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'Dawgs fall 13-3 to Hilltoppers

Outgaining Bearden 340 to 130, unbeaten Science Hill managed to grind out a 13-3 Region 1-5A high school football victory Friday night at BHS.

A 16-play, 80-yard drive combining strength and speed got the Hilltoppers their only touchdown on the game’s first series.

BHS falls to 2-4, 1-2 in 1-5A.

In the first half alone, Science Hill had 19 plays that gained five-yards or more, 17 of those runs, while keeping the ball more than 10 1/2 minutes during the first 13 minutes of the game. A 40-yard field goal made it 10-0 at the 11:08 mark of the second quarter.

Meanwhile, a 46-yard screen pass to Robert Anderson that allowed the Bulldogs to eventually reach the SHHS 15 in the first quarter was wasted after missing a 32-yard field goal.

Chris Kelton’s quarterback sack forced a fumble that Justin Goins recovered at the Science Hill 31 late in the second quarter, but a 44-yard field goal was wide left. It was 10-0 at the half.

“We had seven dropped passes, and three of the seven could have given us first downs, and one of them could have given us a touchdown,” said BHS Head Coach Paul Maynard, whose offense was limited to 40 yards rushing and 90 passing.

Lareke Moore rambled 80 yards with the second-half kickoff to the SHHS 19. Matt Reagan booted a 20-yard field goal.

As for holding Science Hill to only three points in the second half, “we settled down and we made the adjustments we needed to make,” Maynard said.

Linebacker Matt Canter, who led BHS in tackles with 14 – two for minus yardage – was named TnBank’s Player of the Week.

in some situations where we had to bow our neck when they got inside the (BHS) 20, 30 yard line, and we bowed our neck, and doggone it, they came out of it with either nothing or three points.”

However, “we missed a bunch of tackles on defense,” Maynard said. “We had people in position to make some plays, but we sat back and waited and didn’t make good tackles.”

. “I rely on him, he’s a general out there,” the coach said. “He’s played pretty good.”

“In reality, we should have been the one who had the momentum swing, but we didn’t do that,” Maynard said. “You’ve got to capitalize on the chances and opportunities you have.”

As for the bottom line, “Science Hill has a very, very good team, they have a very physical team and a very, very good offensive scheme,” Maynard said. You can’t make mistakes against them.

“I knew they had the capabilities of picking up and moving the ball maybe a couple of times the length of the field and scoring a couple of touchdowns,” Maynard added. “I just figured we had to score 17, 20, 21 points to beat them. They’re that good on offense.”


“I wished we had done a better job of establishing the running game first,” Maynard said about his team’s 40 yards on the ground. “That’s big at any level. You establish the running game and it’s going to open the passing game up.”

“He ran the offense pretty good. “It’s just a matter of repping (repetition) and repping and repping and getting them (receivers) used to catching a harder ball thrown at them.”

Maynard said he’s added the shotgun formation and other offensive wrinkles both to compliment Pickle’s passing abilities “and to give another look people will have to prepare for.”

The BHS skipper emphasized that former Bulldog QB Ryan Webb is not out of the picture - and because of his aggressiveness and talent may see time on defense or at receiver.

“Ryan’s an athlete, I don’t want to keep him off the field, he can play receiver,” Maynard said. “We can sue him in our offensive scheme. And wee could possibly use Ryan some at quarterback.”

As for defense, “Ryan was one of the most aggressive people we had in spring ball in the secondary,” Maynard said.

Against a struggling Campbell County team this Friday night on Homecoming Night at BHS - opening kickoff at 7:30 p.m. - Maynard said he’s sure about one thing. “I know we’re going to have to establish a running game.”

Maynard said his offense “suffered a big blow” when sophomore tailback Iiran Rogers went down after suffering a hairline fracture and dislocation of his elbow in a Sept. 15 junior varsity game. “He was that person who had the breakaway speed,” Maynard said. “He was just getting the feel of things, he was just getting into a rhythm, a grove. He was running harder. He came off that injury last year (broken ankle) and rehabilitated all summer long.”

But Maynard said Rogers could return to the lineup as early as the Oct. 17 game at South-Doyle.


“When I walked off of the field after the game, my thoughts were ‘we didn’t play well defensively, and we hold them to (one touchdown),” Maynard added. “You’re going to have those nights. We were misaligned defensively on one series, and you can’t do that.”

Canter was good enough last Friday to earn TnBank’s Player of the Week honors.

Lareke Moore rambled 80 yards with the second-half kickoff to the SHHS 19. Matt Reagan booted a 20-yard field goal.

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