NASHVILLE, TN, Sept. 8, 2008 - The Tennessee Titans announced today that Kent Scott, head football coach of Peabody High School in Trenton, Tenn., has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week Two. Peabody defeated Region 8-2A opponent Dresden 16-0 to earn their first win of the season.
"Coach Scott grew up here in Trenton and graduated from the very school he is now the head coach at. His ability to relate football to life is priceless and we are honored that he has been chosen for this award," said Assistant Principal Ricky Hooker. "Here in Trenton, the setting goes as the Peabody football team goes and we are very lucky to have Coach Scott leading us."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Trenton Peabody High School football program in Coach Scott'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 Scott will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game on December 21st when the team honors all 2008 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2008 Coach of the Year! Coach Scott 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 Joe Gaddis of Henry County High School whose club defeated Liberty High School 35-14 to remain unbeaten in 2008, Don Thomas's Marshall County Tigers who led his team to a 37-36 victory over Hickman County, Tim Johnson of Battle Ground Academy whose team beat Father Ryan 7-3 thanks to a blocked punt returned for a TD in the second quarter.
Now in its 11th season, the Adams has awarded more than $112,000 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.