carroll via a 238-175 margin. Another key to G’field’s triumph was its defense, which stopped WC on fourth-down attempts twice to force a turnover on downs. The ’Jackets received the football to open the contest. It took G’field nine plays and 53 yards to find paydirt. Along the way, Northcutt connected with Lewis on a pair of passes that totaled 40 yards. The second aerial placed the pigskin at the War Eagle oneyard line. From there, Northcutt followed his blockers across the goal line. Northcutt found Levi Dees open on the two-point conversion
Westview’s Hunter Moore (21), Quan Williams (30) and Beau Kelly attempt a tackle on Friday.
Ranked D’burg batters Chargers
By Kenneth Coker Sports Editor Veteran Westview head football coach Don Coady opted not to speak to the media after his team’s 49-14 defeat at Dyersburg on Saturday. The statistics, though, told a story of frusturation.. The Trojans held W’view to 28 rushing yards on 28 carries with 102 passing yards during Saturday’s District 13AA contest. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but postponed due to inclement weather. Westview has Gibson County (Oct. 19 at home) and South Gibson (Oct. 26 away) remaining on its schedule. In the second quarter, the
Chargers (2-1, 3-4) struggled offensively and were knocked back for a negative-16 yards during the first 11 minutes of the second quarter. Meanwhile, Dyersburg totaled 272 yards of offense (249 rushing yards and 24 passing yards.) Trojan O’Shawn Smith had 15 carries for 97 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Montavious Lagrone took a dozen hand-offs for 80 yards. D’burg’s Shavon Henderson took in a pair of touchdowns during the second half. Defensively, Dyersburg shined with both an interception and fumble recovery returned to paydirt.
Also, Westview starting quarterback Matt Castleman left the game late in the first quarter with a leg injury. Coady did say after the game that Castleman’s injury was thought to be of the bruising nature. Westview hosts Crockett County on Friday. The Trojans took the lead early in the first quarter after forcing a W’view three-and-out on the game’s first possession. Dyersburg – ranked eighth in this week’s Class 4A Associated Press Football Rankings – needed seven plays to move the 60 yards needed for the score. Smith did the scoring honors
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attempt to make the score 8-0 with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter. West Carroll battled back, driving five plays and 50 yards to paydirt. War Eagle Dylan Moling – who finished with a team-high 51 rushing yards on five carries – had two key gains during the drive for a total of 32 yards. WC’s Chase Nash capped the drive with a seven-yard count run to the end zone. Moling’s rush on the twopoint attempt was stopped short as the host team trailed 8-6 with 32.7 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Greenfield’s next possession ended in a fumble, which War Eagle Joey Fowler recovered at
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Greenfield’s Jacob Lewis catches a pass during his team’s Oct. 2 triumph over West Carroll.