Rankin named Titans coach of the week

The Tennessee Titans announced earlier this week that Gary Rankin, head football coach of Alcoa High School, has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 1. Alcoa upended 2008 state-runner up and rival Maryville with a 41-24 victory that saw the Tornadoes gain over 400 yards on the ground without passing the ball the entire game.

Alcoa ended an eight-game losing streak to Maryville with the win. The two Blount County schools are two of the state’s top programs; they are both annually ranked with Alcoa winning the last five Class 2A state titles and Maryville winning Class 4A state titles in 2000-2002 and 2004-2007.

“In his short time here at Alcoa, coach Rankin has brought discipline and high expectations to our football team of which our school and community has fed off of,” said Alcoa athletics director Josh Stevens. “We are very proud and fortunate to have him here not only as a coach but also as an assistant principal and vital part of our community. We will celebrate this recognition with him.”

Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Alcoa High School football program in coach Rankin’s honor.

Coach Rankin will be the team’s guest at the Titans vs. St. Louis Rams contest on December 13, when the team honors all 2009 coach of the week winners and announces the winner of the 2009 Coach of the Year. Coach Rankin 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.

The Tornadoes visit Loudon on Friday, with Heritage traveling to Lenoir City, Maryville hosting Knox West and William Blount welcoming Bearden.

All kickoff are 7:30 p.m.

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