This week’s Midstate Player of the Week for the BlueCross Bowl championship games is Davidson Academy junior running back/strong safety Griffin Swinea.
Swinea rushed for 285 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns (of 3, 8, 36 and 64 yards) in the Bears’ 31-21 victory over University School of Jackson. Swinea also had one tackle and one pass breakup in the victory.
The Bears repeated as Division II-Class A champions after completing an 11-2 season.
Previous Player of the Week honorees:
Division I semifinals – Keaton Wade, Summit, sophomore running back/linebacker
3rd round – Dominic Allocco, Montgomery Bell Academy, senior defensive back
2nd round – Justin Seagraves, Friendship Christian, senior quarterback
1st round – Tim Coutras, Nolensville, senior wide receiver/defensive back
Week 11 – John Ross Hord, Smith County, senior tailback
Week 10 – Kevontay White, Springfield, senior tailback
Week 9 – Kemari McGowan, Middle Tennessee Christian, senior tailback
Week 8 – Logan Nardozzi, Fairview, junior tailback
Week 7 – James Moore, Stratford, senior tailback
Week 6 – Sawyer Watts, Pope John Paul II, senior quarterback
Week 5 – Marcus Collins, Eagleville, sophomore quarterback
Week 4 – Andrew Mason, Ravenwood, senior wide receiver
Week 3 – Hayden Fly, Lipscomb Academy, senior linebacker
Week 2 – Spencer Briggs, Gallatin, senior tailback
Week 1 – Nick Semptimphelter, Battle Ground Academy, senior quarterback
Davidson Academy junior Griffin Swinea rushed for 285 yards and four touchdowns in Davidson Academy’s 31-21 victory over USJ in the Division II-Class A BlueCross Bowl championship game. (Photo by Chris Brooks | Midstate Preps Plus) Summit sophomore Keaten Wade rushed for 173 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns (of 15 and 80 yards) in the Spartans’ 27-20 victory over visiting Dyer County in the Class 5A semifinals. Wade also had 1.5 sacks defensively in the victory. (Photo by Kevin Smith | Kevin Smith Photography) Montgomery Bell Academy senior Dominic Allocco had seven total tackles and three interceptions in the Big Red’s 20-3 victory at Memphis University School in the Division II-AAA semifinals. (Photo by Michael Jones Photography) Friendship Christiain senior Justin Seagraves had 15 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns and was 3-of-3 passing for 110 yards and two scores in the Commanders’ 45-19 victory over visiting Columbia Academy in the Division II-A quarterfinals. (Photo by Tucker Photography) Nolensville senior Tim Coutras scored four touchdowns in the Knights’ 47-7 victory over visiting Macon County in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Coutras had two catches for 67 yards and a touchdown (25 yards), two carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns (2 and 50 yards), and a 62-yard interception return for another score. (Photo by Chris Brooks | Midstate Preps Plus) Smith County senior John Ross Hord rushed for 211 yards and six touchdowns in the Owls’ 59-8 victory over visiting Grundy County in Week 11. (Photo by Chris Brooks | Midstate Preps Plus) Springfield senior Kevontay White rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries in the Yellow Jackets’ 43-0 victory over Greenbrier in Week 10. (Photo by Brenda Wilson) Middle Tennessee Christian School senior Kemari McGowan rushed 17 times for 442 yards with 7 touchdowns and 5 2-point conversions in the Cougars’ 60-22 victory at Grace Christian-Franklin in Week 9. The 442 yards set a TSSAA state record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. McGowan, the normal starting tailback, was filling in at quarterback due to injury and illness to the Cougars’ active quarterbacks. (Photo by Loveless Photography) Fairview junior Logan Nardozzi rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Yellow Jackets’ 43-7 victory at Harpeth in Week 8. (Photo courtesy of Fairview Football) Stratford senior James Moore had 12 carries for 239 yards and four touchdowns in Stratford’s 55-6 victory over RePublic in Week 7. Moore also had three tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. (Photo by Chris Brooks | Midstate Preps Plus) Pope John Paul II senior quarterback Sawyer Watts was 12-16 passing for 211 yards and six touchdowns in the Knights’ 56-8 victory over Christian County (Ky.) in Week 6. (Photo by Mark Griffith Photography) Eagleville sophomore quarterback Marcus Collins completed 10-of-12 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for three scores in a 46-8 win over Community in Week 5. (Photo by David Russell) Ravenwood senior wide receiver Andrew Mason had eight catches for 356 yards and tied a state record with seven TD catches. He also ran for one score in the Raptors’ 61-47 victory over visiting Pulaski Academy (Ark.) in Week 4. (Photo by Christian Taylor) Lipscomb Academy senior linebacker Hayden Fly recorded 17 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and scored a defensive touchdown in the Mustangs’ 56-26 victory at Franklin Road Academy in Week 3.(Photo courtesy of Lipscomb Academy) Gallatin senior running back Spencer Briggs set a new school rushing record with 313 yards on 14 carries, scoring four touchdowns in the Green Wave’s 50-0 victory over Station Camp in Week 2. (Photo by Scott Burton | Midstate Preps Plus) BGA senior quarterback Nick Semptimphelter was 21-of-28 passing for 356 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-21 victory at McGavock in Week 1. (Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Academy)