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Crockett's Larkins moves into Top 50 in nation

Douglas Fritz • Oct 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Name dropping is a little different for Cade Larkins these days.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley was dropped a notch on the nation’s all-time high school passing yardage list, thanks to Larkins.

In a 49-7 win over Sullivan Central on Friday night, the David Crockett senior quarterback threw for 245 yards to move his career total to 9,588. Larkins became the all-time leading passer in Region 1 football history, took over the No. 6 spot on Tennessee’s career list, moved into the top 50 in the nation, and jumped past Barkley — who played Sunday against the New England Patriots after an injury to starter Josh Allen.

Barkley — who played high school football at California’s famous Santa Ana Mater Dei from 2005-08 — was No. 48 heading in Friday. Larkins jumped from No. 51 to No. 45, according to the National Federation of High Schools Record Book.

To earn the Region 1 record, Larkins passed Greeneville’s Cade Ballard, who finished his career in 2018.

Tennessee’s record holder is Kyle Akin (11,122), and he stands at No. 21 on the national list. Larkins needs 1,535 yards to surpass Akin.

Also in the win over Sullivan Central, Larkins connected for five touchdowns. That gave him 92 for his career and moved him into the top 10 of the state’s all-time list. He currently stands at No. 9.

Crockett has a bye this week and will play next at Cherokee on Oct. 11. The Pioneers have four regular season games remaining, plus the possibility of finishing their season-opening contest against Ooltewah, which was suspended near the end of the third quarter by lightning. Larkins had 181 yards passing in that game, but the total can’t be added to his career mark unless the game is completed.

HOW WE VOTED

Coverage-area teams receiving votes from the Johnson City Press/Times-News in this week’s Associated Press state poll, along with the No. 1 selection. (Coverage area is six counties: Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson, Hawkins):

CLASS 6A

Oakland (No. 1)

Dobyns-Bennett (No. 3)

CLASS 5A

Knox Central (No. 1)

David Crockett (No. 2)

CLASS 4A

Greeneville (No. 1)

Elizabethton (No. 2)

CLASS 3A

Alcoa (No. 1)

None

CLASS 2A

Peabody (No. 1)

Happy Valley (No. 10)

CLASS 1A

South Pittsburg (No. 1)

None

THE TOP 10

Happy Valley and Hampton are newcomers to the rankings.

Team W-L Prv
1. David Crockett 5-0 1
2. Elizabethton 5-0 2
3. Dobyns-Bennett 5-0 3
4. Tennessee High 4-1 5
5. Science Hill 2-4 6
6. Cherokee 5-1 4
7. Sullivan South 3-2 7
8. Unicoi County 4-2 9
9. Happy Valley 5-1 NR
10. Hampton 3-2 NR

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Science Hill at Farragut

Both of these teams have played extremely tough schedules to this point in the season, making it tough to figure out which one will shine above the lackluster overall records.

Dobyns-Bennett at Jefferson County

With a defense that has been dominant all season and an opponent coming off three straight blowout losses, the Indians figure to keep their momentum rolling.

Unicoi County at Chuckey-Doak

The Blue Devils are hot with four straight wins, but the Black Knights opened some eyes by mixing it up with Class 2A power South Greene last week.

Hampton at Sullivan North

Both teams already have a Region 1-2A loss, so this is a must-win situation to stay in the championship hunt.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Hampton 33, Sullivan North 26

If this one develops into a shootout, it could go either way. But the Bulldogs seem to have hit their stride over the last two weeks with blowout wins over rivals.

Picks record: 4-2.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton

In a battle of undefeated teams, the sophomore quarterback helped the Cyclones turn it into a 45-0 rout of Cherokee.

Rollins did a lot of damage with his legs, rushing for 139 yards and scoring three touchdowns. He also got it done through the air, hitting on 7 of 13 passes for 102 yards an another touchdown.

THE HOGS AWARD

Hampton Bulldogs

The Bull Hogs were all about their blocking business in a 44-8 pounding of Johnson County. They cleared the way for multiple running backs to have success on the ground, and the pass protection allowed a pair of touchdown strikes through the air.

DEFENSIVE UNIT OF THE WEEK

Dobyns-Bennett Indians

Posting their second straight shutout, the Indians put on a defensive lockdown in a 38-0 win over Daniel Boone.

D-B came away with four fumble recoveries and an interception. The Indians also limited Boone to 50 yards passing while smothering the Trailblazers’ ground game.

SOCCER UPDATE

Science Hill will try to wrap up the District 1-AAA regular season title when it travels to take on Tennessee High at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Lady Hilltoppers are 6-0 in district play and 11-3-1 overall. They defeated Tennessee High 7-0 earlier this season for the only league loss by the Vikings (4-1, 8-3-1).

In the most recent Class AAA state rankings, Science Hill stands at No. 5.

Region foe Bearden (13-1-1) is No. 3 and its only lost came against top-ranked Germantown Houston (15-0-0).

No. 6 Maryville, No. 8 Hardin Valley and Oak Ridge are the top teams from Region 2-AAA.

Science Hill finishes its regular season Thursday when it plays host to Class AA state power Greeneville at 6 p.m. at Tipton Stadium.

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