In a look back on EHS sports this year, the Ensider’s own William Joy (with the help of a few athletes) has compiled a list of the top-10 sports moments for the Tigers this year. Here’s what he came up with...
1. EHS vs. BGA football
On Sept. 8, 2006, the EHS Tigers varsity football team beat the BGA Wildcats, 28-10. In addition to the 18-point victory, it came on a night during which BGA celebrated the 50-year anniversary of their state championship team, a team they said was the best ever in Tennessee. After losing to the BGA JV team in 2005, Ensworth easily beat the varsity this time around.
2. EHS vs. MBA boys basketball
This game had it all: two bitter rivals, a jam-packed arena, and a nail-biting ending. With the student sections taunting each other for most of the game, the Tigers staged a late rally that resulted in a 68-61 win. Tavarres Jefferson racked up 26 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers, and Gary Pope scored 20 points.
3. EHS vs. HH girls basketball
As in the MBA game, this was a game between two rivals. The 65-54 score was not as
close, but most of the action came from Emily Perkins lighting up the scoreboard with 19 points. The Lady Tigers finished their season with a 16-7 record!
4. Tavarres Jefferson: football stats
The numbers speak for themselves: 111 rushes, 1136 yards, 13 touchdowns, 10.2 yards per rush. In case you don’t understand just how special these numbers are for a high school sophomore, NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, the league’s leading rusher, averaged 5.2 yards per carry and totaled 1815 yards. Even more impressive, Tavarres racked up 257 yards on just six carries and scored four touchdowns during a 48-13 rout of Community. That is an average of 42.8 yards per rush and almost a touchdown per carry.
5. Jackson Wilcox makes states in swimming
Wilcox qualified for the state meet with a record 4:27 in the 500 freestyle, and then overcame illness to place second in the state with a time of 4:34.
6. Maddie Graham and Garret Carmichael excel in XC
Just as Jackson Wilcox made states in swimming, Garrett Carmichael and Maddie Graham did the same for cross country. On a cold, rainy day, Graham ran a 20:53 and Carmichael ran a 17:14 at the regional meet to qualify. Graham took 33rd in 21:36, and Garrett came in 76th. A 5K, which is the length of the race run, is 3.1 miles, equivalent to 12.25 laps around the track.
7. Grant Caudill makes states in golf
Grant Caudill shot an 80 on 18 holes to qualify for the state tournament, including a five-foot putt to clinch the spot. He got sick at the state tournament, but still shot a 172 on 36 holes (an average of 86 per round).
8. Freshmen at Hartman Relays
In the Hartman Relays, freshmen Garrett Carmichael and Shelby Smith both finished first, running the 800-meter race (two complete laps around the track). Carmichael finished with a time of 2:03 while Shelby ran it in 2:27. Smith’s time tied the track record for girls.
9. EHS vs. FRHS wrestling
As a team, Ensworth lost, but there was one match between Duke DeLoache and Ryan
Miller of Father Ryan that is simply too good to pass up. The score was tied, 9-9, going into the third overtime, when the first person to score a take-down wins. “He had taken a shot on me and almost scored, but I put him in a leg cradle, so I scored two points and the match was over,” DeLoache said.
10. EHS vs. BGA girls soccer
Emily Perkins scored the lone goal off an assist from Eliza Morgan in the 38th minute to lift the Tigers over BGA. As MacKenzie Sample put it, “We then saw the potential our team had and the fact that we could work together as a team and be the best!”