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Wilson pleased with BHS defense, Ads play 84 versus SDHS

New BHS football head coach Bill Wilson freely admitted why junior starting quarterback Dawson Halliday played only one series versus Fulton.

“We want to make sure Dawson’s fine next Friday night [Aug. 18 regular season opener],” Wilson said after the quarter against Fulton in the annual Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic Kick Off Classic in Neyland Stadium Friday night, Aug. 11.

Despite a 6-0 loss, BHS highlights include a 44-yard punt from Brandon Reagan and a Sean Cunningham interception.

The Falcons scored on a 26-yard TD run from Dennis Rogan.

Wilson said that although the Bulldogs “have played well” in scrimmage victories versus Gibbs and Morristown East, “it’s really hard to tell because I haven’t been in Five-A [competition level] and we haven’t been in Five-A yet, we’ve been playing smaller schools.”

But the coach said he was especially pleased with the Bulldog defense in the road scrimmage at Morristown East Thursday, Aug. 10, where BHS overcame several early-game turnovers to win. “If we hadn’t played real good, hard defense, we could have been down early with the turnovers,” Wilson said. “Right now I’m proud of my defense for the way they hung in there while the offense was struggling. ... Actually, [Morristown East] didn’t have a first down.”

In terms of overall unit performances, “Right now I’d say our defensive line is doing a heck of a job,” said Wilson, who did not want to single out individuals.

Although Bearden’s Dontae Bunch doesn’t play quarterback, the standout senior wide receiver won the annual Kick Off Classic halftime throwing competition with a toss of 58 yards.


FHS head coach Eddie Courtney was especially pleased he was able to play 84 players in a scoreless tie with South-Doyle, adding, “We had some good execution on offense, and the defense played well.”

The Ads’ first drive looked promising, with runs of 14- and 20-yards from junior standout tailback Andre’ Sterling, plus a 15-yard pass from senior quarterback Michael Lawrence to Chris Eggert. But an interception at the SDHS 35 killed the effort.

Back-up tailback Jacob Whatley broke loose on runs of 27 and 22 yards on the final FHS possession. But Zach Allen’s diving end-zone catch of junior quarterback Andrew Martland’s pass was ruled out of bounds. Defensive highlights include a minus-5-yard sack from Jacob Velba.


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