Preps: Ensworth pair among area players named Mr. Football finalists

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 8:29pm
Staff reports

Ensworth High learned it had two finalists for Mr. Football – all-purpose star Cornelius Elder (back) and Keenan Crenshaw (line) – when the TSSAA released the list for all classes Tuesday afternoon.

Elder is one of the state’s DII-AA leaders in punt returns, kickoff returns and interceptions. Crenshaw is one of Nashville’s leaders in tackles and sacks.

The duo will lead the Tigers, who have won seven straight, into their playoff opener – a quarterfinal matcheup with Montgomery Bell Academy on Friday.

Woody Barron of Brentwood Academy joined Crenshaw as a finalist for the award as a DII-AA lineman.

Davidson Academy tailback Justin Williams, who has rushed for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Bears, was named a finalist as a back in DII-A.

There were no other Nashville finalists.

Rutherford County stars I’Tavius Mathers of Blackman (back) and Deon Meadows of Smyrna (lineman) were finalists in Class AAA.

The winners will be named and all finalists will be recognized Nov. 29 at the Mr. Football awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.

• Franklin Road Academy senior quarterback Connor Maitland has been selected as high school player of the week on the Titans’ Jeff Fisher Show. Maitland led the Panthers to an opening round playoff win over Harding Academy last Friday.

• The MBA cross country team, which won the DII state meet last Saturday in Nashville with a perfect 15 score, will next compete in the Nike boys Southeast Regional Nov. 29 in Cary, N.C. Led by senior Michael Peters’ first place finish, coach Roderick Russ’ Big Red runners were the first five across the finish line, an unprecedented feat in Tennessee cross country history. MBA’s next two runners finished ninth and 11th.

Peters’ 16:05.98 clocking was the best in any classification.

• Glencliff’s Brianna Morrow will sign a basketball scholarship with Jacksonville (Ala.) State Wednesday afternoon at Glencliff.