KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Coming into Friday's game, Bearden hadn't won a playoff game in more than a decade.
That streak's over.
The Bulldogs were all bark and all bite in Friday's first-round showdown with Ooltewah, completely smothering the Owls offense en route to a 35-0 shutout. The Region 1-5A champions intercepted three Ooltewah passes in the second half, controlling both the clock and the line of scrimmage.
After a scoreless first quarter, three second-quarter rushing scores gave the 'Dawgs a commanding 21-0 advantage. But coach Brad Taylor's squad wasn't satisfied. A Nathan Hamilton interception deep inside Owl territory set up a short Torey Works touchdown run to make the score 28-0.
After a C.J. Gunn interception, Works took the toss from quarterback Dawson Halliday and rumbled for another score to form the final tally.
Bearden hosts William Blount Friday, who cruised, 28-0, over a Campbell County squad looking for the first playoff victory in school history.
IN OTHER PLAYOFF ACTION:
Jefferson County played Farragut tight in the first half, trailing the Region 2-5A champs 10-7 at the break. But Andre Sterling awoke in the second half, breaking an 85-yard touchdown run as part of a 33-point onslaugh as the Admirals rolled, 43-13.
Farragut welcomes Dobyns Bennett to West Knoxville next week, as the Indians edged Oak Ridge, 21-14, to avenge an early-season defeat.
Anderson County scored early and often in a 54-33 shootout win over Region 1-3A champion Carter. The Mavs expanded upon a 21-14 lead, scoring two touchdowns to put the Hornets out of reach.
Friday Anderson County visits Fulton, who disposed of Rutledge, 26-0, ending the school's run as Rutledge High School. Next year the school will be known as the Grainger Grizzlies.
Halls hosted a first-round playoff game for the first time since 1997, and it capitalized on the opportunity, edging Cleveland, 30-22. The Red Devils advance to a second-round showdown at Red Bank, who survived an upset scare from Powell, 30-27.
Austin-East visited Seymour hoping to rebound from a week nine loss to Fulton, and it did so with a 21-10 win over the Eagles. The Roadrunners travel to Catholic in the second round after the Irish disposed of Gibbs, 26-17. Catholic routed A-E, 38-14, early in the season.
Maryville won its 16th consecutive playoff game in a 42-18 rout of Rhea County. The Rebels' win marked the sixth time in eight years they eliminated the Golden Eagles in the 4A playoffs. Maryville's next guest is West, who beat Brainerd, 35-22, on the road.
Earlier this season the Red Rebels cruised against West, 35-21.
Alcoa 49 , Sweetwater 0
Anderson County 54 , Knoxville Carter 33
Austin-East 21 , Seymour 10
Bearden 35 , Ooltewah 0
CAK 23 , Loudon 0
Cumberland Gap 38 , Happy Valley 14
Dobyns Bennett 21 , Oak Ridge 14
Farragut 43 , Jefferson County 13
Gatlinburg-Pittman 30 , Rockwood 14
Greenbrier 13 , McMinn Central 10
Greeneville 49 , Sullivan East 12
Hampton 42 , Coalfield 0
Harriman 18 , Cloudland 7
Knoxville Catholic 26 , Gibbs 17
Knoxville Fulton 26 , Rutledge 0
Knoxville Halls 30 , Cleveland 22
Knoxville West 35 , Brainerd 22
Lookout Valley 49 , Watertown 21
Maryville 42 , Rhea County 18
Midway 49 , Knoxville Grace 15
Morristown West 40 , Johnson County 16
Oneida 27 , Unaka 0
Pearl Cohn 26 , Howard 0
Red Bank 30 , Powell 27
South Pittsburg 32 , Trousdale County 16
Sullivan South 41 , Morristown East 21
Tyner 26 , Westmoreland 13
Volunteer 21 , Tennessee High 14
William Blount 28 , Campbell County 0
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