Playoff spots and district championships were up for grabs in Week 9. Perhaps the team most in need of a victory was Farragut.
The Admirals came into their game against Lenoir City with only three wins. It typically takes at least five wins to reach the 6A playoffs.
Lenoir City has added an effective running game to its potent aerial assault and that run game proved valuable against Farragut.
Caleb Wilson scored twice on the ground in the third quarter to give the Panthers a comfortable 41-14 cushion. Lenoir City would hold on to win 41-28. Wilson finished with 149 yards on 11 carries. Jaylon Woods had 148 receiving yards, two touchdowns and a key interception for the Panthers.
The loss all but eliminates Farragut from playoff contention. Eddie Courtney's squad hasn't missed the playoffs since 2003.
Down in South Knoxville, the top two teams in the IMAC (District 2-AAA) squared off. South-Doyle, with the top scoring defense in the conference, welcomed the league's best offense in Sevier County.
The Cherokees trailed 19-3 in the second quarter but ignited the home crowd with a successful fake punt. Sevier County linebacker Dexter Robbins ended that drive with an interception at the 13 yard line.
South-Doyle would cut the lead to nine points early in the third when Brody Rollins found a wide open Shoan Labeonx for a touchdown. Luke Manning and company answered back with a touchdown strike to Jacob Whaley and the Smoky Bears went on to win 33-16.
West and Bearden are still in contention for the runner-up spot in District 4-AAA. The Rebels pulled out a 24-17 win in a tight game. Both teams will make the playoffs.
Two of the area's best teams, Fulton and Alcoa, squared off in a rare late season non-district game. Both of these offenses have been putting up huge numbers in recent weeks, but the defenses stole the show on Friday night.
Fulton could only grind out 27 yards of offense in the first half. Alcoa took a 3-0 lead into the locker room and reached the endzone in the third quarter after a fake punt extended the drive. The Tornadoes went on to win their seventh in a row, 30-7.
The loss snapped Fulton's six-game winning streak. The Falcons have already clinched the District 3-AA title while Alcoa will take on CAK on Thursday with the winner earning the 4-AA crown.
Speaking of CAK, the Warriors avenged last year's loss to LaVergne, beating the Wolverines 56-41 out in Middle Tennessee.
CAK utilized the ground game more than usual as Corey Rathbone carried 28 times for 220 yards and five touchdowns.
Loudon used a Tyler Ferguson kick return touchdown to beat Sequoyah 28-7. The win was the fifth of the year for the Redskins who should get into the 3A playoffs. A win next week against Kingston would assure them a spot.
Oneida won its eighth in a row, 51-7 over Sunbright, and secured the District 4-A championship. The Indians could secure a first round playoff bye with a win next week.
Greeneville locked up the district 2-AA championship by taking down Grainger 48-7. The two-time defending state champs have now won four in a row after some early season struggles.
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