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’Dawg defense blanks Govs

Bearden completed its second straight shutout playoff victory with a 30-0 win versus William Blount Friday, Nov. 16, at Bill Young Field.

After relying on its defense to get to the playoffs, the Bulldogs offense is coming together at the right time. Bearden (11-1) racked up 426 yards of total offense against a Governors defense that up until this point held opponents to an average of less than 10 points per game.

“We are coming together at the right time,” senior Cory Eichholtz said. “We are all really focused before games. The practice intensity has been higher than ever. We are just coming together at the right time and playing some great football.”

The Bulldogs advance to host the Farragut Admirals Friday, Nov. 23. The Admirals have beaten the Bulldogs eight straight times.

Bearden took a 7-0 lead when Dawson Halliday connected with a wide open Eichholtz for a 93-yard touchdown with 8:10 left in the first half. Brandon Reagan converted the extra point.

“We ran an out and go combination,” Eichholtz said about the play. “It was a cover-two look and the corner sat and the safety was watching the out and by that time it was too late. I was already gone.”

Reagan knocked through a 29-yard field goal with 1:37 remaining in the half to give Bearden a 10-0 lead. Halliday hit Jordan Maynard for a 45-yard aerial strike to give Bearden a 17-0 lead with six seconds left after the successful Reagan PAT.

“[Dawson] played really well tonight,” Bearden head coach Brad Taylor said. “They are a good defense and good football team. We were having trouble consistently running the football and that’s one thing you like about this football team, they can be balanced.”

The Bearden defense did its job by limiting William Blount to 111 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs forced three interceptions, two by C.J. Gunn and one from Brandon Pemberton.

“It was a great night everybody showed up ready to play and we knew that’s what it would take,” Halliday said. “Everything was clicking on defense. They have been amazing all year and they were amazing tonight.”

Torey Works busted off a 43-yard touchdown run with 9:48 left in the third. The point after attempt was blocked. Works finished with 146 yards.

Eichholtz grabbed his second touchdown reception of the night on a 26-yard Halliday strike with 7:51 left in the game. Halliday finished 14-of-22 for 285 yards.


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