PLAYER OF THE YEAR
There was no question that the Baylor senior would play college football, and he knew where before the season started, having made an early commitment to Duke coach David Cutcliffe. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound middle linebacker led Baylor defenders the past
two seasons and finished this year with 119 tackles.
“David knows he’s going to play at the next level and where, and it is a great example of what hard work and perseverance will accomplish,” Red Raiders coach Phil Massey said. “He was a cornerstone for our defense all season long.
He came ready to play every week. He was a captain, he conducted himself as a captain, and this year he came to every game mentally and physically prepared.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Price’s Signal Mountain team got to the state championship game faster than any new school in TSSAA history and rebounded from a 21-7 deficit for a 56-28 win in the Class 2A final. The Eagles posted a 14-0 record this season, making them 24-2 in the program’s two varsity seasons.
“Winning the state is huge — for the kids, the community, the assistant coaches and me. These kids committed to being in the weight room and doing all the little things that make for a team’s success,” Price said. “You have to have great players to win a state championship.
I have coached some great teams, and what it always comes down to is having the good athletes, but more importantly having the good kids.”
Kelvin Clay III
He had five interceptions and returned two for TDs and made 28 tackles. As a receiver he had 34 catches.
Moving from linebacker to end, the UTC commitment had 86 tackles, including 10 for loss and three sacks.
He had 88 tackles with 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss and also contributed 400 receiving yards.
Also a lineman for the Seahawks, he averaged 43.6 yards on 30 punts.
One of the Rams’ most versatile players, he had an interception plus more than 1,500 yards of offense.
He had 133 tackles with 18 for loss, four sacks and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD.
He had 48 tackles, four sacks, 11 tackles for loss, an interception, two fumbles caused and two recovered.
He had 120 tackles, 11 for loss, two interceptions, two fumbles caused, five recoveries and three defensive TDs.
He had 164 solo stops with 29 for loss, 10.5 sacks, six fumbles caused, two recoveries and an interception.
His 51 tackles included 16 lost-yardage hits and five sacks, and he caused a fumble and recovered one.
He led Eagles linemen with 86 tackles, seven sacks and five tackles for loss.
He had seven interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.
JAKE ABLES Soddy-Daisy Junior Lineman
ZACK BOWMAN Signal Mountain Junior Linebacker
KEVIN DOSSETT Tyner Senior Lineman
BUCK FERGUSON Baylor Senior Lineman
HORACE HECTOR Howard Senior Defensive back
CLARENCIO HOLMES Hixson Junior Linebacker
BEN JOHNSTON McCallie Senior Defensive back
DEOSHA MCCOLLEY Baylor Junior Defensive back
WILL SAWYER Signal Mountain Senior Lineman
DAMEIAN SUTTLES Tyner Senior Linebacker
ANDREW TALLENT Boyd-Buchanan Senior Punter
JOHN TIPTON Baylor Junior Linebacker
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (14-0)
The second-year program was undefeated, averaged better than a point per minute and won the Class 2A state title.
2 BAYLOR (10-2)
The Red Raiders made it to the Division II-AA state final and secured the school’s first 10-win season since 1991.
3 BOYD-BUCHANAN (10-5)
The Buccaneers had a five game win streak to reach the Class 2A state semifinals before falling to Signal Mountain.