PHOTO: Eileen Carter/Making Memories Photography
DUNLAP, Tenn.–On a day that do-it-all Hunter Davenport was announced as a Mr. Football semifinalist in two separate categories, you would think he’d be excited.
But then again, he had a game to prepare for. There was no time to get lost in the moment
“When I found out this morning, I knew that wasn’t all me,” Davenport said, smiling. “It was the whole team. It can’t be all me. They’re the ones that make me look good.”
One of the most humble creatures also pads the stats without trying as he ran for five touchdowns and 139 yards on the night, with an impressive game on the back end of the football. Davenport was the only player in the state nominated for both the Back and Lineman of the Year.
“We’re fired up for [Hunter],” Head coach Adam Caine said. “I don’t think there’s anybody in this state that deserves it more than that kid does. I wasn’t surprised by it, but I was definitely fired up for him.”
As the night rolled on, the Indians took on a life of their own, scoring 21 points in the third quarter before coasting over the Hustlin’ Tigers in the fourth. The Tigers Could only muster 54 yards of offense on the night as they fumbled twice.
Howard, though, did make a little history of their own as they scored for the first time on a Sequatchie County defense. The Indians had held the Tigers scoreless for 21 straight quarters and scored 18 straight touchdowns since the series started in 1989.
Still the five touchdown performance by Davenport was quick to overshadow the Tigers’ small moment of fame.
“He’s a beast,” Caine said. “He’s one the only people I know that could do that.”
The defense held strong enough, though, to hold the Tigers to six.
“We had to tackle tonight,” Caine said. “There was one play where one guy on Howard’s side made all eleven of us miss. But these kids were hungry, and we were playing hard around the football, so it gave us a chance to kind of corral that.”
Sequatchie County moves to 11-0 with the 42-6 victory as they move on to the second round for the first time since 2010. That year they took down Bledsoe County in overtime with the snow cascading down to the field. The would fall to Goodpasture by a large margin in Madison.
The Indians host Notre Dame next week in a game that’s sure to put some buzz around the area after Sequatchie County’s unexpected woodshed trip last season. The Tigers end their season with a 4-7 record while winning four of their last six games.
HOW — 0 | 6 | 0 | 0 || 6
SCHS — 7 | 14 | 21 | 0 || 42
1st (4:39) Hunter Davenport, 1-yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 7, Howard 0
2nd (7:38) Hunter Davenport, 32-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 14, Howard 0
2nd (:45) Hunter Davenport, 1-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 21, Howard 0
2nd (:06) Vincent Bowling, 8-Yard Pass to Kedarrius Phinazee [Vasquez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 21, Howard 6
2nd (6:30) Hunter Davenport, 4-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]—Sequatchie County 28, Howard 6
2nd (2:13) Hunter Davenport, 3-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]—Sequatchie County 35, Howard 6
3rd (5:32) Austin Stevens, 4-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 42, Howard 6