Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley was dropped a notch on the nation’s all-time high school passing yardage list, thanks to Larkins.
In a 49-7 win over Sullivan Central on Friday night, the David Crockett senior quarterback threw for 245 yards to move his career total to 9,588. Larkins became the all-time leading passer in Region 1 football history, took over the No. 6 spot on Tennessee’s career list, moved into the top 50 in the nation, and jumped past Barkley — who played Sunday against the New England Patriots after an injury to starter Josh Allen.
Barkley — who played high school football at California’s famous Santa Ana Mater Dei from 2005-08 — was No. 48 heading in Friday. Larkins jumped from No. 51 to No. 45, according to the National Federation of High Schools Record Book.
In earning the Region 1 record, Larkins passed Greeneville’s Cade Ballard, who concluded his career in 2018.
Tennessee’s record holder is Kyle Akin (11,122), and he stands at No. 21 on the national list. Larkins needs 1,535 yards to surpass Akin.
Also in the win over Sullivan Central, Larkins connected for five touchdowns. That gave him 92 for his career and moved him into the top 10 of the state’s all-time list. He currently stands at No. 9.
Crockett, after a bye this week, will play next at Cherokee on Oct. 11. The Pioneers have four regular-season games remaining, plus the possibility of finishing their season-opening contest against Ooltewah, which was suspended near the end of the third quarter by lightning. Larkins had 181 yards passing in that game, but the total can’t be added to his career mark unless the game is completed.
HOW WE VOTED
Coverage-area teams receiving votes from the Times News/Johnson City Press in this week’s Associated Press state poll, along with the No. 1 selection. (Coverage area is Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson, Hawkins counties):
CLASS 6A — Oakland (No. 1, Dobyns-Bennett (No. 3)
CLASS 5A — Knox Central (No. 1), David Crockett (No. 2)
CLASS 4A — Greeneville (No. 1), Elizabethton (No. 2)
CLASS 3A — Alcoa (No. 1), none
CLASS 2A — Peabody (No. 1), Happy Valley (No. 10)
CLASS 1A — South Pittsburg (No. 1), none
THE TOP 10
Happy Valley and Hampton are newcomers to the rankings.
|1. David Crockett
|4. Tennessee High
|5. Science Hill
|7. Sullivan South
|8. Unicoi County
|9. Happy Valley
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Science Hill at Farragut — Both of these teams have played extremely tough schedules to this point in the season, making it tough to figure out which one will shine above the lackluster overall records.
Dobyns-Bennett at Jefferson County — With a defense that has been dominant all season and an opponent coming off three straight blowout losses, the Indians figure to keep their momentum rolling.
Hampton at Sullivan North — Both teams already have a Region 1-2A loss, so this is a must-win situation to stay in the title hunt.
Unicoi County at Chuckey-Doak — The Blue Devils are hot with four straight wins, but the Black Knights opened some eyes by mixing it up with Class 2A power South Greene last week.
Hampton at Sullivan North — Both teams already have a Region 1-2A loss, so this is a must-win situation to stay in the championship hunt.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Hampton 33, Sullivan North 26
If this one develops into a shootout, it could go either way. But the Bulldogs seem to have hit their stride over the last two weeks with blowout wins over rivals.
Picks record: 4-2.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
5-star — Bryson Rollins, QB, Elizabethton
In a battle of undefeated teams, the sophomore quarterback helped the Cyclones turn it into a 45-0 rout of Cherokee.
Rollins did a lot of damage with his legs, rushing for 139 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He also got it done through the air, hitting on 7 of 13 passes for 102 yards an another touchdown.
4-star — Cade Larkins, QB, David Crockett
Playing only in the first half, the senior hit on 18 of 28 passes for 235 yards. He also connected for five touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Sullivan Central.
3-star — Kody Lewis, RB, Unicoi County
In a tight 28-22 win over Sullivan East, the senior was the difference with 18 carries for 268 yards and three scores. He had an 88-yard touchdown among his runs.
2-star — Eli Ayers, QB, Happy Valley
Leading his team to a 41-0 romp over Unaka, the Warriors junior completed 11 of 14 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns.
1-star — Cole McBrayer, QB, Tennessee High
The Vikings senior completed 11 of 17 passes for 184 yards and a TD in a 35-9 win over Abingdon. He also added two rushing scores.
THE HOGS AWARD
The Bull Hogs were all about their blocking business in a 44-8 pounding of Johnson County. They cleared the way for multiple running backs to have success on the ground, and the pass protection allowed a pair of touchdown strikes through the air.
DEFENSIVE UNIT OF THE WEEK
Posting their second straight shutout, the Indians put on a defensive lockdown in a 38-0 win over Daniel Boone. D-B came away with four fumble recoveries and an interception. The Indians limited the Trailblazers to 50 yards passing while smothering their ground game.
Science Hill will try to wrap up the District 1-AAA regular-season title when it travels to take on Tennessee High at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Lady Hilltoppers (11-3-1, 6-0) defeated Tennessee High 7-0 earlier this season for the only league loss by the Lady Vikings (8-3-1, 4-1).
In the most recent Class AAA state rankings, Science Hill stands at No. 5. Region foe Bearden (13-1-1) is No. 3 and its only lost came against top-ranked Houston (15-0-0). No. 6 Maryville, No. 8 Hardin Valley and Oak Ridge are the top teams from Region 2-AAA.
Science Hill finishes its regular season Thursday when it plays host to Class AA state power Greeneville at 6 p.m. at Tipton Stadium.