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’Dawgs roll at Karns
Kelton: Bearden plays at ‘top of our game,’ staying on top in 1-5A

After losing to Farragut a week ago, the Bearden Bulldogs took its frustration out on Karns by crushing them 35-6 Friday, Sept. 21, at KHS.

It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs (4-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-5A) to get on the scoreboard as Torey Works capped off a seven-play, 58-yard scoring drive with a 6-yard touchdown run at the 9:09 mark in the first quarter. After a Karns three-and-out, Bearden’s Dawson Halliday ran in a 4-yard touchdown on its ensuing possession to make it 14-0 with 4:55 left in the first.

“I feel like we are playing the top of our game,” Bearden senior Josh Kelton said. “We have all been together since freshmen and I feel like we are playing the best we have ever played before.”

Karns answered back with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Boden to Desi Brown with 5:23 left in the half. Bearden had two pass interference penalties and an interception negated by a roughing the passer penalty on the drive. The Karns extra point attempt was blocked by Kelton to make the score 14-6.

“We gave up about 45-yards in penalties on that drive,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said. “I felt like our defense played really well. Our defense has some good speed and I think that was an advantage for us tonight.”

Bearden responded quickly with a Preston Rouse 4-yard scoring run to make it 21-6 with 2:08 remaining in the half. Bearden’s C.J. Gunn intercepted a Boden pass to give the Bulldogs possession at the BHS 38 with 1:24 remaining, but the drive stalled at the Karns 30 and Bearden went into the half leading 21-6.

“I thought we played a good four quarters of football,” Taylor said. “One thing we showed in the past, sometimes we will come out and get a bit complacent. I felt like we didn’t do that tonight. We kept playing and kept our heads in the game, so that’s important.”

A Works 35-yard scoring run gave the Bulldogs a 28-6 lead with 6:01 left in the third quarter. Sean Cunningham expanded on the lead with a 17-yard touchdown run with 11:11 left in the game to make the score 35-6. Bearden’s defense held Karns on the following drive and pulled its starters with 8:58 left in the game.

“It feels amazing to hold a team like this to six points,” Kelton said. “They are a good team, they really are. I just feel like we have a strong defense and if we can keep it up we will keep doing good this season.”


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