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Anderson rolls up 200-plus yards in win over South-Doyle

For legendary NFL team owner Al Davis and his Oakland Raiders, the slogan of choice is “commitment to excellence.”

For Bearden head football coach Paul Maynard, his slogan of choice is “making plays.”

Maynard’s Bulldogs were “making plays” all over the place at South-Doyle High School Friday, as Bearden won it’s second Region 1-5A game in a 35-0 romp over the winless Cherokees.

“We finally started making plays,” Maynard said. “Robert Anderson rushed for 208 yards. It was Robert Anderson night. He was running wild.”

Anderson scored three touchdowns on runs of 11, 2 and 4 yards, and had three other runs of 10 yards or more in the first half alone.

The air game also clicked.

“(Eric) Pickle threw for 130 yards, and on top of that we had a couple of dropped balls,” the coach said. “He played exceptionally well. He was a lot more accurate with his throwing.”

Pickle connected with Matt Gathagen on a 29-yard TD strike, with Gathagen’s nice run accounting for the final 15 yards. William Tantum added a five-yard touchdown catch in the fourth-quarter. Tantum also hauled in a 26-yard pass. Matt Canter had a 14-yard catch.

A critical time for “making plays” will come this Friday on “Senior Night” at BHS, as the Bulldogs host Sevier County. The Smoky Bears own the same record as Bearden—both 2-3 in the region and 3-5 overall.

The winner has an excellent chance of making the playoffs. The loser will need lots of help.


“Sevier County is well-coached, Steve Brewer does a fantastic job year-in and year-out,” Maynard said. “They’re not going to make very many mistakes. They haven’t been putting a whole lot of points on the board this year, but they are sound and solid in what they do.”

As for keys to success, “I think the trenches will probably be where the game is won on Friday night,” Maynard said. “Sevier County, they’ve got a bunch of big people, extremely strong people. It’s probably the strongest team we’ll face.

“On the defensive side of the ball, if we play smart and we don’t lock horns with those big linemen, we make contact (and) separate and run to the ball, we’ll be alright,” the coach added. But if we start trying to make it a physical thing, they they’ll whip us.”

Offensively, “it’s just a matter of our offensive linemen maintaining contact on their blocks long enough for Robert to squirt in there,” Maynard said.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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