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D-Stew's midseason report

By DONOVAN STEWART

Class 1A Surprising Team Of The Half-Year

Red Boiling Springs (2-2 )- The Bulldogs, under the tutelage of 26-year old rookie coach Kyle Shoulders, broke a 61 game losing streak in Week Zero by beating Oakdale 28-12. They followed that up by beating Pickett County in Week Two on the last play of the game 23-22. Regardless if they win another game this season or not, Shoulders has changed the way the Bulldogs play and their losing ways appear to be a thing of the past.

Runner-up: Whitwell (3-1)- Another program that has turned around its fortunes under a first-year coach as head man Dan Tierney has changed the Tigers’ mindset. Whitwell is 3-1 so far this season after going 1-9 last year and are shooting for their first winning season since 2003. Freshman running back Trevor Holland has been the offensive sparkplug so far for the Tigers as he has compiled 400 yards rushing

Disappointing Team Of The Half-Year

Midway (1-4)- The Green Wave are coming off a second round playoff appearance and had big aspirations this season — but Midway hasn’t been able to close games after going 8-4 last year.

Class 2A Surprising Team Of The Half-Year

Signal Mountain (4-1)- The Eagles have banked a 10-0 junior varsity schedule last season into a fast start this year. They won their first four games of the season rose up the polls to No. 2 in Class 2A before losing to Class 1A power South Pittsburg last week. Still the loss doesn’t dampen the Eagles spirit as the offense is being led by quarterback Hogan Whitmore (599 passing yards and five TDs) and running back Mitchell Hall who has rushed for 405 yards and three scores.

Disappointing Team Of The Half-Year

Cascade (1-3)- The Champions were expected to make a Class 2A run even as they went up from 1A to 2A after going 12-1 and making an quarterfinal round appearance in 2008. But the move up and a more ambitious schedule which included Davidson Academy and South Pittsburg, plus they kept Jo Byrns on the schedule have made the early going tough.

Class 3A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Elizabethton- (5-0) The Cyclones are off to a great start under alumunus Shawn Witten. The Cyclones are thinking big as they are currently 2-0 in district 1-AA, and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The team is 5-0 for the first time since 1999. Cody Forbes has been the offensive sparkplug for the Cyclones as they eye bigger and better things.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

CPA (1-4)- The Lions is another victim of having to move up in classification and have struggle early on this season. CPA finds themselves in the same district as powers David Lipscomb and Maplewood and have suffered so far being in this district.

Class 4A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Chattanooga Central (4-0) The Purple Pounders under coach David Barger have played well and are ranked No. 10 in this week’s AP poll. It’s the first time since 2002, Central has been 5-0 at this point and Barger reports the dedication to the off season program has been a huge reason for the turnaround for a team that went 1-9 last season. QB DeHart Hubbard has been the guy to watch on offense.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

David Lipscomb (2-2)- It’s hard to be disappointed about a 2-2 football team, but the Mustangs being 2-2 you can understand the disappointment. The Mustangs lost back-to-back games against Maplewood and Nashville Overton — something they haven’t done since the 2000 season.

Class 5A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Columbia (5-0)- The Lions haven’t started this well since 2001 and the folks are awful excited about the prospects of a break out season for Columbia who are ranked No. 6 in 5A. Especially since Columbia went 3-7 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. The offensive resurgence has come from running back Tra’Darius Goff who has rushed for 11 touchdowns so far.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year-

Hillsboro (1-4)- What a difference a year makes. Last season the Burros broke Maryville’s hold on Class 4A and won the Class 4A title. But head coach Scott Blade left over greener pastures at Oak Ridge and several talented seniors graduated. New coach Dennis Moreno has ran into injuries to key players and Hillsboro hasn’t been able to get things going this year.

Class 6A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Blackman (5-0)- What a difference some confidence and new coaching staff will do for a program. Enter Phillip Shadowens, who previously won back-to-back state 5A titles at Smyrna in 2006 and 2007 and a new coaching staff. The Blaze are enjoying their best year in school history thanks to good offense and an even better defense that had a 17 quarter touchdown streak finally broke by Lavergne last week. The Blaze lead the state as they have only given up 14 points on the season in arguably the hardest district in Class 6A and are ranked No. 5 in 6A.

Runner-up: Nashville Overton (5-0)- The Bobcats are enjoying their best season under coach Terry Anderson since the 2002 when they undefeated at the halfway point of the season. Overton has used a physical running game behind running back Tez Humphreys who has 641 yards and 14 touchdowns already. Overton had a big win over David Lipscomb to propel them to their undefeated record so far this year after going 3-7 last season.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Lincoln County (0-5)- Its been so long since Lincoln County has went winless at the midway point that it couldn’t be researched. The Falcons have always been a powerhouse under TSSAA Hall of Fame coach Louis Thompson that being winless is totally mind boggling to everyone across the state. If the Falcons miss the playoffs this year it will be the first time since 1991.

Division II-A Surprising Team Of The Half Year-

DCA (4-0)- The Wildcats have bounced back in a big way since going 3-7 last season. What’s been an even bigger surprise is going from Class 2A to Division II-A but coach Dennis Godwin has his team on the verge of possibly some big.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Bishop Byrne (1-3)- For five straight seasons, Bishop Byrne was the kingpin of Division II-A as they won three state titles. Although they haven’t won a state title since 2004 but have always been a team, to watch when the playoffs rolled around. But after winning their first game of the year against Memphis Catholic, they have dropped three straight games losing all of them by double digits.

Division II-AA Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Father Ryan (4-1)- What separates Ryan from a 5-0 start is a 21-20 to Overton in Week zero but the Irish did respond with their second straight win over Brentwood Academy. The Irish who are now playing their home games on campus for the first time in school history are giving the faithful a lot to cheer about.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Brentwood Academy (2-2)- gets my disappointing nod. Maybe, I expect to much from the Eagles, but when a school has won 10 state titles the bar is raised pretty high, but BA has been very lackluster this year. Coach Ralph Potter is looking for his first state title at the school and a losing record against both Father Ryan 1-2, and hated rival MBA 0-3 won’t help the Eagle cause.

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