NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans announced today that Scott Hewett, head football coach of Dresden High School in Dresden, TN, has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for week seven. Dresden snapped a 14-game losing streak to rival Riverside High School by a 20-14 margin. Dresden entered the game ranked eighth in 2A ball while Riverside was entered the game ranked third in the same classification. Dresden's defense secured the win by stopping a late-game drive by forcing a turnover on their seven yard line with :52 seconds remaining in the contest.
"I'm speechless, you usually don't catch me at a loss for words and I really wasn't expecting this honor," said Coach Hewett. "It is nothing I really did, it was the kids, and they really wanted to win and played their hearts out. I owe it all to the coaching staff and the players, wasn't anything I did."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Dresden High School football program in Coach Hewett's honor.
"High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee," said Adams. "That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I'm very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!"
Coach Hewett will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. Houston Texans contest on December 19th when the team honors all 2010 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2010 Coach of the Year! Coach Hewett is now eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award and Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week's poll was Phillip Massey of Baylor School. Coach Massey led the Red Raiders over Brentwood Academy 21-20, snapping a 16-game losing streak in the series.
Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $133,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week winners.
"High school football coaches can play a role in the lives of their players that will have lasting results," said NFL director of football operations Gene Washington. "A competitive spirit, good sportsmanship and character development are some of the issues confronted on a daily basis by football coaches. We are thankful for the many coaches around the country who assume such a demanding role."
The criterion for selection includes the coach's impact on his team, school and community. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school's size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication, student-athletes into the best possible football players and citizens in their community.