The win pushed the Bobcats to 3-0 on the season and was the first ever meeting between the two schools that are only three miles apart. David Lipscomb (1-2), which lost to Maplewood last week, suffered consecutive losses for the first time since 2000. John Overton used a stifling defense and a strong running game led by Tez Humphreys' 168 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns to capture the victory.
"Coach Anderson is an excellent example of a coach who has passion for the game and dedication to his players," said John Overton Athletic Director Shaka Coverson. "He is a pillar in the community and among his colleagues. This award is a wonderful achievement for him that highlights our 3 and 0 start this season."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the John Overton High School football program in Coach Anderson'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 Anderson will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. St. Louis Rams contest on December 13th when the team honors all 2009 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2009 Coach of the Year! Coach Anderson 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 Randy McKamey of Grace Christian who led his team to a 28-21 overtime victory over Gibbs which was Grace Christian first ever win over a Knox County school; Red Bank's Tim Daniels who's team rallied late to continue their magical season and defeat rival Soddy-Daisy 44-30; Tab Vowell of Northside High School (Jackson, TN) who captured a 16-12 victory over rival South Side as the new head coach leading a team that only won two games in 2008.
Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $124,000 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.