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Young’s five TDs big part of BHS second half explosion versus Sevier

SEVIERVILLE — Bearden’s 46-29 win against Sevier County Friday night was a classic tale of two markedly different halves. Sevier County (5-5, 2-4 Region 1-5A) won the first 24 minutes 23-20, but the Bulldogs (7-2, 4-1) came back relentlessly to win the final 24 by 26-6.

Head coach Brad Taylor, who called the first half effort “lackluster,” was able to dissect the contest, relieved the game was finally over.

“They have a tough offense,” he said. “We did a good job stopping the run, making them one dimensional. We were able to make a few plays here and there to stop some drives, break up a few passes, and get some pressure on the quarterback ... I thought we needed to focus a little more at halftime.”

There were major breakdowns that cost field position and a touchdown on the Smoky Bears’ first possession, added to a turnover that yielded a field goal, an interception that that led to another score, and a 97-yard kickoff return for a score.

Tailback Devrin Young was the winning edge, with 28 carries for 270 yards and five touchdowns. He had TD runs of 9 and 2 in the first half and added scoring runs of 1, 9, and 3 in the second half in an exceptional performance.

Young ran for 27 and 22 yards on BHS’s first possession, caught a 73-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Potter and started a third scoring drive with a 16-yard run that led to the Bulldogs getting within three at the half.

After Drew Williamson recovered a Smoky Bear fumble at the Sevier County 42, Young ran for 27 yards and scored a play later.

Undaunted by a quick Smoky Bear score, Young ran for 19, 4, 23, and finally 3, giving the ’Dawgs the lead for good, 33-29.

Bearden extended the lead to 39-29, when a fumbled punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the 2, and Tanner Fine, who added seven tackles on the evening defensively, promptly cashed it in.

“It was tough ... our secondary played well, and we started getting pressure on the quarterback,” he said. “We were able to shut down the big plays.”

Young hit right end and found the wide-open spaces for 69 yards to the SC 7. Potter got the final touchdown of the night from the 2.

Bearden returns home for the season finale, Senior Night, Friday, Oct. 31, against Jefferson County. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bill Young Field.

Having earned a TSSAA playoff berth, the Bulldogs can lock down a No. 2 seed with a win.


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