NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Philip Shadowens of Blackman High School on Monday was named Titans High School Coach of the Week for Week 9. The Blackman Blaze pulled off a stunning upset by defeating Class 6A fifth-ranked Brentwood High School, handing the program its first loss of the season. Blocking a field goal attempt, the Blaze were able to return the ball for a score and convert a two-point conversion to gain the lead with a little more than two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game. Blackman’s defense was able to contain Brentwood the remainder of the game, forcing a long field goal attempt that fell short.
This is not Coach Shadowens’ first honor. He has also received Coach of the Week honors in 2010 and also won Coach of the Year in 2006 as the head coach of the Smyrna High School.
Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution from the Titans Foundation to the Blackman High School football program in Coach Shadowens’ honor.
“High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee,” said Adams. “That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I’m very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!”
Coach Shadowens will be the team’s guest at the Titans season finale versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 30 when the team honors all 2012 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2012 Coach of the Year! Coach Shadowens 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 on that date.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll were Brian Pankey of Austin East High School, whose team defeated Pigeon Forge 22-21, scoring 15 points with less than a minute remaining in the game and Bradley Central’s Damon Floyd, whose team defeated Cleveland High, 16-14, maintaining a narrow lead with a great defensive effort.
Now in its 13th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $158,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.
The criteria for selection include the coach’s impact on his team, school, community and emphasis on health and safety. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school’s size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program recognizes high school coaches who transform, through hard work and dedication, student athletes into the best possible football players, scholars and citizens in their community.