High school football top performers: Week 5

One of the most notable things to happen in Week 5 was Gary Rankin becoming the first head coach in Tennessee high school football history to reach 400 career wins, but two players on this list also claimed lofty milestones. Meanwhile, a couple fill-ins delivered good outings and while some regulars put together big performances.

Here are some of the top performers from this week’s action:

Morgan Ernst, Webb

The Spartans ran all over Grace Christian on Friday, rushing for 440 yards en route to a 48-27 victory. Ernst accounted for the largest share of those yards, carrying the ball 15 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns. The senior also added 18 tackles and a sack on the defensive end, while also blocking an extra point.

Cody Wyllins, The King’s Academy

Wyllins continued his stellar senior season with his best game to date, rushing for 316 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries while adding five catches for 69 yards in the Lions’ 35-21 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian. He could have had a bigger day had an 82-yard punt return touchdown not been called back.

Drew Butler, Farragut

The senior logged 16 tackles in Farragut’s 33-6 victory over Jefferson County, but his first of the night was a prestigious one as it pushed his career total to 358 to set a new program record. The record was previously held by former Tennessee linebacker Nick Reveiz (343).

Aaron Dykes, Hardin Valley

Dykes tallied four rushing touchdowns in Hardin Valley’s 36-14 victory at Morristown West, tying the program record for most in a single game. He also pushed his career total to 29 touchdowns, which ties Dorian Eskridge’s career record. The senior rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.

Cam Burden, Sevier County

The freshman racked up 405 total yards and three touchdowns to propel the Smokey Bears to a 41-22 victory over South-Doyle on Thursday.

Luke Ferguson, Central

The freshman went 10-for-10 for 155 yards and three touchdowns to help Central snap a three-game losing streak with a 28-12 win over Seymour. It was an outing the Bobcats have been in need of after losing Dakota Fawver to injury.

Dorian Williamson, Fulton

Williamson has starred as a running back this season for the Falcons, but he shifted to quarterback on Friday to fill in for junior Xavier Malone, who was sidelined due to a one-game suspension stemming from an altercation against Austin-East last week. Fulton cruised to a 40-0 victory over Karns and Williamson went 8-for-16 with 101 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 86 yards and a score on 13 carries.

Walker Russell, Alcoa

The junior was not flashy, but he was efficient in leading the Tornadoes up and down the field in a 52-0 victory over Pigeon Forge for Rankin’s 400th win. Russell completed six of his eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another.

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