Former local high school players return to East Tennessee against Vols

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Tennessee (2-1) defeated Tennessee Tech (0-3), 56-0, Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

The Golden Eagles have never defeated Tennessee in seven tries, all games have been contested in Knoxville.

Two former Knoxville area prep stars saw action against the Vols on Saturday.

Xavier Washington, a sophomore linebacker who played for Knoxville Central, recorded four solo tackles and assisted on three other stops against Tennessee.

Wide receiver Ashton Maples. a freshman, who starred at Maryville High School during his prep career, recorded one reception for seven yards.

Washington totaled 244 tackles, five interceptions and forced four fumbles in for the Bobcats. He also hepled Knoxville Central win a TSSAA Class 5A state championship.

Maples won two Class 6A state titles (2017, 2019) with the Rebels during his high school career.

He was an all-state standout for Maryville as was recognized by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.