By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Having soared to great heights in just its second full varsity season, South Gibson crashed with a huge thud in the Class 3A state playoffs.
The fifth-ranked Hornets — unbeaten and the top seed in Quad 4 — were ousted in likely the biggest upset of Round 1 Friday by No. 8 East Hickman 18-14.
EH (5-6) used a fake field goal to score before halftime to take a 12-7 lead and stuck in the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter after South Gibson had taken a 14-12 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by Kyle Cobb.
The Hornets were severely limited in the second half when standout quarterback Carlos Walden left the game with a significant ankle jury that kept him out the remainder of the contest.
In other first round results of local interest Friday:
H’don 50, Lake Co. 15
Jacob Warbritton ran for 274 yards and five touchdowns and threw a pass to Tyler Bush for a sixth score as the fourth-ranked Mustangs easily advanced to a second round rematch with Union City in Class 1A. Huntingdon (9-2) won the earlier meeting with the Tornadoes 38-22 at War Memorial Stadium.
Warbritton, who entered the contest with 1,962 rushing yards and 26 TDs, had scoring runs of 68, 1, 33, 34 and 25 yards against a LC defense that surrendered 455 yards on the ground — an average of nearly 11 yards-per-carry.
Nick Price threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Rahim Flowers on the final play of the first half and Devon Jones had a 72-yard scoring scamper late in the fourth period for the Falcons, who ended a disappointing season with a 5-6 mark.
Trenton 41, Humboldt 21
Peabody’s Tavarian Barnett ran for 237 yards and three TDs and No. 9 Trenton (8-3) beat H’boldt for the second time in four weeks in a Class 2A Round 1 game.
The Vikings (6-5) were without the services of West Tennessee’s top rusher — Nic McLilly — who suffered injured ribs vs. Union City in a Week 10 loss. McLilly had rushed for nearly 2,200 yards during the regular season and had more than 200 when the two teams met in Week 8 of the regular season.
Linebacker Ty Fields had 11 tackles for a Tide defense that limited Humboldt to 185 total yards.
Trenton plays Westwood in Memphis in Round 2.
Halls 41, Gleason 32
The upstart Tigers (6-5) avenged a three-touchdown loss to Gleason during the regular season and continued their impressive late-season run.
Halls, which surprised Lake County in Week 10, forced four turnovers vs. the Bulldogs and scored on offense, defense and special teams in ending Gleason’s season with a 6-5 record.
Tony Cooper had scoring runs of 57 and 44 yards and rambled 58 yards with a fumble recovery on a scoop-and-score play to highlight the Tigers’ spirited play. The two teams combined for 41 points in a wild first quarter.
Ian Legens ran for 116 yards and two scores for Gleason, while Tanner Trevathan threw for 194 yards and a TD but was intercepted twice.
Halls advances to play top-seed and sixth-ranked West Carroll in a second round Class 1A game this week.
Milan 44, Manassas 6
The eighth-ranked Bull-dogs forced eight turnovers and rolled to an easy victory in their opening Class 3A contest.
Milan (9-2) intercepted four passes and recovered four of the Memphians’ five fumbles to advance to a Round 2 matchup with Camden (8-3), a 35-13 winner over Jackson Central-Merry.
Arkel Coleman ran for three TDs to pace the Bulldogs offensively.
Covington 55, Hillcrest 0
Johnston White ran for five touchdowns and caught a 69-yard pass from T.A. Watson for a sixth score as the second-ranked and unbeaten Chargers had an easy time of it in their 4A opener.
White hit paydirt on half of his 10 carries and ended with 118 rushing yards in all. He went over the 2,000 mark on the ground for the second straight season in the process.
Covington hosts Sheffield (7-4) in Round 2.
Trez. 26, Dyersburg 0
The Bears recorded their fourth straight shutout, blanking a Trojan team that was 9-1, ranked eighth and grumbling about a sixth seed and a road game in Memphis in Round 1.
Trezevant was playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 when they lost in the 4A state title game to Greeneville 60-12, then banned for 2011 due to repeated unsportsmanlike conduct in that game.
Dyersburg had its eight-game winning streak snapped with the season-ending loss.
Northside 45, Munford 17
South Fulton High School graduate and former UT Martin two-sport standout Tab Vowell’s team is now 11-0 after beating Munford for the second time this season in Class 5A.
Standout quarterback Adam Craig threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to pace the second-ranked Indians.
Hamilton 22, Henry Co. 20
Another Red Devil alumnus, James Counce, saw his club bow out in the first round of the 5A postseason after winning it all last year.
Josh Crutcher threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Gary Childs with just 2:32 to play and then ran in a game-winning two-point conversion to end HC’s 8-3 season.
The Patriots had trailed much of the game, but took a 17-14 lead with just under nine minutes to go on Chase Henderson’s seven-yard run.
Published in The Messenger 11.5.12