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Fort Campbell (5-2 overall, 2-0 district) won a thrilling District 1-3A game 43-14 over Paducah Tilghman (4-3overall, 1-1 district) Friday night at Fryar Stadium on Senior Night.
The Blue Tornadoes won the toss and chose to receive the second half, but little did they know it was a mistake that cost them the game.
Because it took Fort Campbell until 10:34 was left in the first quarter to score and it happened when Falcons quarterback Jaylen Williams handed to running back Triston Luke for 3-yard touchdown. After the extra point by David Sams, Fort Campbell lead 7-0. It took 5 plays and a total of 80 yards.
Fort Campbell’s Dustin Armendariz snagged an interception from Tornado quarterback Jordan Tyler with 7:21 in the first quarter and that gave the Falcons even more momentum.
As the clock read 5:21 in the first quarter Williams scored a 5-yard touchdown run and the extra point good was good by Sams. It extended Falcons lead to 14-0. It took 6 plays and total of 36 yards.
The Falcons continued their push in the first with 3:07 left as Williams found tight end Isaiah Washington for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked and made the score 20-0. The scoring drive took 3 plays and a total of 3 yards.
Williams scored again, on a 2-yard touchdown with 44.7 seconds in the first quarter. After the extra point by Sams, Fort Campbell lead 27-0. The scoring drive took 4 plays and a total of 46 yards.
The Falcons defense took over in the second quarter and with 6:38 in the second quarter Fort Campbell’s Nygel Bradley intercepted Jordan Tyler returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. he extra point was no good, but the Falcons a 33-0 lead at halftime.
With 47.5 seconds left in the third quarter the Tornadoes got on the borad when Jordan kept the ball for a 26 yard touchdown. After the extra point by Miles Butler, it cut Fort Campbell’s lead to 33-7. The scoring drive took 7 plays and 87 yards.
Fort Campbell opened the fourth quarter with 9:09 with a 33-yard field goal by David Sams. It gave the Falcons an extended lead of 36-7.
With 7:20 left in the fourth quarter, Fort Campbell’s Jonathan Jethroe handed Luke the ball for a 10-yard touchdown run. Sams’ extra point made it the final.
Friday Night High School Football Scores
Dickson County 42 , West Creek 12
Kenwood 52 , Clarksville Northwest 6
Springfield 49 , Rossview 42
Fort Campbell 43, Paducah-Tilghman 14
Harpeth 44, Montgomery Central 7Clarksville Academy 34, White House Heritage 21Clarksville High off
Two quick turnovers by Montgomery Central led to a pair of short-field touchdowns for Harpeth, Friday night at Phillip Horsey Stadium, as the visitors broke open a halftime tie to defeat the Indians, 44-7, in a District 11-AA contest.
The first turnover of the second half for Montgomery Central (0-7, 0-3 District 11-AA) came in its third play from scrimmage, with quarterback Peyton Delvendahl being picked off by Harpeth’s Brent Burger at the Central 29.
Burger would return the pick 27 yards down to the Montgomery Central two-yard line to set up Harpeth (3-3, 3-0 District 11-AA) with a first-and-goal.
Bryce Baker would score the go-head touchdown on Harpeth’s first play, but the extra point was missed and the visitors led 13-7 just 1:14 into the final half.
Baker would finish the night with four touchdowns – all rushing – and 151 yards on 15 carries.
Central was looking to respond after the Harpeth score, getting into the visitor’s territory, but Elmer Smith would have the ball knocked out of the hands from behind by a Harpeth defender, as he was running down the field after he caught a pass from Delvendahl.
Harpeth would return the fumble to the Central 26-yard line to give themselves another short-field scoring opportunity.
Three plays later, Baker would take it in from 11 yards out to extent Harpeth’s lead out to 19-7, with 7:12 left in the third quarter.
The score would remain that way until the fourth quarter, when Harpeth would pull away with four touchdowns in the final 12 minutes of play.
The first came on a 28-yard run by Baker, 48 seconds into the quarter, followed by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Marlow from Jett Binkley, with 8:38 left, after a failed pass attempt on a fake punt on fourth down.
Montgomery Central would fumble the ensuing kickoff return and Harpeth would score its third touchdown of the quarter on a 1-yard run by Jacob Dillon, with 6:26 left in the game.
Harpeth’s final score came with 1:54 left, on a 6-yard run by James Meeks, after Central came up short on a fourth-and-one at its own 30-yard line.
In the first half, it looked like Montgomery Central would get the first break of the game with Austin Downey recovering what looked like a fumble by Brinkley on the Harpeth 26-yard line.
But after the Central offense came on the field the officials got together and after a few minutes of discussion changed the call to an incomplete pass and returning the ball back to Harpeth.
The visitors took advantage of the ruling three plays later, with Baker breaking through the Central defense for a 74-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.
Montgomery Central would tie the game late in the second quarter, going 92 yards on seven plays, highlighted by a 36-yard scoring run by Smith with 3:20 left before intermission.
Smith would lead Central with 71 yards rushing.
Central had a chance to take a lead before the end of the opening half, after recovering an on-side kick following the tying score, but Delvendahl threw an interception on a first-and-goal from the Harpeth 6-yard line, with 44.2 seconds left before intermission.
Delvendahl would finish the game completing 7-of-17 pass attempts for 89 yards and three interceptions.
MARTIN, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team battled defending Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champion UT Martin but fell 2-1 to the Skyhawks, Friday, at Skyhawk Field.
“The game was very back and forth,” said Austin Peay head coach Kelley Guth. “UT Martin has some very dangerous players on offense, and so do we. There were a lot of chances out there for both teams.”
The opening half was tightly contested, with both squads getting multiple chances on the net. Austin Peay (4-7-0, 0-2 OVC) forced UT Martin (4-4-3, 1-0-1 OVC) keeper Mariah Klenke to make four first-half saves, while Haylee Shoaff made three saves for the Lady Govs in the opening half.
Four different Lady Govs (Emily Kink, Emily Perkins, Joceline Quiceno and Morgan Zigelsky) put shots on net for Austin Peay in the first half.
UT Martin’s best chance came late in the first half. An Abi Sanvee shot got by Shoaff but hit the left post, keeping the game scoreless going into halftime.
The Skyhawks broke through early in the second half when Alyssa Curtis headed in a Hannah McGowen cross in the 56th minute.
Austin Peay would answer just two minutes later. Off a deflected save, Ariza became the Lady Govs all-time leader in goals scored, poking the ball past Klenke for her 31st career goal, which passed Ashley Beck (2005-08) for most all-time.
The Skyhawks netted the game-winner with less than seven minutes left in the match. Curtis collected a Shoaff save and found Saphyr Coombs-James about five yards out from the net for the goal.
“We did a good job rebounding and scoring quickly after UT Martin’s first goal,” Guth said. “The second goal seemed to take the wind out of our sails a bit.”
Shoaff made six saves in the loss, while Klenke saved seven shots between the posts for UT Martin. Shoaff passed Michelle Smith (2006-08) for third all-time in Austin Peay history with 127 career saves.
“I feel like our team is right there,” Guth said. “Martin had a bit more momentum in the second half and we have to learn to handle those kinds of tempo changes better. We didn’t play our game well enough and got caught up playing their kind of game a little bit.”
The Lady Govs will regroup with another OVC match-up on tap. Austin Peay travels to Cape Girardeau, Mo. for a 2 p.m., Sunday, match-up against Southeast Missouri.
CLARKSVILLE – Three weeks removed from its last competition, Austin Peay State University women’s cross country team hits the course again, Saturday, at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission. The first of three women’s races are scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m.
Juniors Xiamar Richards and Kendra Kirksey and senior Chantelle Grey each finished in the top 10 at the Powerade Invitational, Sept. 7. The trio led the Lady Govs to a third-place team finish and now owns three of the top four all-time bests in the two mile run.
The Lady Govs have trained hard since then, preparing to enter a stretch of the schedule with three meets in three weeks. Head coach Doug Molnar has been pleased with the work he’s seen from his team.
“It’s a good course for us to get back out there on,” Molnar said. “It’s flat and fast. The competition is going to be great and I hope to see a lot of personal bests out of the group this weekend.”
Govs return to action at Greater Louisville Invitational
CLARKSVILLE – After a very extended break, Austin Peay State University men’s cross country team looks to get back into the swing of the season, Saturday, when they travel deep into Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission. The first of three men’s races is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
In the Govs last action, they finished fourth at the Powerade Invitational in Chattanooga. Senior Konnor Kessler and junior Tyler Kepley both put together top-20 marks towards APSU’s team score.
Since then, the Govs have been training around Clarksville. Head coach Doug Molnar thinks the time away from competition has given his team a chance to refine some parts of the race.
“This is going to be a big meet,” Molnar said. “Louisville is hosting the NCAA Championships at this track this year, so teams will be coming in from all over to check the course out. It should make for a lot of competition.”
CANTON, OHIO – Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, defensive back John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen, are among the 13 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The complete list of candidates for the Class of 2013 consists of 127 nominees. From that list the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalist nominees will be announced in late November. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.
The Class of 2013 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers nose tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.
The actual voting for the Class of 2013 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 the day before Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show immediately following the meeting.
While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and seven new members will be selected.
The 2013 list of modern-era nominees includes 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors, including former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, Jr., Jack Kent Cooke, Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Robert Kraft, and Art Modell.
While a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five consecutive seasons, a contributor, who is an individual who has made outstanding career contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing or coaching, may still be active in his pro football career. More information on the modern-era nominees can be found on the Hall of Fame’s official website at Profootballhof.com.
List of Nominees for the Class of 2013
FIRST-YEAR ELGIBLE NOMINEES
Quarterback – Steve McNair
Running Back – Priest Holmes
Wide Receiver – Keenan McCardell
Offensive Linemen – Larry Allen (G), Tom Nalen (C), Jonathan Ogden (T)
Defensive Linemen – Sam Adams (DT), Warren Sapp (DT), Michael Strahan (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE)
Defensive Back – John Lynch (S)
Kicker – Morten Andersen
QUARTERBACKS – Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Neil Lomax, Phil Simms, Danny White (also P)
RUNNING BACKS – Jamal Anderson, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, *Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Brian Mitchell (also PR/KR), Gerald Riggs, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
WIDE RECEIVERS –*Tim Brown (also KR), *Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard (also PR), Keyshawn Johnson, Stanley Morgan, *Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith
TIGHT ENDS – Todd Christensen, Ben Coates
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Joe Fields (C), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jeff Hartings (G/C), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), *Will Shields (G), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN – Carl Hairston (DE/DT), *Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (DE), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT)
LINEBACKERS – Cornelius Bennett, *Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey,Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley
DEFENSIVE BACKS – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nolan Cromwell (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Dennis Smith (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Everson Walls (CB), *Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)
PUNTERS/KICKERS – Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)
SPECIAL TEAMS/POSITION PLAYER –Steve Tasker (also WR)
COACHES – Bill Arnsparger, Doug Blevins, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, *Bill Parcells, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
CONTRIBUTORS – K. S. (Bud) Adams, Jr., George Anderson, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, C. O. Brocato, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, *Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Ralph Kohl, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Art McNally, Art Modell, Bill Polian, Art Rooney, Jr., Steve Sabol, Carl Storck, Paul Tagliabue, Burl Toler, Sr., Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young
TUSCON, Ariz. – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team was recognized with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.
Austin Peay, the only Ohio Valley Conference team noted in the Collegiate Baseball rankings, bolstered its roster with the addition of 16 newcomers – seven freshman and nine junior college transfers. The Governors entered the postseason needing to fill one outfield spot, both corner infield positions and find a capable group of pitchers to fill in the pitching staff – tasks head coach Gary McClure believes his staff accomplished.
“We expected to have the majority of our position players back and we knew they would be very experienced,” said McClure. “But we also knew we would lose some very good arms with experience. So our plan was to do two things – sign a couple of junior college players we believed could make an immediate impact and sign a handful of talented high school players that could play right away or, at the very least, push one of our veterans to make them better. We believe we have been successful in doing those two things, but you never really know until they cross the lines and face another team.”
Junior transfers Kevin Corey and Craig Massoni are expected to come in and fill immediate needs in the field and in the lineup. Corey will fill a need in the infield while Massoni will be a utility-type player and both bring a quality bat to the Govs lineup.
Among the freshman position player, Jake Walters will battle for an infield spot while Kyle Schlatter is tabbed as a potential first baseman. Tommy Hager and Wesley Purcell will both battle for the open outfield position and push the returning outfield corps.
On the mound, the Govs brought in a slew of talented arms. Right-hander Lee Ridenhour will battle for the No. 1 spot in the weekend rotation. He will be joined by left-hander Zach Hall and right-handers A.J. Gaura and D.W. Whitson will battle for weekend rotation spots. In addition, freshmen Jared Carkhuff and Hunter Lindley bring strong arms to the Govs lineup and will be expected to add depth to the pitching staff during conference play.
“When it comes to our pitching class we knew we had to replace Zach Toney, who was our best arm last season,” said McClure. “We wanted to create more competition for our three conference rotation spots so we would be better at the top of our staff. Hopefully, that will spill over to more quality starters in our weekday games. Again, I believe we did that through a combination of strong junior college pitchers who have enjoyed success and a talented group of freshman arms that can grow and help us late in the season.”
In addition, Austin Peay will see the bulk of last season’s team return to Clarksville. The two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champions will see five position starters, two members of its conference rotation and its closer return for the 2013 campaign. Junior second baseman Jordan Hankins, a first-team All-OVC selection and an Eugene All-Region pick, returns to lead the roster. He will be joined by senior outfielder Cody Hudson, a second-team All-OVC pick, and three OVC all-tournament picks: senior shortstop Reed Harper, senior outfielder Rolando Gautier and senior pitcher Kacy Kemmer.
“Our success the past two seasons made a significant impact on this year’s recruiting class and the talent level we were able to sign,” said McClure. “Still, to get good players you must have great assistant coaches who out-work other coaches when it comes to recruiting. While I am still very active in recruiting, my assistant coaches spend the majority of their time gathering names, evaluating talent, and communicating with potential prospects. Both (recruiting coordinator) Joel Mangrum and (assistant coach) Derrick Dunbar did an outstanding job putting in the time to locate very talented kids that fit into our program.”
Austin Peay will put its 34-man roster through the paces beginning with its first fall practice, Monday, at Raymond C. Hand Park. The fall practice schedule will conclude with the annual Red-White World Series, Nov. 2-4 and 8-9.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Tennessee Titans have been criticized for being the NFL’s worst at running the ball.
Jake Locker is pretty happy about one thing they’re doing better than almost any team in the league.Protecting him.The Titans (1-2) have done a pretty good job keeping Locker upright, allowing only two sacks and none in two straight games. He was only hit twice last week by the Detroit Lions. Only the Buffalo Bills have allowed fewer sacks with just one.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday the protection went unnoticed last week despite facing a good defensive line in Detroit.
“We all knew that coming in and we threw the ball 50 times, I think, and the quarterback got hit twice,” Munchak said. “Not sacked, not harassed, he threw for almost 400 yards. That’s a heck of an accomplishment for them, and I thought the run blocking, for the most part, was pretty good all game, for their part in this thing.”
Protecting quarterbacks is a mark of the Titans since Munchak first started coaching the offensive line in 1997. The franchise has ranked outside the top 10 only three times since 1997 and usually finds itself among the top six.
“That’s been a strength of this team for a long time, and it continues to be,” Locker said. “Those guys are professionals. They come out every weekend, and they play really good football games. It’s a constant as far as I’m concerned.”
The Titans finished behind only Buffalo last season in fewest sacks allowed, tied with New Orleans in giving up 24 sacks. That came protecting veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who is not as fast with his legs as Locker. His ability to run was just one of the reasons Tennessee drafted Locker eighth overall in 2011, and he’s led the team in rushing each of the first three games.
Locker picked up his first career victory last week in the wild 44-41 overtime win over Detroit. He also threw for a career-best 378 yards and was 29 of 42 with a passer rating of 113.0. It was the most yards passing by a Titans quarterback since Vince Young threw for 387 against Arizona on Nov. 29, 2009.
Munchak said the credit for protecting the quarterback can be shared by not only the offensive line, but by receivers getting open quickly along with added protection from the tight ends and running backs
“Jake’s doing a great job of getting the ball out,” Stevens said. “That’s definitely a big positive we can continue to grow on and work on.”
Now they face possibly their biggest test yet Sunday in Houston (3-0). J.J. Watt leads the AFC with 5.5 sacks and is second in the NFL. Houston coach Gary Kubiak complimented Titans offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, who worked for him before joining Munchak in Tennessee, of knowing how to protect the quarterback.
“You add the fact that Jake moves so well,” Kubiak said. “Sacks, you look at numbers, how many do you have? Boy, you’re doing this well or that well. A lot of sacks are tied to quarterbacks finding a way to get rid of the ball and not go down. … You have to find a way sometimes to throw the ball away.”
While Kubiak also credits Locker for getting rid of the ball quickly, the Houston coach has had success attacking QBs by moving Watt to the side of the line where the tight end is lined up.
Titans left tackle Michael Roos said the key to protecting Locker will be trusting technique and not leaning into the 6-foot-5 Watt.
Tennessee gave up two sacks in the opener – one resulting in a fumble returned for a TD. The Titans have been ever so stingy since then and are trying to bring the rest of the offense up to that standard.
“We’d still like to run the ball better,” Roos said. “But if it takes us throwing the ball 40 times a game to win, I’m all for that. As long as we win, that’s all that matters.”
NOTES: TE Jared Cook (left shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (ankle), MLB Colin McCarthy (right ankle) and RG Leroy Harris did not practice. Munchak said they hope McCarthy might be able to practice Friday, while Cook has most of the range of motion back. … DT Mike Martin (foot) was limited. … Darius Reynaud was named the AFC special teams player of the week after he tossed a lateral to Tommie Campbell to set up a 65-yard punt return for a TD, and Reynaud also set a franchise record with his own 105-yard kickoff return against Detroit.
CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University men and women’s tennis teams will host the Austin Peay Fall Invitational, beginning Friday at 2 p.m.; the event continues from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday. The men will play at the Swan Lake Tennis Complex, while the women will take the outdoor courts on Austin Peay’s campus.
The women’s draw features four flights, with a consolation bracket. The men’s draw and both doubles events have three flights and consolation draws.
Ohio Valley Conference foe SIU Edwardsville will send both its men and women’s programs to the event, while fellow OVC schools Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin will send the women’s program only. Western Kentucky (men and women), Northern Alabama (men) and Evansville (women) will also compete.
The Govs men’s team competed at last weekend’s Louisville Invitational, with Sean Bailey advancing to the semifinals of the top draw. The women competed at Belmont earlier in the fall.
For more information about the Austin Peay Fall Invitational, call the APSU Tennis Center at 931.221.6101.