Wades

Destin and Keaten Wade 

One of the 2021 TSSAA Mr. Football semifinalist lists has four players from Williamson County represented alone and another has one set of WillCo siblings. 

Indeed, the county did well in its eligible categories this year as the organization shared its semifinalists for this fall's edition Thursday. 

Summit's twin gridiron virtuosos Destin and Keaten Wade were both nominated in Class 6A along with former Brentwood Academy running back Jordan James (now with Oakland). 

Quarterback Destin Wade and outside linebacker Keaten Wade are both committed to attend Kentucky, while James is slated to head to top-ranked Georgia. 

D-II AA had the quartet of WillCo football players: Lipscomb Academy's RB Alex Broom, a Boston College commit, and QB Luther Richesson were both nominated alongside Battle Ground Academy RB/DB Sean Williams and Christ Presbyterian RB/LB Kane Patterson, a Vandy commit.

Colorado State commit and QB Jake McNamara got a nod in 5A for Page, while Brentwood Academy's George Laster continued the Eagles' tradition of having its kicker nominated in the Kicker of the Year category. 

The three finalists for each award will be unveiled by Titans announcer Mike Keith and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 in the evening, per a release. The announcement will be streamed on the Tennessee Titans website and the Titans social/digital channels.

The three finalists for each award will be invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 7, where the winner of each award will be announced.

A committee of statewide sports writers select winners based on performance in the 2021 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominate the players. 

"We are very excited and appreciative about being involved with the Tennessee Titans for the 15th consecutive year,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They have helped make the recognition of these 50 student-athletes, their families, and schools possible. The sponsorship of the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and numerous contributions to high schools across the state since the team moved to Tennessee have meant a great deal to the member schools of the TSSAA.”

This is the 37th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.

Below is the full list of semifinalists, courtesy of the TSSAA. 

DIVISION I, CLASS 1A

Seth Birchfield, Cloudland

Khalik Ganaway, Peabody

De’Andre Kelly, South Pittsburg

Marquez Taylor, McKenzie

Thomas Wills, McEwen

DIVISION I, CLASS 2A

Cameron Huckabey, Meigs County

Aden Hutcherson, Huntingdon

Cameron Miller, MAHS

Luke Myers, South Greene

Ty Simpson, Westview

DIVISION I, CLASS 3A

Ranen Blackburn, White House

Caden Buckles, Alcoa

Jacob Dooley, Waverly

Jamarion Dowell, Covington

Keaton Harig, Loudon

DIVISION I, CLASS 4A

Bari’On Brown, Pearl Cohn

Shawn Gary, South-Doyle

Mason Gudger, Greeneville

Jaylen Lewis, Haywood

Kaydin Pope, Hardin County

DIVISION I, CLASS 5A

De’Sean Bishop, Karns

Jamarious Brooks, Memphis Central

Malaki Dowell, White County

Walter Nolen III, Powell

Jake McNamara, Page

DIVISION I, CLASS 6A

Jordan James, Oakland

Carson Jones, Maryville

Alex Mitchell, Riverdale

Destin Wade, Summit

Keaten Wade, Summit

DIVISION II, CLASS A

Kameron Boyd, Jackson Christian

Bradford Gaines, DCA

Steele Haynes, USJ

Na’Kelin McAfee, King’s Academy

Joshua Strickland, Jr., Nashville Christian

DIVISION II, CLASS AA

Alexander Broome, Lipscomb Academy

Craig Cunningham, Lausanne

Langston Patterson, CPA

Luther Richesson, Lipscomb Academy

Sean Williams, BGA

DIVISION II, CLASS AAA

Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers

Kenny Minchey, Pope John Paul II

Levi Moore, Ensworth

Marcel Reed, MBA

William Riddle, McCallie

KICKER OF THE YEAR

Upton Bellenfant, Stewarts Creek

Justus Chadwick, Tullahoma

George Laster, Brentwood Academy

Andrew Southard, Pope John Paul II

Josh Turbyville, Knoxville Catholic