Before meeting up in Cookeville to determine a state champion, Christ Presbyterian Academy head coach Ingle Martin and Battle Ground Academy head coach Roc Batten have found themselves in strong company.
The two coaches have been named finalists for the Tennessee Titans’ High School Football Coach of Year Award for the 2018 season.
Martin has led his CPA Lions to an undefeated season thus far and could complete the streak tomorrow, while Batten’s BGA Wildcats are on a seven-game win stream and could take state home themselves.
Those teams will play for the D-II AA title Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Tennessee Tech.
The Titans describe the award, which considers regular and postseason evaluation, as one that “recognizes high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate excellence in their profession, dedication to their football programs and focus on the safety and character of their players.”
The winner will be announced at the close of the BlueCross Bowl run on Saturday. The winner gets $2,000 for the football program they represent and accommodations for a trip to Orlando to see the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.
A win also makes a coach eligible for the nation’s Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year.
The full list of finalists is below, courtesy of the Titans.
- Bobby Alston (11-0): Memphis University School, Memphis
- Caine Ballard (14-0): Greeneville High School, Greeneville
- Roc Batten (11-2): Battle Ground Academy, Franklin
- Kevin Creasy (13-1): Oakland High School, Murfreesboro
- Ingle Martin (13-0): Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville
- Gerard Randolph (14-0): Cornersville High School, Cornersville
- Gary Rankin (14-0): Alcoa High School, Alcoa
- Bryson Rosser (12-2): Knoxville Central High School, Knoxville
- Jonathan Quinn (12-0): Davidson Academy, Nashville
Photos by Andy Collignon.