High school football top performers: Week 9

With Week 9 of the high school football season in the books, here are some of the top performers from this week’s action:

Dylan Hopkins, Maryville

After battling a shoulder injury that he suffered in the season opener, Hopkins appears to be healthy. The UAB commit went 15-of-19 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns and added 150 yards and two more scores on 13 carries in Maryville’s 54-34 victory over Ooltewah on Thursday.

Senior quarterback Dylan Hopkins throws a pass during Maryville’s 54-34 victory over Ooltewah on Thursday, October 12. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Weaver)

Morgan Ernst, Webb

The senior carried Webb to the program’s 400th victory, rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries (30.7 yards per carry) in the Spartans’ 42-21 victory over Chattanooga Christian on Friday. He also recorded 16 tackles on defense.

Jacob Bunch, Grainger

Bunch has been a workhorse for Grainger all season, but he did not many touches to log a stellar performance Friday versus Sullivan Central. The senior rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the 68-12 win.

Stanton Martin, Anderson County

Martin has been a top performer regular while piloting the Mavericks’ high-powered offense. In Anderson County’s 47-0 over Chattanooga Central, the junior completed 17 of his 25 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 62 yards and another score.

Jack Sompayrac, Catholic

The senior had as efficient an outing as a quarterback can have, completing six of his seven passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the Fighting Irish’s 63-42 win over Walker Valley.

Isaiah Gibbs, Farragut

Farragut struggled through the air most of the night, but Gibbs kept the offense churning, rushing for 173 yards and a touchdown — a 49-yard run that got the Admirals on the board in their 31-14 victory over Bearden — on 21 carries.

Hunter Huff, Halls

Huff impacted the game on both sides of the ball for the Red Devils in their 28-27 victory over Gibbs. The senior registered 11 tackles, two for loss, and two fumble recoveries on defense, and racked up 100 yards and a touchdown on his two receptions on offense.

AJ Davis, Maryville

Davis junior was Hopkins’ favorite target versus Ooltewah, hauling in six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Caleb Martin, Oak Ridge

The Eastern Kentucky commit tallied three catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 42-6 victory over Clinton.

Xavier Malone, Fulton

Malone has gotten into a groove, and he continued his strong play in Fulton’s 44-14 victory over Campbell County. The junior threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-22 passing.

Fulton junior quarterback Xavier Malone looks at the field during pregame warmups in the Falcons’ 41-12 loss to Maryville on Friday, Sept. 22. (Image: Travis Haston / 865 Preps)

Noel Leyva, Gibbs

Leyva ran the ball well in the Eagles’ loss to Halls, carrying the ball 18 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Wyatt Lucas, Farragut

Lucas was the standout on an Admiral defense that held Bearden to 14 points and forced them to commit four turnovers. The junior recorded two of those takeaways, picking off Bulldog quarterback Collin Ironside twice. He also added a long punt return that set up a Farragut field goal.

Michael Carroll, Anderson County

Carroll reeled in five catches for 119 yards and a touchdown, providing the best receiving output for the Mavericks in their victory over Chattanooga Central.

Junior wide receiver Michael Carroll trots to the back of the end zone after hauling in a touchdown reception in Anderson County’s 49-7 victory over East Ridge on Fridat, Sept. 29. (Image: Travis Haston / 865 Preps)

DJ Cox, Bearden

Cox chipped away at the Farragut defense all night, toting the rock 23 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Bearden junior running back DJ Cox fights off South-Doyle’s Ezra Young as he finds the end zone in the Bulldogs 27-14 victory Thursday, September 7.

Jalen McCord, Alcoa

K’Vaughn Tyson showed he is getting healthier, but McCord was the running back that shined for the Tornadoes on Friday, rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Joe Grindstaff, Northview Academy

The senior running back carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards and three touchdowns in Northview Academy’s 35-18 victory over Scott.

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