East Hamilton 49, Hixson 0
EAST BRAINERD, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Logan Jackson rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns as East Hamilton left no doubt in the battle for the top spot in District 6-AA with a 49-0 beatdown of visiting Hixson.
The Hurricanes positioned themselves in the driver's seat for to defend their district title and earn home-field advantage in the playoffs with the win. A victory over Tyner next week will all but wrap up both.
Jackson crossed the 1,000-yard plateau for the season in the first quarter, and now has more than 1,100 on the year. He scored the East Hamilton's first three touchdowns on the ground before Hunter Moore's quarterback sneak gave the Hurricanes a 28-0 lead at the break.
Jackson added his fourth score in the third quarter before sitting out the fourth.
Hixson came into the game with confidence after rallying past rivals Red Bank and Tyner in subsequent weeks to stay unbeaten in the district. But the Wildcats mustered just 81 yards rushing against the Hurricanes, and crossed midfield just once -- in the fourth quarter.
McMinn County 26, Cleveland 21
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Kelvin Wells, Jr. erupted for 316 yards rushing and scored two key second-half touchdowns to help McMinn County down Cleveland 26-21 in a battle of district unbeatens in 5-AAA.
The Cherokees now stand alone in first atop the district standings as the only team without a loss. In addition to Cleveland suffering its first district setback, Bradley Central also fell from a tie from first with a 34-23 loss to Ooltewah.
Dre Sanders added 118 yards rushing and McMinn County's other two scores.
The duo combined for 232 yards on the ground in the first half, but Cleveland owned a 14-6 lead at intermission thanks to three Cherokees' turnovers.
Sanders' second score pulled McMinn County within 14-13 through three quarters, then backup quarterback Trevor Crisp tossed to Wells for a 13-yard go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth.
Wells later added the Cherokees' final score for a 26-14 advantage. The talented senior rushed for 92 yards in the final period alone, and broke loose for four plays of 30-yards or more in the game.
Austin Herink hit D.J. Jones twice on scoring strikes, and C.J. Bryant scored on a 15-yard run to account for Cleveland's scoring. Herink finished 18-30 for 188 yards in the air, while Bryant rushed for 110 yards and added two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.
Signal Mountain 28, Polk County 18
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Polk County jumped out early, but Signal Mountain finished strong with 21 unanswered points to rally for a 28-18 win over the visiting Wildcats.
Down 18-7 at halftime, quarterback Reese Phillips rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Eagles outscored Polk County 21-0 after the break. Phillips, who met with Alabama linebackers coach Lance Thompson before the game, finished the night 21-of-32 for 256 yards.
Polk County, which had won five in a row coming in, used big plays to open the early advantage. Josh Silas hit Zach Miller on a 68-yard touchdown pass before Miller added two long touchdown runs.
Elijah Turnage scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard run for Signal's lone score in the first half.
Ooltewah 34, Bradley Central 23
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Desmond Pittman rushed for 248 yards and three scores to lead Ooltewah to a big 34-23 win at Bradley Central.
The workhorse back carried 33 times in the game, including 21 times in the second half. His five-yard score in the third quarter broke a 17-all tie and gave the Owls the lead for good. He later added a two-yarder late in the period for a 31-23 lead.
Bradley Central, who got three touchdowns (two rushing, one throwing) from quarterback Bryce Copeland, jumped out to a 17-3 lead before Pittman found his groove.
His first score of the night from one-yard out got the Owls within 17-10 in the second quarter, then Shawn Montgomery's 43-yard punt return for a touchdown tied it up just before the break.