Bearden Gets Historic 8-7 Overtime Win Over Dobyns Bennett

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email
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KINGSPORT (WVLT) - Brad Taylor wasn't trying to be a hero.

After a scoreless four quarters of regulation, the Bearden coach called for an extra point to tie Dobyns Bennett at 7 in the first overtime period.

But things don't always go as planned.

Senior quarterback Dawson Halliday botched the hold, then picked up the football and scrambled into the end zone to give Bearden the 8-7 victory over the perennial Kingsport power.

While it was Halliday that sealed the game, the champion on this night was the Bearden defense. The Bulldogs held DB to one yard per carry on the ground, shutting the Indians out in regulation and beating the Region 1-5A juggernaut for the first time this decade.

"We didn't really play very well offensively, but we played a heck of a game defensively," Taylor said. "[DB] played a good game defensively, too, but our kids found a way to win."

It wasn't easy. The Bearden offense futilely fought for yardage all night long, but the defense compensated for the offense's struggles.

"Offensively, we were just trying to find ways to make first downs," Taylor said. "They never gave up -- our defense was in some bad situations at times, but they bailed us out. They just bowed their backs."

Ultimately, though, it was Halliday who won the game.

"When it gets down there at the end, you feel good about the ball being in his hands," Taylor said.

The Bearden win sets up an epic showdown next week with archrival Farragut, who cruised against Heritage, 38-6, to match the Bulldogs' 3-0 record.

While Bearden's defense was clutch in Kingsport, Taylor knows they face a unique challenge in Farragut running back Andre Sterling.

"He's a fantastic back," Taylor said. "If we weren't coaching against him, he'd be a lot of fun to watch. I know our kids will do a good job preparing and our coaches will do a nice job of getting them prepared."

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Last year, Catholic beat Austin-East twice, including a 27-21 victory in the second round of the 3A playoffs. Friday night Catholic continued its dominance with a 38-14 romp over the Roadrunners.

Matt Fleeger ran for a touchdown to help fuel the Irish onslaught. Catholic has now won its last four meetings against AE.

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Central entered the Battle of Black Oak Ridge with one thing on its mind: redeeming itself after two tough defeats. The Bobcats (1-2) rolled over Halls Friday, 28-13, thanks to three Clark McMillan touchdowns -- two on the ground and one in the air. Halls fell to 1-1 after the loss. Central has won every game against the Red Devils since 1997.

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Sevier County overcame a fiesty Karns comeback, breaking a 14-14 tie with a 20-point onslaught to propel the Smoky Bears to a 34-21 victory. The win was Sevier County's first of the season. Karns fell to 1-2.

For complete highlights of Week Two action, be sure to check out the extended highlights attached to this story.


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