published Monday, October 15th, 2012

Prep football player of week honor roll

For games of Oct. 12

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

* Baylor: George Porter led all rushers with 114 yards and teamed with a physical and stingy defense to led the Red Raiders' 24-7 win over Columbia Central.

* Bledsoe County: Connor Boynton and Holden Boynton each scored a touchdown in the Warriors' 36-20 loss to Grundy County.

* Brainerd: Sam Caffey scored two touchdowns as the Panthers forged an 18-7 lead over Central through two quarters. They wound up losing, though, 27-18.

* Boyd-Buchanan: Rance Harden ran for three scores including a final-quarter touchdown that put the Buccaneers up 35-14, and he gained 151 yards on 33 carries in a 35-21 win over South Pittsburg.

* Bradley Central: Clayton Steele may not do much more than kick, but his two field goals and three extra points provided the difference in the Bears' 27-21 victory over Walker Valley.

* Central: Michael Rhea had his best night of the season, rushing for 123 yards and scoring four touchdowns, one on a 30-yard pass from Dominique Dawson, in the Purple Pounders' 27-18 comeback win over Brainerd.

* Chattanooga Christian: With his running game limited to 25 yards, quarterback Levi Corbett went to the air, throwing for 235 yards and three TDs in the Chargers' 40-point loss to Signal Mountain.

* Cleveland: C.J. Bryant scored four TDs -- on a 95-yard kickoff return to open the game and runs of 56, 54 and 1 yard -- and finished with 137 yards on 17 carries in the Blue Raiders' 48-14 victory over Soddy-Daisy.

* Copper Basin: Dylan Boggs threw for 222 yards and four TDs and ran for 131 and another score, but the Cougars fell to Marion County, 49-41.

* Dalton: Kelvis Rhodes ran for 178 yards on 26 carries and scored both early TDs as the Catamounts broke on top and then matched scores with rival Northwest Whitfield in a 24-19 upset victory.

* East Hamilton: Logan Jackson ran for three TDs and 207 yards (29 carries) and the Hurricanes moved to 5-0 in District 6-AA with a 37-6 victory over Tyner.

* East Ridge: Torrey Hughes ran for a pair of touchdowns and topped the 100-yard mark, but the Pioneers fell to Hixson, 35-24.

* Grundy County: Josh Rhea had another outststanding night, throwing for two TDs and rushing for two as the Yellow Jackets outlasted Bledsoe County in a furious fourth quarter, 36-20.

* Hixson: Kedrick Bradley rushed for 180 yards and two TDs, added 45 receiving yards and then got an interception in the Wildcats' 35-24 win over East Ridge.

* Howard: Big Brandon Walters had nine tackles with a sack and a pass broken up, but the Hustlin' Tigers surrendered a second-quarter 14-0 lead and lost 21-14 to Red Bank.

* Lookout Valley: Jamal Jones had another 100-yard game with 116 in the Yellow Jackets' 24-0 loss to Silverdale Baptist.

* Marion County: Blake Zeman scored four TDs, rushing 26 times for 248 yards in the Warriors' 49-41 victory over Copper Basin.

* McCallie: Chad Toliver had three TDs and 145 rushing yards as the Blue Tornado overwhelmed Pope John Paul II 42-14.

* North Jackson: DaQwan Lowrance's two TDs and 71 receiving yards led a bevy of outstanding performances in the Chiefs' 55-7 win over Randolph.

* Northwest Whitfield: Silas Ledford threw two touchdown passes on a 222-yard night, but the Bruins fell to Dalton 24-19.

* Notre Dame: Kareem Orr scored two receiving TDs from 54 and 30 yards on Alex Darras passes and added a 16-yard run in the Irish's 41-7 win over Sequatchie County.

* Ooltewah: Desmond Pittman rushed for 228 yards on 19 carries with two TDs from the Owls' backfield and added three lost-yardage tackles and two sacks in their 33-6 win over Rhea County.

* Polk County: Zach Miller ran for all but 33 of his team's 444 yards and scored 36 of the Wildcats' 47 points in a big district win over Sequoyah, 47-21.

* Red Bank: In a three-TD, come-from-behind rally, Darrius Akridge scored two TDs and ran for 94 yards as the Lions successfully set up a Friday showdown with East Hamilton by beating stubborn Howard 21-14.

* Rhea County: While he was held out of the end zone by Ooltewah, the Golden Eagles' Desmond Sharp gained 76 yards on 14 carries (50 on one attempt) in a 33-6 loss to the Owls.

* Ridgeland: Star defensive back Vonn Bell had 271 all-purpose yards in the Panthers' win over Southeast Whitfield -- two carries for 76 yards and a TD, one TD catch covering 55 yards and an 80-yard punt return.

* Sequatchie County: Austin Lamb scored the Indians' TD in a 41-7 loss to Notre Dame.

* Signal Mountain: In his first extended playing time at running back, sophomore Kaleb Menzel turned in his first 100-yard rushing game for the Eagles, gaining 153 on 16 carries and scoring a second-quarter TD. The Eagles locked up the 7-AA title with their 61-21 victory at Chattanooga Christian.

* Silverdale Baptist: While four players scored for the Seahawks in their record-setting eighth win (24-0 over Lookout Valley), their leading rusher was Josh Rogers with 153 yards on 11 carries.

* Soddy-Daisy: Brett Standifer ran for 49 yards and passed for 142, but the Trojans were overwhelmed by Cleveland, 48-14.

* South Pittsburg: Demetric Johnson gained 254 yards on just 14 carries and scored two TDs in the Pirates' 35-21 loss to Boyd-Buchanan.

* Trion: Scotty Lively scored one of the Bulldogs' TDs and rushed for 85 yards in a 14-13 overtime loss to Mount Zion.

* Tyner: Joseph Sturkey scored the Rams' lone TD while gaining 41 yards in a 37-6 loss to East Hamilton.

* Walker Valley: Justin Ware gained 124 yards and scored two touchdowns, but the Mustangs fell 27-21 to county rival Bradley Central.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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