Holden Willis grew up dreaming of playing Division 1 football, and that dream came true Feb. 5 as he signed his letter of intent with the University of South Florida Bulls.

Loudon County was well-represented this year on the gridiron with seven players named last week to the 2019 Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team.

The All-County Football Team is chosen through a combination of statistics, personal observation and coaching suggestions. Final decisions are made by News-Herald sports writer Nick Davis. He can be contacted at 865-635-0841 or nick.davis@news-herald.net.

As the 2019 high school football season closed for most seniors in Loudon County, the recruiting process heated up for National Signing Day.

Derrell Bailey Jr.’s dream of playing football at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference came true Dec. 18 when he signed his letter of intent with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in front of friends, family and coaches in the Greenback School gymnasium.

Now that the high school football season is officially over, Greenback School fans, players and coaches are celebrating another milestone in the program’s recent dominance.

Standing beside two of the best high school football players in Class 1A on Dec. 2 at Nissan Stadium, Greenback School’s Holden Willis sighed a deep breath of relief when he heard his name called as the 2019 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award winner.

The Greenback School Cherokees found themselves in an exciting, back-and-forth affair with the Lake County High School Falcons in the Class 1A state championship game Friday, but a pair of costly interceptions in the fourth quarter diminished their hopes of bringing the gold ball home.

After suffering a gut-wrenching 24-21 loss to the Whitwell High School Tigers last season in the Class 1A semifinals, Greenback School head football coach Greg Ryan endured a long year of anticipation.

A shaky start to the season will be a fading memory for Greenback School when the Cherokees head to Cookeville for a shot at a second state championship in three years.

For the first time, the Greenback School Cherokees (11-2) and Loudon High School Redskins (13-0) will simultaneously play in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoff semifinals.

After Greenback School torched the Oliver Springs High School defense for several long touchdown passes in a regular season win, the Bobcats decided to take away that threat in the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals Friday night.

Postseason hopes for the Greenback School Cherokees and Loudon High School Redskins remain intact after both teams cruised through their second-round matchups to advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Greenback School wanted to duplicate the quick start experienced in a mid-season win over Coalfield High School when Braden Carnes and Duke Stinnett combined for a touchdown pass on the Cherokees’ second offensive play.

Two Loudon County high school football teams remain alive in the postseason, with the Greenback School Cherokees and Loudon High School Redskins entering the second round of the playoffs.

The ball kept bouncing the way of the Cherokees Friday night as Greenback School defeated Unaka School, 51-6.

Team Region Overall Greenback6-011-2Oliver Springs5-110-3Coalfield4-28-4Harriman3-33-8Midway2-45-5Sunbright1-53-7Oakdale0-61-9

The 2019 high school football regular season has come to a close and for a third consecutive year all three Loudon County high school teams will play in the first round of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs.

The Greenback School Cherokees took home a Region 2-A victory Friday night over the Oakdale High School Eagles.

The final week of the 2019 regular season is here, and all three Loudon County high school football teams are looking to secure one more win to springboard into the first round of the playoffs next week.

Driving rain and a strong secondary performance from Midway High School slowed Greenback School’s potent passing attack, but the Cherokees showed enough offensive variety and leaned on a stout defense to shut out the Green Wave 33-0 Friday.

With two games remaining in the regular season, all three Loudon County high school football teams will look to spark momentum heading into the playoffs.

Greenback School didn’t know what to expect from Harriman High School’s defense Friday night, but all that did was prove it probably didn’t matter.

For the first time in two weeks, all three Loudon County high school football teams will be in action Friday night.

Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and 280 pounds, Tyler “Bubba” Jeffries quickly captures the eye every time he takes the field on Friday nights.

Greenback School head football coach Greg Ryan knew his team was in for a fight Friday night on the road at Coalfield School.

More than 120 high school football teams around the state are on a bye week, including Lenoir City and Loudon high schools, but the Greenback School Cherokees (4-2, 2-0 Region 2-1A) return to action Friday.

DateOpponentLocationResultAug. 23LoudonHomeL 54-20Aug. 30Meigs CountyAwayL 27-20Sept. 6SunbrightHomeW 61-20Sept. 13OneidaHomeW 20-7Sept. 20Oliver SpringsHomeW 50-0Sept. 27Lenoir CityAwayW 51-7Oct. 11CoalfieldAwayW 45-20Oct. 18HarrimanAwayW 42-6Oct. 25MidwayHomeW 33-0Nov. 1OakdaleAwayW 66-0No…

From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, the Greenback School Cherokees (4-2, 2-0 Region 2-1A) were in full command Friday night en route to a 51-7 blowout of the Lenoir City High School Panthers (1-5, 0-2 Region 4-5A).

Teams across the state are officially at the halfway mark of the 2019 regular season, but there are plenty of playoff implications on the line in Loudon County.

Greenback Schools obviously had a bone to pick Friday night with Oliver Springs High School.

Following a slate of non-region games, all three Loudon County high school football teams return to region action Friday night.

The Greenback School Cherokees dropped a pair of games to bigger schools to start the season, but that ended Friday night when they won their fifth straight over Class 2A rival Oneida, 20-7.

Two Loudon County high school football teams came away with big region wins Friday, but all three will head back into non-region play this week.

Greenback School dominated Sunbright School on Friday night to pick up the first win of the year, 61-20, in its region opener.

After two straight weeks of non-region competition, all three Loudon County high school football teams face their first region opponents Friday night.

The Greenback School Cherokees gave everything they had until the final whistle Friday night in a physical road battle against the Class 2A No. 3 Meigs County High School Tigers.

Loudon High School head football coach Jeff Harig got the fast start he was looking for Friday night, as the Redskins rolled past the Greenback School Cherokees 54-20.

Following Friday's disappointing 54-20 loss to Loudon High School, the Greenback School Cherokees are turning their attention to this week's road game against the Meigs County High School Tigers.

Following a devastating 24-21 loss to Whitwell High School in the Class 1A semifinals, Greenback School head football coach Greg Ryan knew he had to fix his gaze on the 2019 season.

Dressed in a navy suit with brown shoes, Bryce Hanley stood on stage beside two of the best players in Class 1A football awaiting the announcement of the winner of the 2018 Tennessee Titans Class 1A Mr. Football Award.

The Greenback School Cherokees found themselves in a deadlock in Friday night’s Class 1A semifinal bout with the undefeated Whitwell High School Tigers.

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

Cherokees Football Schedule

DateOpponentLocationResult
Aug. 23LoudonHomeL 54-20
Aug. 30Meigs CountyAwayL 27-20
Sept. 6SunbrightHomeW 61-20
Sept. 13OneidaHomeW 20-7
Sept. 20Oliver SpringsHomeW 50-0
Sept. 27Lenoir CityAwayW 51-7
Oct. 11CoalfieldAwayW 45-20
Oct. 18HarrimanAwayW 42-6
Oct. 25MidwayHomeW 33-0
Nov. 1OakdaleAwayW 66-0
Nov. 8UnakaHomeW 51-6
Nov. 15CoalfieldHomeW 56-16
Nov. 22Oliver SpringsHomeW 35-0 

Region 2-1A Standings

Team Region Overall 
Greenback6-011-2
Oliver Springs5-110-3
Coalfield4-28-4
Harriman3-33-8
Midway2-45-5
Sunbright1-53-7
Oakdale0-61-9

Featured Businesses