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2020 Gridiron stat leaders

(games, attempts, yards, average, TDs)

Destin Wade, Summit 9 127-1193 9.4 14
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 153-822 5.4 7
#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 116-721 6.2 14
#Austin Seals, Richland 8 106-720 6.8 5
#Tre Hartwell, Independence 8 101-666 6.6 7
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 118-603 5.1 8
#Zavier Davidson, Mt. Pleasant 9 105-582 5.5 7
#Javen Edmiston, Summertown 8 105-568 5.4 6
#Christian Biggers, Columbia Central 9 131-510 3.9 2
Brandon King, Summit 9 59-456 7.7 1

(games, completions, attempts, yards, TDs, interceptions)

#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 132-214-1976 20/2
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 101-200-1432 22/6
#Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 11 121-216-1430 11/12
Destin Wade, Summit 9 69-111-1097 17/5
#Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 8 70-153-788 5/7
#Colton Shaffer, Summertown 8 47-100-557 5/6
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 60-115-523 4/9
#Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad. 6 29-72-372 3/9
#Te’Varius Strayhorn 8 33-66-357 2/4

(games, receptions, yards, average, TDs)

#Calvin Wilson, Independence 10 28-640 22.9 9
#Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 12 42-608 14.5 4
#Ty Lockwood, Independence 10 45-605 13.4 3
#Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 10 27 423 15.7 8
#Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 7 22-365 16.6 3
#Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 10 21-356 17.0 5
#Justin Buchmann, Columbia Central 9 29-339 11.7 2
#Max Brown, Zion Chr. 10 14-327 23.4 6
Brady Pierce, Summit 9 17-327 19.2 6
#Tyler Kondra, Independence 9 20-298 14.9 2

# season complete

With win, Summit could see Wade’s return for semifinals

By Maurice Patton

HENDERSONVILLE – For all the success Summit’s had this fall – including Friday’s 36-29 Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal victory over host Beech – something’s been missing.

That something, junior linebacker Keaten Wade, is likely to return for next week’s semifinal contest at Henry County.

A fractured left foot, diagnosed three days before the Spartans’ season opener against Independence, and ensuing surgery have kept Wade out for all but three quarters of the team’s Week 7 win at Franklin County.

“I feel like I’ve done everything right so I can get back out there,” said the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, who was in dress clothes and a protective boot while serving as the team’s “biggest cheerleader” from the sideline Friday.

“I reaggravated it against Franklin County and had to sit a few more weeks. But we’re so deep in the playoffs, I’m going to play now. It feels good, no pain.”

Keaten Wade (7) , wearing a protective boot on his left foot following August surgery, cheers on his teammates in Summit’s 36-29 Class 5A quarterfinal win over Beech on Friday, Nov. 21, in Hendersonville, Tenn. (Photo by Sarah Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

As the season approached, Wade was slated to play a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role, taking advantage of his physical skills and nose for the ball that led to 103 total tackles and 22½ tackles for loss a year ago during Summit’s run to the Class 5A state championship game.

“The original plan was for Caleb Jolley, a pretty good player, (to be) on one side and Keaten on the other side,” Spartans coach Brian Coleman said. “That was going to shore up our defense.”

What’s happened instead has forced defensive coordinator Alex Melton to be a bit more creative, Coleman said.

“He’s changed fronts, he’s done so many things to alleviate not having him, and guys have stepped up – John Sloan, unnamed guys that have stepped up in the defensive line that have allowed (safety) Brady Pierce to come down in the box or somebody else to come down in the box and take Keaten’s place, more or less.”

After allowing 362 yards Friday, Melton wasn’t looking to take too much credit but expressed pride in his unit’s performance – with or without Wade.

“We weren’t as tight as we’d like to have been on defense, but it’s a team effort,” he said. “We’ll keep working to get better, and we get another week to do it.

“The great thing about this game is it’s a team game. We’re not just one man. Keaten’s a great kid, a great football player. We are a team, a team that’s built around multiple players. We’d love to have him back if he’s able to come back. But he’s so proud for the guys, and he’s doing a great job cheering us on and keeping his spirits up. They’re not selfish kids. They believe in each other and he believes in the ones that are out there when he’s not out there.”

Should Wade return for the semifinals, Coleman thinks the effect won’t just be from a game-plan, scheme perspective.

“I think the biggest impact is the shot in the arm for these guys,” the coach said. “They love that kid, they love Destin and they fight for both of them. I think it’s a big boost for our team if they see him out there – if he plays one way, if he plays 10 plays, if he plays five plays. For him to be in practice all week, I think that’s a big shot in the arm for our team.”

Destin Wade, the Spartans’ Class 5A Mr. Football candidate, agreed.

“It’s been hard, transitioning from last year to this year, without him,” Destin said. “He’s a key factor in our offense and our defense. Hopefully we’ll get him back, but we’ve just got to keep rolling.”

The quarterback ran and threw for 412 total yards and accounted for all five touchdowns in Friday’s quarterfinal win.

“I did it for him, basically,” he said. “He’s been through a lot. Our teammates played for him, too. We wanted some of the seniors that are hurt to be able to play again and for him to be able to play again.”

Summit’s Keaten Wade (7) poses with twin brother Destin Wade following the Spartans’ quarterfinal win over Beech on Friday, Nov. 11. (Photo by Sarah Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

In addition to Keaten Wade, Summit expects to have senior receiver Zac Switzer and junior linebacker Jacob Turner for Henry County as well after both missed Friday’s contest.

“I’d love to help Destin out there, have another threat out there,” Keaten said. “I’m excited to see what I can do, what my brother and I can do. Hopefully we can get back to the state championship game and finish it.”

Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: mopattonsports@gmail.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.

A holly ‘Jolley’ touchdown sends Summit to semis

By Chris Yow

HENDERSONVILLE — Seemingly every time Summit needed a big play Friday night, Destin Wade was delivering strikes to his talented receivers.

None was bigger than a 9-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Jolley on third down with just 35 seconds remaining to propel his team to the Class 5A state semifinals with a 36-29 win at Beech.

Following an 11-play, 75-yard Beech drive that ate more than six minutes off the fourth-quarter clock and gave the host Buccaneers a 29-28 lead on an Adrian Johnson touchdown and Tysean Jefferson 2-point conversion, Summit (12-1) marched the field behind a balanced offensive attack led by Wade.

“Two years ago, it was Destin . . . tonight it was Destin,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said of his Class 5A Mr. Football finalist. “We tried to run the ball in the beginning, and we were kind of hitting our heads against a wall. We spread it out and let (Wade) go to work.”

Above photos by Sarah Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Coleman and Wade praised the work of the offensive line, noting their ability to keep the Bucs’ pass rush at bay.

“I owe everything to my line,” Wade said. “They let me play the way I want to play.”

He finished with 412 total yards in the game — 218 yards through the air and another 194 on the ground. Five times he found the end zone, four times on passes and once more rushing.

“He’s a big kid, throws the ball well and runs the ball hard,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said of Wade. “He made some plays tonight that were the difference in the game.”

Not every play was perfect from Wade; twice he fumbled inside the 5-yard line with a chance for the Spartans to score. The first came on a fourth-down attempt when Coleman called for the offense to run a hurry-up style to catch the Buc defense off-guard, which failed. Beech (9-2) then took the ball 97 yards on the ensuing drive to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

What could have been a back-breaking moment, however, was turned into a momentum-swinging drive when Wade completed a pass to Jolley for 13 yards and then to Konata Werts for 14 yards before adding a pair of 7-yard runs to set up 1st-and-10 at the Beech 24. Wade then found Brady Pierce for a touchdown strike, a catch Pierce made despite a call of pass interference against the defender. The touchdown tied the game with 1:35 left in the first half.

“Scoring before halftime was a big boost to our momentum,” Coleman said. “We just gave up a long touchdown drive, and we needed to score because they were going to get the ball first after halftime. Credit to our kids for their perseverance.”

Beech did find the end zone on their first possession of the second half, going 72 yards on just six plays, capped by a Darius Johnson 31-yard scamper.

On the ensuing drive, Summit drove to the Bucs’ 3-yard-line before Wade’s second fumble of the game resulted in a turnover. Coleman preached to his team about Beech taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes, but the Summit defense rose to the occasion and forced a three-and-out.

Wade tied the game on a 2-yard run, but it was the Spartans’ defense that once again forced the hand of their opponent. On 2nd-and-1, Jesse Brimeyer recovered a fumble to give Summit the ball, and seven plays later, Wade hit Brandon King on third-and-23 for a touchdown to give Summit the lead. King caught the pass between his pinky fingers, and said after the game that he was wearing his practice gloves because the new pair was too big.

While King and Pierce both hauled in touchdown passes, it was Jolley who Wade targeted on the biggest of occasions. The pair hooked up on a third-and-12 to extend the aforementioned King touchdown drive, and then again for the game-winner. Jolley finished with six catches for a game-high 118 yards receiving.

“He was special tonight, making plays on defense and offense,” Wade said. “That last score, I didn’t think he was going to catch it, but he just surprises me every time he plays.”

Coleman said others have begun to take notice of “No. 2.”

“The last three games we’ve played, the opposing coach has said something about (Jolley),” Coleman said. “When you have other coaches commenting on him, you know he’s a heck of an athlete and a great player.”

Friday was Summit’s first win over Beech in school history, as the Bucs had previously held a 2-0 advantage in the series, both in the playoffs and both by one-score margins — 21-16 in the 2017 quarterfinals at Summit, 45-42 in triple overtime a year later at Beech.

“Every time we play them it’s a great football game,” Coleman said. “They made a big play early, they stopped us on the goal line. I’m so proud of these guys and the way they played.”

The Spartans now travel to Henry County the day after Thanksgiving for a state semifinal matchup with a berth in the 2020 BlueCross Bowl on the line.

Summit 36, Beech 29
at Shackle Island Stadium, Hendersonville

S 7 7 7 15 — 36
B 7 7 7 8 — 29

S – Caleb Jolley 45 pass from Destin Wade (8:17) Ryan Crane kick
B – Tysean Johnson 64 pass from Xaviere Jones (7:59) Kevin Figueroa kick
B – Jefferson 19 run (2:57) Figueroa kick
S – Brady Pierce 24 pass from Wade (1:35) Crane kick
B – Darius Johnson 31 run (9:25) Figueroa kick
S – Wade 2 run (1:48) Crane kick
S – Brandon King 23 pass from Wade (9:31) Crane kick
B – Adrian Johnson 1 run (3:22) Jefferson run
S – Jolley 9 pass from Wade (0:27) Pierce pass from Wade
First Downs2319
Passing Yards21898
Summit – Destin Wade 29-194, Brandon King 6-23, John Dippold 4-13
Beech – Tysean Jefferson 26-162, Adrian Johnson 9-54, Darius Johnson 4-48, Xaviere Jones 1-0
Summit – Destin Wade 13-17-0 218
Beech – Xaviere Jones 4-8-0 98, Gage Stewart 0-1-0 0
Summit – Caleb Jolley 6-118, Brandon King 3-42, Brady Pierce 1-24, Konata Werts 2-22, Brady Hendrix 1-12
Beech – Tysean Jefferson 1-64, Andrew Paige 1-23, Jackson Long 1-8, Cameron McClanahan 1-3

Bradley relieved of coaching duties at Mt. Pleasant

By Maurice Patton

Bronson Bradley confirmed Friday afternoon that he has been dismissed as football coach at Mt. Pleasant after seven seasons – four of which he guided the Tigers to the state playoffs.

In the midst of a global pandemic, Mt. Pleasant finished 1-8 this fall, the second one-win campaign since Bradley took the helm prior to the 2014 season.

“Usually the doubters and the haters are the loudest after a year like this, but I didn’t hear any of that,” said Bradley, 38-37 over his tenure at the school after going 2-8 in his only season as coach at Westmoreland in 2009. “I think everybody understood – except our administration.

“I don’t know if they understand what we dealt with this year.”

Bronson Bradley was relieved of his head coaching duties on Friday following a 1-8 season. In seven seasons, Bradley compiled a 38-37 record, including a 2-4 postseason mark. (File photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

After losing six offensive starters and three defensive starters from last season’s 8-3 squad, with no spring practice, little summer work and no preseason scrimmages as a result of COVID restrictions, Mt. Pleasant lost its opener 13-12 at Summertown and fell 14-7 to Richland in Region 5-1A play – the first loss to the latter since 1993.

From there, the season spiraled downward, with the Tigers’ only victory coming in a 27-20 decision over visiting Loretto on Oct. 8. The following week, Mt. Pleasant lost 34-27 to Zion Christian, one of four one-possession defeats.

“I was let go by the administration of Mt. Pleasant today,” Bradley said in a prepared statement. “I was not expecting it but football is held to a higher standard even in COVID years.

“I can say without a doubt and without challenge that this program is better than when I found it seven years ago. I have brought a lot of value to this program including a new stadium, new lights, a field that was dirt and clover (and) is now one of the best around, a top-class weight room and program, new lockers and Grade-A practice equipment, a reputation that draws college recruiters year-in and year-out.

“My family loves this community and the young men that have played for me. The relationships I have built with them go far beyond football and I pray they can say the same. I see them already succeeding in life, in the service of our country, and as future leaders. I believe I was called by God to help the young men of this community to be better men and I pray the next man puts that above all the outside pressures of being a football coach. I leave this program without blemish! I am proud of my time here and I have no regrets.

“As with everything I put this and my future in God’s hands and He will work it to my benefit but most importantly to His.”

Bronson Bradley was relieved of his head coaching duties on Friday following a 1-8 season. In seven seasons, Bradley compiled a 38-37 record, including a 2-4 postseason mark. (File photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Bradley’s wife, Shonté, is a girls basketball assistant. His daughter, Kielee, is a sophomore on the Lady Tigers’ team.

“All I could think about (when informed of his dismissal) was Kielee,” said Bradley, a 1997 Wayne County High School graduate. “Hopefully she can get this behind her and finish this season.”

Mt. Pleasant principal Ryan Jackson spoke to “growing the program” as he explained the decision.

“We’re thankful for Coach Bradley’s commitment and dedication to the school and the community,” Jackson said. “We’re honored for the work he’s done. (But) we’re looking at overall program development and pushing forward into the future with a new direction.

“It’s about growing the program. We’re not talking about good teams, but great programs.”

Jackson said an interim coach would be announced next week and a committee would be formed “with multiple stakeholders as we begin the search and interview process”. He said he hopes to have a successor to Bradley, who will lead the program into Class 2A competition next season, by March.

Maurice Patton is the editor of SM-Tn Sports. He can reached by email at mopattonsports@gmail.com or on Twitter @mopatton_sports.

Mostradamus speaks: Playoff quarterfinal predictions

Friday’s Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal matchup between Summit and host Beech promises to only be pretty for whoever wins it.

Both teams have displayed physical running games and battle-tested defenses over the course of the season, including their last outings – with Beech posting a shocking 36-0 win over Region 6-5A rival Hillsboro and Summit downing Columbia Central 28-14 to sweep its Region 5-5A foe.

“It’s going to be a fun, physical, close football game,” veteran Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “We’re going to have to match their physicality. We’ve got to tackle their little running back; we can’t let him bounce.

“We’ve got to limit the mistakes. We’re 0-2 against them, and both times we made the mistakes. A lot of these kids were on the team that went three overtimes there. They understand and remember. We’ve got to limit the mistakes, for sure.”

Before advancing to the state finals last year, the Spartans (11-1) had seen each of their previous two seasons end at the hands of the Buccaneers – falling 45-42 in triple overtime on the road to open the 2018 playoffs, and dropping a 21-16 quarterfinal decision at home in 2017.

Offensively, Beech (9-1) is paced by Tysean Jefferson. The 5-5, 143-pound senior has rushed for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns in an offense that’s predicated on the ground game. No receiver has more than 12 catches or 200 yards, and quarterback Xaviere Jones has thrown for 790 yards and seven scores (with six interceptions).

“They’re going to get in that ‘double-tight (end)’, smoke-stack and try to 3- and 4-yard us to death,” Coleman said.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Bronco Hanks sets the tone with a team-high 94 tackles (49 solos), a sack and a fumble recovery.

That unit, which has helped Beech to an eight-game win streak (nine counting a Week 3 ‘COVID victory’ over Glencliff) since a 26-24 season-opening loss to Powell, will be challenged. Summit averaged 33.5 points in its eight on-field contests.

Keying that attack is junior quarterback Destin Wade, a Class 5A Mr. Football finalist who’s averaging 156.5 offensive yards per game with 26 total touchdowns. Wade comes off a 242-yard, three-TD rushing effort against Central.

“I don’t think we’ve played our best game,” Coleman said. “I think our guys understand what this team (Beech) is all about.”

Mostradamus’ pick: Summit 24, Beech 20.


Moore Co. over Fayetteville
Pearl-Cohn over Stewart Co.
Tullahoma over Nolensville
Brentwood over Franklin

Last week: 8-4 (.667)
Season: 72-24 (.750)

Spartans signalcaller named Class 5A Mr. Football finalist

By Maurice Patton

Destin Wade became the second Summit player in four years to be named a TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalist, as the Spartans junior quarterback joined fellow Class 5A honorees Kalib Fortner of Knoxville Central and Prince Kollie of David Crockett in being so recognized during an online announcement Tuesday.

The winner will be named during a Dec. 8 ceremony at Nissan Stadium.

“It’s great for the program,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said as the Spartans approach Friday’s Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal matchup with host Beech. “Tai (Carter) was a great kid, a great player, and Destin’s a great kid, a great player.

“It’s great recognition for him, it’s great for the team, and he’s always going to give credit to the guys in front of him. I think it shows we’re doing things right as a program, that we’re getting these type accolades.”

Despite playing just six games during the regular season because of the pandemic – and seeing limited action in some of those – Wade has rushed for 999 yards and thrown for 879 yards, while accounting for 26 total touchdowns, including playoff victories over Hillwood and Columbia Central.

“We’re not chasing numbers with him,” Coleman said. “Against Spring Hill (in Week 2), we were up three scores and we pulled him at halftime. We’re trying to keep him healthy, and he’s fine with that. People need to see that and take that into account and do the math. I appreciate their understanding that that’s how his numbers were.”

Carter was a 2017 Class 5A finalist, rushing for 1,225 yards and 14 touchdowns before sustaining a season-ending knee injury as Summit advanced to the state quarterfinals and lost 21-16 to Beech. Knoxville Catholic’s Cade Mays was named the winner, with Southwind’s Jordan Davis also a finalist. Carter is currently playing at Tennessee Tech.

Coming off a trip to the state finals a year ago, Wade has helped the Spartans to an 11-1 performance thus far.

“He showed Friday night – if we need a big play, he’s a big playmaker,” Coleman said, referring to Wade’s 242-yard, three-TD rushing performance along with a passing score in Summit’s 28-14 win over Columbia Central.

“I guess that’s been reflected and seen across the state by the coaches and the media, and it’s great to see. And he goes (into the season) thinking he’s got his twin brother with him before Keaten gets the injury – a lot falls on his shoulders, and he’s embraced it and done a great job with that also.”

Independence senior quarterback Jaxson Campbell, who had been named a Class 6A Mr. Football semifinalist, did not make the finalist cut despite 1,976 passing yards, 721 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns in 10 games as the Eagles advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

The full list of Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalists follows:

CLASS 1A — Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg; Kyler Parker, Moore Co.; Jared Stone, South Pittsburg

CLASS 2A — Khalik Ganaway, Peabody; Will Meadows, Meigs Co.; Luke Myers, South Greene

CLASS 3A — Anthony Brown, Milan; Grey Carroll, Alcoa; Martino Owens, Pearl-Cohn

CLASS 4A — Troy Parker Hughes, Elizabethton; Rivers Hunt, Hardin Co.; Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton

CLASS 5A — Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central; Prince Kollie, David Crockett; Destin Wade, Summit

CLASS 6A — Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood; Jalen Hunt, McMinn Co.; C.J. Taylor, Warren Co.

DIVISION II-A — Jon Lewis, Donelson Chr.; Aaron Smith, Jackson Chr.; Griffin Swinea, Davidson Acad.

DIVISION II-AA — James Dunn, Christian Acad. of Knoxville; Langston Patterson, Christ Presbyterian Acad.; Dietrick Pennington, Evangelical Chr.

DIVISION II-AAA — B.J. Harris, McCallie; Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers; D.C. Tabscott, Father Ryan

KICKER OF THE YEAR — Teagen Lenderink, Brentwood Acad.; Trey Turk, Oakland; Connor Wood, Lexington