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Bouncing back
Bearden offense gets 368, Karns falls

Coming off successive losses to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett and Farragut, Bearden (3-2, 1-1 Region 1-5A) needed a game like this.

The path to a 33-14 win over Karns (0-5, 0-2) on Bill Young Field had a familiar cast of characters doing what they do best.

The Bulldogs were all over the Beavers in the first half, with Bearden reserves getting plenty of playing time afterwards.

Quarterback Ryan Potter joined sophomore Kyle Riemer in capably running a Bulldog offense that had no turnovers and 368 yards total offense. Head coach Brad Taylor said Potter bounced back from the two losses very well.

“It was a good night for Ryan distributing the football when we needed him to,” Taylor said. “I’m glad he got back on track. He did a good job fighting back.”

Potter acknowledged that the Farragut game was a tough one, but praised the effort of tailback Devrin Young, who had 237 yards on nine carries in the first half alone. He is something special on both sides of the ball.

“Devrin’s a good ball player,” Potter said. “Give him some room, and he’ll make something happen. It helps a lot having him.”

Taylor also was pleased by the lack of turnovers and saw better downfield blocking as a significant factor in the outcome.

“The big difference was that we took care of the football and made some plays in the running game,” he said. “We would have had more big plays last week, but we didn’t do a very good job blocking downfield. We went to practice and worked on it. Big things happen when you get blocking downfield.”

Young had three TDs in the first half and was on pace to break the school yardage record (Torrey Works’ 275 against Farragut in the 2007 playoffs), but that event will have to wait until another night. He led Bearden to a 27-7 halftime lead, with four big runs. His second carry went 67 yards to the Karns 20, leading to a Brandon Reagan 37-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs scored a touchdown a series later, as Young hit right tackle, cut back to his left and completed a 66-yard run.

After Karns cut the lead to 10-7 on a 12-yard run by quarterback Kyle Boden, it was Young again with a 28-yard run leading to another Reagan field goal, this time from 38 yards.

Later in the second quarter at the 5:07 mark, Bearden got the ball at the Bulldog 19, generally considered poor field position. Young took care of that, hitting the right side and sprinting 81 yards for a score, making it 20-7.

Moments later, Dillon Wilker found a fumble at the Karns 33, and BHS struck quickly. Potter found Will Campbell for 12, and Young got the last TD of the first half, an 8-yarder up the middle.

Young grabbed a Boden aerial at the goal line and motored to the Bulldog 44 early in the third quarter.

Peyton Landers got the final Bearden score, capping a 54-yard drive, highlighted by a 23-yard toss to Tyler Graham and Landers’ 16-yard scoring run.

“We had great blocking inside,” he said. “I just cut it up into the hole and ran hard. It was a trap block, and they picked up their assignments.”

It’s Homecoming next Friday night, Sept. 26, with Halls providing the opposition. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


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