Three local standouts have stood out on the national stage recently playing at Power Five football and Power Six basketball schools. Several others also are making their mark in Division I basketball.
Tennessee’s Eric Gray had provided glimpses of his big-play ability early in his freshman season but didn’t have much production to show for it. That all changed on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Bryce Perkins-led Virginia ended a 15-game losing streak against rival Virginia Tech on Friday with a 39-30 win that sends the Cavaliers on to the ACC title game.
The high school football season continues this weekend with the state semifinals in Tennessee and the regional championship games in Virginia. But, for our team of pigskin prognosticators, the battle is over.
Vanderbilt needed just 13 seconds to quash any hopes East Tennessee State had of an upset.
The defense put together a vintage performance against Pittsburgh, and Hendon Hooker threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 25 Virginia Tech to a 28-0 victory Saturday.
Tennessee has won three consecutive games to bounce back from a 1-4 start. The Vols have allowed a total of 20 points over their last 10 quarters and believe they still have plenty of room for improvement.
The Panthers and Hokies both enter with a chance to capture the Coastal Division, although the crown won’t be determined until after Virginia Tech’s game at Virginia.
ETSU and Vanderbilt face off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Nashville. The SEC Network is televising the schools’ first meeting on the football field.
Can the Indians continue their postseason run? The answer to that question has our panel divided in this week’s football picks.
Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech will meet in their football season openers in 2024 and 2025, the schools announced Tuesday.
Will ETSU go with freshman Trey Mitchell, who has started most of the season, or Tyler Riddell, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s 38-33 win over Mercer?
“It was great to do it in this fashion, to be able to run the ball, record-breaking, but we got a conference win. This was our last chance to get it. We got a win for these seniors. Now they got a good memory to think about.”
Giving outgoing longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster a shutout was special for Caleb Farley and the Virginia Tech defense. The fact the shutout came against Georgia Tech was a bonus.
Quay Holmes rushed for a school-record 255 yards, scored three TDs and reached a couple of other milestones in ETSU’s 38-33 Southern Conference win over Mercer on Saturday.