Four Chattanooga-area players named Mr. Football finalists

Four Chattanooga-area players named Mr. Football finalists

November 12th, 2018 by Stephen Hargis in Breaking News

Notre Dame's Jacob Brigman (51) blocks as teammate Cameron Wynn (3) stiff-arms Knox Grace defender Blake Rankin (29) during the Irish's second-round playoff football game against Knoxville Grace Christian Academy at Notre Dame High School on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Updated at 9:08 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, with more information.

Mr. Football finalists

CLASS 1A

Bryce Hanley (Greenback)

Dezmon Johnson (Lake County)

Cameron Whitaker (Cornersville)

CLASS 2A

Jeremiah Batiste (Tyner)

J.D. Dixon (Waverly)

Aaron Swafford (Meigs County)

CLASS 3A

Kam Harris-Lusk (Fairview)

Walker Russell (Alcoa)

Xavier Shepherd (Pearl-Cohn)

CLASS 4A

Cade Ballard (Greeneville)

Bobo Hodges (Maplewood)

Stanton Martin (Anderson County)

CLASS 5A

Herbert Booker (Oak Ridge)

Cade Larkins (David Crockett)

Deshawn Page (Fulton)

CLASS 6A

Xavier Myers (Oakland)

T.J. Sheffield (Independence)

Devon Starling (Cane Ridge)

DIVISION II-A

Da’Joun Hewitt (Davidson Academy)

Stone Norton (Davidson Academy)

Rube Scott Rhea (Fayette Academy)

DIVISION II-AA

Eric Gray (Lausanne)

Noah Henderson (CPA)

Cameron Wynn (Notre Dame)

DIVISION II-AAA

Maurice Hampton (MUS)

Bill Norton (Christian Brothers)

Omari Thomas (Briarcrest)

KICKER OF THE YEAR

Mason Lafollette (East Hamilton)

Garrett Taylor (Oakland)

Zaden Webber (Rossview)

Four high school players from the Chattanooga area have been named finalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award in their respective classifications.

The TSSAA released the five semifinalists in each category two weeks ago and on Monday announced the three finalists in each of nine classifications, plus kicker of the year.

Notre Dame senior athlete Cam Wynn is a finalist in Division II-AA, while Tyner Academy senior receiver Jeremiah Batiste and Meigs County junior quarterback Aaron Swafford are finalists in Class 2A. East Hamilton senior Mason Lafollette is a kicker finalist.

The winners in each class will be announced on Nov. 25 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Wynn, who also was a Mr. Football finalist, had more than 1,200 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season, and Batiste finished with more than 1,200 receiving yards and 15 TDs.

"It's a blessing to be a finalist, especially two years," Wynn said. "That's an amazing feeling but I know it all starts with our offensive line and our coaches."

Swafford, another two-time finalist, has led Meigs County to back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons, and the top-ranked Tigers are in the quarterfinals for the second straight year as well. He has more than 2,200 total yards (1,369 passing, 914 rushing) and 43 TDs in his third year as the starter. He also has 30 tackles and returned a fumble for a TD.

"It's great for our program to have a kid like Aaron be recognized the last two years," Tigers coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "By the end of his freshman year the upperclassmen were looking up to him because of his work ethic, and we knew then that he could be special.

"He makes us go and deserves this recognition, but he'd be the first to say that credit for any success he has goes to the entire team. The reason we've been so good this season is because he doesn't have to do it all. He's got a lot of talent around him, and that just opens things up more for him to make plays."

Lafollette made good on all seven field-goal attempts this season with a long of 53, as well as two makes from 48 yards and another from 43. He also was good on 13 of 15 extra-point attempts, with the two misses being blocked, and 52 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Area semifinalists who did not make the cut as finalists were Red Bank senior athlete Calvin Jackson in 3A, Whitwell athlete Hudson Petty in 1A and McCallie quarterback DeAngelo Hardy in Division II-AAA.

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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