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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Senior running back Hayden Maynor has been Soddy-Daisy's emergency quarterback this year. When the emergency came last week when both Trojans quarterbacks went down with injury, coach Justin Barnes and Maynor turned to his best friend, defensive back Spencer Gore.
Emergency call answered and received. Gore never had played quarterback in a game, but he is now 1-0 and Soddy-Daisy is a region champion for the first time since 1996 after the Trojans ended Walker Valley's winless season with a 43-0 rout Friday night.
Friday, Oct. 26 Football
Smith County 35, Grundy County 14
McCallie 40, Father Ryan 14
Bledsoe County 21, Tellico Plains 7
Polk County 21, Marion County 6
Red Bank 42, Loudon 21
Middle Tennessee Christian 22, Grace Academy 21
MBA 7, Baylor 0
Upperman 19, Sequatchie County 7
Cleveland 20, McMinn County 19
Cloudland 56, Copper Basin 14
Signal Mountain 42, Sweetwater 0
Cane Ridge 35, Rhea County 20
Grace Christian (Knoxville) 49, Chatt. Christian 19
Meigs County 39, Wartburg 6
Ooltewah 49, Maryville Heritage 21
Soddy-Daisy 43 Walker Valley 0
Christian Acad. of Knoxville 49, Boyd-Buchanan 0
Howard 19, East Hamilton 6
Whitwell 54, Sale Creek 6
South Pittsburg 47, Lookout Valley 6
Knoxville Webb 38, Silverdale Baptist 7
Rockmart 54, Gordon Central 11
Pickens 48, LaFayette 19
Northwest Whitfield 35, Southeast Whitfield 14
Sonoraville 19, Coahulla Creek 8
Ringgold 31, Adairsville 10
Allatoona 27, Dalton 14
Chattooga 41, Dade County 0
Lakeview-F.O. 19, North Murray 9
Trion 35, Bowdon 13
Christian Heritage 43, Gordon Lee 0
Calhoun 41, Haralson County 6
Ridgeland 63, Gilmer 13
Gore scored three rushing touchdowns and threw to Maynor for another as the 5-4 Trojans won the 4-5A title with a 3-1 region record. The Trojans danced at midfield with the news that Knoxville Catholic had defeated Hardin Valley, and an emotional Barnes celebrated with his team and 150 fans.
"It's just huge, huge for the school and the kids," Barnes said. "Winning the region has been our goal since I got here, and we got it done tonight. We've been building toward this. I just can't tell you how happy I am for the kids here tonight and those who came before them."
After one week of practice, Gore ran for 137 yards on 11 carries for the Trojans, who rushed for 189 yards. Gore scored on runs of 39, 6 and 13 yards, the first coming on a fake punt, and his touchdown throw was on a 48-yard screen pass to Maynor.
"Hayden is my best friend, and he helped me all week," said Gore, a baseball player who showed good arm strength on several long passes. "I never practiced at quarterback until this week, but I felt good when the game started."
The tone was set for the night on the opening kickoff as Garrett Richardson returned the kick 92 yards for a touchdown after just 15 seconds of play.
"The kickoff really settled us down," Barnes said. "It got us going from the get-go, and I thought we played pretty well the rest of the way."
Walker Valley fumbled the ensuing kickoff after Richardson's score. Four plays later, Gore faked a punt and ran for a score. The second of Cooper Hamilton's five extra points made it 14-0, and the only question was how long it would take for the running clock to begin. That happened after Gore's 6-yard touchdown run with 8:59 left in the third quarter.
Maynor rushed for one touchdown and 60 yards on 10 carries.
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