It was one of the biggest stages of the season. Coby Jones made sure the Bulldogs took advantage of it.

The senior quarterback accounted for over 400 offensive yards in the 41-23 victory over Gatlinburg-Pittman to earn the Climate Controllers’ Player of the Week award for Week 5. It is the second time this season that Jones has earned the honor.

Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to help pull away from the Highlanders to take control of their own destiny in the conference race.

The game was tied at 14-14 at the half until Jones and the Bulldogs took control.

The Hampton quarterback is the first two-time honoree this season. He joins teammate Jerry Lunsford, Unaka’s Micah Hunt and Cloudland’s Colby Birchfield as players selected.

Jones and company return to action on Friday night as they welcome Cloudland to J.C. Campbell Stadium.

Player of the Year Watch
It was a busy Week 5, and we take a glance at the names that made an impression during the games as well as the stats from the games. Don’t forget to check back next week to see who made the list next week. The list is in alphabetical order by school.

Cloudland’s Austin Whitehead– 180 yards on seven carries against Concord Christian, Tow touchdowns.

Cloudland’s Colby Birchfield– Five carries for 121 yards against Concord Christian, four touchdowns.

Elizabethton’s Hunter Tyree– 15-of-22 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns against Unicoi County.

Elizabethton’s Jalen Smith– Six catches for 70 yards against Unicoi County.

Hampton’s Colby Jones– Over 400 offensive yards with four touchdowns against Cosby.

Happy Valley’s Dusten Sams– Averaged 11 yards per carry (7 carries for 77 yards) against Cosby.

Unaka’s Micah Hunt– Three touchdown performance against JI Burton.