With the second round of the TSSAA high school football playoffs wrapped up, here are some of the top performers from Friday:
Elijah Young, South-Doyle
The sophomore, who holds offers from Tennessee and Louisville, was instrumental in the Cherokees’ sixth consecutive victory. Young carried the ball 10 times for 193 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 88 yards in South-Doyle’s 31-28 victory over Halls.
Dashon Bussell, Catholic
Every time Bussell touches the football, it has a chance to end up in the end zone. The Western Michigan commit amassed 198 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns, all of which came on plays 48 yards or longer, on just eight touches in the Fighting Irish’s 44-14 victory over Fulton. He has six touchdowns through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Stanton Martin, Anderson County
Martin continued the Mavericks’ historical season by racking up 497 total yards of offense and four touchdowns in Anderson County’s 38-21 victory over Elizabethton. The junior went 28-for-35 for 385 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 112 yards and another score on 16 carries. The victory sets up a matchup between two of the best offenses in the state, as AC will travel to Greeneville in the quarterfinals.
Bryce Hanley, Greenback
Hanley has made this list in past weeks for his quarterback play, but his defense stood out in the Cherokees’ 53-23 victory over Oliver Springs. The junior recorded a pair of interceptions, returning both for touchdowns. He also completed six of his nine passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 46 more yards.
Dalton Wilson, Anderson County
The senior wide receiver scored his 19th and 20th touchdowns of the season — his 12th consecutive week with a score — which is tied for the seventh-most in a single season in TSSAA history. Wilson caught nine passes for 179 yards.
Cobe Angel, Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge’s defense has been superb during its eight-game winning streak, allowing just 8.5 points per game during that stretch. The Wildcats held West to six on Friday, and Angel had a lot to do with it, registering 17 tackles, a sack and two interceptions in the 16-6 victory.
Jashaun Fenderson, Fulton
The junior was explosive for the Falcons in their loss to Catholic, breaking a 90-yard rushing touchdown to get Fulton on the board, while also hauling in eight catches for 86 yards.
Eli Nordhorn, Grace Christian
The junior receiver gave Notre Dame everything it could handle in the Rams’ 32-29 loss, hauling in 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Dylan Hopkins, Maryville
The UAB commit completed 15 of his 21 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a 31-yard touchdown as the Rebels cruised past Farragut, 38-6, for their 10th consecutive victory.
Joshua Brown, Catholic
Brown set the tone for the Fighting Irish’s rout of Fulton, rushing for 142 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also broke a 61-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage, but it was called back because of a holding penalty.
Breeden Gilbert, Greenback
Gilbert carried the Cherokees offensively against Oliver Springs, rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
Tonquez Ball, South-Doyle
The junior receiver continues to produce for the Cherokees during their six-game winning streak. He played compliment to Young on Friday, reeling in five catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. It was his third consecutive week of 100-plus receiving yards.
Treysean Moore, Central
Moore rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries in the Bobcats’ 27-20 victory over Sevier County, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime to send Central to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
Andrew Sorrells, Grace Christian
Sorrells tallied 17 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and two breakups in the Rams’ loss.