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Offenses impress in Week Zero of high school football


1:09 AM, Aug. 18, 2012 EDT

East Tennessee offenses didn't show any rust as the 2012 high school football season started with Week Zero.

Grace Christian started things on Thursday night, opening their new turf field with a 49-21 win over Carter.

Will McKamey scored three total touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards to lead the Rams.

The offensive fireworks continued on Friday night.

CAK and Anderson County squared off on 10News2 and both offenses were on fire from the start.

The first two scores came on special teams plays as Josh Smith returned a punt for a touchdown and then Anderson County's Hunter McIntosh returned the ensuing kickoff for a score.

CAK senior quarterback Charlie High eclipsed the 100 yard mark on his first two passes. Both were touchdowns.

High finished with 505 yards and seven touchdowns through the air and added a rushing touchdown.

Smith, who has committed to play football at Tennessee next season, added a second punt return touchdown to go with 4 TD catches.

Anderson County is also known for its passing attack, but this time the Mavericks used Andy Long and the ground game to rack up 45 points. They couldn't keep up with CAK though. The Warriors cruised to a 76-45 win.

Bearden's experienced offense, led by Nicky Frizen and Trent Waters, put up 31 points on Hardin Valley in the first half.

The Bulldogs went on to win 45-9, exacting revenge from last year's shutout loss to the Hawks.

Sevier County's offense was potent in 2011, but how would they fare without star quarterback Cullen Lavoi? Pretty well.

The Smoky Bears didn't miss a beat with Luke Manning leading the offense. The junior beat out two other QBs to win the starting job in camp and he proved his worth against William Blount. Manning threw for five touchdowns in the 45-28 win.

In the USA Today High School Sports Game of the Week, South Doyle beat Karns 32-14 behind the efforts of running back Malik Lundy. The Cherokees trailed 14-12 late in the third quarter before catching fire in the come from behind win.

The Jefferson County offense got some help from the defense in a 40-0 win over Heritage. The Patriots returned a fumble for a touchdown en route to putting up their highest point total since 2010.

Catholic looked sharp on their new turf field wearing green jerseys. Nolan Coulter rushed for more than 200 yards leading the Fighting Irish to a 35-0 victory over Central.

Powell's offense was one of the best in the state in 2011. However, the Panthers started the Derek Rang era with a great defensive performance, beating Rhea County 14-6.

Powell recorded three sacks on the final drive of the game and defensive lineman Shar'ron Moore was in on every one of them.

Jonathan Strozyk picked off Austin Dotson's pass on the final play to give him the school record for career interceptions with 15. The record was previously held by Matt Lowe, who resigned as Powell head coach in the off-season.

For scores from other games from across East Tennessee click here.

Week Zero will continue on Saturday with Morristown West and Morristown East playing host to Harlan County (Ky.) and Fulton, respectively. Maryville will take on Cleveland and Alcoa will host Webb.

 

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