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Dawgs fly past Irish in 2nd half

Trailing 16-7 57.5 seconds before halftime Friday night at Catholic and having just given up a touchdown off an intercepted pass, you couldn’t blame Bearden head coach Brad Taylor if he had decided to kill the clock and take his chances in the second half.

An iffy first half suddenly looked a great deal better after Kyle Riemer tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Stephon Stephens to close the halftime margin to 16-14.

Riemer then sent the flow one way and found Stephens all alone in the far right corner for the score with 2.4 seconds left.

The Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2) dominated the second half to take a 35-16 District 4-AAA win that brought home the win in another West Knoxville “rivalry game” Oct. 30. Catholic fell 5-5, 3-4 in the district.

“That was a play that got us a momentum swing ... . I thought we really played a complete, well-rounded second half,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said.

Bearden rushed for 375 yards on the night, with Devrin Young carrying 25 times for 216 yards and three TDs — including a 96-yard punt return — and Peyton Landers adding 11 carries for 136 yards and one score.

Young now has 1,202 yards for the year. “Devrin had a fantastic game,” Taylor said. “He’s had a couple of games where he’s not felt good, but he’s feeling better again, and you can tell it.”

Bearden center Bradley Ternes said of the second half momentum, “At halftime, coach just said we had to run the ball well, executing the plays they called. The offensive line was executing, and the receivers were blocking down field. It was a good team effort.”

Landers said, “The offensive line played great. We came with more stunts and blitzes in the second half defensively and disrupted their timing.”

With Bearden up 28-16, Cisco Carter’s interception late in the fourth quarter landed BHS at the Irish 33.

After a couple of penalties, Landers ran for 16 and finally scored on a bull-in-the-china-shop run from 24 yards out to seal the issue, 35-16.


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