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Cashed-in turnovers doom Bearden cause at Farragut
Young’s running not enough for ’Dawgs


The “Battle of Kingston Pike” was no battle.

Farragut (4-0), looking without a doubt like the No. 1 5A team in the state, ran roughshod over Bearden (2-2) Friday night before a packed house at Bill Clabo Field/Farragut Stadium.

The final was 48-10, but the contest was decided in the first half, when Bearden had the ball nearly 17 minutes but trailed at the horn by 28-3.

Farragut scored quickly and often in the first 24 minutes, hitting Bearden with big play after big play offensively and defensively, taking quick advantage of Bulldog turnovers.


(Stories initially reported in Farragut First Edition at www.farragutpress.com).

“We didn’t get better from last week, didn’t correct our mistakes,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said. “Farragut is obviously a good football team with a lot of weapons. We have to focus for a Region [1-5A] game against Karns. We’re going to have to play a lot better. If we do, we’ll get back on track in the region.”

Bearden could only muster a 24-yard field goal by Brandon Reagan in the first half despite the lopsided time of possession, the kick coming after a nine-play, 67-yard drive in 4:06 of the second quarter that saw Devrin Young carry twice for 32 yards, Brandon Sapp three times for 21 yards and Ryan Potter complete a 16-yarder to Drew Williamson.

“We moved the ball, but couldn’t make the plays to keep drives alive,” Taylor said. “We found a way to shoot ourselves in the foot.”

The field goal came with 2:03 left, but the Admirals had one more arrow left in their quiver, despite starting at the 4 after a solid stop by Williamson on the kickoff.

Bearden had a 75-yard drive mostly in the fourth quarter led by sophomore Kyle Riemer that was led by a 12-yard pass to Peyton Landers, capped by a 49-yard TD pass from Riemer to Sapp. The drive was also aided by a roughing-the-kicker penalty.

“On the touchdown play, we ran a wheel route,” Sapp said. “We don’t usually run it, and it’s hard to notice when you’re on defense.”

Riemer saw his first significant action and explained his thinking when the play opened up.

“A couple of plays before, we had done the same thing, and in the back of my mind I didn’t see my guy get open, so I looked back and saw him. I’m happy my linemen gave me the protection that made it happen.”

Next up is the Region 1-5A home game against Karns, Friday, Sept. 19. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

 

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