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12 high school teams seek first wins


1:00 AM, Oct. 12, 2012 EDT

Hunters Lane will attempt to halt a 24-game losing streak tonight against East Nashville. The school made the playoffs nine times from 2000-09. / John Gillis / File / GANNETT TENNESSEE

There are 12 Midstate teams that have not won a game, but four of them have games left against each other.

Pickett County, Middle Tennessee Christian, Macon County, Spring Hill, Coffee County, Northwest and West Creek are 0-7.

Cannon County, Montgomery Central, Cumberland County, Lebanon and Hunters Lane are 0-8.

Cumberland County visits Coffee County tonight. West Creek plays Northwest next week.

Hunters Lane will try to end a 24-game losing streak tonight against East Nashville.

"We've got 20 seniors, but there's not a lot of experience in that senior group," Warriors coach William Darnell said. "We've had a couple of injuries in the last few weeks on our line that hurt us a little bit. We're trying to keep it positive and build on small victories."

Center/defensive tackle Rontaz Dalton (knee) and linebacker Sean Clemons (concussion) suffered season-ending injuries.

Hunters Lane made nine playoff appearances from 2000-09 before slumping to 1-9 in 2010.

Inexperience and injuries have hurt Spring Hill, but hope is on the way in the three Oden brothers. They are nephews of Bernard Oden, the 1993 Class 2A Mr. Football winner at Spring Hill who went on to play quarterback at Memphis.

Nakedron Oden is a junior receiver/safety, Tylin Oden is a freshman quarterback and Justin Oden is a seventh-grade receiver at Spring Hill Middle School.

"Tylin very much resembles his uncle," Raiders coach Jason Scharsch said. "Justin actually had 241 yards receiving in his first game this year. They're all really good athletes.

"If you're looking for a little Bernard, Tylin is him made over. The kid is a stud athlete. His playing time is becoming more and more, and he's going to start this week for us (at Fairview.) Tylin can flat throw it."

Emotional night: Fairview defensive end Cooper Stevenson played in a 62-28 win over Marshall County two weeks ago just one day after his mother died.

Suzzane Stevenson died of liver and kidney failure on Sept. 27. She was 48.

Cooper Stevenson (6-4, 235) had 11 tackles and four sacks against the Tigers.

"It was kind of hard to play, but it gave me more motivation at the same time," Cooper Stevenson said. "She would have made me play. I could hear her on the field when she came to games, so everybody knew she was there. She would come to all of my games."

Fairview painted Suzzane Stevenson's initials near the sideline and had a moment of silence in memory of her before the game.

"(Cooper's) grandmother was in a wheelchair, and she kissed me after the game," Yellow Jackets coach Chris Hughes said. "She said it was hard losing a child, but it was a really nice gesture from us and it gave her a minute of happiness watching Cooper play football. I think it was a good outlet for him to get his mind off it."

Friday game: The Thursday Night Lights game between Ravenwood and Centennial on WUXP-30 will be broadcast tonight to avoid a conflict with Thursday's Titans-Steelers game on WZTV-17.

"We bid on that Titans game and got it on Fox, so we would have been going head-to-head with ourselves there," said Dale Bukowski, a sales manager for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns both stations. "We didn't want to put a high school game up against the Titans-Steelers.

"We didn't want to mess with the crowd at Centennial or the viewership, so we just left that one on Friday."

Pink Out: The Hillsboro Quarterback Club will be hosting a Pink Out Night for tonight's game against Brentwood.

There will be a community tailgate party at 6 p.m. with food and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help women who can't afford yearly mammograms.

Balloons with the names of breast cancer survivors will be released at halftime.

 

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