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’Dawgs’ team, individuals win; Walker Valley awaits

Sometimes it’s what doesn’t happen that’s most important.

About his team’s 7-3 win against South-Doyle in the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic Kick-Off Classic Friday, Aug. 14, in Neyland Stadium, Bearden head coach Brad Taylor was quick with his first reaction.

“We didn’t get anybody hurt,” Taylor said of his team’s 12 minutes of play.

“A lot of guys got a chance to play in Neyland, which is a big deal. We were trying to get a lot of guys in, hopefully we got them all. If we didn’t, we just ran out of time.”

Two passes from BHS junior quarterback Kyle Riemer, 14 yards to senior Davis Tull and 19 to senior Max Guthe, complemented the running of juniors Devrin Young and CJ Terry, who gained 33 yards on six carries on BHS’s first possession.

Trey Shuler’s 6-yard TD run and Ben Sisco’s extra point made it 7-0 Bulldogs at the 8:24 mark, capping a 70-yard opening drive.

Riemer said, “I thought everyone did good out there. I thought our line blocked tremendously. Running back Devrin, he was outstanding tonight. And I think our coaches called a very good game.”

Meanwhile, the BHS defense overcame two Bulldogs lost fumbles and allowed just 19 yards on 10 plays.

That included a stand where the Cherokees took over at the BHS 7 after recovering a fumble with 4:31 left. But SDHS gained just one yard and settled for a 22-yard field goal.

As for Taylor’s concern with depth along his offensive and defensive lines as the Bulldogs prepare for its season opener at Walker Valley Friday, Aug. 21, the BHS boss said, “I think we’re better than where we were. But it’s still not the perfect world yet.”

Opening kick-off at WVHS is set for 7:30 p.m.

Bearden also made its partisans proud during halftime skills competitions. Cisco Carter won both the kickoff (71 yards) and punting (52 yards) competitions.

Tull, also a standout defensive end, won the ends-tackles 50-yard dash.

“Davis has got a lot of speed for us at defense end,” Taylor said. “Cisco [also a starting defensive back], definitely, has a strong leg and that goes a long way in high school.”


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