Two local players among finalists for Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards

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ECS offensive lineman Dietrick Pennington (left) has been nominated for the Div. II Class AA Mr. Football Award.

Local students Dietrick Pennington and Dallan Hayden were named finalists for he Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards on Tuesday.
The awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Dec. 8, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the 18th consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.
Pennington, a 6-foot-5 offensive tackle for Evangelical Christian School, helped lead the school to a state championship last season and a 9-2 record this season.
Hayden, a 5-foot-11 standout running back, gained 1,891 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this season for Christian Brothers.
Five semifinalists in each classification were announced on Nov. 5. There are six classifications in Division I and three in Division II. Three finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith and Amie Wells on Tuesday morning. The three finalists for each award that were announced 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 2020 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
“We are very appreciative of the Tennessee Titans for their continued support of these awards,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “Having the awards presented at Nissan Stadium will provide a very special atmosphere for these outstanding student-athletes.”
This is the 36th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people will be permitted to attend this year’s awards ceremony. More than 100 people, including the 30 finalists, family members, and coaches are expected to attend the 2020 luncheon.
Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation.

2020 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalists:

DIVISION I, CLASS 1A
Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg
Kyler Parker, Moore County
Jared Stone, South Pittsburg
DIVISION I, CLASS 2A
Khalik Ganaway, Peabody
Will Meadows, Meigs County
Luke Myers, South Greene
DIVISION I, CLASS 3A
Anthony Brown, Milan
Grey Carroll, Alcoa
Martino Owens, Pearl Cohn
DIVISION I, CLASS 4A
Troy Parker Hughes, Elizabethton
Rivers Hunt, Hardin County
Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton
DIVISION I, CLASS 5A
Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central
Prince Kollie, David Crockett
Destin Wade, Summit
DIVISION I, CLASS 6A
Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood
Jalen Hunt, McMinn County
C.J. Taylor, Warren County
DIVISION II, CLASS A
Jon Lewis, DCA
Aaron Smith, Jackson Christian
Griffin Swinea, Davidson Academy
DIVISION II, CLASS AA
James Dunn, CAK
Langston Patterson, CPA
Dietrick Pennington, ECS
DIVISION II, CLASS AAA
B.J. Harris, McCallie
Dallan Hayden, CBHS
D.C. Tabscott, Father Ryan
KICKER OF THE YEAR
Teagen Lenderink, Brentwood Academy
Trey Turk, Oakland
Connor Wood, Lexington

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