Yes that qualifies as an understatement, especially in the light of Friday night’s performances.
David Crockett’s Kollie turned in his dual-ball-side showcase in Knoxville while Cherokee’s Trent worked out of his home office in Rogersville.
Both teams were victorious, each keeping its unbeaten record intact. Here’s a look back at the exploits of the Pioneers (3-0) and Chiefs (4-0).
CROCKETT 28, WEBB 21
It was a tough chore for the Pioneers on paper. Not only were they visiting football-rich Knoxville, they were facing Webb’s slick version of the wing-T.
Webb has eight state championships to its credit, the most recent coming in 2014 — which was their fifth in six years.
Kollie, a junior, had no problems diagnosing the Spartans’ offensive intentions. He finished with 15 tackles, nine of the solo version. And while Kollie is a beast-mode of a receiver, he probably figures into college teams’ plans as a disruptive safety or linebacker.
“Colleges talk to him more on the defensive side of the ball,” said Crockett head coach Hayden Chandley. “With his size and speed, he’s probably an outside linebacker/safety/hybrid type player.”
Kollie was also tough to handle as a receiver against the Spartans, grabbing six balls for 116 yards and a score.
“He actually left a few plays out there on offense, but defensively he was all over the field,” said Chandley. “He works extremely hard, and it has paid off so far this year.”
Cade Larkins completed 17 of 28 passes for 285 yards with three touchdowns. Donta Hackler reeled in nine balls for 149 yards and a touchdown. Hackler also picked off a pass.
Crockett built a 14-0 first-half lead, and held off a couple of Webb rallies.
“Our kids battled when we faced adversity, and credit Knox Webb, they never quit,” said Chandley. “But every time they scored, we responded and that was good to see. To get a win on the road at a school like Webb with such rich tradition, it was pretty special.”
CHEROKEE 45, WEST 17
Trent showed last week he could shine when everything was on the line.
Friday night in Rogersville, he put on a show in a blowout.
The senior quarterback totaled 370 yards of offense and accounted for six touchdowns.
Cherokee head coach Cody Baugh said while it was an impressive performance, “a lot of it was Collin being Collin.”
“When he’s on, it’s hard to stop him,” said Baugh. “And he’s leading in the right way. He also did a lot of things to help other guys.”
Included in Trent’s portfolio was a dazzling 80-yard touchdown run.
“It was an unbelievable run,” said Baugh. “He ran for 25 to 30 yards untouched, and then they started to spin him around. He broke several tackles and took it to the house.”
The performance came on the heels of a brilliant effort — including a last-minute game-clinching diving interception — in a 27-23 win last week over Morristown East. After 642 yards and 10 touchdowns in two weeks, it would be understandable if the Morristown schools looked forward to Trent’s graduation ceremony.
Against the Trojans, Trent was 15 of 22 passing for 235 yards. He connected for four touchdown tosses, including a 51-yard to Connor Smith and a 41-yard strike to Austin Hamblen. And if his passing wasn’t enough, he also averaged 15 yards per rushing attempt. He finished with 135 yards on nine carries.
Trent used the full array of weapons at his disposal. Included in the mix are four senior receivers.
“I talked to him last night during the (lightning) delay,” said Baugh. “I said, ‘Dude, a couple of times in the second series, you were trying to do too much.’ I get that he wants to make plays, but he has to let other people make stuff happen. He did that after the break.”
The Chiefs’ offensive line also played an important role in the win. It’s a young group with three sophomores, a freshman, and a senior who had never played football before this year.
“They are getting better every single game,” said Baugh.