Questar to bid for new testing contract with Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The company that administers Tennessee’s problem-plagued student assessment testing program says it still plans on throwing its hat in the ring to secure a new state contract so they can continue overseeing the same service in the fall.

Officials with Questar Assessment Inc. confirmed this week their plans to participate in the bidding process. The announcement comes just a few weeks after both state auditors and top education officials largely pointed to the company as the key culprit for the longtime failures of the TNReady test.

“Questar Assessment is planning to bid for the TNReady contract,” said Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner, in a Thursday statement. “We believe we have the right people and processes in place to best serve the state of Tennessee.”

Questar added that it “does not agree with several of the Tennessee comptroller’s findings,” but the company says it appreciated being included in the audit process.

Last year, Gov. Bill Haslam said the state plans on contracting with a new vendor and is currently preparing the contracting process.

Shortly after, auditors released a lengthy report in December that held both the state and Questar accountable for failing to monitor and evaluate the testing program. However, the audit specifically pointed to Questar for failing to adequately staff customer support and the decision to switch its text-to-speech software which resulted in not only lengthy testing disruptions, but also led officials to briefly speculate the system was experiencing a cyberattack.

“We believe we have the right people and processes in place to best serve the state of Tennessee.” -Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner”

Baumgartner says Questar has since improved its “outbound” communication with state and school district staff and its customer support centers will continue to be properly staffed. The company says it also never indicated that a “cyberattack was certain.”

Additionally, fall testing that occurred late last year was deemed a success by both the state and Questar due to the lack of disruptions and technology challenges.

Tennessee Department of Education spokeswoman Sara Gast declined to comment to Questar’s response, saying the agency had already addressed the audit

At the time, Gast said “Questar’s performance was the root of the issues we experienced this spring.”

In 2016, the state cancelled its five-year $108 million contract with a testing company because of repeated failures, including the inability of students to get online to take the tests and later with problems getting paper assessments shipped to schools on time.

Then in 2017, state officials announced that nearly 10,000 of the tests were scored incorrectly. The following year, lawmakers scrambled during the final days of the legislative session to pass last-minute legislation ensuring no students, teachers or schools suffered as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

That’s because state law says teachers must be evaluated partly based on the tests, as well as students and schools.


Questar Assessment Inc. Responds to TN Comptroller Report

Minneapolis, MN, January 3, 2019 — Questar Assessment Inc. is committed to serving Tennessee, its teachers, students, and parents. Following the 2018 Spring administration of TNReady, Questar Assessment hired an outside firm to perform a comprehensive review of its processes. Questar immediately implemented several recommendations and will continue to implement others prior to the 2019 Spring administration.

“We understand the frustration with TNReady testing last spring,” says Questar Assessment Chief Operating Officer Brad Baumgartner. “We have a long history of successfully serving our customers, and we look forward to continuing those partnerships in the future.”

While Questar does not agree with several of the Tennessee Comptroller’s findings, we appreciate the thorough nature of the audit and inclusion in the process.

“Questar has always held the position that the pattern of data discovered during Spring TNReady administration was consistent with what could have been an attack, but we did not at any time indicate that a cyberattack was certain,” Baumgartner says.

In response to the Comptroller’s finding that Questar Assessment was not adequately staffed during testing, Questar has implemented a process to improve outbound communication with state and district staff should an event of this nature occur in the future.

“Because we had never experienced an issue of this magnitude, we had not developed appropriate outbound communication channels that would have better informed state and district staff. These channels are now in place, thanks to the work of the Tennessee Department of Education and Questar. Our centers will continue to be properly staffed for any additional questions,” Baumgartner says.

Fall testing has been successfully completed, and Questar is focused on the production and distribution of reports. Students across Tennessee took more than 72,000 tests, and the Tennessee Department of Education reported a smooth testing experience across all districts.

“We are not standing still. Questar Assessment is committed to continually advancing our processes, technology, and security,” Baumgartner says. “We look forward to serving Tennessee teachers and students this spring with the best testing experience possible.”

About Questar Assessment Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. As a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Questar Assessment shares a belief that better measurement solutions can make a positive impact on education. Questar Assessment takes a fresh and innovative approach to design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting. The company is reimagining how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. The company’s high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented valued. Educators trust Questar Assessment’s high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, and students. Questar Assessment Inc. is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at questarai.com.




Funeral set for Lebanon High grad adds to 2018 Wilson County teen shooting deaths

Services are scheduled Friday for a 2018 Lebanon High School graduate and member of College Hills Church of Christ who died after he was shot on Sunday, according to police.

Cameron Sean Luke Griffith, 19, is the most recent teenager killed in Wilson County from suspected gunfire in recent months. Griffith was driven to a Discount Tobacco store on North Cumberland Street, confronted by multiple people and then shot, according to statements made to police.

Mt. Juliet High School student JayShawn Taylor, 16, died after he was shot on Nov. 15, around the 200 block NW Clearview Drive in Wilson County, according to police. A 15-year-old was arrested in the case.

Jacob Ethan Doughten, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were both killed from gunfire on April 15, at a Pilot gas station on Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, which investigators believe occurred during a robbery attempt as multiple people met for a drug transaction.

Griffith wanted to enlist in the Navy this spring, according to his older brother Brantly Cox, 30. Music, video games and the Dallas Cowboys were all interests for Griffith, his brother said.

“He had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known,” Cox said. “He’d always help me with stuff, whether it was something small like putting a bed together for one of my kids … He was easygoing, laid back. He’d help anyone, he had the best heart.”

Lebanon police have not released further information on Griffith’s death or announced any suspects.

A $1,000 reward is offered to anyone with information that leads to the conviction of anyone involved in the shooting, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Visitation for Griffith will be 2-7 p.m., Friday at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 W. Main Street, Lebanon. The funeral service is scheduled immediately after at 7 p.m., also at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

A private interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Three suspects are charged in the case.

 




Congrats to all of the MNPS Athletes who signed their National Letters of Intent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – College football’s Early Signing Period runs from Dec. 19 through 21, with almost all of the action on Wednesday 19, 2018. Generally, this signing day has little of the drama that is almost always present  for National Signing Day in February.

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Wednesday, six MNPSA football programs held signing events for on the December 19, 2018 National Signing Day for seven athletes who chose to forgo the drama.

The group includes three defensive lineman, two defensive backs, two running backs, two offensive linemen, a tight end, a quarterback and three defensive line men.  

STEVEN LOSOYA III  – MTSU

John Overton High School, Head Coach Steve Williams

OL, 6-4, 290, Fr., Nashville, TN

Parents: Shannon Judge and Steve Losoya

Notables:

  • Most Valuable Offensive Linemen in Region 5 and
  • Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Metro All-City, Nashville
  • Selected to play in Toyota East West All Star Game
  • 3 year starter on the OL and DL

MTSU – Read More about MTSU Signings

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Losoya III: “Steven will join our team from John Overton High School in Nashville, TN. Every time we turned on his tape, Steven was outworking his opponent. He is a team first player who is very consistent in his blocking. We want offensive lineman who finish the play with their opponent on the ground and that is exactly how Steven operates in the trenches.” -MTSU Athletics


Rodney Malik Owens with parents at Early National Signing Day, December 19, 2018 at Stratford High School. Photo provided by Stratford High School

Roderick Malik Owens – Eastern Kentucky University 

Stratford High School, Head Coach – Thomas Porter

TE,  6’5 from Nashville, TN

Parents: Rodney and Tiffany Owens

Notables:

  • 14 rec,  300 yards,  2tds, – All-Region TE
  • 31 tackles, 5pbu, 2ints, 1td
  • Team Captain- State Semi-FinalistLed the Spartans to a region championship and an improbable run to the state semifinals
  • Averaged 22.7 yards per reception
  • Earned all-region honors
Read More about Eastern Kentucky University Signings 

Joseph Honeysucker – University of Memphis

Hillsboro High School, Head Coach – Maurice Fitzgerald

DET,  6’5; 230  from Nashville, TN

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Parents: Jeanette and Joseph Honeysucker

Notables

  •  Ranked 36 in the state
  • Career 112 total tackles (48 solo/64 assist)
  • Career 27 Sacks
  • 75th Hume Award Award recipient, a scholar-athlete trophy given each year to only one football scholar
  • All-City 1st team, ’17, ’18 HM ‘16
  • Regional MVP Defensive Player
  • All-Region 1st team ’17, ‘18
  • East-West 1st team, ‘18
  • Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Federation and College Hall of Fame  and nominee Admiral William P. Lawrence Award.

Head Coach Maurice Fitzgerald describes Honeysucker as a “generational player who comes along once in a generation. Every so often God will allow you to  coach a student athlete that you will term a generational player. Joe Honeysucker  is in that class. He is God fearing and humble young man. Joe cares so much about his teammates and the world around him. He is at peace with himself and has a clear understanding of who he is and his purpose in life.”

READ MORE ABOUT THE 2018 NATIONAL SIGNING DAY CLASS  – UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS


Donald Fitzgerald – Vanderbilt University 

Hillsboro High School, Head Coach – Maurice Fitzgerald

OT,  6’9; 280  from Nashville, TN

Donald with his mom, Cynthia Fitzgerald at the NSD event held at Hillsboro High School, December 19, 2018. Photo – Mike Strasinger

Parents: Maurice and Cynthia Fitzgerald

Notables:

  • Earned 25 solo tackles and 21 assists for a total of 66 tackles for the 2018 season.
  • Forced 6 turnovers and had 6 sacks for a loss
  • All-City 1st team for 2018
  • All-Region 6 5A team for 2018

Other Honors: St. Thomas Scholar…

 


Anthony  Collier – Miami University (OH)

East Nashville High School, Head Coach – Brian Waite

DL,  6’3, 275 from Nashville, TN

Parents: Denise Arnell

Notables:

  • All-Region 2017, 2018
  • 26 Solo Tackles
  • 38 Career Tackles
  • Averaged 2.5 Tackles a game
  • 3 Sacks

READ MORE ABOUT THE MIAMI UNIVERSITY NSD


Clint Dowty III – Tennessee State University

Maplewood High School, Head Coach – Arcente Broome

DE, 6-3, 235 from Nashville, TN 

Notables:

  • Helped MHS to a 12-2 record as a senior
  • Guided his squad to a semifinal appearance at the Tennessee Class 4A State Championships
  • Registered 69 tackles, 45 solo, in his final campaign
  • Tallied 17 tackles for loss, including 15 sacks
  • Offensively, caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown at tight end

TSU Head Coach, Rod REED’S TAKE
“Dowty is a defensive end from here locally out of Maplewood. He had 20-plus sacks his senior year. He has good size at 6-3, 235 pounds. It is great to have local kids who want to come in and be a part of the TSU family.”

READ MORE ABOUT TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY’S NSD


Xavier Shepherd  – Kennesaw State University

Pearl Cohn High School, Head Coach Elie Brunetti

QB, 6-0, 190 from Nashville, Tenn.

Parents: Sheila and Karl Shepherd

Notables:

Three year starter for PCHS

Career 5,485 passing yards for 52 touchdowns passing

Career 1,778 career rushing yards for 25 touchdowns

Averaged 157.9 total yards per game 157.9 total yards per game

Metro All – City 2016, 2107, 2018

All – Region 2016, 2017, 2018

Region MVP.

READ MORE ABOUT KENNESAW STATE’S NSD





Metro Coaches Hall of Fame inducts two and honors All City Metro football teams

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Metro City Coaches Hall of Fame and Metro All-city Awards

The 34th Annual Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association presented the 2018 the Inductees into the Metro Football Coach’s Hall of Fame, the All-City team and honorable mention team members and inducted two new members into the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Hall of Fame Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Steve Peden, assistant coach (40 years)  and Buddy Brown (36 years), Metro coach were presented a trophy to a full house of coaches and players who gathered at the Maxwell House Millennial  Hotel to dine on a fine meal and socialize in setting other than a football field.

At the annual 35th Coaches Hall of Fame 12.7.18 trophy presented to 2018 Inductee, Buddy Brown, by Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director for Metro Schools at the Maxwell House Hotel. (Photo by Terrianna Carter)

Pearl Cohn’s Ninth Grade Football Team was honored as the 9th Grade City Champion with the City Gold Ball Trophy, their third time in a row, It has an engraved plaque of each year’s winner on it and is on display at the winning school for a year until presented at the next season’s banquet.

Other special awards include a presentation of the Coach of the Year Award to Eddie Woods, Head Coach of Cane Ridge High School. This was his third time to win the award.

Below are the special awards given to the honorees Thursday night. Awards were given to each player by the Athletic Directo of MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders. The banquet was sponsored by Coca Cola.

Special Awards 3A – 4A

MVP

BoBo Hodges – Maplewood

Special Team MVP

Rondarius Gregory – East

Offensive MVP

Xavier Shephard – Pearl

Defensive MVP

Elijah Simmons – Pearl

Lineman

 Jaalon Gumpton – Stratford

Coach of the Year

Arcentae Broome – Maplewood

Special Awards 5A – 6A

MVP

Devon Starling – Cane Ridge

Special Team MVP

Erick Ramirez – Cane Ridge

Offensive MVP

Hale Page – Hillwood

Defensive MVP

Lamar Childress – McGavock

Lineman

Steven Losoya – Overton

Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods – Cane Ridge

 

High Schools

All City Members

Honorable Mention

Hillsboro

Joe Honeysucker – DL/ Sr.

Donald Fitzgerald – OL / Sr.

Darius Smith – QB/ Sr.

Brian Covington – RB/ Jr.

Jalen Macon – QB / Soph

Overton

Samari Burns – WR/DB; Sr.

David Jefferson – RB; Sr.

Aran Mohamad-Ali – OL; Sr.

Micah Kimble – DB; Sr.

Chris Washington – OL; Jr.

Whites Creek

Cameron Davis  – QB; Fr.

Zach Drake – WR; Jr

Deshae Griffin – WR; Jr.

Maplewood

Makell Smith – ATH/Sr.

Travares Springer – DB/Sr.

Clint Dowty- DL/ Sr.

Harlen Zirker- DL/ Sr.

Kendrell Scurry- WR/ Sr

Gerrick Evans –  DB/ Sr

Chris Jordan – OL / Sr.

Hunters Lane

Markelle Beasley OL/LB; Jr

Sid Souksangouane K; Sr.

JaDonte Hodges – WR/DB Jr.

Antioch

Antione Williams – WR/ Sr.

Monty Thomas – DL/ Sr.

Mark Thomas – DL/ Sr.

Glencliff

Ricardo Ruiz – OL / Sr.

Damien Patterson – RB/ Sr.

Rishad Petrus- WR/ Sr.

Olenx Moise – DB/ Sr.

Hillwood

Miller Baker – TE/ Sr.

Kyle Carder – WR / Sr.

Eric Kinnard – WR / Sr.

East

Jashon Watkins – DB/ Sr.

Jaylun Davis – DL/ Sr.

Stanley Cross – DB/ Sr.

Arondai Thompson – QB/ Jr.

Anthony Collier – DL/ Sr.

Pearl Cohn

Jayden Harrison – WR / Sr.

Mayson Harris – OL/ Sr.

Deshaun Wade – DL/ Jr.

William Griffin –  OL / Soph

Kwame Hayes – DB/ Sr.

Darryl Rogan – DL/ Sr.

Kyndrich Breedlove – RB/ Soph.

Stratford

James Moore- RB / Jr.

Quasean Robinson – OL/ Sr.

Deairrus Waller – OL Sr.

Tomory Stephens – LB / Sr.

Cane Ridge

Jaquez Norman – RB/  Sr.

Michael Reese – OL/ Jr.

Quenton Barnes- WR/ Soph.

Kenneth Allen – OL/ Jr.

Korey Andrews – QB/ Sr.

Theo Chisom – LB/ Sr.

Odannie Hall – DB/ Sr.

McGavock

Harley Tyler-Neal – LB/ Sr.

Ronnie Hill – QB/ Sr.

Jailen Wawa – LB/ Sr.

Shemar Kirk – RB / Sr.




The 75th Hume Award winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 5

Dr. Jesse Register and KeShawn Vaughn, Hume Award Winner (Photo Mike Strasinger)

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Tennessee’s longest running scholar-athlete award will be presented to the 76th winner of the Hume Award. The award is given to those young men who exhibit excellence in sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability.

Being nominated as a finalist of the Hume Award is an honor like no other high school award. Each Metro Nashville Public School that fields a football team send in a nominee that has been chosen by criteria that matches the mission of the civic organizations who now sponsor the award.

When one becomes one of the five finalist of the Hume Award, these young men will join a rare group of of former Hume nominees who understand that it is an honor to make the cut of five.

One of this year’s nominees be it Joseph Honeysucker, Hale Page, Sid Souksangouane, or Devon Starling will join the previous 75 and will become 76th Hume scholar-athlete to have his name inscribed on the historic trophy. The Hume Trophy is held on display at the school of the winner and is displayed for until the next award ceremony.

The Class of 2018 finalists and semi-finalists have been announced:

 2018 – 2019 NOMINEES 

Hume Award Finalists for the Class of 2017.  L to R – Jacob Daniel King, Overton; Jaylan Aloysius Cranberry, Pearl-Cohn/MLK; Brian Darnell Thompson Jr., East Nashville; James Tyler Murphy, Glencliff; Jared Deon McCray, Cane Ridge – Photos by Mike Strasinger

WILLIAM E. HUME AWARD 

School               Nominee               Coach                Executive Principal


Antioch High School:      Nestor Noe Corea,     Michael Head,            Dr. Clarissa Zellars 

 Cane Ridge High School:   Devon Starling,***   Eddie Woods,   Dr. Michel Sanchez 

 East Nashville High School:      Rondarius Dejuan Gregory,   Brian Waite,    Dr. James Jenkins  

Glencliff High School:      Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado,    Monroe Thigpen,   Clint Wilson 

Hillsboro High School:    Joseph Honeysucker***   Maurice Fitzgerald,   Dr. Shuler Pelham 

Hillwood/Hume-Fogg  High Schools:     Hale Page***   Kurt Page,   Stephen Sheaffer 

Hunters Lane High School:     Sid Souksangouane***   Thomas McPhail,   Dr. Susan Kessler

Maplewood High School:     Clinton B. Dowty III,   Arsenate Broome,   Dr. Kelly Jones-Mason 

McGavock High School:     Eduardo Villalobos,  Jay Gore,   Robbin Wall  

Overton High School:     Aran Mohamad-Ali,   Steve Williams,   Dr. Jill Pittman 

Pearl-Cohn/M. L. King Jr High Schools .:     Jayden Harrison***   Tony Brunetti,   Dr. Miriam Harrington 

Stratford High School:      Calvin Farmer Jr.,   Thomas Porter,   Michael Steele  

Whites Creek High School:      Franklin Russell Griggs,   Clifton Davis,   Dr. James Bailey  

***FINALISTS 


Hume Award History

In 1944, while he was watching a football game between two team s at West High School, Mr. William Hume who at the time, was a prominent Nashville attorney and civic leader, sparked a conversation with the Superintendent of Nashville City Schools Mr. W.A. Bass.

Mr. Hume envisioned an award for the talented young men who play football for Nashville City Schools. This idea intrigued Mr. Bass and thus became the Hume Award. When the Nashville City Schools and Davidson County School systems merged into the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools System, those schools were included in the eligibility for the award.

Recipients of this award receive a plaque and a trophy which rotates to each winner’s school the year they accept the award. When Mr. Hume passed away, his wife Mrs. Hume loyally carried out his legacy and set up a trust fund in his name that has continuously provided the award to the winners.

D.J. Thorpe, Cane Ridge High School’s first ever Hume Award winner.

Each Metro school submits a nominee that is chosen by the executive principal and head football coach based on the player’s scholarship, talent and overall value to their team. Then, a committee made up of representatives of the host civic group, the president of Secondary Schools Principals Association, the president of the Middle Tennessee Football Officials Association, and the sports writers that cover high school football chose the five finalists and the overall winner from the group of selected nominees.

Since 1944, there have been 75 winners of this award and out of those, Overton High school has had fourteen winners, the most of any current high school. (Jack Chandler, 1974-75; Terry Corn, ‘77-’78; Chris Kennedy, ‘78-’79; Gary Kimball, ‘79-’80; Mike Beckham, ‘81-’82; Keith Victory, ‘83-’84; Bobby J. Griggs Jr., ‘92-’93; Jason Hamilton, ‘94-’95; Nate Daniel, ‘97-’98; Jacob Coleman, 2002-2003; Bryan John Hartzell, ‘08-’09; Andrew C. Montgomery, ‘10-’11; Jeffery Brandon Orr, ‘12-’13; and Kevin D. Scott 13-14 .)

Previous Hillsboro Burros who are a member of this selective group include: David Lee Parker 1991-92; Timothy Gray, 2001-02;

Hume Award Recipients

Name of Student

School Year

School Name

Eddie Lawrence

1944-45

West

J. B. Proctor

1945-46

Cohn

Billy Lawrence

1946-47

West

Dale Beck

1947-48

Howard

Dale Beck

1948-49

Howard

Roy Herald

1949-50

Howard

Odell Binkley

1950-51

North

Don Rucker

1951-52

Cohn

Don Rucker

1952-53

Cohn

Ralph M. Greenbaum

1953-54

West

Billy Smith

1954-55

East

Thurman Leo Smith

1955-56

Cohn

Thomas E. Wells

1956-57

Cohn

Charles Rice

1957-58

West

Raymond Mitchell

1958-59

Howard

Billy Whittaker

1959-60

North

Kenneth Goad

1960-61

East

Danny Hale

1961-62

North

Sam O’Neal

1962-63

East

Richard McAbee

1963-64

Howard

Eddie Niebruegge

1964-65

Goodlettsville

Alex Beavers

1965-66

Madison

Stuart Byrom

1966-67

Litton

Jackie Carver

1967-68

East

Homer Stinson

1968-69

Cohn

David Campbell

1969-70

Maplewood

Mike Winchester

1970-71

Madison

Richard Clippard

1971-72

Hillwood

Brice Shelton

1972-73

Antioch

James Threalkill

1973-74

East

Jack Chandler

1974-75

Overton

Tony Glover

1975-76

Antioch

E. J. Junior

1976-77

Maplewood

Terry Corn

1977-78

Overton

Chris Kennedy

1978-79

Overton

Gary Kimball

1979-80

Overton

Jeff Spain

1980-81

Glencliff

Mike Beckham

1981-82

Overton

Kevin Kalen

1982-83

McGavock

Keith Victory

1983-84

Overton

Ronald Robinson

1984-85

Stratford

Rusty Cole

1985-86

Stratford

Michael Craig Dunn

1986-87

Antioch

Bryan Link

1987-88

Hillwood

Tracy A. Majors

1987-88

Glencliff

Bryan Link

1988-89

Hillwood

Rodney Burford

1989-90

Hunters Lane

Michael Jason Pettus

1990-91

Hillwood

David Lee Parker

1991-92

Hillsboro

Bobby J. Griggs, Jr.

1992-93

Overton

Rayburn Hall

1993-94

Stratford

Reginald Grimes

1994-95

Hunters Lane

Jason Hamilton

1994-95

Overton

Jahi J. Henley

1995-96

Hunters Lane

Adam L. Kibler

1995-96

McGavock

Maurice Fitzgerald

1996-97

Pearl-Cohn

Nate Daniel

1997-98

Overton

Leonard Mays

1998-99

Maplewood

C. J. Johnson

1999-00

Glencliff

Brandon Lee Curry

2000-01

Hunters Lane

Timothy Gray

2001-02

Hillsboro

Jacob Coleman

2002-03

Overton

Jonathan Hathaway

2003-04

Pearl-Cohn

Brenard K. Wilson II

2004-05

Hunters Lane

Jared C. Clodfelter

2005-06

Hillwood

Jamie D. Graham

2006-07

Whites Creek

Marquez D. Cantrell

2007-08

Hunters Lane

Bryan John Hartzell

2008-09

Overton

James R. Stone

2009-10

Maplewood

Andrew C. Montgomery

2010-11

Overton

Dustin M. Binkley

2011-12

Maplewood

Jeffrey Brandon Orr

2012-13

Overton

Kevin D. Scott

2013-14

Overton

Ke’shawn L. Vaughn

2014-15

Pearl-Cohn

Devarius Quantez Cortner

2015-16

East Nashville




Metro Football Coaches Association announces its 34th Annual ALL-CITY Team

The Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday November 20, 2018 its 34th All City Team.  The Class of 2018 MVPs and inductees into the Coaches Hall of Fame will be announced on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the annual banquet held for the All City players and their coaches at the Maxwell House at 6:00 P.M.

Small School, 3A,4A All City Football Team, Class of 2018 Photo-Mike Strasinger, 11/20/2018

The banquet and award ceremony is an annual event that allows those players who are considered by their coaches an opportunity to socialize and discuss the season in a familial manner. Nashville athletics has had a long tradition of building relationships among competitors as is often the case, they will become fellow colleagues as coaches and teachers in the future.

Large School, 5A,6A All City Football Team, Class of 2018, Photo-Mike Strasinger, 11/20/2018

CLASS OF 2018 ALL CITY PLAYERS

Italics denotes All City

* Denotes Honorable Mention

Antioch High School

Antione Williams

*Monty Thomas

*Mark Thomas


Cane Ridge High School

Kenneth Allen

Korey Andrews

Quenton Barnes

Jaquez Norman

Erick Ramirez

Michael Reese

Devon Starling

*Theo Chisom

*Odannie Hall


East Nashville High School:

Stanley Cross

Jaylun Davis 

Randarius Gregory

Jashon Watkins

*Anthony Collier

*Arondai Thompson


Glencliff High School

Ricardo Ruiz 

Damien Patterson

*Rishad Petrus

*Olenx Moise


Hillsboro High School

Brian Covington 

Donald Fitzgerald 

Joe Honeysucker 

Darius Smith 

* Jalen Macon – QB / Soph


Hillwood High School

Miller Baker

Hale Page

*Kyle Carder

*Eric Kinnard


Hunters Lane High School

Markelle Beasley

*JaDonte Hodges

*Sid Souksangouane


John Overton High School

Samari Burns

David Jefferson

Steven Losoya

Aran Mohamad-Ali

*Micah Kimble

*Chris Washington


Maplewood High School

Clint Dowty

Bobo Hodges

Kendrell Scurry

Makell Smith 

Travares Springer

Harlen Zirker

*Gerrick Evans

*Chris Jordan


McGavock High School

Lamar Childress

Ronnie Hill

Harley Tyler-Neal

*Shemar Kirk

*Jailen Wawa – LB/ Sr.


Pearl Cohn High School

William Griffin

Jayden Harrison

Mayson Harris

Kwame Hayes

Xavier Shepherd

Elijah Simmons

Deshaun Wade

*Kyndrich Breedlove

*Darryl Rogan


Stratford High School

Jaylon Gumption

James Moore

Quasean Robinson

*Tomory Stephens

*Deairrus Waller


Whites Creek High School

Cameron Davis

*Zach Drake

*Deshae Griffin




Metro School graduate recently drafted into WNBA; Joins the Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX – It is exciting when any graduate from the greater Nashville area signs with a college and has four successful years as a student-athlete. It is even more gratifying to watch a career bloom into a professional career when the athlete is as genuinely passionate and talented as North Carolina State Wolfpack’s forward, Chelsea Nelson who on April, 14, 2018 signed to the training camp roster of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, the team announced Wednesday.

Senior forward, Chelsea Nelson of the No. 16 NC State women’s basketball team averaged 12.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and is Nashville’s new reason to watch the WNBA.

Nelson helped the Wolfpack achieve a very successful 2017-18 season that featured 26 wins and a return to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Wolfpack posted a 16-2 record on Kay Yow Court that included two NCAA Tournament victories. The achievement of going 16-2 at Reynolds Coliseum marked the second best home record in 44 completed seasons of Wolfpack basketball.

Chelson Nelson high fives John Overton head coach of the Lady Bobcats at the 12AAA District Championship. Torry Patton is seen with them

As a John Overton Bobcat, Nelson helped to lead her team deep into the TSSAA 2013-2014 state playoffs which ended in a sectional game against Rossview one game out from a trip to state. Averaging 13.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 2.4 APG she lead her team to sectionals scoring 27 points against Franklin earning All District (regular season) and All Regional Tournament.

She was the first varsity female basketball player to earn 1,000 points since assistant coach, Monica League did in 2000 under coaches then assistant coach Todd Douthit and head coach Kayla Wiggins.

Ranked 24th among wing players by ESPN and prior to signing with North Carolina State, Nelson scored a 90 in ESPN’s recruiting rankings. In addition to her time on the court, also was an accomplished cross country runner in high school.

As a member of the NCSU Wolfpack, Nelson was First Team All-ACC as a senior, junior and sophomore. And notably, she played all 33 games and averaged 17.3 minutes per contest her freshman year. Along with Ashley Williams, Nelson was named NC State’s co-Sixth Man of the Year. She led the team in scoring (12.9 points per game) and rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game) as a senior and scored 10+ points in a game 28 times as a senior and 62 times for her career.

Nelson recorded 11 double-doubles during her senior season (21 career), Grabbed 10+ rebounds in a single game 13 times as a senior (23 career) and led the team in scoring on 11 occasions and rebounding on 20 occasions during her senior season.

“Chelsea Nelson is very athletic. She can probably guard a three or four player. She has good skills and can step out and shoot it. Since we’re graduating a number of forwards (in 2014), I feel like she’s someone who can come in and compete for playing time at the four position. With the way that we want to play defense, I think that she really fits in with our philosophy because of her speed.””

— North Carolina State Head Coach Moore

Nelson set a new ACC Tournament record with 22 rebounds in a March 2 win over No. 18 Duke and scored a career high 30 points in a Feb. 22 win at Pittsburgh.

She finished fifth as the  all-time in the single-season record book in rebounds (329) and FTs made (126). Bettering those overall career accomplishments, she finished second all-time in the single-season record book in FTs attempted (180)

Nelson concluded her career 27th in total points scored for the Wolfpack (1173), ninth in games played (128), 11th in FTs made (308), and 11th in rebounds collected (794)

Perhaps most impressively, Nelson demonstrated she each year’s  success as a map for her goals for the upcoming year. From her freshman to senior seasons, Chelsea improved her scoring average from 4.9 points per game to 12.9 points per game and from her freshman to senior seasons, improved her rebounding average from 4.0 rebounds per game to 9.4 rebounds per game.

Based on her data, the Phoenix Mercury have signed a player who intends to mark up record books. We know from her early years in high school, she really is only getting started.

 




The NCAA Athlete Symposium offers College Compliance information not often shared

Hillsboro High School will be hosting the first annual Athletic Collegiate Compliance Symposium for any male or female athlete in the greater Nashville area who is interested in learning more about what it takes to move the to collegiate level as a scholar-athlete.

The Symposium is the brainchild created by Assistant Hillsboro Football Coach, Terry Liggin, who wants to help provide information in area rarely discussed with athletes in a counseling setting.

The event’s purpose is to inform student-athletes and their parents what the criteria and step by step process needed to complete NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

The biggest problem with high school student athletes is that they don’t receive college information early enough to make a substantial change. The earlier they get this information the more likely they are to receive a scholarship.”

— Assistant Football Coach, Terry Liggin

Many representatives from both Division I Universities and junior colleges will be at the event to share stories and challenges.

Many student athletes believe they just have to be good at their sport to get into college but this could not be farther from the truth.

Talent is of course important, but to play at the collegiate level, there are NCAA requirements every athlete has to complete to be deemed eligible for consideration by schools.

The Compliance Symposium is open to all area female and male high school and middle school athletes.

Coach Liggin stated,  “The biggest problem with high school student athletes is that they don’t receive college information early enough to make a substantial change. The earlier they get this information the more likely they are to receive a scholarship.”

 




The 33rd Annual Metro Coaches Association inducts three and honors its 2017 All-City Football Team

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Steve Chauncy receives the Administrator of the Year Award from Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director of MNPS and is inducted into the Metro Coaches hall of Fame for the Class of 2017.

The 33rd Annual Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association presented the 2017 All-City team and honorable mention team members and inducted three new members into the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Hall of Fame Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Steve Chauncey (administrator), Donnie Keeton (coach) and Chris Coutras (contributor) were presented to a full house of coaches and players who gathered at the Gaylord Springs Golf Course Club House to dine on a fine meal and socialize in setting other than a football field.

Steve Chauncy is the Executive Administrator of Hillwood High School and is the TSSAA representative for the fifth district for the Board of Controls. He is a graduate of East High school and has been the Executive Principal for Hillwood since 2007. The Hilltoppers Head Coach, Kurt Page, introduced Dr. Chauncy who spoke to the importance of the community of athletics. He cited the brotherhood that existed in the room as evidence of the community that the young men in the room were a part of and he remark that it was a blessing to be a part of this group.

Chris Coutras, son of Nick Coutras the former coach Overton High School played for the Bobcats under his father.

Chris Coutras receives the Administrator of the Year Award from Roosevelt Sanders, Athletic Director of MNPS and is inducted into the Metro Coaches hall of Fame for the Class of 2017.

While not a coach himself, Coutras was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contributions as a contributor financially and as a supporter of the game. Courts was obviously humbled by the award and gave the audience a brief history the Nick Coutras Awards which he curates in honor of his father. He thanked those who work to keep this foundation and scholarship award viable reiterating that he is only the face of the award but that many others contribute. Both recipients received a well earned round of applause.

Pearl Cohn’s Ninth Grade Football Team was honored as the 9th Grade City Champion with the City Gold Ball Trophy that has an engraved plaque of each year’s winner on it and is on display at the winning school for a year until presented at the next season’s banquet.

Other special awards include a presentation of the Coach of the Year Award to Eddie Woods, Head Coach of Cane Ridge High School. This is his second year to win this award and was honored this year for taking Cane Ridge’s Ravens to the BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.

Below are the special awards given to the honorees Thursday night. Awards were given to each player by the Athletic Directo of MNPS, Roosevelt Sanders. The banquet was sponsored by Coca Cola.

 

 

 

 

2017 Most Valuable Players

 6A/5A- Awards

Coca Cola Most Valuable Player

Jacob Frazier

Hillsboro

Co – Offensive Most Valuable Player

Jared McCray

Cane Ridge

Co – Offensive Most Valuable Player

Ta’micus Napier

McGavock

Co – Defensive Most Valuable Player

Jarad McCray

Cane Ridge

Co – Defensive Most Valuable Player

Keshawn Johnson

McGavock

Lineman Most Valuable Player

T. J. Neal

Hillsboro

Special Team Most Valuable Player

Jose Bravo

Overton

Honorable Mentions of the Metro All City Team for 2017

 4A/3A

Coca Cola Most Valuable Player

Jay Parker

Pearl Cohn

Offensive Most Valuable Player

Xavier Shepard

Pearl Cohn

Defensive Most Valuable Player

Malachi French

Maplewood

Special Team Most Valuable Player

Rondarius Gregory

East Nashville

Lineman Most Valuable Player

Chandon Page

Pearl Cohn

Warren Dunn  Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods

Cane Ridge

6A/5A ALL City Team

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

Player

Position

School

Grade

Player

school

Grade

Josiah Everett

OL/DL

Antioch

Sr.

Trevon Henderson

Antioch

Sr.

Devon Starling

RB

Cane Ridge

Jr.

Cameron Freeman

Antioch

Soph.

Desmond Goodloe

DT

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Quenton Barnes

Cane Ridge

Fr

Jahsun Bryant

LB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Korey Andrews

Cane Ridge

Jr.

Dewayne Johnson

OLB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

Melvin Hart

Glencliff

Jr.

James Reese IV

CB

Cane Ridge

Sr.

D’Andre Mumphrey

Glencliff

Sr.

Rishad Petrus

WR/DB

Glencliff

Jr.

Therone Orr

Hillsboro

Jr.

Joe Honeysucker

DL

Hillsboro

Jr.

J’Tylan Evans

Hillsboro

Jr.

Javontae’ Dean-Wiggins

LB

Hillsboro

Sr.

Anthony Branham

Hunters Lane

Soph.

Gyasi Mattison

DB

Hillsboro

Jr.

Demarquez Johnson

Hunters Lane

Soph.

Daniel Bonner

LB

Hillwood

Sr.

Ronnie Hill

McGavock

Jr.

Hale Page

QB

Hillwood

Jr.

Greg Hanserd

McGavock

Sr.

Kyle Carder

WR

Hillwood

Jr.

Jalen Baylis

Overton

Jr.

Kendel Packer

OL/DL

Hunters Lane

Soph

Steven Losoya

Overton

Jr.

Sid Souksangouane

Kicker

Hunters Lane

Jr.

Harley Tyler – Neal

QB

McGavock

Jr.

Devan Bryant

DL

McGavock

Sr.

Quentin Crawford

DB

McGavock

Sr.

Keidron Henderson

RB

Overton

Sr.

Trent McCrary

LB

Overton

Jr.

4A/3A ALL City Team

Honorable Mentions

Player

Position

School

Grade

Player

School

Grade

Brian Thompson

DB

East Nashville

Sr.

Jaylun Davis

East Nashville

Jr

Gabriel Magalei

LB

East Nashville

Sr.

Anthony Collier

East Nashville

Jr

Jashon Watkins

ATH

East Nashville

Jr.

Deleno Howard

Hillsboro

Sr.

Bobo Hodges

QB

Maplewood

Jr.

Cameron Porter

Hillwood

Sr.

Travares Springer

Wr

Maplewood

Jr.

Mohamed Mohamed

Hillwood

Sr.

Makell Smith

WR

Maplewood

Jr.

Antonio Carter

Maplewood

Sr.

LaMonz Ezell

OL/DL

Maplewood

Sr.

Zarian London

Maplewood

Sr.

David Anderson

LB/ RB

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Donovan Stephens

Pearl Cohn

sr

Marion Liggett

RB

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Jaylan Granberry

Pearl Cohn

Sr.

Elijah Simmons

OL/DL

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

Robert Howard

Stratford

Sr.

Mayson Harrison

OL/DL

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

James Moore

Stratford

Soph.

Jayden Harrison

WR/ DB

Pearl Cohn

Jr.

Corey Moore

Whites Creek

Sr.

Jaalon Gupton

OL

Stratford

Jr.

Zachary Drake

Whites Creek

Soph.

Rod Reed

DB

Stratford

Jr.

Rashaun Richardson

RB

Whites Creek

Soph.

 




Hume Award Recipients continue the Nashville tradition of integrity, scholarship and sportsmanship

Nashville, Tenn– The 2017 William E. Hume Award was handed out today by the Economic Club of Nashville, following a luncheon at the Patron Club inside Bridgestone Arena. This year’s winner is Brian Darnell Thompson, Jr. of East Nashville High School.

The award is Metro Nashville Football’s top honor and goes to the student/athlete from Metro Schools that best exemplifies, scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance, and his value to the team. E

Hume Award Recipient, Brian Darnell Thompson Jr., East Nashville and his Executive Principal, Stephen Ball

ach Metro school submits one candidate chosen by the principal and football coach, and a committee of administrators and sportswriters select five finalists and an eventual winner. The Hume Award has been handed out by various Nashville Civic organizations since 1944. Past winners have gone on to become some of Nashville’s finest citizens.

The 2017 Candidates

Jonathan Hayes, Antioch High School

Jared Deon McCray, Cane Ridge High School*

Brian Darnell Thompson, Jr., East Nashville High School*

James Tyler Murphy, Glencliff High School*

Torrance Anthony, Hillsboro High School

Andrew S. Black, Hillwood High School

Shaheem Jordan-Jones, Hunters Lane High School

Michael Jermaine Brown, Maplewood High School

Carson Jake Richardson, McGavock High School

Jacob Daniel King, Overton High School*

Jaylan Alaysius Granberry, Pearl-Cohn/M.L.KingJr. High Schools

Robert Miracle Myles Lilley-Sneed, Stratford High School

Joseph Cole, Whites Creek High School*

*Finalist




2017 Region 6 -5A Announced MVPs and Superlatives announced Monday at annual banquet

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Nashville, TENN – The 2017 BlueCross Bowl will soon decide this year’s nine state champions, but closer to home most valuable players are being named in each TSSAA region of football.

This past Monday evening, on November 27th,  TSSAA Region 6 – 5A MVPs and Superlatives were acknowledged at an annual banquet held at the Cherokee Steak House in Gallatin.

Football coaches, players, athletic director and ,  TSSAA Region Coordinator, Chip Sullivan enjoyed a steak and baked potatoe dinner and much camaraderie.

Chip Sullivan, who acted as the host for the evening,  noted in his opening remarks that Region 6-5A is not only a one of the classiest groups of coaches and players, but has some of the best talent in the state some who were not in attendance because they would be playing for the gold ball in Cookeville on Thursday night. “I know that you all know this but we really should recognize the talent, class and superior coaching that led these young men through a successful season. It goes without saying that to have the 5A west representative from your own region only underscores how talented all of you are.”

Not in attendance were the Beech superlatives and MVPs as they were wholly focused on preparing for their trip to Cookeville to play Knoxville Catholic High School on Thursday evening on a few days from Monday evening.

When the names of the Beech players were announced in front of their peers, a huge round of applause was given in their honor and it was evident that every player and coach, while competitive during the regular season, took pride that the state champion or runner up would be from within their region.

Coach Sullivan introduced each coach who then was given an opportunity to introduce their players, comment, some humorously, some poignantly about each player adding to the acknowledgment of each player.

Photos are included in the below link and a slide show above for players, families, schools and media. If photos are published, please give credit to Mike Strasinger for the Hillsboro Globe.

 

THE 2017 REGION 6- 5A MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

MVP – Kaemon Dunlap, Beech High School

 

MVP Offense – Jacob Frazier, Hillsboro High School

 

Co-MVP Defense – Chaz Williamson, Beech High Schoo  – Jalen Porter, Gallatin High School

 

MVO Lineman -Cole Pulley, Beech High School

 

MVD Lineman – T. J. Neal, Hillsboro High School

Special Teams – David Johnson Beech High School

2017 Coach of the Year – Anthony Crabtree, Beech High School

 

ALL REGION TEAM

Beech High School: Jordan Adams, Garrett Butler, Heath Crabtree, Ty Dean, Ty Moore, Jahmall Robinson and Nelson Smith

 

Gallatin High School: Brandon Claude, Xavier Fitts, Reggie Morris, Sirtavious Perry, Bailey Silcox, and Archellous Turner

 

Glencliff High School: Tyler Murphy, Rishad Petrus, Hunter Robinson

 

Hillsboro High School: Torrence Anthony, Decorian Bowers, Travon Brasher, Joe Honeysucker, and Gysai Mattison

Hillwood High School: Cymitrius Addison, Daniel Bonner, Eric Kinnard and Tyvay Wine

Hunters Lane High School: Antonio Lennear, KevonDre Rhodes and Kevin Walker

 

 

All pictures in gallery are available at this link and if published must be credited to HillsboroGlobe.com

 




Blue collar work ethic earns Cane Ridge a trip to the ‘ship

Since the inception of the TSSAA 6A classification in 2009, no Metro Nashville Public School football team has made the trip to the BlueCross Bowl once held in Murfreesboro. Cane Ridge’s win 14-7 over 2016’s state champs Whitehaven.

The Raven’s win in the  semifinals check marks another box  Head Coach Eddie Woods has been checking off since his arrival to Cane Ridge three years ago when he inherited the 2014 MNPS Freshman City football champions.

Chris Henson, Chief Operating Officer who was in attendance at the Cane Ridge v Whitehaven semi0final game spoke for MNPS and how excited the district is to have a 6A team has finally advance to the championship game and play for the gold ball in Cookeville at Tennessee Tech University on Friday, December 1, 2017. Henson stated, “We are so proud of all our teams that advanced into the playoffs and we are always excited when they advance as far as Pearl Cohn and Cane Ridge did tonight. The importance of moments like these are huge for our community because it offers an opportunity for our teachers, students and parents to bond with the community in which they work.”

The past 15 years have seen regular appearances of MNPS in the 3A, 4A and 5A classifications (see side bar) however, it has been nine years since any MNPS team won a gold ball. Hillsboro, then in the 4A classification beat Maryville 10-7,  in a defensive showdown ending a Maryville run of 8 championships out of the previous 10 years.

Cane Ridge will face Maryville High School and all the traditions of winning they bring to the field and it is no surprise that Cane Ridge will be facing Maryville High School in the final game as it will mark their 22nd appearance in the state finals (15-7)

Of the 22 appearances since the inception of the championship game Maryville has faced a Metro Nashville school school seven times with Friday’s up coming game being the eighth.

Maryville is not infallible and as recently as 2015 struggled against Ravenwood losing 26-17.  And in 2016, they failed to make the final game, losing to Oakland in the semi-finals. Prior to 2015, Whitehaven (2012)  Whitestation (2009)  and MNPS’s Hillsboro 2008 all demonstrated that while Maryville is a football dynasty, the right game plan can defeat them.

Head Coach of the Ravens, Eddie Woods believes he has the right game plan to take on the dynasty and it started with a culture change three years ago and was clearly visible on the sidelines Friday night with former team graduates standing alongside the the current team members cheering their support. All were cheering but no one is talking about history – yet.

“We, my staff, the administration have tried over the last three year to build a blue-collar mentality on this team. We are as concerned about how much this mind set will carry well in athletics, but more about well it will carry on in life and I was really glad to see my former players out here supporting the team with the same mind set,” explained Woods.

When asked how he will approach practice after a break weekend and a shortened week, Coach Woods said the focus was going to on, “rest for the players, rest and getting refocused mentally to take on the next team on Friday night. Our coaches and myself we will look at tonight’s game tape, see if we need to make any adjustments and approach Monday like we have every Monday, with that grind it out, blue collar mind set.”

Cane Ridge Stats November 24, 2017

Final

Cane Ridge 14 Whitehaven 7

Offense:

Passing:
K. Andrews 12/24, 137 yards, 1 INT

 

 

Rushing:
D.  Starling 17 rushes, 141 yards, 1 TD
K. Andrews 8 rushes -12 yards
J. McCray (7) 1 rush, 7 yards

Receiving:
J. McCray 8 catches, 60 yards
Q. Barnes 2 catches, 30 yards
J. McCray (7) 1 catch, 23 yards
D. Starling 2 catches, 26 yards


Defense:

J. Reese 4 tackles
J. McCray (6) 2 tackles
J. McCray (7) 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
T. Chisom 8 tackles
J. Bryant 11 tackles
R. Burleson 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry
A. Malone 1 tackles
J. Tate 2 tackles, 1 INT
D. Johnson 5 tackles, 1 sack
M. Mason 3 tackles
D. Goodloe 4 tackles
J. Carpenter 1 tackles
(70) 1 tackle
Z. Fowler 2 tackles
J. Kabelu 2 tackles


Special Teams:

J. McCray (7) 1 kickoff return, 18 yards
T. Chisom 1 punt, 30 yards