Nine Chattanooga-area players are Mr. Football semifinalists

Nine Chattanooga-area players are Mr. Football semifinalists

November 3rd, 2017 by Stephen Hargis in Breaking News

Baylor's Brendon Harris, right, stiff-arms CCS's Travel Scott during their prep football game at Chattanooga Christian School on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Nine players from the Chattanooga area were among those named semifinalists for the TSSAA's annual Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards on Friday.

From each list of five semifinalists per classification and for all-class Kicker of the Year, there will be three finalists named Monday, Nov. 13. The winners for all 10 awards will be announced Monday, Nov. 27, at the Titans' Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Five of the nine area semifinalists are non-seniors. The area honorees are Baylor's Brendon Harris (Division II-AAA), Notre Dame's Cam Wynn (Division II-AA), Soddy-Daisy's Ty Boeck (Class 5A), Central's Michael McGhee (4A), Red Bank's Calvin Jackson (3A), Marion County's Jacob Saylors and Meigs County's Aaron Swafford (2A), South Pittsburg's Garrett Raulston (1A) and Bledsoe County kicker Gabe Boring.

Going into Friday's first round of the state playoffs, the season statistics for the semifinalists were already impressive.

Harris, a senior who recently committed to Vanderbilt, had 550 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as well as 77 tackles and an interception on defense. Wynn, only a junior but already committed to the University of Tennessee, had 1,430 all-purpose yards, 20 touchdowns and 30 tackles in nine games.

Two-way players are rare at larger programs, but Boeck rarely comes off the field for the Trojans. The senior had more than 1,200 total yards and 17 touchdowns, as well as 95 tackles, four more for loss and three sacks.

Only a junior, McGhee had more than 1,000 rushing yards, 1,500 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns. Also a junior, Jackson is one of the most versatile players in the state, having made the transition from quarterback last season to athlete this year. He had more than 1,700 all-purpose yards, averaging 12 yards per touch, and 27 touchdowns.

"I'm so happy for Mike because he's a great kid and student as well as being a really good football player," Central coach Cortney Braswell said. "It's the culmination of a job well done for Mike and his teammates, who helped him get this recognition.

"To go from where we started last year to now having a player who's a semifinalist for Mr. Football, it's just another exciting part of a historic season for us."

Saylors is a two-time all-state defensive back who has taken on a much larger offensive role in his senior season. He averaged 15 yards per carry while gaining more than 1,500 yards and also had 450 receiving yards and 30 total touchdowns to go with 38 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Swafford is just a sophomore but led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking in Class 2A. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 1,100 yards, rushed for more than 1,000 and had 32 total touchdowns to go with 65 tackles and three interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns.

Raulston, a junior fullback and linebacker for the Pirates, averaged 8 yards per carry while rushing for close to 800 yards and also had 57 solo tackles, 61 assists and six more for loss for 1A's top-ranked team.

Boring was perfect on 11 extra-point attempts and 5-for-6 on field-goal tries, with a long of 47. He also led the area with a 47-yard punting average.

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TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards semifinalists

South Pittsburg's Garrett Raulston (9) finds a hole in the Whitwell defense. The Whitwell Tigers visited the South Pittsburg Pirates in a key TSSAA football matchup on October 13, 2017.

South Pittsburg's Garrett Raulston (9) finds a hole...

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Braxton Givens, Gordonsville

Parker McKinney, Coalfield

Brandon Moore, Fayetteville

Kade Pearson, Huntingdon

Garrett Raulston, South Pittsburg

Meigs County Aaron Swafford tries to find a hole during the game against Hixson on Aug. 25, 2017. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

Meigs County Aaron Swafford tries to find a...

Photo by Mark Gilliland

Marion County's Jacob Saylors (8) fights off the tackle of Polk's Connor Barks (15). Saylor scored a touchdown on the play. The Polk County Wildcats visited the Marion County Warriors in TSSAA football action on October 27, 2017.

Marion County's Jacob Saylors (8) fights off the...

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Ethan Cobb, Eagleville

Caleb D. Johnson, MAHS

Jacob Saylors, Marion County

Gavin Stanfield, Waverly Central

Aaron Swafford, Meigs County

Red Bank wide receiver Calvin Jackson III (5) runs the ball downfield during the Red Bank High School vs. Loudon High School at Red Bank High School Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Red Bank, Tenn.

Red Bank wide receiver Calvin Jackson III (5)...

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Kalyn Grandberry, Raleigh Egypt

Calvin Jackson III, Red Bank

Darius James, Fairview

Woodrow Lowe III, Bolivar Central

Jimmyrious Parker, Pearl Cohn

Central's Michael McGhee (16) takes the ball up field against Notre Dame at Notre Dame's Jim Eberle Field on Friday, Sept. 8, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Central's Michael McGhee (16) takes the ball up...

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Cade Ballard, Greeneville

Kamron Hightower-Liggett, Marshall County

Stanton Martin, Anderson County

Michael Jamahl McGhee, Chattanooga Central

Dontae Smith, Spring Hill

Soddy-Daisy's Ty Boeck (13) shakes off Red Bank's David Cosby (10) to score the Trojan's first touchdown. The Red Bank Lions visited the Soddy-Daisy Trojans in TSSAA football action at Soddy-Daisy High School on August 18, 2017.

Soddy-Daisy's Ty Boeck (13) shakes off Red Bank's...

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Ty Boeck, Soddy-Daisy

Tai Carter, Summit

Jordan Davis, Southwind

Kaemon Dunlap, Beech

Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic


Jeremy Banks, Cordova

Savion Davis, Riverdale

Dylan Hopkins, Maryville

Carson Shacklett, Brentwood

Jaylin Williams, Germantown


Da'Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy

Darius Hylick, Mt. Juliet Christian

Brant Lawless, Nashville Christian

Kemari McGowan, Middle Tennessee Christian

Xavier Myers, Nashville Christian


Morgan Ernst, Webb School of Knoxville

Eric Gray, Lausanne

Drew Martin, BGA

Kane Patterson, CPA

Cam Wynn, Notre Dame


Tyler Badie, Briarcrest

Brendon Harris, Baylor

Camron Johnson, Brentwood Academy

Bill Norton, Christian Brothers

Gavin Schoenwald, Brentwood Academy

Bledsoe County kicker Gabe Boring (3) attempts a field goal from the hold of Skylar Standefer (8). The Bledsoe County Warriors visited the Sequatchie County Indians in TSSAA football action Saturday September 25, 2015.

Bledsoe County kicker Gabe Boring (3) attempts a...

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Gabe Boring, Bledsoe County

Thomas Burks, Blackman

Charles Campbell, USJ

Noah Holsinger, Trinity Christian

Aaron Sears, Oakland