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’Dawgs, SCHS seek playoff home game

A battle for second place in Class 5A, Region 1 is at stake when Sevier County (7-2 overall, 4-1 in the region) travels to Bearden Stadium to battle the Bulldogs (4-4, 3-1) Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Sevier County is playing an inspired season after two of its players died before the season started.

“They have been through an awful lot and that was probably the hardest thing they had to endure and I think it has brought them closer together," Sevier County head coach Steve Brewer said. "It has been as good as you could have hoped for, they have been very focused and they have worked very hard and that’s what's helped us get where we are right now.”

With both teams locked in with playoff berths, this game is pivotal in the seeding. “We kind of control our own destiny," BHS head coach Paul Maynard said. "If we beat Sevier County this week then, unless something dramatically happens, we finish up second in the region.

That would mean a first-round home game in the playoffs.

But before Bearden has any thoughts of a second place finish, they are going to have to defeat a big and strong Sevier County team.

“We are going to have to play physical football,” Maynard said. “They are going to run it right at us to test us and they have got some big physical offensive linemen that they are going to try and run behind.”

Aside from a big offensive line, Sevier County utilizes several fullbacks, one of which is 240-pound David Murrah.

“We use two or three fullbacks and he is one of them and we have some pretty good size at fullback,” Brewer said.

Sevier County takes advantage of two quarterbacks, Corey Watson and Phillip Chaney.

“[Chaney] is a passing type quarterback and [Watson] is a playmaker,” Maynard said. “They like to run the option with him some and they will drop back with him in the passing situations or they will line up in the shotgun and run the option.

“They will try to get the ball in his hands and let him run with it and of course the passing quarterback they will throw it down the field with him.”

Chaney, last year's starting quarterback, is working his way back from a broken wrist suffered in the first game of the season.

None-theless, Brewer utilizes both of his talents in each game.

“It just depends on what we want to try to do offensively," Brewer said. "Somebody may go in with a hot hand, but right now Corey Watson is our starter but Philip Chaney came back this past week and played well.”

With a bye week Oct. 14, the Bulldogs have had plenty of time to prepare for the versatility of the two quarterbacks.

“You prepare for the run and you prepare for the pass and you know that if they put [Watson] in the game you know that you got to be able to adjust for the speed and with [Chaney] he doesn’t have very good feet so you can pretty much go in and attack more," Maynard said.

On the Bulldogs side of the ball it will be sophomore Dawson Halliday that gets the nod under center. Halliday got his first start a year ago against Sevier County and with a year under his belt, Brewer expects a much more experienced quarterback to take the field tomorrow night in Bearden Stadium.

“He has impressed me,” Brewer said. “I think he has a very strong arm and a really quick release and those are good things to build upon at that position."

As for an overall outlook of the game, it is just going to come down to who wants it more.

“I'm expecting a lot,” Brewer said. "They are like us, they have a lot to be playing for, they have qualified for the playoffs like we have and really this game boils down to who is going to take the second spot and who is going to play away.”


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