NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans are continuing their season-long series of fan polls to select the Titans High School Coach of the Week, and coach Graham Clark of Dobyns-Bennett High School, has been chosen to receive the Week 7 honor.
The school will receive a $1,000 grant for its program from Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.
Coach Clark’s Dobyns-Bennett Indians defeated the Tennessee High Vikings 28-27. The Indians won in dramatic fashion by scoring a TD pass with 26 seconds remaining in the game. This is Dobyns-Bennett’s second straight last-minute win and Coach Clark’s 200th victory.
Additionally, Coach Clark is a previous Coach of the Week winner, totaling an overall five honors since the establishment of the program.
Coach Clark will be the team’s guest at the Titans’ season finale versus the Houston Texans on Dec. 29 when the team honors all 2013 Coach of the Week winners and announces the 2013 Titans High School Coach of the Year! Clark is also eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award. Mr. Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner.
In addition to Clark, this week’s nominees were Steve Harris of Westmoreland High School, Hardin County High School’s Matt Simms and Tony Brunetti of Pearl-Cohn High School. The other nominees remain eligible to win the honor during the remainder of this season.
Nominees are submitted by sports writers and broadcasters across the state with specific criteria in mind. The specific criteria include: beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, recording an amazing come-from-behind victory, and/or involvement in the local community.
Also considered is a coach’s commitment to his players’ safety through teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.Now in its 15th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $168,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.