NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Three Sequatchie Valley athletes were named Mr. Football Finalists Tuesday, including Hunter Davenport (Sequatchie County) and the duo of Alex Kirkendoll and Hunter McClain (Marion County.
The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 16 backs and linemen in eight classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the fifteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.
Four semifinalists for each category and each classification were announced on November 4. There are six classifications in Division I and two in Division II. With “Back of the Year” and “Lineman of the Year” for each classification, as well as the “Kicker of the Year” award, that makes for a total of 17 award categories. Two finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com today at 11:00 a.m. CST / 12:00 p.m. EST. The two finalists for each award that were announced today will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.
A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2016 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
VALLEY ‘MR. FOOTBALL’ FINALISTS
Categories: Class 3A Back of the Year; Class 3A Lineman of the Year
The Rundown: Hunter Davenport has been an integral part of the Sequatchie County Indians’ 10-0 season with a major line of statistics on both sides of the ball. He’s scored 20 touchdowns this season including 16 on the ground, 3 through the air and one interception return to the house. He is second on the team in the rushing category with 841 yards and an average of 6.5 yards per carry. Davenport has also racked up 92 total tackles on the defensive side of the ball, including 9 for a loss, 2 sacks, and 63 solo tackles. The two-way player also has two interceptions to his name this season while forcing three fumbles.
Category: 2A Lineman of the Year
The Rundown: On the defensive side of the ball, Kirkendoll is not stranger to the Mr. Football awards as he was a semifinalist during the 2015 season. After a monster performance last year, Kirkendoll has stepped his game up even more during his senior season. On the season, Kirkendoll has amassed 118.5 tackles, 85 on his own and 71 assists. Also included in his totals are 12 tackles for a loss and a sack.
Category: 2A Lineman of the Year
The Rundown: Although McClain has been nominated more for his duties at linebacker, his work on both sides of the ball is impressive, even for a player at a powerhouse program. McClain joins his teammate, Alex Kirkendoll, in the Lineman of the Year category as one of two duos to be nominated in the same category from the same team. McClain has rushed for 797 yards on 101 attempts this season for 7.9 yards per carry and eight touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he has 63–41 solo and 44 assists–to his name, including 3 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.