The nominees are Scott Murray of Nashville’s Hunter’s Lane, Steve Brewer of Sevier County High School, Orentheus Taylor of Jackson Central-Merry and Darren Bowling of Union City High School.
Each coach was chosen by sports media throughout the state of Tennessee on the basis of specific criteria. The specific criteria included: beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, an amazing come from behind victory, and/or involvement in the local community.
Also considered, is a coach’s consideration of his players’ safety, by teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.
Week Three voting is open until 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT Thursday, Sept. 19. VOTE here.
The 10 weekly winners of the Coach of the Week will earn a $1,000 grant from the Tennessee Titans Foundation for his football program to be used to provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field house!
At the conclusion of the Tennessee state playoffs, a Titans High School Coach of the Year will be selected and that winner will earn a $2,000 grant from the Titans Foundation for his school’s football program!
The Titans began honoring Tennessee’s High School Coaches in 1998 and since that time, have awarded $163,000 in grants to support high school football programs throughout Tennessee via this program!
Please review the brief description of each nominee before voting:
Scott Murray, Hunters Lane: Murray’s Hunters Lane Warriors defeated the Whites Creek Cobras 28-21. The win ended a 29-game losing streak for the Warriors. Their last win was in 2010, also a win against Whites Creek. With this victory, Hunters Lane scored more points than its three previous games combined this season.
Steve Brewer, Sevier County High School: Brewer’s Sevier County Smoky Bears rallied from 23-7 deficit, in the second half, defeating the Dobyns-Bennett Indians 34-30. The Bears had lost 10 of 12 to the Indians, including a pair of close losses last season, 42-41 in regular season play and 28-21 in the playoffs.
Orentheus Taylor, Jackson Central-Merry (JCM): Coach Taylor’s JCM Cougars traveled to Henderson and defeated the Chester County Eagles 14-12. Holding a 14-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Cougars were able to fend off an Eagles comeback by preventing a game-tying two-point conversion attempt with 3:15 remaining on the clock. The win marks Jackson Central-Merry’s third straight.
Darren Bowling, Union City High School: Coach Darren Bowling’s Class 1A Union City Golden Tornadoes, defeated class 2A third-ranked Huntingdon Mustangs in a commanding 31-13 upset victory. The Golden Tornadoes had allowed 63, 38 and 55 points in the previous three meetings against the rival. Union City held Huntingdon to just two TDs and 207 total yards.
The winner of the Coach of the Week grant will receive $1,000 to help a deserving school provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field house!
Click here to vote for the Week 3 Coach of the Week. Voting is open until 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT Thursday, Sept. 19.