NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans on Monday named Graham Clark of Dobyns-Bennett High School the Titans High School Coach of the Week for Week 10. The Dobyns-Bennett Indians defeated Science Hill 37-34 with a remarkable comeback. Trailing top-ranked Science Hill in the fourth quarter, 34-19, the Dobyns-Bennett Indians overcame the deficit by scoring 18 unanswered points, securing the win with a last minute field goal. The victory extended Dobyns-Bennett’s win streak over the longtime opponent to 19 straight wins.
Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution from the Titans Foundation to the Dobyns-Bennett High School football program in Coach Clark’s 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 Clark 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 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 on that date.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll were Jonathan Parks of Cane Ridge High School, whose team defeated Antioch High 34-14, winning its first 12-AAA district title and Huntington’s Eric Swenson, whose team defeated Class 2A topped ranked Dresden, 38-6.
Now in its 13th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $159,000 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.