By Donovan Stewart for Examiner.com
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When Monterey head football coach Scott Hughes looks back at what his football players have been through the last three years and how they have handled the adversity all he can do is smile.
To see the success the Wildcats have enjoyed under Hughes in 2014, you first have to see what turmoil the school has faced since late 2012.
In Late 2012, the Putnam County Fire Marshall condemned the high school saying that there were concerns that if there was a fire, the school built in 1955 would be lost.
The next week, the high school was shut down and both Elementary and Middle Schools were put under one roof at Burks Middle School.
The Monterey High school students were sent to the old Elementary school to continue classes.
The elementary school gymnasium where Hughes teaches Physical Education classes currently was built in 1949.
“The gym is just big enough that when the kids play volleyball, they are literally serving with their backs against the wall,” Hughes said.
“I think other coaches think I’m pulling their leg and lying to them about our situation.”
Because of the school being condemned, the Wildcats lost the use of their stadium, their weight room and their practice field.
Then in March of 2013, the high school was bulldozed to the ground.
A new Monterey high school is scheduled to be built where the old school stood in September 2015.
Another blow to the program came last December as coach Billy a Heady stepped down after a decade of leading the program.
Hughes was promoted from Offensive Coordinator to head coach in January and his hiring has paid off by taking the Monterey program to the next level.
For the last two seasons, the Wildcats have played their home games on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.
They also call the Monterey Parks and Recreation Softball Field, their practice field.
And they also have a makeshift weight room in a storage building behind the local Save-A-Lot store.
“We have some tough minded kids here at Monterey,” Hughes said. “They have been through so much and they don’t ask why me or get down on themselves, they just go forward and get better.”
Under Hughes’ watchful eye, The Wildcats have had a historic year on the field.
They have in 2014:
Repeated as District 7-A Champions after winning the district in 2013
Won their first playoff game in school history this past Friday defeating Midway 21-19 after being 0-17 previously.
With the first ever playoff win, Monterey Is in their first Quarterfinal playoff round as they host Copper Basin on Friday.
Not bad considering the circumstances and how the Wildcats got off to such a dubious start this year.
The Wildcats played up against two of Putnam county’s biggest schools in Cookeville (6A) and Upperman (3A).
Not only did Monterey lose both games they were out scored 78-0.
“I’m thinking that that wasn’t the best way to start my first year as a head coach,” Hughes said.
A week later, Monterey improved but started the year at 0-3 with a 19-18 loss to district foe Clay County.
“The coaches came in and changed not just the offense but we were trying to change culture and the philosophy and we knew that would take a little time,” Hughes said.
“We have improved every week and the kids have really bought in to what we are trying to accomplish here long term,” Hughes said.
Hughes was hired by Heady in 2013 as Offensive Coordinator started his coaching career at nearby Cookeville High School under current Pope John Paul II head man Jerry Joslin.
When Hughes was hired as the Offensive Coordinator, he took Heady’s single wing attack and expanded on it with different formations, now this season, the Wildcats are a Multiple set team now.
Since starting 0-3, the Wildcat multiple offense attack has been explosive averaging 42.3 points per game and they are on a eight game winning streak.
Junior quarterback Corey Heiderich has played well in the new system throwing eight touchdowns.
But senior running back Dalton Phillips has been the one offensive player that has really thrived in the new system as he has rushed for 1,603 yards and scored 24 total touchdowns on the year.
Junior twin brothers Braxton and Bradley Tayes have been the stars of the Wildcat defense as Braxton leads the team with 92 tackles while Bradley has 63 tackles and a team high 18 tackles for loss.
All the success, the Wildcats have experienced in 2014 could continue as they only have six seniors as well as big junior and sophomore classes.
“We have started eight juniors and eight sophomores at certain times this season and they have responded pretty well,” Hughes said.
“Three freshmen have also stepped in and started this year as well.”
Monterey has 12 juniors, 11 sophomores and 10 freshman dot the roster.
“We have had our younger kids step in and play big and that is huge for our program in the future,” Hughes said.
Monterey is not the only team that is making their first Quarterfinal round appearance this year.
Two other schools Arlington and Centennial are making school history as well.
Head Coach-Chris Wiley
Record Under Wiley-65-31
Playoff Appearances-The Tigers have made seven playoff appearances (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) since the school opened in 2006 and they have made the playoffs six years in a row.
Reason(s) For Success-Wiley is the only head coach that the Tiger program has ever known and his program building plan from day one has paid off in a big way.
They have endured only one losing season (1-9 in 2008) since the program started.
Freshman quarterback Tate Kolwyck has played well this year passing for 1,418 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season.
The Tigers have won three straight 14-AAA district titles (four overall) and 11 district games in a row.
Head Coach-Brian Rector
Record Under Rector-29-17
Playoff Appearances-The Cougars have made six playoff appearances overall and three of them have come in Rector’s four year tenure.
Reason(s) For Success-Rector who led Ravenwood to back to back 5A title games 2005 and 2006) with one state title in 2005 has the same philosophy at Centennial that made him successful at Ravenwood.
The Cougars known as Franklin’s little brother were 0-15 against their bigger cross town brother before Rector was hired in 2011.
The Cougars under Rector now play with a clhip on their shoulder and the positive attitude that they can win every game.
Moral Victories are no longer accepted and Centennial has beaten Franklin twice (42-10 in 2012) and 28-23 this year in the first round of the playoffs.
LONG TIME BETWEEN QUARTERFINALS
The following four schools are making the Quarterfinals for the first time in a long time.
Overall Playoff Record-5-6
Last Time in Quarterfinals-1992, finished 10-3
Overall Playoff Record-13-17
Last Time in Quarterfinals-1994, finished 9-4
Overall Playoff Record-11-16
Last Time in Quarterfinals-1995, finished 8-6
Overall Playoff Record-14-18
Last Time in Quarterfinals-1995, finished 11-2
Six more teams that haven’t made a Quarterfinals in a while.
Overall Playoff Record-13-4
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2006, finished 10-5 lost in 5A title game
Overall Playoff Record-25-23
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2007, finished 11-3
Overall Playoff Record-39-17
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2008, finished 13-2 with 4A state title
Overall Playoff Record-31-22
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2008, finished 10-3
Overall Playoff Record-21-15
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2009, finished 11-2
Overall Playoff Record-34-21
Last Time in Quarterfinals-2009, finished 10-3
List of Current Consecutive Quarterfinal Playoff Appearances
1. Maryville-18 (1997-current)
2. Alcoa-15 (2000-current)
2. MUS-15 (2000-current)
4. St. George’s-10 (2005-current)
5. Ensworth-8 (2007-current)
5. MBA-8 (2007-current)
7. Baylor-6 (2009-current)
7. ECS-6 (2009-current)
7. Knoxville Webb-6 (2009-current)
10. CAK-5 (2010-current)
10. Coalfield-5 (2010-current)
10. Ridgeway-5 (2010-current)
10. White House-5 (2010-current)
14. Adamsville-4 (2011-current)
14. CPA-4 (2011-current)
14. Fulton-4 (2011-current)
17. Grace Christian Academy-3 (2012-current)
17. Marion County-3 (2012-current)
17. Nashville Christian-3 (2012-current)
17. Trezevant-3 (2012-current)
21. BGA-2 (2013-current)
21. Blackman-2 (2013-current)
21. Columbia Academy-2 (2013-current)
21. Henry County-2 (2013-current)
21. Knoxville West-2 (2013-current)
21. Notre Dame-2 (2013-current)
21. Oakland-2 (2013-current)
21. Trousdale County-2 (2013-current)
21. Union City-2 (2013-current)
Alcoa and CAK are in the same region and have combined to win the last nine Class 3A state title with Alcoa winning seven (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013) and CAK winning two titles 2011 and 2012.
They have also had to go through each other in the playoffs in fact and have met 10 straight years in the playoffs.
The first five years (2005-09) they met in the second round and the last five years they have met in the Quarterfinals.
Not to be outdone Marion County and Trousdale County have a nice little playoff rivalry going as well.
Their 2014 Quarterfinal contest will make the third straight season that they have met in the Class 2A playoffs.
In 2012, the Warriors defeated the Yellow Jackets 48-21 in the second round of the playoffs held in Jasper.
Last season, Trousdale turned the tables on Marion beating the Warriors 41-14 in the Quarterfinal round in Hartsville on their way to winning the 2A state title.
The rubber match will be held in Jasper as the Warriors (10-1) will host the Yellow Jackets (8-3).
Other Playoff Rematches in Quarterfinals
Nashville Christian (11-0) at Columbia Academy (11-0)
2013 Result-Nashville Christian 49, Columbia Academy 21 in Quarterfinals
Grace Christian Academy (9-3) at Oneida (10-1)
2013 Result-Grace 47, Oneida 27 in second round
CAK (7-5) at Alcoa (11-1)
2013 Result-Alcoa 42, CAK 14 in Quarterfinals
Sullivan South (11-1) at Fulton (12-0)
2013 Result-Fulton 41, Sullivan South 19 in second round
Henry County (10-2) at Ridgeway (11-1)
2013 Result-Henry County 42, Ridgeway 21 in Quarterfinals
Bonus-Henry County also beat Ridgeway 24-14 in 2011 Quarterfinals.
ECS (9-2) at Knoxville Webb (8-3)
2013 Result-Webb 28, ECS 15 in Semifinals
MUS (8-3) at Ensworth (9-1)
2013 Result-Ensworth 27, MUS 10 in Division II-AA Finals
Bonus-Ensworth 31, MUS 14 in 2012 Division II-AA Finals
Playoff Rematches From Previous Years
Mt. Pleasant (7-4) at Adamsville (10-1)
2012 Result-Adamsville 56, Mt. Pleasant 6 in second round
Hickman County (9-3) at Milan (9-3)
2012 Result-Milan 35, Hickman County 6 in Quarterfinals
White House (8-4) at Pearl Cohn (10-2)
2006-Pearl Cohn 29, White House 9 in second round
2007-Pearl Cohn 14, White House 7 in Quarterfinals
Science Hill (11-1) at Maryville (12-0)
2010 Result-Maryville 34, Science Hill 7 in first round
2011 Result- Maryville 45, Science Hill 7 in second round
Regular Season Rematches In Quarterfinals
The following seven games in the Quarterfinal round are rematches from the regular season.
Coalfield (9-2) at Greenback (9-2)
Regular Season Result-Greenback 17, Coalfield 6 in week three
Peabody (10-2) at McKenzie (8-3)
Regular Season Result-Peabody 56, McKenzie 21 in week zero
CAK (7-5) at Alcoa (11-1)
Regular Season Result-Alcoa 38, CAK 7 in week seven
Henry County (10-2) at Ridgeway (11-1)
Regular Season Result-Ridgeway 22, Henry County 15 in week three
Oakland (11-1) at Blackman (11-1)
Regular Season Result-Blackman 28, Oakland 21 in week zero
Centennial (10-2) at Ravenwood (12-0)
Regular Season Result-Ravenwood 24, Centennial 0 in week six
Baylor (8-4) at MBA (9-2)
Regular Season Result-Baylor 23, MBA 20 in week two
FIRST YEAR QUARTERFINAL COACHES
Five head coaches have their schools in the Quarterfinals in their first year at the helm.
Michael Harrison, Hickman County
Harrison was the head coach at Perry County for six years (2007-2012) and led the Vikings to three playoff appearances.
Now after taking a year off from coaching in 2013, he has returned to his alma mater and led the Bulldogs to the Quarterfinals.
Scott Tillman, Lipscomb Academy
Tillman, a longtime assistant at Lipscomb Academy took the head job on an interim last season after the untimely death of Glenn McCadams.
A year later, Tillman had the interim tag removed and led the Mustangs back to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
Ricky Ross, Marion County
After being a successful defensive coordinator in Georgia at Calhoun, Ross is in his first year as a head coach at a program that has had sustained success before.
Ross has brought in a new system that the players have bought into and has helped the program heal and turn the page from a scandal that rocked the community last season.
Bronson Bradley, Mt. Pleasant
Bradley has had two short head coaches experiences at Perry County in 2006 and Westmoreland in 2009 but expect his time in Mt. pleasant to be much longer.
He has come in and took what previous coaches have done and made the Tigers a force again in Class 2A.
Scott Hughes, Monterey
As previously mentioned Hughes has accomplished so much in such a short time at the small school in Putnam County.
BATTLE OF UNBEATENS
There will be two quarterfinal games this week that will feature undefeated teams going against each other.
The winners will march on to the Semifinals while the losers will see a very successful season come to an end.
Nashville Christian (11-0) at Columbia Academy (11-0)
Playoff Meetings-The teams have met twice in the playoffs with Nashville Christian winning both meetings in 2010 and 2013
Players To Watch-Nashville Christian-Daniel Bituli (RB, Jr.), Alex Givens (OL, Sr., Ole Miss Commitment), Mario McGraw (RB, Jr.), Mickey Martin (DB, Soph.), Malcolm Swann (DL, Jr.), Grant Williams (LB, Jr.), Jaylon Jackson (TE/DE, Jr.), Nathan Hargrove (LB, Jr.), Kyle Tidwell (QB, Jr.), Bryce Collier (WR/DB, Jr.), TJ Neal (WR/DB Jr.), Austin Shelton (OL/DL, Jr.);
Columbia Academy-Jackson Cary (QB, Sr.), Zach Whitley (OL/DL, Sr.), Ethan Foster (FB/ LB, Sr.), Jalen Anderson (OL/DL, Sr.), Taylor Thompson (WR/DB, Soph.), Hudson Primm (RB/LB, Soph.), Nathan Williams (OL/DL, Soph.), Scott Lentz (WR/DB, Soph.), Noah Brock (QB/DB, Fr.), Jacob Atkins (WB/DB, Soph.), Thomas Garrison (K/P, Jr.)
Rhea County (12-0) at Oak Ridge (12-0)
Playoff Meetings-1st Playoff Meeting
Players To Watch-Rhea County-Austin Thurmond (QB, Sr.), David Loden (WR, Sr.), Jacob York (RB, Sr.), Cody Bice (RB/DB, Soph.), Mason Stevenson (FB/LB, Soph.), Noel Patterson (WR/DB, Jr.), Zach Daoust (RB/LB, Sr.), Bryce Keylon (RB/DB, Sr.), Jacob Williams (OL/DL, Sr.), Lee Hill (TE/DE, Sr.), C. J. Shelton (OL/DL, Sr.), Logan Hinds (C/DL, Sr.), Holden Doss (OG/ ILB, Sr.);
Oak Ridge-Ted Mitchell (WR/DB, Sr.), Isaac Chapman (OL/DL, Sr.), Tommy Kaczocha (WR/DB, Sr.), Jemiah Hall (WR/DB, Sr.), Brandon Bonds (WR/DB, Sr.), Adam Manookian (RB/LB, Jr.), Ricky Chitwood (RB/LB, Sr.), Brandon Nickle (PK/P, Jr.), Matt Warmbrod (LB/DE, Sr.), Isiah Jones (RB,Jr.), Shawmain Fleming (OL/DL, Sr.), Jiminquas Johnson (WR, Sr.), Ryan Waddell (TE, Sr.), Tee Higgins (WR, Soph.), TJ Allison (RB/LB, Jr.), Jordan Dunbar (ATH, Jr.)
56 teams remain the TSSAA playoffs when you add up all eight divisions.
And while 80 percent of the remaining seeds are either No. 1 (26 remain) or No. 2 (19 remain) seeds, there are some teams considered by their seeds as underdogs.
CAK (7-5) is the highest seed remaining as they are the only No. 7 left.
Three No. 6 seeds remain in Hickman County (9-3) and Lipscomb Academy (9-3) in 3A and Centennial (10-2) in 6A.
Two No. 5 are still alive in Milan (9-3) in 3A and Baylor (8-4) in Division II-AA.
Two No. 4 remain as well in Peabody (10-2) in 2A as well as White House (8-4) in 3A.
Two No. 3 seeds remain in Lake County (8-4) in 1A and defending 2A champion Trousdale County (9-3) in 2A.
TOUGH TO BE RUNNER UP
While all eight defending state champions are through to the Quarterfinals and are still alive to possibly defend their title, the same can’t be said for three teams that finished runner up last year as they were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round.
2013 Record-12-2, 1A Runner Up
Lost to-Copper Basin 22-15 in second round
2013 Record-12-3, 4A Runner Up
Lost to-White House 39-21 in second round
2013 Record-11-4, 6A Runner Up
Lost to- Centennial 24-7 in second round
Kendrick Malone, QB, Peabody-Rushed for 330 yards in a 42-37 win over Trinity Christian.
Kyle Akin, QB, Trinity Christian-Passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-37 loss to Peabody.
Quan Harrison, QB, Greeneville-Rushed for 267 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 loss to Sullivan South.
Trey Hyde, RB, White House-Rushed for 232 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 39-21 win over Giles County.
Kenyan Harper, RB, Trousdale County-Rushed for 277 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 55-42 win over Middle Tennessee Christian.
Rodrick Napper, RB, Beech-Rushed for 235 yards and scored three times in a 42-41 overtime loss to Shelbyville.
Charlie Davidson, RB, Blackman-Rushed for 224 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Riverdale.
Zack Daoust, RB, Rhea County-Rushed for 198 yards and scored twice in a 47-14 win over Ooltewah.
BY THE NUMBERS
42-Number of second quarter points scored by Pearl Cohn in a 63-7 win over Spring Hill.
52-Combined second quarter points scored by Trousdale County (30) and MTCS (22) in the Yellow Jackets 55-42 win over the Cougars.
69-Number of rushing attempts by Westmoreland in a 48-29 loss to CPA.
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