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Halls no match for BHS, 42-10

The Bearden Bulldogs football team knew it was in for a test against the Halls Red Devils Friday, Sept. 28, at Halls. After a 42-10 win, it’s safe to say the Bulldogs studied well.

The Bulldogs (5-1) held the Halls offense to 133 total yards. Halls runningback Wesley Kitts, who is coming off a 335-yard performance in a come-from-behind win versus West last week and a 222-yard game two weeks ago against Gibbs, was practically shut down by the Bearden defense.

Kitts still managed to gain 114 yards on 12 carries, but the majority of that came on a 65-yard touchdown run with 5:12 left in the game.

“With 600 yards in the past two games I was kind of scared for a second, but we held him pretty good,” Bearden senior defensive back/running back Sean Cunningham said. “They’ve got [receiver] Daniel Dayton and their runningback Kitts are two good athletes.

“We tried to contain them and I believe we did except for that one play towards the end, but otherwise it was a good game.”

The Halls single wing offense has given several other teams trouble this season, but the Bearden defense proved it was capable of stopping it.

Senior ends Matt Williamson and Josh Kelton closed off the outside, while senior tackles Alex Goltry and Peter Shankles plugged the middle to contain the talented back.

“We have some ends that are pretty fast so that helps us a lot,” Bearden head coach Brad Taylor said. “It’s a tough offense to face. Our ends were able to run and keep containment. You try to pick off their guards and I don’t know how well we did that, but our ends played well.

“We have pretty good defensive linemen with our tackles and ends, so I think that was the advantage.”

Bearden got its offense started early with a Dawson Halliday 2-yard touchdown pass to fullback Brandon Pemberton to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 10:24 left in the first quarter after the Brandon Reagan successful PAT attempt.

Halliday, who threw for 154 yards on 16 of 23 passes, used his legs to scramble in from three yards out for the second Bearden score to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 with 4:33 remaining in the first.

“Offensively we took care of the football,” Taylor said. “These guys know how to capitalize on a mistake on the offensive side of the ball, so we were able to take care of the football. Dawson played real solid. Our running game was solid and I thought we were pretty balanced tonight.”

Halliday connected with Cunningham for a 5-yard touchdown pass to put Bearden up 21-0 with 5:04 left in the second quarter.

Halls kicker Jared Kahn put the Red Devils (3-2) on the board with a 35-yard field goal to make it 21-3 with 51 seconds remaining in the half.

Halliday hit Torey Works for an 11-yard touchdown completion to put Bearden up 28-3 with 3:43 left in the third.

Works ran in a 2-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 35-3 with 2:05 remaining in the third. The senior back finished the night with 113 yards on 11 carries.

Cunningham scored his second touchdown of the night with a 23-yard run to give Bearden a 42-3 advantage with 5:12 left in the game.

“We came out strong and ended strong,” Cunningham said. “We have faith in each other and it shows out there.”

Atop Region 1-5A with a 2-0 record, Bearden closes out the 2007 regular season with four consecutive region games.

It starts tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 5, at BHS”s Bill Young Field as the Bulldogs host Science Hill. Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Science Hill begins a three-game Bulldog home stand, as Campbell County comes to BHS for Bearden Homecoming Oct. 12. Sevier County travels to Bill Young Field Oct. 19.


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