High school football top performers: Round 1

With the first round of the TSSAA high school football playoffs wrapped up, here are some of the top performers from Friday:

Cody Wyllins, The King’s Academy

As long as Wyllins is healthy, the Lions have a chance at winning a Division II-A state championship. The senior continued his remarkable season with 376 total yards (274 rushing, 102 receiving) and six total touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in TKA’s 62-14 victory over Clarksville Academy.

Mason Phillips, Anderson County

The passing attack led Anderson County to an undefeated regular season, but in the first round it was senior running back Mason Phillips who carried the offense, rushing for 247 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries in the Mavericks’ 65-40 victory over Grainger.

Luke Kirby, Grace Christian

The Rams’ are winners of three straight and six of their last seven after downing Goodpasture, 49-14, Friday. A large part of the success is due to the continued improvement at quarterback. Kirby completed 22 of his 29 passes for 390 yards and five touchdowns to lead Grace Christian to the second round.

Morgan Ernst, Webb

As he has done all season, the Army commit impacted a Webb victory on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on six carries on offense and recorded 20 tackles on defense as the Spartans’ advanced with a 42-21 victory over Chattanooga Christian.

Mason Brang, South-Doyle

The Cherokees are one of the hottest teams in Class 5A, winning their fifth consecutive game with a 44-29 victory over Tennessee High. Brang has been instrumental during this stretch, and on Friday he was great again, going 16-for-22 with 263 yards and three touchdowns.

South-Doyle sophomore quarterback Mason Brang scrambles during the Cherokees 20-12 victory over the Eagles on Friday, September 1. (Image: Travis Haston / 865 Preps)

Eli Nordhorn, Grace Christian

Nordhorn had a busy night with 12 targets, catching 10 of them for 191 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Byron Brown, Maryville

The senior receiver got involved early and often in the Maryville passing attack, reeling in five catches for 144 yards and a touchdown — a 73-yard ad-lib after senior quarterback Dylan Hopkins escaped the pocket and fired downfield — in the Rebels’ 28-0 victory over Bearden.

Dashon Bussell, Catholic

Bussell tallied three touchdowns in the Fighting Irish’s 59-21 victory over Campbell County. The Western Michigan commit caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jack Jancek, rushed for 58-yard score and had an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown.

Tonquez Ball, South-Doyle

Ball continues to be a force on the perimeter for the Cherokees. Against Tennessee High, he caught six passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Jacob Warren, Farragut

The Tennessee commit hauled in eight catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a sensational one-handed grab, in the Admirals’ 42-28 victory over Cleveland.

Will Orren, Maryville

The senior defensive back was an integral part in Maryville showing Bearden that it had a stout defense as well. Orren picked off two passes to help the Rebels shut out the Bulldogs.

Maryville senior defensive back Will Orren runs following his second interception in the Rebels’ 28-0 victory over Bearden on Friday, Nov. 3. (Image: Travis Haston / 865 Preps)

Edward Brodie, Central

Brodie also recorded a pair of interceptions to help Central pull off an upset of No. 1-seeded Daniel Boone with a 16-0 victory.

Isaiah Cobb, Maryville

After being sidelined for a couple of weeks with an Achilles injury, the senior running back showed that he is healthy for the final stretch of the season. Cobb rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries, including a 21-yard rushing touchdown.

DJ Cox, Bearden

The junior running back was the only Bulldog who was able to get anything going against the Rebels, rushing for 87 yards on 18 carries, while also hauling in three catches for 39 yards.

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