Small Class boys athlete of week candidates shine in TSSAA football playoffs

Get ready to reveal the new La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Small Class boys athlete of the week. The TSSAA football playoffs have kicked off with some major performances from high school football players in the Nashville area.

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, fans now have an extra day to cast their votes.

Check out the candidates below. But don’t wait too long because voting will close Friday at noon.

Montae Baldwin, Columbia Academy: Baldwin put on an impressive performance, carrying the ball 36 times for 164 yards and a TD in a 35-27 loss to MTCS in a Division II-A semifinal.

Connor Rosson, Columbia Academy: Rosson completed 17 of 25 passes for 147 yards and scored two TDs.

Elijah Usher, East Nashville: Usher’s amazing 78-yard TD run helped him rack up 112 yards on just two carries in East Nashville’s 41-14 win over Liberty Creek.

Isaiah Groves, East Robertson: Groves had a remarkable game, rushing 21 times for 254 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 84 yards receiving and a score in East Robertson’s dominant 49-20 win over Smith County in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Elijah Groves, East Robertson: The Kentucky commitment shined with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown against Smith County.

Tennessean Athlete of the Week

Tennessean Athlete of the Week

Dontae Parker, Friendship Christian: Parker made an impact with 112 yards and a TD on just four carries in a 56-14 win over Nashville Christian in a Division II-A semifinal.

Tyson Wolcott, Friendship Christian: Wolcott broke the state record with 52 rushing touchdowns for the season after his impressive 230-yard, six-TD performance with 25 carries.

Dawson White, Moore County: White was 12-of-20 passing for 185 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in a narrow 28-27 loss to McKenzie in the Class A quarterfinals. He also added 66 yards on the ground.

Alex Copeland, Moore County: Copeland caught six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns against McKenzie.

Eli Wilson, MTCS: Wilson ran for 209 yards and scored three touchdowns on 15 carries to lead MTCS to its first Division II-A state championship game in program history.

Myles Leffew, York Institute: Leffew had an outstanding game, going 5-of-9 passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns, plus a rushing TD in a 56-13 win over Hampton in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

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