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Bulldogs bounce back big time

Bearden’s football team badly wanted a win after losing its last two games.

In a District 4-AAA showdown, the Bulldogs were able to add another ‘W’ after a 45-0 shutout versus Heritage, Friday, Oct. 16, at Bearden’s Bill Young Field.

“It’s nice to get back on the winning side,” said BHS head coach Brad Taylor, whose team improves to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in district. “Those two losses are frustrating. [Maryville and Farragut] are two good football teams, but still it’s frustrating.”

Running back Devrin Young, a junior who ended the night with 14 carries for 186 yards and two touchdowns, said, “A lot of people probably thought we’d just call the season after those two losses ... but we showed them we’re a team that still has heart and wants to play.”

On its second drive, Bearden moved the ball from its own 38 to the Heritage 10 in three minutes.

Bulldogs quarterback Kyle Riemer handed off to Young, who lost possession of the ball around the 5. The football bounced into the end zone, where BHS senior Max Guthe came up with the ball and the touchdown.

Ben Sisco’s kick for the extra point was tipped but still managed to make it through the uprights, and the Bulldogs led 7-0.

The second score came early in the second quarter on a 54-yard drive. Seven plays later, Young ran 11 yards to the end zone with 10:26 on the clock, making it 14-0.

Heritage went three and out again, thanks in part to a sack by Bearden linebacker Drew Williamson.

The Bulldogs scored with 5:14 left in the half on senior running back Jacob Coffin’s 1-yard TD run.

The last score of the first half was Sisco’s, who kicked a field goal for a 24-0 halftime lead

The Bulldogs scored on the second play of their second possession after the break. Young rushed 58 yards for the touchdown.

“Devrin had a good game. He’s had a good week of practice,” Taylor said. “He’s been banged up on and off this season, but he had a really good week of practice so we kind of felt like it was coming. He doesn’t feel great yet, but he’s feeling better. He made some great runs.”

The last of Bearden’s points were scored in the fourth quarter by seniors Dillon Wilker and Michael Cakmes, who both had rushing touchdowns.

In all, Bearden had 510 offensive yards in 53 plays, averaging almost a first down every play.

About the team’s success offensively, Young said, “We were finally executing what we’ve been practicing. We cut back a little bit on our penalties; we still had penalties, but we cut back.”

Heritage, on the other hand, gained just 21 yards in 48 plays.

“I think we pinned our ears back a little bit this week and tried to go after them. We got a little healthier on our defensive line so that’s helped too,” Taylor said. “I think it was a group effort. We had guys making plays all the time.”

Riemer agreed.

“Our defense was absolutely crazy,” he said. “It’s rough running scouts against them in practice during the week because they’re so relentless to get to the ball; they go one hundred percent every play.”

Next Thursday Bearden heads to West for another district game. Opening kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22.

Taylor said, “That’s something new for us. We’ve not played on Thursday night in a long time. We got a short week. We’ve got to heal quickly from our bumps and bruises. We’ll try to get a lot of work in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”


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