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Mavs move on, await Cyclones

Martinez tosses three scores as AC gets back to business

  • Anderson County High School cornerback Cole Phillips went all in and took on South-Doyle’s Taeshwon Gary and won, taking the big Cherokee back down before he could cut upfield during Friday night’s region win at 130 Maverick Circle. - Zack Williams

  • Anderson County’s Walker Martinez didn’t put up huge numbers Friday night, but he put up the numbers that matter most — three touchdowns — as the Mavs took care of Region 4-AAAA business against South-Doyle. The Mavs will face a tough opponent this Friday when - Zack Williams

It wasn’t the cleanest of games, but the Anderson County High School Mavericks brought out their grind-and-grit game and took a 35-7 win over region contender South-Doyle last Friday night.

The Mav offensive line owned the field all night.

Nick Moog scored twice in the first quarter to spot the homestanding Mavs a 14-0 lead. Walker Martinez was almost perfect the rest of the way, finishing off Anderson County drives while recording three touchdown passes.

Martinez was 19 for 25 for 173 yards and three touchdowns.

He connected with Braden Miller in the second quarter to give the Mavs a comfortable 21-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Martinez connected with uber-talent Bryson Vowell for two scores: two yards and 10 yards.

It was a workmanlike win.

Anderson County racked up 25 first downs in the victory and ate up the clock like M&Ms.

It helped that the ACHS defense was smothering. Andrew Meier was a prime example of that effort with four tackles for loss from his linebacking position.

After the thrill ride of the Rhea County win in Week 4, Friday night’s win was a reminder of how menacing the 2022 Mavs can be.

“It wasn’t a clean game by any means, and we’ll work on that,” Assistant Head Coach Gary Terry said.

“Walker (Martinez) had a great game. He just comes through over and over.”

The Mavs will have its 2022 season tested by an old foe this Friday at home when Elizabethton comes to town.

The Region 3-AAAA team is one of two sqauds from that region who seem to always be a thorn in the side of the Maverick state title hopes. The other being Greeneville.

“They’re a good team. A talented team, and well-coached,” Terry said.

“They have really played well lately, so we have to be ready.