Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / McCallie's Jack Gentle (55) and Austin Gentle (78) head to the field to warm up for their home game against Brentwood Academy on Sept. 4. The Gentle twins made the TSWA Division II-AAA all-state team as offensive linemen, and they were joined by five McCallie teammates in being selected for the list of standouts. Also announced were the DII-AA and DII-A teams.

Once McCallie's football team regained full strength late in the season — after being limited by injuries to some key players earlier — the Blue Tornado became dominant on their way to winning a second straight TSSAA Division II-AAA state title.

McCallie was so impressive throughout the postseason, particularly in a 44-0 destruction of Memphis University School in the BlueCross Bowl championship game this month, that statewide sports writers have selected seven Blue Tornado players to the all-state team for 2020.

The seven who earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association recognition in DII-AAA are twin brothers Austin and Jack Gentle on the offensive line, receiver Eric Rivers, running back B.J. Harris, linebackers Aaron Crowder and J.D. Tessman and defensive back Michael May.

Four local players were named to the DII-AA team: Chattanooga Christian School linebacker Luke Bowman and defensive back Treveon Scott, Silverdale Baptist Academy athlete Conner Delashmitt and Boyd Buchanan offensive lineman Brody Grant.

The announcement of the Division II teams completes this year's TSWA all-state football honors. In TSSAA Division I, Classes 5A and 6A were announced Monday, with 4A and 3A revealed Tuesday and 2A and 1A released Wednesday.

The Gentle twins, who will continue their playing careers at Harvard, each graded out as better than 92% blockers for McCallie this past season, with Austin amassing 114 pancake blocks and Jack finishing with 77. They led the way for Harris, who is committed to Missouri, to rush for 1,498 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rivers had 511 receiving yards, plus an additional 400 yards of offense.

Crowder led a stingy McCallie defense that allowed an average of just 11.5 points per game over its final four, with the junior totaling 68 solo tackles, 26 assists and eight tackles for loss in 2020. Tessman made 50 solo stops to go with 32 assists, 11.5 for loss, two sacks and two interceptions, and May had 37 tackles and four interceptions, including two in the title game.

"It's a source of pride for us to have that many recognized as being among the best in the business in our league," Blue Tornado coach Ralph Potter said. "It's a testament to our coaches and the commitment they had in developing those young men, and the work put in by the players.

"Defensively, the amazing part is that we had so many young guys who had to step in and play and really came through and were better than just OK. We had some guys who waited their turn and really progressed. Offensively, we had a big, strong offensive line, and B.J. and Eric have just been phenomenal players for us for a while."

Bowman had 91 tackles and three sacks for CCS, and Scott was the only two-way starter for the Chargers. Besides ranking among the team leaders in tackles, Scott also ran for 11 touchdowns and more than 900 yards. Delashmitt compiled 1,858 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns for the Seahawks, and Grant was the Buccaneers' most consistent blocker up front.

"Luke set everything up for us," CCS coach Mark Mariakis said. "He played hurt all season long, so to watch what he did on Friday nights is just a testament to his toughness.

"Treveon's athletic ability, his height and physicalness meant we could put him on the other team's best athlete and he usually was able to limit them."

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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Chattanooga Christian's TreVeon Scott




QB – Aaron Smith, Jackson Christian

QB – Jared Vetetoe, Davidson Academy

RB – Jon Lewis, Donelson Christian Academy

RB – Griffin Swinea, Davidson Academy

WR – Kelvi Rice, Davidson Academy

WR – Peyton Tinsley, Jackson Christian

WR – Ja’Chim Williams, The King’s Academy

OL – JP Oliver, Trinity Christian

OL – Jalen Brockman, Davidson Academy

OL – Aleric Watson, Middle Tennessee Christian

OL – Aidan Francis, Donelson Christian Academy

OL – Darian List, Nashville Christian

ATH – Luke Perko, Zion Christian

K – Neill Kane, Friendship Christian


DL – Blaine Verdung, University School of Jackson

DL – Riley Stanton, Donelson Christian Academy

DL – Kendyle Ball, Davidson Academy

DL – Harris Adams, Nashville Christian

LB – Kytn Wolf, Franklin Grace

LB – Collins Malone, Columbia Academy

LB – AJ Quinn, Davidson Academy

LB – Steele Haynes, University School of Jackson

DB – Garrett Weekly, The King’s Academy

DB – Martease Edwards, Nashville Christian

DB – Tyke Tabor, University School of Jackson

DB – Marshaun Bowers, The King’s Academy

ATH – Nakelin McAfee, The King’s Academy

P – Ben Pledger, University School of Jackson



QB – Cade Law, Christ Presbyterian Academy

QB – Cooper Riggs, Knoxville Grace

RB – Jaylen Greenwood, Evangelical Christian

RB – James Dunn, Christian Academy of Knoxville

WR – Pierce Browning, Knoxville Grace

WR – Grant Sterchi, Christian Academy of Knoxville

WR – Michael Human, Knoxville Grace

OL – Dietrick Pennington, Evangelical Christian

OL – Chazan Page, Lipscomb Academy

OL – Brody Grant, Boyd Buchanan

OL – Jackson Bradley, Knoxville Webb

OL – Spencer Dams, Christ Presbyterian Academy

ATH – Connor Delashmitt, Silverdale Baptist Academy

K – Ross Badgett, Christian Academy of Knoxville


DL – Colin Stewart, Christ Presbyterian Academy

DL – Malchi Harrison, Christian Academy of Knoxville

DL – Chi McNeil-Harrison, Christian Academy of Knoxville

LB – Luke Bowman, Chattanooga Christian

LB – Ethan Dabbs, Lausanne Collegiate

LB – Langston Patterson, Christ Presbyterian Academy

LB – Leo Bonifacio, Knoxville Webb

DB – Treveon Scott, Chattanooga Christian

DB – Shelby Whiteside, Christ Presbyterian Academy

DB – Jaden Lyles, Lipscomb Academy

DB – Wes Smith, St. George’s

DB – Reid Williford, Christ Presbyterian Academy

ATH – Brendan Jones, Goodpasture

P – Otto Niendorf, Knoxville Webb



QB – Michael Dallas, Briarcrest Christian

QB – D.C. Tabscott, Father Ryan

RB – Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers

RB – Antwan Roberts, Pope John Paul II

WR – Eric Rivers, McCallie

WR – Clarkson Shoaf, Memphis University School

WR – Colin Cook, Pope John Paul II

OL – Patrick Kutas, Christian Brothers

OL – Austin Gentle, McCallie

OL – Noah Josey, Brentwood Academy

OL – Jack Gentle, McCallie

OL – Eli Sutton, Brentwood Academy

ATH – BJ Harris, McCallie

K – Teagen Lenderink, Brentwood Academy


DL – Phillip Husband, Brentwood Academy

DL – Walter Nolen, St. Benedict at Auburndale

DL – Parker Peterson, Father Ryan

DL – James Stewart, Brentwood Academy

LB – JD Tessman, McCallie

LB – Ansley Ware, Pope John Paul II

LB – Toleo Malone, Ensworth School

LB – Aaron Crowder, McCallie

DB – Michael May, McCallie

DB – Roderic Lewis, Memphis University School

DB – Amir Annoor, Brentwood Academy

DB – Javis Mynatt, Knoxville Catholic

ATH – Andre Turrentine, Ensworth

P – Josh Turbyville, Knoxville Catholic