Tigers from Memphis-Whitehaven saw their first loss on the season as they took on region rival Germanton (Tenn.). The Tigers were led offensively by junior running back Tony Jefferson, who rushed for 195 yards on 35 carries. The loss will be a set back in the race for the region championship, but the Tigers defense led by safety Gene Robinson and linebacker Derrick Webb should rebound.
Week nine was perfect time for senior running back Keenan Kolinsky, 6-1, 212 pounds from Knoxville-Christian Academy (Tenn.) to have a career night. Kolinsky has been a great compliment back to the Warrior passing game led by senior quarterback Michael Fromke, who has thrown 261 times for 1821 yards and 14 touchdowns. This past Friday Kolinsky took over and showed why he is a prospect to be considered. He rushed for four touchdowns and 189 total yards in a 41-20 victory.
A prospect that fans should begin to watch for in 2011 is Knoxville-Bearden sophomore running back Devrin Young. The Bulldogs from Knoxville-Bearden led by Young were able to knock off region rival Sevierville-Sevier County (Tenn.) this week with his impressive performance. Young rushed for 270 yards while having 73 yards receiving.
The end of an era happened this past Friday night as the last of the Tate brothers, Wesley Tate and Golden Tate, completed their tenure at Hendersonville-Pope John Paul II. The younger of the two brothers is Hendersonville-Pope John Paul II running back Wesley Tate compiled 1301 yards and 16 touchdowns in the 2008 season. Tate is receiving a lot of interest from several schools including Air Force, Ole Miss, Stanford, Purdue, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky to name a few.
Jamal Ramsey, 6-1.5, 174 pound quarterback from Franklin-Battle Ground Academy and Jamar Neal, 6-2, 255 pounds from Franklin-Battle Ground Academy have both had productive senior seasons. Ramsey helped led the Wildcats from Franklin-Battle Ground Academy to a 21-13 victory on Friday over Knoxville-Webb. He threw for 54 yards and added another 39 yards on the ground. Although his stats for offense were below his average he was also able to add 12 tackles and an interception on defense. As for his teammate Neal he put in another stellar performance on defense with 12 total tackles and a sack. Junior running back Michael Moore, 5-8, 172 pounds also had a huge game with 172 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the big region victory.
The Tigers from Nashville-Ensworth kept their winning combination of senior quarterback Tavarres Jefferson and junior running back Orleans Opoku-Darkwa. These two may be one of the top tandems not only in the state, but in the southeast region. In their 36-7 win over Warren County Jefferson was able to throw for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 57 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Darkwa, who left at halftime against Nashville-Father Ryan, rushed 19 times for 97 yards in his return.