Rivalries across East Tennessee came to a head in Week 4 of the high school football season, producing some heroic moments and stellar individual performances. Here are some of the top performers from this week in high school football:
Tee Hodge, Maryville
There was arguably no bigger play this week than the sophomore running back’s 80-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game-winner for the Rebels in a 28-24 victory over county rival Alcoa on Friday. Hodge led Maryville in rushing, totaling 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 rushes.
DJ Cox, Bearden
Offense was at premium in Thursday’s battle between Bearden and South-Doyle, but Cox shined for the Bulldogs in their 27-14 victory. The junior running back accounted for three of Bearden’s four scores, rushing for a pair of touchdowns and catching another. He rushed for 123 yards and 22 carries.
Braden Collins, Farragut
The senior wide receiver made his presence felt in his return from an ankle injury Friday. Collins hauled in nine catches for 166 yards and a touchdown from sophomore quarterback Gavin Wilkinson to help the Admirals rout Oak Ridge, 41-0.
Ton’Quez Ball, South-Doyle
Ball was another player who returned from an absence in a big way. After serving a one-game targeting suspension, the junior wide receiver provided all of the scoring for the Cherokees, snagging touchdowns of 59 and 24 yards — the former coming on South-Doyle’s first play from scrimmage. Overall, he registered 118 yards on six catches.
DJ Cooper, Heritage
The Mountaineers claimed a 47-34 victory over William Blount in the Battle of the Bell behind their senior quarterback. Cooper racked up 348 total yards and five touchdowns — three through the air and two on the ground.
Jack Sompayrac, Catholic
The senior quarterback completed 15 of his 27 pass attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish cruised to a 33-7 victory against Cleveland.
Cody Wyllins, The King’s Academy
Wyllins makes the cut as a top performer for the second time this season after rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns — runs of 17 and 66 yards — on 16 carries in the Lions’ 23-12 loss to Greenback.