|Milan’s ’08 entry joins elite company |
|Posted: Monday, November 3, 2008 6:02 pm |
|Milan returned three Brian West interceptions for touchdowns in the game’s first 14 minutes and then cruised to a 45-14 victory over Westview Friday night. |
The win marked the 10th time in the illustrious history of the Bulldog program that a Milan team has posted a 10-0 regular season. Of those previous nine perfect regular seasons, four of those Milan teams went on to play for a state championship — the last in 1999 when Bulldogs claimed the last of their four titles.
Ranked second in the state behind Alcoa all season this year, Milan has been tested only a few times this season.
Friday was not one of them.
Hakim Hart, Tim Adkisson and J.W. Williams each hauled back picks of West to paydirt as the Bulldogs scored three of the first four times Westview had the ball.
Milan also scored on its first two offensive possessions as Justin Coleman threw a 13-yard TD pass to Avery Williams and Chris Bledsoe ran 27 yards to the endzone.
Jobronski Gilbert ran for 112 yards on just 11 carries and a touchdown for the winners.
J.C. Griggs topped the century mark rushing for Martin, netting 106 yards — including a 52-yard TD romp.
In other games of local interest from the final Friday of the regular season:
Henry Co. 47, Hardin Co. 27
The second-ranked Patriots were the other rural West Tennessee team to complete a perfect 10-0 campaign, clinching the Region 7-4A title with a convincing win over Hardin County.
University of Tennessee-bound running back Dominique Allen scored three touchdowns and Lennies McFerren ran for two scores to lead the Pats, who were comfortably up 47-7 entering the fourth quarter before the Tigers made the final tally more respectable.
Marsalis Teague ran for 122 yards, six more than McFerren, and threw a short TD pass.
Covington 24, Dyersburg 21
Elon Weathers’ 30-yard field goal late lifted the Chargers to a stunning upset of sixth-ranked D’burg.
Covington, which did not make the playoffs, did win its third in a row to end the season.
Former South Fulton quarterback Hunter Harris had his best game of his brief career as a Charger, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns and running for a third score to pace the victors.
Xavier Taylor ran for 146 yards and two TDs for the Trojans.
Crockett Co. 27, Dyer Co. 7
Jerry Prewitt rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns and the Cavalier defense intercepted Peyton Lucas three times to help CC rebound from back-to-back losses.
The win gave the Cavs third place in Region 7-3A and bumped DC to fourth as both made the playoffs.
Humboldt 29, Gibson Co. 12
Quan Campbell scored three times — two via pass reception and the other on a run — as the Vikings closed an otherwise disappointing season with a win over GC.
Both teams finished 4-6 and out of the playoffs in Region 8-2A.
JCS 43, Dresden 0
The Eagles qualified for the postseason as an at-large team and ended the Lions’ misery in the process.
Dresden joined Obion Central, Bruceton, Jackson Central-Merry and Fayette-Ware as rural West Tennessee teams to not win a game this season.
The Lions were shut out six times this season.
USJ 31, Trenton 12
The fifth-ranked Bruins spotted Peabody a 12-0 lead and then roared back for their ninth win in 10 games while claiming second place in the final Region 8-2A standings.
Sophomore sensation Jake Overbey threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns to lead USJ.
Overbey racked up 2,950 yards and 29 TDs while being intercepted just four times during the 10-game regular season.
West Carroll 46, Bruceton 20
Josh Meals ran for 138 yards and Cody Nelson tacked on 101 rushing yards to lead the War Eagles in a battle of winless teams.
Hayden Howell threw for 201 yards and a TD and ran for another score to pace Bruceton.
Manassas 29, Treadwell 12
Terrance Oliver threw four touchdown passes and workhorse running back James King had 171 yards rushing on just nine carries as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 10 games and tuned up for their first round playoff matchup against 10th-ranked McKenzie.
Manassas’ only loss this season was a one-point decision to Trinity Christian Academy.