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