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J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 5

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 5:

Smith County: 

Cameron Spivey and Seth Dillehey

Cameron Spivey

#2 | QB/FS

Cameron performed well on both sides of the ball, throwing for 204 yards with 1 touchdown, and accumulating 13 tackles and 1 interception during their loss to York Institute.



Mac Petty, Scott Pitman, and Seth Dillehey

Scott Pitman

#58 | DL

Scott graded out at 92% with 5 tackles during the victory over Republic.

Congratulations to the players named “Beast of the Week”!

Smith County Owls Football lose region game to York

The Smith County Owls dropped their third game in a row on Friday night, losing 38-12 to the York Dragons to put the Owls at 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in the region.

The Owls fell to an early deficit against York, and was never able to gain any momentum to mount a comeback after going down 14-0 in the first quarter. The Dragons scored again in the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-0 before the Owls were able to get their first touchdown of the game to narrow the gap to 21-6 going into halftime.

The Owls were able to strike first after halftime to bring the score to 21-12, but York was able to score 17 unanswered points to ruin the Owls comeback and extend their losing streak to three.

What’s Next?

The Owls will make their first road trip of the season next week, traveling to play Livingston Academy in a non-region game.


Gordonsville Tigers win Homecoming matchup against RePublic

Gordonsville hosted region opponents RePublic Trailblazers for their homecoming game. In a game that saw both teams fail to convert a number of opportunities, the Tigers were able to find a way to beat the Trailblazers in the second half.

The first quarter of the game saw both teams make big plays to get in scoring position, but neither offense could get on the scoreboard.

RePublic looked like they were in position to score early in the 2nd quarter, but a deep pass on 4th and 13 was intercepted by Skyshn Washer at the 4 yard line. The Tigers were held to a three and out, with the punt being returned to the Trailblazers 24 yard line. A pass interference against the Tigers on the second play moved the ball forward to the 11 yard line. The Tigers were able to force a turnover on downs to get the ball back at the 11 yard line.

The Tigers were held to a three and out on the first drive of  the game, giving up a 47 yard run to RePublic on their first offensive snap, but the Tigers defense was able to bounce back getting an 18 yard loss two plays later allowed Gordonsville to force a turnover on downs. Gordonsville wasn’t able to do anything with the opportunity, giving up a safety on second down to put RePublic up 2-0 with a little over five minutes left in the second half.

Gordonsville was able to intercept the ball with under 10 seconds left in the half during the Trailblazers following drive, but didn’t have enough time to get any offense going.

The second half started with RePublic’s running game driving down to the 17 yard line, but a fumble gave the Tigers their first drive of the second half. Gordonsville was able to take advantage and drive the ball 83 yards to score their first points of the game and take a 7-2 lead halfway through the 3rd quarter on a Braxton Givens 2 yard run. Gordonsville was able to force another fumble on the following drive, allowing the Tigers to take the ball down and score off of a 27 yard Taylor Thaxton to Skyshn Washer touchdown pass to go up 14-2.

RePublic looked to bounce back and score, driving the ball downfield to get in the red zone. The Trailblazers couldn’t convert a 4th and 4, and gave the Tigers the ball back on the 20 yard line.

Neither team was able to get any offense going on the next two drives, with each team punting on their drives. With Gordonsville’s next drive, the Tigers had the ball stripped leading to the Trailblazers driving the ball down the field and scoring to narrow the Tigers lead to 14-8 with just under 5 minutes in the game. 

The Tigers were able to drive the ball down the field to run the clock down before giving the Trailblazers the ball back with 8 seconds left in the game. RePublic was only able to get one play off as they were downed to run the clock out.

What’s Next?

The Tigers will have a bye week next week, followed by a road trip to play Monterey on September 28th.

J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 4

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 4:

Smith County had a bye week, so no “Beast of the Week” was chosen from the team.


Scott Clemons, Lucas Carter, and Seth Dillehey

Lucas Carter

#44/ DT

Lucas accumulated 10 tackles, 2 for loss yards, during their hard fought loss to Trousdale County.

Congratulations to the J.M. Insurance “Beast of the Week”!

Gordonsville Tigers lose to Trousdale County

The Gordonsville Tigers lost to the Trousdale County Yellowjackets 42-20, to bring their record to 2-2 (1-0) for the season.  Gordonsville wasn’t able to get their offense going to start the game, which allowed Trousdale County to get an early lead that put them in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game.

Gordonsville received the ball to start the game, but an interception on the third play of the game set uP Trousdale County in good position. The Yellowjackets were able to drive down and score to take an early 7-0 lead.

Gordonsville’s next drive saw them take the ball down to the 22 to attempt a field goal, but the kick missed to the right. Three plays later, Trousdale was able to extend their lead to 14-0 following a 78 yard touchdown run. The Tigers were struck with a second turnover of the game when they turned the ball over on the following drive on a fumbled attempted pass.

The Tigers were able to create a turnover of their own for a touchdown on the next drive, when Lauren Cripps was able to recover a fumble and take the ball 70 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 14-7.

An onside kick attempt didn’t make it 10 yards, setting Trousdale County up for a good start to their drive. They were able to run the ball in a few plays later to extend the lead to 21-7. A failed drive by the Tigers caused them to punt away to the 38 yard line. Trousdale County scored on the following play through the air to extend the lead to 28-7, which wrapped up the scoring in the first half.

Gordonsville was able to force a 3 and out on Trousdale County’s first drive of the second half, but an interception would cut the Tigers drive short.  The Yellowjackets ran the ball down and scored to extend their lead to 35-7. The Tigers were able to respond with a touchdown when Skyshn Washer ran in for a 6 yard touchdown to bring the score to 35-14. Trousdale County answered right back with a score of their own off of a 12 yard touchdown run.

The Tigers scored just over two minutes later, with Skyshn Washer scoring his second touchdown of the night off of a 3 yard rush, but a missed PAT brought the score to 42-20. Neither team was able to score in the final eight minutes of the game.

What’s next?

Gordonsville hosts region opponent RePublic on September 14th for their Homecoming game.

J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 3

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 3:

Smith County:

Braxton Washer and Seth Dillehay

Braxton Washer

#55 C/LB

Braxton made a total of 7 tackles and stepped in to play Center due to a player injury. Braxton displayed strong work ethic and discipline throughout the game that ended in a loss to the Upperman Bees.



Mac Petty, Matthew Thompson, and Seth Dillehay

Matthew Thompson

#36 LB/FB

Matthew racked up 10 total tackles and lead the team defensively to their victory over the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs.


Gordonsville Football wins big over Red Boiling Springs

The Gordonsville Tigers got the region schedule started on the right foot, beating Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs 44-14 on the road.

The Tigers were able to break away early, with Braxton Givens scoring in the first quarter, followed by three touchdowns in the second quarter. Taylor Thaxton and Givens both scored rushing touchdowns in the second, with the third touchdown of the quarter coming off of a Thaxton pass to Adam Brinkley to make the score 28-0 going into the half.

RBS struck first in the second half, but weren’t able to put together a comeback as the Tigers answered with a 22 yard touchdown run by Skyshn Washer and a two point conversion run by Taylor Thaxton to make the score 36-7. The Bulldogs were able to score late in the fourth quarter off of a 10 yard touchdown run with 4:20 left in the game to make the score 36-14, but the Tigers responded with a 21 yard Jaylen Brown touchdown followed by a two point conversion to wrap up the scoring at 44-14.

What’s Next?

The Tigers will host Trousdale County next week, September 7th.

Smith County Football drops region opener to Upperman

The Smith County Owls lost to the Upperman Bees, 36-12. In a game that started out in the Owls favor, they weren’t able to maintain momentum and couldn’t stop Upperman’s running attack.

Jaden Apple-Gibbs got the Owls started off on the right foot, returning the opening kickoff to the Owls 44 yard line. Three plays later, Apple-Gibbs was able to break away for a 36 yard touchdown run to out the Owls up, putting the Owls up 6-0 only a minute and a half into the game. The PAT was no good.

Upperman was able to respond quick with a rushing attack of their own, scoring a touchdown and making the PAT to go up 7-6.

The Owls second drive saw them go 59 yards, with Cameron Spivey finding both Eli Martin and Isaac Dick through the pass game for crucial first downs before Spivey ran the ball in for the touchdown from two yards out. The PAT was no good, bringing the owls lead to 12-7 late in the first quarter.

Upperman was quick to make their way back to the endzone, putting together a drive that started with good field position from their kickoff return. A 24 yard touchdown run a few places later put Upperman back in the lead 14-12 just a minute into the second quarter.

The Owls were forced to punt on their next drive. A deep punt from Smith County saw Upperman start at the 14 yard line, but a 69 yard Upperman run a few plays later put the Bees on the 21 yard line. A couple plays later, Upperman was able to run it in from the two yard line on 3rd and Goal to go up 21-12 with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Another forced punt by Upperman allowed them to drive down and on the verge of scoring a touchdown before the half, but the Owls were able to hold Upperman to a field goal to go into the half down 24-12.

Upperman got the second half started with a series of runs that saw them score a touchdown just two minutes into the half. The Bees missed the PAT, putting their lead at 30-12.

Eli Martin returned the following kickoff to the 48 yard line to put the Owls in great position. The Owls weren’t able to get anything going and turned the ball over on four downs.

Upperman’s running game tore through Smith County’s defense and was able to drive down the field. An Upperman 20 yard rushing touchdown put the score at 36-12 halfway through the third quarter.

On Smith County’s next drive, Spivey went down with an injury causing the Owls to play with Apple-Gibbs in the quarterback position. Smith County was able to move forward after the injury, but was forced to punt.

The rest of the game and entirety of the fourth quarter saw both teams struggle to get anything going.

What’s Next?

The Owls have a bye week coming up, but will look to bounce back from their two game losing streak in two weeks on September 14th when Smith County hosts region opponent York.

Smith County Owls sing alma mater after 36-12 loss to Upperman High School

J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 2

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 2:

Smith County:

Jaden Apple-Gibbs and Seth Dillehay

Jaden Apple-Gibbs

#4 RB/SS

Jaden racked up 22 rush yards, 4 catches for 30 yards, 2 kicks for 52 yards, and accumulated 11 total tackles despite their hard loss to Gordonsville.



Mac Petty, Braxton Givens, Seth Dillehay

Braxton Givens

#28 RB

Braxton surpassed Gordonsville’s all-time rushing record during their victory over Smith County with a total of 30 carries for 207 yards and 3 Touchdowns.

Gordonsville Football breaks streak against Smith County

The Gordonsville Tigers won 20-12 over the Smith County Owls, beating the county rivals for the first time since 2013 and for the first time in Carthage since 1998.

Braxton Givens got a touchdown on the first drive of the game for the Tigers, running the ball in from the 5 yard line. The score came after a 60 yard drive in which Givens had 31 yards on 6 carries. Late in the drive, a defensive pass interference penalty on the Owls gave the Tigers a second chance after the Owls had held them to 4th and 9.

The next two drives saw both teams fail to get any offense going, but the Owls were able to string together a few big plays on their second drive of the game at 5:03 left in the 2nd Quarter, which saw John Ross Hord run the ball in from 17 yards out. The Owls failed to convert the PAT, leaving the Owls down one, 7-6.

The Tigers bounced right back, following a series of runs by Givens that culminated in a touchdown run just two minutes after the Owls had scored to go up by eight, 14-6.

Smith County looked as if they were going to bounce right back with a score of their own, following a face mask on the kickoff return to give them good position. A few big plays out the Owls at 3rd and 5 with 54 seconds left in the half, but a dropped snap pushed the Owls to 4th and 10, which they weren’t able to convert.

The Tigers started the second half off with an onside kick, which they recovered to start off on the 43 yard line. Gordonsville was able to make it to the 5 yard line, but a missed field goal attempt gave the Owls their first opportunity of the second half.

Smith County went on an eight minute drive, but a failed fourth and goal attempt gave the Tigers the ball back on the 3 yard line.

The Tigers were able to drive 97 yards and score off of a Givens touchdown to make the score 20-6 with only a minute and a half left, but the Owls weren’t ready to give up without a fight.

The Owls were able to score in two plays following a big 45 yard run by Cameron Spivey followed by a 20 yard touchdown pass to Hord. The Owls decided to try and go for two, but were not able to convert making the score 20-12 Tigers with 1:14 left in the game.

The Owls weren’t able to covert the onside kick, allowing Gordonsville to run the clock out of the game for the win.

Braxton Givens received the DTC Player of the Game


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