Hillsboro Wrestling picks up two district wins on 2019 Senior Night

On Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at the Hillsboro Wrestling room in what will be the last senior night held in this venue they celebrated senior night. In what will be a huge night for these seniors their head coach Trump commented on this years class stating, “This is by far one of the greatest senior classes this school has had here in years and they never complained despite going through 3 head coaches and never mouthed off or stopped giving it their all.” In this match Hillsboro defeated both Hillwood and McGavock in a tri match.

Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; Darian Williams moves to pin McGavock opponent Thursday on Hillsboro Wrestling Senior night. (photo West Parker)

He continued when asked about his 3 senior captains Darian Williams(145), Mohamed Mohamed(126), and Charles Cromwell(160) he stated,” They have set the bar high for the younger kids and never complained and overall been great examples for the entire team.”

Hillsboro’s seniors include Darian Williams(145), Mohamed Mohamed(126), Charles Cromwell(160), Jaden Halliburton(160), Kaleb Dudley(160), Chance Williams(220), and last but not least Clayton Ward(285)

Hillsboro had to face both Mcgavock and Hillwood High in this match. The night started off strong early with the seniors being introduced to the entire room with cheers of applause. Then the match kicked off with each of the seniors winning and against Mcgavock and following that up with a stellar performance against Hillwood.

Hillsboro had 3 seniors with pins in the first match against Mcgavock in what was a thorough domination of them with their friends and families in the crowd watching on and cheering in what was a emotional night for some.

With Hillsboro’s 3 most likely state qualifing seniors Mohamed Mohamed, Darian Williams, and Chance Williams all with pins that helped maintain firm grip of their places in terms of qualifing for state as they must first battle thru regionals before state.

They also had 1 senior (Cromwell 160) with a Major which is defined in wrestling as having 15 match points as well as being up by 8 or more points. In a match against McGavock. 

All though they weren’t the only ones on the team it certainly was their night for these seniors as they are ready to head out and finish the season strong after tonights outing. After a long night with so many emotions going through both these seniors and their families as well as teachers and coaches they certainly showed out for it and lived up to the night

Hillsboro’s next match is MTWOA Grand Championships on January 19th followed by Regionals on February 8th-9th as the season is approaching its end.

The Music City Bowl sets more records in the 19th edition of Nashville’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Auburn won the coin toss, elected to receive and never looked back in a 63-14 win over Purdue at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday.

The Tigers outgunned the Boilermakers 586-263 in total offense and . punted only once the entire game. They scored their first eight possessions of the game. “I’m real proud of our team,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said after the game.

“They practiced extremely hard when we were at Auburn. When we got the bowl site, it was a business approach. That carried over. We talked about playing our best game of the year and we did that today.” The Tigers finished with their first postseason victory since the 2015 Birmingham Bowl against Memphis and accrued a set of records that is impressive by any college game standard.

Auburn finished its inconsistent season sending its seniors out the right way.This is the third year in a row that records have been set or broken at the Franklin American Music City Bowl.

Crazy stats takeaways the are not typos

#1: Auburn (8-5) needed only 63 seconds to set the tone for the MCB, with Stidham finding JaTarvious Whitlow for a 66-yard TD pass. Whitlow also added a pair of short TD runs as Auburn led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Jarrett Stidham is presented Most Valuable Player trophy at the 2018 Franklin America Music City Bowl, December 28, 2018. Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; Photo by Ashja Murchison.

Jarrett Stidham threw for a career-high 373 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game , and Auburn pounded Purdue 63-14 on Friday.

Stidham was voted by attending media as the MVP of the 2018 Music City Bowl.

#2: JaTarvious Whitlow scored touchdowns on his first three touches of the game. He has the 66 yard pass TD, a 2 yard TD and a 1 yard TD finishing with 10 rushing yards, seven carries and three TDs.

#3: Auburn scored the most points by an SEC team in a bowl, topping Alabama’s 61-6 win over Syracuse in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1953. The Tigers had a chance to match the most points ever in a bowl at 70, most recently by Army in the Armed Forces Bowl last week, but took a knee at the Purdue 1 after a replay review overturned a very late TD run by Joey Gatewood.

#4: Auburn scored TDs on its first eight possessions tying the the Music City Bowl record for most points and TDs set by West Virginia in 2000 — with 5:36 left in the first half.

#5: By halftime, Auburn led 56-7 with the most points scored in any half in program history after holding the ball for only 11 minutes.

Javarius Davis with his record setting touchdown in the first half of the Music City Bowl played at Nissan Stadium. Auburn beat Purdue 63-14. Photo by Terrianna Carter; Rights Reserved – Hillsboro Globe

#6: It was the most points by one team in a half in any bowl.

#7: Darius Slayton set a bowl record with TD catches of 74 , 52 and 34 yards and finished with 160 yards receiving.

Javaris Davis had a sack and an interception in the first quarter for Auburn, and Big Kat Bryant returned an interception 20 yards for a 45-7 lead with 12:29 left in the first half.

#8: Up 42–7 in the second quarter, the Tigers were determined to keep scoring on the Boilermakers. Auburn went for it on fourth-and-three at Purdue’s 38-yard line to gain the first down with Stidham’s 16-yard pass to Sal Cannella.

After moving the ball down the field, Auburn went for it on fourth-and-one, as Whitlow gained the first down with a four-yard run. The Tigers would go on to score on Anthony Schwartz’s six-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.

#9: The possession time had huge gaps. Purdue had the ball for 19 minutes compared to only 11 minutes for Auburn in the first half, who scored too quickly to keep the ball. By the game’s end, Auburn held onto the ball for 33:41 minutes, while Purdue’s possessions tallied to 25:49 minutes.

#10: Stidham ditched the trend of players who will be entering the draft opting not to play in bowl game. Stidham said he had to play as a competitor. He was 13 of 18 for 335 yards and four TDs at halftime and nearly had a TD run only to be ruled just short. “In my two short years here, I’ve grown so close to these guys I could never imagine not finishing the season with them,” Stidham said.

Bonus: Only five other teams have scored more in a bowl game, and the Tigers set a school record for total yards in a bowl.

Of Note…..Purdue: Brohm has a lot to replace with a senior class of 29 counting walk-ons. The departing Boilermakers include quarterback David Blough and top running backs in D.J. Knox and Markell Jones. …….Auburn: The search for Stidham’s replacement began with sophomore Malik Willis who played a scarce 1:33.

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Briefs on the Franklin American Music City Bowl

The Bowl has had some major accomplishments adding to its success and has solidified its position as one of Nashville’s most important events. Beginning with the 2008 Bowl, a partnership was created with the Greater Nashville Hotel & Lodging Association and the City of Nashville for the Bowl to receive funding via the Event and Marketing Fund.

Kentucky’s quarterback Stephen Johnson earned 277 all purpose yards and scored a pair of touchdowns at the 2017 Franklin American Music City Bowl held December 29, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photographer Susan Strasinger, Rights reserved HillsboroGlobe.com)

These funds are part of a hotel/motel tax created for the purpose of developing Nashville’s new state of the art Music City Center. The Bowl is now a part of the fabric of the Nashville community. Key initiatives such as economic development, tourism impact, quality of life enhancement, a focus on youth, and a commitment to collegiate athletics are all part of the Bowl experience.

The Bowl in just a few short years has turned one of Nashville’s slowest tourism weeks into one of the busiest, as well as supported various charitable organizations through ticket donation, special community programs, and much more.

Moreover, the Bowl has one of the most successful youth initiatives in the country with its Youth Football Program. The Bowl’s Youth Football Program reaches families in eighty communities in Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and northern Alabama.

More than 20,000 participants are part of a unique program that involves players, cheerleaders, and coaches with Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. Finally the bottom line, since the Bowl’s inception, millions of viewers have watched the event on ESPN; the Bowl has contributed $34 million in financial payouts to participating universities and has generated more than $290 million in economic impact for the Nashville community. Nashville’s Bowl game will continue to evolve as a cornerstone event for Music City and the Middle Tennessee region.

For more information on Nashville’s Holiday Tradition, visit MusicCityBowl.com or call 615.743.3130.And, be sure to follow the Bowl on Twitter and Facebook.





Kentucky 23, Northwestern 24




Nebraska 24, Tennessee 38





Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21





Notre Dame 31, LSU 28





Ole Miss 25, Georgia Tech 17





Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24





Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17





North Carolina 30, Tennessee 27 2-OT





Clemson 21, Kentucky 13





Vanderbilt 16, Boston College 14





Kentucky 35, Florida State 28





Kentucky 28, Clemson 20





Minnesota 31, Virginia 34





Minnesota 20, Alabama 16





Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14





Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14





Boston College 20, Georgia 16





West Virginia 49, Ole Miss 38





Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13





Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7




*Indicates a sellout


The Boilermaker’s Brycen Hopkins returns to Nissan Stadium, where his dad, Brad Hopkins played as a Tennessee Titan

Three Nashville native football players will be appearing in the Franklin American Music City Bowl on Friday. Phelps Gambill (Rfr) and Jackson McFadden (Fr) are former Montgomery Bell Academy players, and from Ensworth, Brycen Hopkins (Jr) will represent the growing pool of  athletic talent that Nashville, TN has become.

Brycen Hopkins has become a terrific football player in his own right, and standout at local private school Ensworth Academy. To continue his career at Purdue University is not a huge surprise because he has former Tennessee Titan’s Brad Hopkins blood.



Brycen Hopkins now is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior who has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top tight ends, earning third-team all-conference honors from the media and honorable mention from the coaches this season after catching 32 passes for 564 yards and two touchdowns. This after grabbing 25 passes for 349 yards and three scores in 2017.

“It is hard to believe Brycen is all grown up now,” says Brad Hopkins, a former Illinois offensive tackle who enjoyed a standout career in the National Football League with the Titans. “He is a good young man, and I am proud of him.”

Daddy Hopkins will get a chance to  see his son play on his old stomping grounds in Nashville when Purdue takes on Auburn in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 28 at Nissan Stadium. “It will be fun,” Brycen says. “I have a lot of good memories of that stadium.

“When I heard that Purdue was coming to Nashville, I was excited,” says Brad, who has another son, Collin, who is a catcher at Western Kentucky, and a daughter, Gentry, on the dance team at Tennessee. “I had a feeling this would work out when I heard about the bowl possibilities for Purdue……We want to get a win vs. Auburn,” he says. “This is a great opportunity.”

Career Highlights Hopkins bring to the Music City Bowl

Career Receiving Statistics














































Notables 2017
• Appeared 12 games as a reserve.
• Caught 25 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
• Had three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown vs. No. 16 Louisville on
Sept, 2.
• Recorded a season-high four receptions for for 85 yards and a touchdown vs.
Ohio on Sept. 8.
• Caught two passes for 22 yards at Missouri on Sept. 16.
• Had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown vs. No. 8 Michigan on Sept.
• Caught a six-yard pass vs. Minnesota on Oct. 7.
• Finished with a pair of receptions for 48 yards at No. 7 Wisconsin on Oct. 14.
• Had a 23-yard reception vs. Nebraska on Oct. 28.
•Tallied three receptions for 53 yards vs. Illinois on Nov. 4.
• Caught a three-yard pass at Northwestern on No. 11.
• Had three catches for 21 yards at Iowa on Nov. 18.
• Caught two passes for 25 yards vs. Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 27.

• Appeared in 11 games, making one start.
• Caught 10 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
• Had a 51-yard touchdown reception vs. Nevada on Sept. 24.
• Finished with one reception for 14 yards at Maryland on Oct. 1.
• Recorded a season-high three catches for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns
vs. Iowa on Oct. 15.
• Had two receptions for 20 yards at No. 8 Nebraska on Oct. 22.
• Caught two passes for 16 yards vs. No. 24 Penn State on Oct. 29.
• Had a two-yard touchdown reception at Minnesota on Nov. 5.

• Two-year letter winner.
• Rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com
• Named All-State Division II-AA as a senior.
• Also lettered in basketball (four years) and baseball (two years).

• Given name is Brycen Avery Hopkins.
• Born March 27, 1997.
• Father, Brad, played football at the University of Illinois.
• Is majoring in selling and sales management.


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.  


John Overton High School, Head Coach Steve Williams

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

Parents: Shannon Judge and Steve Losoya


  • 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


  • 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


  •  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.”


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


  • 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


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


Clint Dowty III – Tennessee State University

Maplewood High School, Head Coach – Arcente Broome

DE, 6-3, 235 from Nashville, TN 


  • 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.”


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


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.


It’s official! Donald Fitzgerald and Joseph Honeysucker sign Letters of Intent with Division I colleges


ImageHillsboro IB World High School is pleased to announce that Donald Fitzgerald (ATH) and Joseph Honeysucker (DE) will participate in an early signing event on December 19, 2018 at 11:30 in the Hillsboro Library. 

Hillsboro will celebrate both Joseph Honeysucker and Donald Fitzgerald for their academic and athletic successes this year as they finalize their commitments to the universities of their choice.

L-R: Joseph Honeysucker (DE), Hillsboro High School Head Football Coach, Maurice Fitzgerald, Donald Fitzgerald (DT) 12.19.18 (Photo Mike Strasinger)

Donald Fitzgerald  is a St. Thomas Scholar and a senior in the Academy of Global Health and Science.

Trading basketball for football this year, Fitzgerald’s impact as a first year football player is undeniable. He will continue making an impact at Vanderbilt University under Head Coach Derek Mason. Vanderbilt’s class features incoming student-athletes from nine different states that fill 11 different positions across the roster

Donald earned 25 solo tackles and 41 assists for a total of 66 tackles for the 2018 season. He forced 6 turnovers and had 6 sacks for a loss. Fitzgerald narrowed his choices down to Duke, UT and Vandy deciding to become a Commodore less than 2 weeks ago.

Fitzgerald is the AGHS representative to the Meharry Symposium for Scholars. He is a peer tutor and assists with special needs students. He is also is a volunteer ACT Prep for the last three years with In Full Motion. The Department Chair of AGHS, Lonny Nelson, describes Donald as an amazing young man whose optimism is infectious. He is a joy to be around.”

Other Awards

All-City 1st team for 2018

All-Region 6 5A team for 2018.

Donald has made a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University and will finalize his decision on Wednesday.


Joseph Honeysucker, the 75th  Hume Award winner selected for the 2018 season. The Hume Award is given to only one football scholar each year.

Joseph is a senior in the Academy of Business Communications. Honeysucker  earned 112 total tackles (48 solo/64 assist) for the 2018 season.  He averaged 11 tackles a game for an average of 90 yards in QB hurries. He end his high school career with 37 sacks.

Other Awards:

All-City 1st team, ’17, ’18 HM ‘16

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.

Joseph committed earlier in the year to  Memphis University. He invites you to witness his decision to become a Memphis Tiger.

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.”

Joseph is looking forward to playing on Saturday’s in Memphis.




Vanderbilt hires NBA G League President Malcolm Turner as its new AD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has hired NBA G League President Malcolm Turner as its new athletic director, opting for a business executive over candidates with experience in college athletic administration for the Southeastern Conference’s only private university.

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said current and former athletic directors were among the diverse candidates Vanderbilt considered before choosing Turner.

“Malcolm didn’t come up through college athletics but I think he is a great fit for Vanderbilt,” Zeppos told The Associated Press.

David Williams II, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director at Vanderbilt University is seen here shaking hands with former SEC Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow. (Photo Mike Strasinger)

Turner will start Feb. 1 and replace David Williams, the first African-American athletic director in the SEC, to cap a search that started in September.

It has been a remarkable run and I have cherished the opportunity to work with so many passionate and committed students, coaches and staff,” said Williams. “After 27 years as a senior administrator in higher education, I am also excited to move back to my first love of teaching and to bring all that I’ve learned and experienced fully into that role.”  ”

— David Williams, from his official resignation statement

Zeppos introduced Turner on a conference call with reporters Tuesday and said Turner was a top candidate from the first names suggested by the search firm used by Vanderbilt. Zeppos sees Turner’s experience will give him a sense of where college athletics are going.

“Vanderbilt is a really special place and offering that rare combination of student-athletes and that commitment to an opportunity for excellence on and off the field was just a very compelling proposition for me,” Turner said.

“The strategic thinking and the ability to kind of say this is where this should be going, it was very, very important to me,” Zeppos said.

A graduate of North Carolina, Turner earned both law and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard. He was a senior vice president at OnSport, a North Carolina-based sports and entertainment consulting firm that worked with the NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR and also media rights in both professional and college sports. After being acquired by Wasserman Media Group, Turner worked for the consulting division as managing director helping launch the company’s golf division.

He became the third president of the G League in 2014, and he worked on both coach and player development and pushed for two-way contracts with the league adding 10 clubs. He will be replaced as G League president by 12-year veteran Shareef Abdur-Rahim, currently the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations.

Turner also has been on advisory boards for Teach for America, North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the UNC Board of Visitors and the board of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund.

Map of the franchises for the 2018-2019 season.

John Ingram, chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust and a member of the search committee, called Turner a unique candidate and a perfect fit.

“I’m excited to assist and support Malcolm as we write this next chapter in Commodores history,” Ingram said in a statement.

Vanderbilt faces a unique challenge in the SEC landscape fighting for attention and support in Nashville, which has become a professional market with the addition of the NHL’s Predators and the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in the late 1990s. This also is the SEC’s smallest and only private university with a small local alumni base along with high academic standards.

In the NCAA’s last Academic Progress Rate for the 2016-17 academic year, 11 Vanderbilt programs finished with perfect 1,000 APR scores with the football team No. 2 nationally. Yet under Williams, Vanderbilt won four national championships in baseball (2014), women’s tennis (2015) and women’s bowling (2007 and 2018). Football just earned its second bowl berth in three seasons.

“The business background certainly will be important for him in looking at the whole range of revenues, expenses, facilities working with a very talented management team and putting this all into a big and bold university strategic plan,” Zeppos said.

Williams also will be available for questions staying on campus as a full-time law professor overseeing a Sports, Law & Society program at Vanderbilt Law School. Turner called Williams a “legend” and someone whose expertise he plans on tapping.

“He certainly leaves a wonderful legacy, and I’m intent to build upon the fine work he and his team have already done,” Turner said. “I really believe the foundation is showing the future is bright, and I couldn’t be more optimistic about what we can accomplish together as a Commodore community.”

Turner said he discussed the future of Vanderbilt’s athletic facilities in general while interviewing for this job. Vanderbilt Stadium, home of the football program, had its last major renovation in 1981. Turner said he plans to start by listening to athletes, coaches and the Vanderbilt community first.

“Certainly we will develop an athletic strategic plan to help us build and grow the program,” Turner said.


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TSSAA Legislative Council votes to approve Lacrosse for 2021-2022 season

Legislative Council voted to approve a proposal to sanction the sport of Lacrosse for Boys and Girls beginning with the next classification cycle. This would be effective at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

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


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


BoBo Hodges – Maplewood

Special Team MVP

Rondarius Gregory – East

Offensive MVP

Xavier Shephard – Pearl

Defensive MVP

Elijah Simmons – Pearl


 Jaalon Gumpton – Stratford

Coach of the Year

Arcentae Broome – Maplewood

Special Awards 5A – 6A


Devon Starling – Cane Ridge

Special Team MVP

Erick Ramirez – Cane Ridge

Offensive MVP

Hale Page – Hillwood

Defensive MVP

Lamar Childress – McGavock


Steven Losoya – Overton

Coach of the Year

Eddie Woods – Cane Ridge


High Schools

All City Members

Honorable Mention


Joe Honeysucker – DL/ Sr.

Donald Fitzgerald – OL / Sr.

Darius Smith – QB/ Sr.

Brian Covington – RB/ Jr.

Jalen Macon – QB / Soph


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.


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.


Antione Williams – WR/ Sr.

Monty Thomas – DL/ Sr.

Mark Thomas – DL/ Sr.


Ricardo Ruiz – OL / Sr.

Damien Patterson – RB/ Sr.

Rishad Petrus- WR/ Sr.

Olenx Moise – DB/ Sr.


Miller Baker – TE/ Sr.

Kyle Carder – WR / Sr.

Eric Kinnard – WR / Sr.


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.


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.


Harley Tyler-Neal – LB/ Sr.

Ronnie Hill – QB/ Sr.

Jailen Wawa – LB/ Sr.

Shemar Kirk – RB / Sr.

The 2018 Hume trophy is awarded December 6, 2018

L-R: Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane; Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro; Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK and Devon Starling, Cane Ridge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Today following a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant hosted by the Nashville Civilian Club, Joseph Honeysucker from Hillsboro High school was named as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Hume Award. Honeysucker recently committed to Memphis University to play football.

The Hume Award recognizes the most outstanding football player in Metro School in the areas of sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability. The Hume Award has been given since 1944.

Joseph Honeysucker holding the Hume Award Trophy flanked by his parents at Swetts Restaurant December 6, 2018.

Honeysucker expressed his shock and surprise after winning and having the trophy presented. “I was super-surprised and humbled, even shocked that I was the winner because I know of all the candidates and they are super deserving. To be listed as the 75 name inscribed on the trophy along with other heavy hitters like Coach Reggie Grimes and Coach Jamie Stewart is such an honor. I mean,  to be listed forever is a great honor.”

Each Metro School nominates one player, and then the nominees are reviewed by a committee composed of school administrators, football officials, and area sportswriters. There is always a sense of anticipation before the announcement because though the committee member knows who he or she voted for during the finalist selection, no one on the committee knows who their fellow committee members voted.

Five finalists were named before today’s ceremony. Joining Honeysucker as a finalist were Devon Starling, Cane Ridge; Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane, and Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK.

The other nominees were Nestor Corea, Antioch; Rondarius DeJuan Gregory, East Nashville; Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado, Glencliff; Clinton B. Dowty III, Maplewood; Eduardo Villalobos, McGavock; Aran Mohamed-Ali, Overton; Calvin Farmer, Jr. Stratford, and Franklin Russell Griggs, Whites Creek.

The Hume Trophy is not a hollow trophy that is easily lifted by anyone, it is a solid maple trophy with solid brass decorations. Honeysucker stated, “the weight of the trophy really matches the weight of the award. I feel a responsibility to uphold the standards that began the award.”


Six Hillsboro IB World School wrestlers medal at the Coyote Classic in Clarksville

Even though football is over, Charles Cromwell, who medaled 2nd place in the 160 weight class is super excited that  wrestling is has started. Hillsboro IB World High School traveled to Clarksville this past weekend at the Coyote Classic Wrestling Invitational.

Cromwell, a senior in the class of 2019,  has been wrestling since he was in the 7th grade at J.T. Moore. What is exciting to him this season is the new approaches Head Coach Mikeal Trump has implemented this year.

Unlike last year, where is was harder to follow moves without someone to watch, Coach Trump is dressing out for practice and is demonstrating the moves himself. Trump was a wrestler in high school and prior to accepting the head coaching position here, he worked with middle schoolers. This vantage point offers what skills wrestlers learn at the MS level and where the holes are in technique

Cromwell says in just a few short weeks, he has learned much more at a quicker pass because coach is dressing. He said, It is really different and we are actually working on new moves which he doesn’t remember working on last year. We are all more competitive because he is working out with us.  He is tougher on us too, which is good.

Moves Cromwell learned directly from Coach Trump this year which he has already put into his wrestling moves is the Flying Squirrel and the Chicken Wing. Saturday his pinned his opponent using the Chicken Wing move. “It is now my favorite move.”

Medalists from the Coyote Classic are:

Cooper Sacks 145 1st JV

Chance Williams 220  2nd JV

Ma’Kel Holloway 120 2nd JV

Christian Brown 106 3rd V

Darian Willams 145 3rd V

Charles Cromwell 160 2nd V

Next meet is Tuesday @ Brentwood High School

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