Here are five takeaways from Week 2.
Carter’s Justin Pressley gets first win
Pressley was hired in January to replace Scott Meadows, who resigned after one season as coach. Pressley earned his first win as Carter’s coach in a 24-13 win over Campbell County. Wide receiver Anthony Stocker scored the three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. Carter (1-1) shut out Campbell County (1-1) in the second half as freshman defensive back Brody Blankenship recorded two interceptions. Pressley is Carter’s third coach in three seasons, and he almost led Carter to an upset of Rhea County in Week 1, but the Hornets lost in overtime, 20-14.
Greeneville loses to Daniel Boone
Greene Devils’ coach Eddie Spradlen lost his first career game as a head coach. Greeneville was forced to cancel its Week 1 game against Powell after Greeneville City School shut down the athletic programs at Greeneville due to COVID-19 concerns. Greene The Greene Devils (0-1) hosted Daniel Boone (1-1) in Week 2, but lost, despite having a 28-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and a 34-21 lead with under 10 minutes to go. Daniel Boone quarterback Jackson Jenkins passed for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Devon White rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Spradlen is Greeneville’s third coach in three seasons, and was promoted after Dan Hammonds resigned in June.
Grace Christian shuts out South-Doyle
In 2019, Grace Christian lost to South-Doyle 61-7, as South-Doyle running back Elijah Young, who signed with Missouri and was the Mr. Football award winner in Class 5A, rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns. But on Thursday night, Grace Christian shut out South-Doyle in its 15-0 win. The Rams (2-0) forced four turnovers in the victory, three of which were fumbles, and held South-Doyle (1-1) to 178 yards of total offense. It’s the first time South-Doyle has been shutout since the 2018 season, when it lost Central in Week 10. Grace Christian is 2-0 for the first time since the 2014 season, when it was in Class 2A and reached the semifinals.
The King’s Academy’s rushing attack
The King’s Academy avenged last season’s 55-20 loss to Gatlinburg-Pittman on Thursday, winning 39-13. Gatlinburg-Pittman led 13-0 early in the second quarter. But the Lions (2-0) responded by scoring 39 straight points against the Highlanders (0-1). The King’s Academy’s offense was led by its rushing attack, as the Lions racked up 248 rushing yards. And junior running back Na’Kelin McAfee rushed for 212 of those yards, and also four touchdowns in the victory.
McMinn County’s Hunt off to hot start
McMinn County running back Jalen Hunt, a Western Carolina commitment, is off to a big start in 2020. In a Week 1 win over McMinn Central, Hunt rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown. And in a 55-0 shut out over Sequoyah (0-2) on Friday, Hunt rushed for 151 yards on six carries and three touchdowns. Hunt rushed for 1,728 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019. Through two games in 2020, he has 341 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.