East Hamilton 24, Red Bank 6
RED BANK, Tenn. (WRCB) -- It wasn't easy, but East Hamilton found a way.
The fourth-ranked Hurricanes survived their toughest district test of the season, gritting their way to a 24-6 win at Red Bank to lock up a second straight 6-AA championship and a likely home date in the opening round of the playoffs.
Logan Jackson rushed for 110 yards on 16 carries and opened the scoring with a 33-yard jaunt. He left the game briefly after being shaken up by a hit, but was able to return in the second half.
Red Bank quarterback Hagan Wilkey started sharp, hitting Chris Tucker for three first downs on an 80-yard march that answered East Hamilton's opening score. Wilkey capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run, but the PAT was no good.
The Hurricanes (8-1, 6-0 in 6-AA) responded quickly with Hunter Moore hitting Anthony Francois on a big fourth-down conversion before finding Quinn Griffith on a five-yard score for a 14-6 halftime lead.
The score remained until the fourth quarter. Red Bank threatened to pull closer early in the final period, but a 63-yard drive ended with a botched field goal snap in the East Hamilton red zone. Matt Malita then broke loose on a 74-yard touchdown run that sealed the win.
Wilkey struggled to find his groove in the air, completing just 10-of-25 passes for 112 yards. However, he rushed for 122 yards to account for 234 of Red Bank's 250 total yards.
Moore completed eight of 14 passes for 84 yards and the one score.
Ringgold 35, North Murray 15
RINGGOLD, Ga. (WRCB) -- Ringgold's playoff hopes remain alive for another week. North Murray's, however, may have ceased to be.
Slade dale rushed for 291 yards and totaled three touchdowns to help the Tigers gut out a tough 35-15 win over the visiting Mountaineers. Ringgold improves to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in sub-region play to stay in the race for one of the final two playoff spots behind sub-region leaders Cartersville and Gordon Central.
Dale opened the scoring on a 36-yard run in the second quarter and added a 16-yard touchdown pass to Dallas McGee in the third for a 14-2 lead. North Murray's safety came when Ringgold was called for holding in its own end zone.
The Mountaineers (4-3, 1-3) turned up the offense when Jacob Mays scored on a 39-yard run, then after a short Ringgold touchdown quarterback Brady Swilling tore through the Tigers' defense on a highlight-reel 24-yard run to pull within 20-15 in the fourth. Swilling finished with 136 yards on 15 carries and threw for 123 more.
But Ringgold finished strong, closing the night a short run from D.L. Goins and Dale's second touchdown run to keep their playoff push alive.
McMinn routs Soddy-Daisy to stay unbeaten in 5-AAA
SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Soddy-Daisy landed the first punch, but McMinn County owned all the others in a 44-6 rout that kept the Cherokees unbeaten in District 5-AA play.
McMinn County (8-1, 5-0 in 6-AA) now awaits rival Bradley Central (6-3, 4-1) in a winner-take-all district showdown next week.
Dre Sanders and Kelvin Wells, Jr. rushed for 89 yards apiece. Sanders scored three times while Wells tallied one touchdown and three two-point conversions.
Soddy-Daisy (2-7, 1-4) actually scored first, turning an onside kick recovery on the opening kickoff into Brett Standifer's nine-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Brown on fourth down.
McMinn County didn't flinch, closing the game with 44 unanswered points.
And they did it in the air, too. Corbin Powers threw for 125 yards three touchdowns, one each to Sanders, Forrest West and Clay Bennett.
South Pittsburg 21, Polk County 14
BENTON, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Demetric Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help South Pittsburg rally from an eight-point deficit to beat Polk County 21-14 in a big non-district showdown.
Johnson racked up 153 yards on 12 carries, but none bigger than his 19-yard score in the closing minutes that proved to be the game-winner.
Zach Miller, fresh off a 411-yard performance in the Wildcats' 5-AA title-clinching win over Sequoyah last week, bulldozed his way to 130 yards and two scores on 30 carries. His first in the third quarter gave Polk County a 7-6 lead, and he capped a 94-yard drive with his second at the 6:53 mark of the fourth quarter.
From there Johnson took over, ripping off a 40-yard run before a shorter one to tie the game. He then added his 19-yarder just more than a minute later.
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