September 24, 2007
NASHVILLE (titansonline.com) -- The Tennessee Titans announced today that Kevin Julian, head football coach of Knoxville Halls High School in Knoxville TN., has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week Four. Julian’s Red Devils rallied late to defeat Knoxville West 52-49 in the ever-tough Region 3-4A to stay in the mix for the state playoffs.
Down 28-9 at halftime and in jeopardy of falling to 0-2 in highly-competitive Region 3-4A, Knoxville Halls rallied to outscore West 27-3 in the third quarter before forcing the game into overtime. Still knotted after the first overtime, in the second overtime, West kicked a field goal to take the lead before Halls RB Wesley Kitts capped a 335-yard rushing performance with a game-winning 10-yard touchdown run.
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Knoxville Halls High School football program in Coach Julian’s honor.
“This win was so special because of all of the emotional ties we had to it. We were honoring the memories of one of our security officers who was killed last year and a seventh grader who died this year, so the win was so big and so special because of this,” said Principal Mark Duff. “It was a classic example of just sticking to it. Our kids fought hard and our coaches would just not let them quit.”
Coach Julian will be the team’s guest at the Titans game vs. New York Jets on December 23rd when the team honors all 2007 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2007 Coach of the Year!
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll was York Institute’s Derwin Wright whose club upset the previously unbeaten Smith County 35-21, Brainerd’s Marvin Jones who guided his club to their second upset in as many weeks Friday by downing Rhea County 40-15 and Jerry Hayes of Jackson Southside whose team stayed undefeated in 2007 by knocking off powerhouse McNairy.
Coach Julian is now eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach-of-the-Year award to be announced December 23rd when the Titans host the New York Jets. Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the football program of the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.
Now in its 10th season, Adams has awarded more than $100,000 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.
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