High school football top performers: Week 3

It was not the prettiest night for football, with storms coming and going across the area, but that did not stop these athletes from shining on the field. Here is a look at some of the best performances during this week’s action:

Austin Shuler, South-Doyle

The senior racked up 14 tackles during the Cherokees’ 20-12 victory over region foe Gibbs, but none was bigger than his fourth-and-3 stop in the fourth quarter that preserved South-Doyle’s lead. He also had four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, including a spectacular one-handed grab that helped seal the victory.

South-Doyle senior Austin Shuler runs in open space during the Cherokees’ 20-12 victory over Gibbs on Friday, September 1. (Image: Travis Haston / 865 Preps)

Gavin Wilkinson, Farragut

With senior quarterback Max Travis getting an additional week to recover from finger surgery, the sophomore stepped in and delivered a stellar performance, completing 15 of his 24 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in the Admirals’ 33-10 victory over Morristown West.

Jonah Duggins, Grace Christian Academy

Junior quarterback Luke Kirby connected with the senior wide receiver for all three of his touchdowns as the Rams downed Boyd Buchanan 42-3 for the first victory in the Rusty Bradley Era. Duggins racked up 138 yards on six catches.

Trariq Hardin, West

The senior helped spark an offense that had gotten off to a meager start through the first two weeks of the season. Hardin carried the ball 33 times for 232 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels 38-6 victory over Karns after they had scored just nine points in the previous two games.

Collin Garza, Gatlinburg-Pittman

Garza impacted the game on both side of the ball to help the Highlanders earn their first win of the season, a 35-14 victory over Northview Academy. The senior rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown offensively and logged 13 tackles and a 56-yard, pick-six on defense.

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