Messenger Sports Briefs for August 31

Messenger Sports Briefs for August 31

Soybean Festival 5K
slated for Sept. 11

The Soybean Festival 5K road race, 5K walk and one-mile children’s run will take place on Sept. 11.
The one-mile youth run is to begin at 7:30 with the 5K race and walk set for an 8:15 start time at the softball parking area within the Martin Parks and Recreation Complex.
All entrants will receive a T-shirt with trophies and ribbons awarded for various age groups for their running efforts.
Entry fee is $12 in advance or $18 on race day for the 5K running event. The cost to take part in the children’s run or 5K walk is $8.
Entry forms are available at Ken-Tenn Sports and Sideline Physical Therapy in Martin.
For more information, contact Bill Austin at 587-9153 or via e-mail at

Goodpasture coach
honored by Titans

The Tennessee Titans announced on Monday that Goodpasture’s David Martin has been named as the Titans’ High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 1. 
Goodpasture outlasted Ravenwood 42-35 in overtime after rallying from a 14-point deficit on two separate occasions.
Through the Titans’ Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Goodpasture football program in Martin’s honor.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll were Milan’s Jeff Morris, whose team blanked Huntingdon 28-0 victory (despite losing all 11 offensive and seven defensive starters due to graduation), Chattanooga Christian’s Barry Loyal and Eagleville’s Steve Carson.  
Son of FedEx CEO
is Memphis QB

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis coach Larry Porter has settled on his starting quarterback, and he picked sophomore Cannon Smith to make his first collegiate start at Mississippi State in the season opener Saturday night.
The son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, Cannon Smith started his college career at Miami and played in the 2008 opener for the Hurricanes against Charleston Southern. He completed one pass for 2 yards and ran for 2 more. He transferred back home to Memphis in 2009 and sat out the season.
Smith had been competing against freshman Ryan Williams.
Porter said Monday they evaluated the quarterbacks on decision making, managing the offense and productivity and decided to go with Smith.

Titan veteran Cort
returns to practice

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan has returned to practice after missing the past three weeks and the first three preseason games with an injured groin and hip flexor.
Finnegan has started 47 of his 61 games in his first four seasons, and the Titans are counting on matching him up against opponents’ top receivers this season.
He said Monday he hopes to play Thursday night when the Titans (1-2) cap the preseason against the defending champion New Orleans Saints.

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