The “Tide” has turned in District 14A.
Trenton Peabody snapped Humboldt’s 17-game league winning streak that dated back to the 2009 season and took a giant step toward claiming this year’s district title with a 21-14 win over the Vikings Friday night at Barker Memorial Stadium.
The Tide (5-3, 4-0) is now the lone unbeaten team in 14A conference play and can officially clinch the championship by beating either Halls this week or Greenfield in Week 10. Peabody has now beaten both two-time reigning champion H’boldt and Union City — each 5-3 and 3-1, respectively — on the road.
A district title would be the first for Trenton since 1992.
The Humboldt-UC matchup in Week 10 will be for runnerup honors and an automatic playoff berth.
Tavarian Barnett rushed for over 200 yards and all three Trenton touchdowns against H’boldt, including the deciding score — a five-yard run in the third quarter. Barnett went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark with the latest in his long line of impressive performances.
The Vikings’ Nic McLilly ran for close to 200 yards and both his team’s scores. McLilly has rushed for 1,750 yards this year to rank among rural West Tennessee’s top ground gainers.
In other games of local interest from Week 8:
Dresden 23, Gleason 14
The second-ranked Lions (2A) spotted Gleason a 14-0 lead, then rallied to remain unbeaten in nine games in preparation for a showdown with fellow-ranked Huntingdon in two weeks that will decide the pecking order in District 13A.
Devan Raymer’s third quarter touchdown drew Dresden even, before his one-yard plunge early in the fourth put the Lions over the hump.
Raymer finished with 129 yards on 34 carries.
Chase Ezell and Will Clark had first-half TD runs for Gleason, which is now 4-4 and still in good shape for the 1A postseason.
Crockett Co. 34, WV 20
Both Johnny Jones (119) and Josh Tatum (109) eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the Cavaliers, who picked up an important win in their bid for a playoff berth while dealing Westview’s hopes a blow.
Jones had two TD runs for CC, which is 5-3 overall and has games left against South Gibson and Gibson County as it aims for an at-large berth in Class 4A.
Donavan Mayfield threw for 137 yards and a score and ran for another touchdown for the Cavaliers, who broke a three-game losing skid after starting the season 4-0.
Ryne Vinson, subbing for injured starter Matt Castleman, tossed two TD passes and threw for 152 yards in all.
The Chargers are now 3-5 and likely need at least one, if not two, victories in their final two games (vs. South Gibson and Gibson County) to get into the 3A playoffs.
H’don 43, McKenzie 21
The No. 7 (Class 1A) Mustangs bounced back from last week’s loss to Milan by claiming bragging rights against their Carroll County neighbors.
Jacob Warbritton went over the 200-yard rushing mark in a game for the fourth time this season, running for 234 yards and four touchdowns, including romps of 60 and 80 yards. Warbritton now has 1,832 yards on the ground through nine games — the top total in all rural Northwest Tennessee.
Steve Stover capped the victory for the Ponies (6-2) with two fourth-quarter TD runs.
Milan 42, Ripley 7
Even without two-way standout Arkel Coleman — out with a nagging ankle injury — the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (3A) continued their recent impressive play and tuned up for next week’s District 13AA shutout vs. No. 2 Covington (4A) with a dominating performance.
Caleb Powell threw touchdown passes to three different receivers for Milan, which led 35-0 at the half and enjoyed a continuously-running clock thereafter.
Coleman is expected to return to the lineup this week for the ’Dawgs.
Halls 37, Greenfield 7
Tony Cooper ran for 181 yards and four TDs and the Tigers (4-4) picked up a critical win in the Class 1A playoff picture vs. G’field on Thursday.
Halls dominated the Yellowjackets statistically, rolling up 454 total yards to just 104 for G’field.
The ’Jackets (1-7) further hurt their chances with three turnovers.
Published in The Messenger 10.15.12