Cleveland 56, Walker Valley 28
CLEVELAND (WRCB) -- Walker Valley had its coming out party last week in an historic win over Red Bank.
This week, it was Cleveland's turn.
Austin Herink threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Raiders racked up 42 first-half points en route to a 56-28 rout of the rival Mustangs.
Herink, who threw for 216 of his yards in the first half, hit D.J. Jones on all three scores. Jones finished with 139 yards on four catches.
C.J. Bryant also had a big night, rushing for 81 yards and three touchdowns.
Cleveland led 42-7 at the break, with Justin Ware's 49-yard touchdown catch providing the Mustangs' only early points after the Blue Raiders went up 20-0. Garrett Wallace scored three second-half touchdowns for Walker Valley after the running clock mercy-rule went into effect.
McMinn County 35, Ooltewah 24
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Kelvin Wells, Jr. and Dre Sanders combined for 256 yards and three touchdowns and Dre Hall returned an interception 40 yards for score as McMinn County picked up a key district road win 35-24 at Ooltewah.
The Cherokees (4-1, 2-0 in District 5-AAA) remain in a first-place tie with Cleveland atop the district. Injury-plagued Ooltewah (2-3, 0-2), who played without leader rusher T.J. Davis (ankle), has now lost three straight.
Ooltewah forced three turnovers, but gave the ball up four times itself.
Wells, Jr. had 136 yards and two rushing scores on 19 carries to pace McMinn County, while Sanders added 120 yards on 20 totes and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass.
The Owls cut a nine-point halftime deficit down to 19-17 with a 42-yard interception return for a score by Stewart Doss, but the Cherokees answered with a field goal and Hall's pick-six to turn the tide less than two minute later.
Wells, Jr's second touchdown at the 5:36 mark of the fourth quarter put the Cherokees pushed the lead to 35-19 and effectively put the game away.
Hixson 36, Red Bank 35
RED BANK, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Hixson erased a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit and took the lead on a two-point conversion with two minutes to play in a stunning 36-35 come-from-behind win at Red Bank.
Hagan Wilkey's 12-yard touchdown pass to Chris Tucker put the Lions (1-3) up 35-15 and cued the Wildcats' finishing run.
Isaiah Robinson scored on a 71-yard punt return, then Allante Novene broke loose for a long touchdown run to pull Hixson within 35-28. Robinson scored again with 2:02 remaining, and quarterback Gil Brown hit Allen Diaz for what proved to be the game-winning conversion.
Novene led Hixson (3-1, 2-0 in District 5-AA) with 181 yards of total offense, while Brown threw for 118 yards and also ran for a score.
Wilkey and Darius Akridge each scored twice on the ground for the Lions (1-3, 1-1), who led 21-8 at the half.
Calhoun 46, Carrollton 35
CALHOUN, Ga. (WRCB) -- Taylor Lamb threw for 462 yards and totaled six touchdowns to help Calhoun score 27 fourth-quarter points and pull out a 46-35 win over Carrollton.
The win pushes the top-ranked and defending Class AA state-champion Yellow Jackets to a perfect 3-0, with all three wins coming against bigger schools from Class AAAA. Carollton entered the game as the third-ranked team in its classification.
The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense, but Calhoun's special teams made the difference by recovering two onside kicks and forcing a turnover on another kick in the final period.
Lamb threw for four scores, two each to Tydus Curtis and Brett Moss, and ran for two more.
Carrollton's Trey Chivers piled up 373 yards of total offense and four scores, including a 64-yard run on a director snap for a 35-32 lead with just under five minutes to play.
But Lamb led the Jackets' response, scoring from two yards out to put Calhoun back in front. Chivers then muffed the ensuing kickoff and Alex Urbano scored on a short touchdown run to seal the win.
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