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’Dawgs stop Karns conversion, win 14-13

For Bearden senior Adam Canter, the Bulldogs' 14-13 win over Karns Friday, Sept. 16, at KHS had its own reward.

Last year against Karns, Canter injured his knee on Bearden's first offensive play of the game, an injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the year.

This year, he recorded 15 tackles, intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for BHS (2-3).

"I had (an interception) against Farragut but we couldn’t pull that one out, but that one felt good because I was just in the right place at the right time and took it to the house," Canter said."

The interception came with 3:14 left in the third to give the Bulldogs a14-7 lead.

"It was special because last year I blew out my knee and couldn’t play, it's not really revenge but it’s special.”

Karns responded with a touchdown of its own with just under nine minutes to play on an Eric Weigel nine- yard run to close the deficit to 14-13.

Needing just one point to tie, the Beavers opted to go for the two point conversion in an attempt to put Karns up by one.

However, the stingy BHS defense prevented any such occurrence.

"I don’t know how many times we stopped them on fourth down but I know we stopped them right there in the end on the extra point and that was the key to the game right there," senior Eric Pickle said.

BHS got its first touchdown when Pickle took a hand-off, ran over a defender and scampered 53 yards for a first quarter score. "I cut it back to the right, the play was actually supposed to be to the inside and I just tried to cut it outside and I only had the end to beat. And I just put my shoulder down on him and once I got past him I just took off," Pickle said.

On the Bulldogs' next possession, quarterback Philip Dampf's pass was picked off by Karns' Lee Henry and returned 52 yards for the score to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter.

Much of the game was decided on the ground as both teams ran the ball for the majority of the game. The Beavers accumulated 193 yards on 46 carries and Bearden gained 176 on 37 carries.

"It was tough, Karns is tough, they will come out and hit you in the mouth," Pickle said. "It’s just smashmouth football out here, it was us running the ball down their throat and they ran the ball down our throat.

"The most important thing about this is that it;s a region win and it puts us in good position in the region and Karns is a good team," Pickle said. The Bulldogs have a 1-1 record in Class 5A, Region 1.

Bearden has already surpassed its win total of last year, and with a solid defensive effort this season thus far and an emerging offense, BHS head coach Paul Maynard sees bright things in the Bulldogs’ future.

"It's just a matter of time, the offense is getting better," Maynard said. "Before we start putting things together, cutting down on our mistakes and you know scoring two or three touchdowns a game. And when we get to that point Bearden High School football is going to be fine."


Bearden Quarterback Dawson Halliday broke a toe on his right foot in the Dobyns-Bennett game Sept. 2.

Halliday played the entire Farragut game Sept. 9, but aggravated the injury. He expects to be back for this week's game at Central (See preview, page 13, for details).


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