Perfect Regular Seasons


The 1942 Greeneville Greene Devils, Coached by Ty Disney, finished with a perfect 7-0 record, the first undefeatd season in school history.  GHS beat Erwin, Sevierville, Morristown, Young High from Knoxville, Newport, and Morristown for a second time (just for good measure), and Virginia High.  The 1942 team allowed only two touchdowns the entire year, shutting out five opponents.  There were no playoffs then, and with World War II looming, it was the last organized team for a couple of years.


It was fifty-six years before the next undefeated season, coming in 1998.  It was the last season for Coach Fred Sorrells, who retired after 25 years at the helm.  Greeneville beat Chuckey Doak, Cocke County, Jefferson County, Morristown West, Elizabethton, Cherokee, Sullivan South, Crockett, South Greene, and Morristown East.  Greeneville rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs before losing at Elizabethton in the Quarterfinals.  GHS finished with a 12-1 record, the most wins in one season for a Greeneville team up to that point.


The 2010 team, coached by Caine Ballard, was perfect in every way.  They won all ten regular season games and then marched through the playoffs to the State Championship Game.  They finished with a 15-0 record and set a state record for most points scored in a single season with 748 points.  Non-conference wins included a 56-7 drubbing of Tennessee High, and wins over rivals Jefferson County, Sullivan South, and Elizabethton.  Quarterback Willie Carmichael won the Mr. Football award.


Caine Ballard's 2013 team was nearly as dominant as the 2010 championship team.  The starting defense only allowed one offensive touchdown all season.  The offense put up more than 70 points twice and more than 60 points another two times.  With the exception of the third round loss to Fulton, GHS scored more than 40 points in all of their games.  But despite a perfect regular season, the Devils lost a disappointing game to Fulton in the playoffs and ended with a 12-1 overall record.


A juggernaut is a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force; a massive inexorable force, campaign, or movement that crushes whatever is in its path.  That description perfectly suited the 2016 team.  GHS scored the second most points in the state during the regular season.  Defensively, they had the stingiest defense in the state, giving up only 43 points.  They had seven shutouts, including 5 in a row to end the regular season.  In the first three quarters of all of their games, they outscored their opponents 513-10.  A second round 14-16 loss at home to Knox Central soured an otherwise stellar season.


15-0 again.  For the first time, GHS beat Kingsport Dobyns Bennett, Science Hill, and Elizabethton all in the same year.  They continued the streak of undefeated conference games and championships.  They staged a 21 point come-from-behind victory in the Quarterfinals, and won the state championship game by a margin of 41 points.  Quarterback Cade Ballard was named Mr. Football.


Greeneville capped off their third perfect regular season in a row with a win over Sullivan East.  In that game, the Devils has a total time of possession in the first half of only :54 seconds.  Yet, they led 42-0.  GHS scored TDs on three one play drives and returned three interceptions for touchdowns.  The season saw the first road win at Dobyns Bennett since 1961, and wins over rivals Morristown West, Science Hill, and Elizabethton.  GHS also ran their conference win streak to 73 games, won their 12th straight conference championship, and continued the state's longest winning streak of 30 games. The season culimated with another back-to-back Class 4A Championship and a final record of 15-0.