Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ooltewah running back Desmond Pittman started the 2012 high school football season as a backup. He didn't take over as the Owls' starter until the sixth game of the season, and then only because of injury. But the 5-foot-10, 220-pound junior responded by rushing for more than 1,300 yards, helping lead Ooltewah to the Class 5A quarterfinals and becoming an all-state player.
Pittman was one of two area Class 5A players to be named all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, joined by Cleveland defensive back C.J. Bryant. Two other area players -- Bradley Central offensive lineman Austin Sanders and McMinn County defensive lineman Aaron Kimpson -- earned all-state recognition in Class 6A.
"Once we as coaches figured out what our strengths were as a team, we decided to just keep giving Desmond the ball," Owls coach Shannon Williams said. "He had a huge impact on our season, obviously, and we wouldn't have gone as far as we did without him."