Arguably the best quarterback in the history of Northeast Tennessee high school football, the David Crockett senior announced his commitment Monday night to play collegiately at East Tennessee State.
On his Twitter page, Larkins stated, “First off, I would like to thank God for providing me the ability to continue my football career and education at the next level. Furthermore, I would like to thank my family, especially my parents, who have put countless hours into making sure I could have every recourse needed to be successful. I would also like to thank every coach and teammate that have helped me get to where I’m at today. With that being said, I’m committed to East Tennessee State University.”
Larkins fell just short of the state’s all-time passing yardage record after the Pioneers were defeated 24-14 by Knox Central in the first round of the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs Friday.
He ended his career with a total of 11,042 yards. He finished No. 2 on Tennessee’s all-time list, 80 yards short of Trinity Christian’s Kyle Akin.
In the National Federation of High Schools record book, Larkins stands at No. 23 on the all-time list.
Larkins passed for 2,859 yards this season. He threw for 34 touchdowns, and his career total of 105 ranks No. 6 on Tennessee’s all-time list.
TEN GAMES TO WATCH
Things are getting more serious as the football playoffs move into the second round.
Here’s the first look at 10 matchups that matter to area teams. Who is favored and by how much?
Bearden at Dobyns-Bennett
It should be a different game from the 39-14 blowout earlier this season because Bulldogs quarterback Collin Ironside was out with an injury. Indians by 10.
Farragut at Maryville
It was competitive the first time, but Maryville is the better team. Rebels by 21.
Daniel Boone at South-Doyle
The road setting and Elijah Young make this an underdog role for the Trailblazers. Cherokees by 14.
Gibbs at Knox Central
An upset occurred in the Week 11 meeting, but this time the game is at Central. Bobcats by 8.
Sullivan South at Elizabethton
The first meeting was 311-300 in total yardage — and a one-point final — as the Cyclones had trouble with the Rebels’ ball-control offense. Cyclones by 6.
Greeneville at Anderson County
These teams have quite a history. Anything less than a close game would be surprising. Greene Devils by 6.
Oneida at Hampton
The Indians could have their hands full with a team playing exceptionally well on both sides of the ball. Bulldogs by 14.
South Greene at Meigs County
A Rebels upset wouldn’t shock the world, but it’s a tall task. Tigers by 10.
Oliver Springs at Cloudland
The biggest problem for the Highlanders could be matching the Bobcats’ scoring pace. Bobcats by 8.
Coalfield at Greenback
The Cherokees are on a roll. Cherokees by 21.
It will be a Wild Wednesday with at least 26 area student-athletes scheduled to sign scholarship players. Included in the large group will be nine headed to Division I schools — making it likely the biggest signing day in Northeast Tennessee history.
Here’s the list of reported Division I signings:
Dobyns-Bennett — Jackson McDavid (ETSU)
Science Hill — Caleb Marmo (Wake Forest)
Daniel Boone — Cade Elliott (Tennessee)
Elizabethton — Evan Carter (Duke)
Science Hill — Alasia Smith (Gardner-Webb)
Sullivan Central — Abbey Crawford (Wofford)
Science Hill — Jackson Skeen (Tennessee)
Dobyns-Bennett — Staley Humphries (ETSU)
Dobyns-Bennett — Sasha Neglia (North Carolina)
Rosters for the 13th annual East-West All-Star Classic have been released and three football players from David Crockett will participate.
Larkins, receiver Donta Hackler and offensive guard Blaine Greer will be on the East squad. The game will be played in Clarksville on Dec. 13.
In the Class AAA finals, previously undefeated Brentwood was surprised by Ravenwood in a 3-2 final. Brentwood had defeated Ravenwood three times this season.
Greeneville won the Class AA title with a 2-1 decision over Nolensville. Signal Mountain was the Class A champion.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Dobyns-Bennett 24, Bearden 7
If the Indians tackle well, they should be fine. And this is a D-B team that relies on its defense.
Picks record: 8-4.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Julian Reed, Sullivan South
The standout senior cut loose for 248 yards, carrying a big load with 36 attempts to help the Rebels hold off East Hamilton 28-24 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Reed also scored a pair of touchdowns.
THE HOGS AWARD
Sullivan South Rebels
When the defense is pretty sure it knows what is coming and the offense still moves the football, that’s evidence of a good offensive line. The Rebel Hogs blocked for 60 rushing attempts and the successful ground game helped produce the win over East Hamilton.
DEFENSIVE UNIT OF THE WEEK
Daniel Boone Trailblazers
Facing what was supposed to be a tough challenge in the first round of the playoffs, Boone’s defense responded with three interceptions and a fumble recovery while not allowing a touchdown. The effort helped produce a 32-3 rout of Halls in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.