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KINGSPORT — Sensabaugh, sideline runs, slant patterns and sure-fire nerve paid dividends at J. Fred Johnson Stadium Thursday evening, Aug. 19.

Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett’s option offense, led by the powerful running of senior Chris Sensabaugh, plus key slant pattern passes, effective outside running and an Indians defense stout when threatened set the tone.

A 14-0 KD-B halftime lead held up despite a mini FHS rally, as KD-B whipped the Ads 28-7 to open the 2010 season.

“They made plays when they had to make plays, and we couldn’t make some plays,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “We’re still kinda young in positions, and you make mistakes.”

Sensabaugh rushed 19 times for 123 yards and one score, as Dobyns-Bennett ran 38 times for 220 yards overall.

Courtney said the Indians’ new option offense has Sensabaugh “closer to the line of scrimmage. Last year [a 26-8 FHS home win] ... he was a tailback, he’s seven yards deep. This year, he’s three yards deep.”

Courtney also pointed to “missed tackles and missed assignments on the outside when the quarterback kept it and pulled it out.”

Jacob Johnson, FHS junior free safety, said the Indians “were running outside, they just killed us tonight. They were breaking tackles.”

With an inconsistent passing game, Farragut’s biggest offense threat was a combination of running back Montre Hudson runs and quarterback Cody Rule option keepers.

While Rule praised the protection of his offensive line, he added, “It was just those blitzes and everything, sometimes we just couldn’t pick it up. They just hit us at the right times.”

A minus-4 stop from FHS linebacker Conner Taylor preceded Jackson Fain’s blocked punt that provided FHS the game’s first golden scoring chance with 6:17 left in the first quarter. It ended with a missed field goal.

Courtney said this was big, “especially with a young team. We’re looking for something for them to feed off of.”

Jacob Johnson’s interception of a Sean Seabolt lob pass — ending a 60-yard KD-B drive — was returned 42 yards to the Admirals 46.

Hudson’s 22-yard run off tackle got things going offensively, then Rule came up with his first huge pass completion, 22 yards to Taino Perez on third-and-14, landing FHS at the Indians 11.

Rule came up big again, this time with his legs on third-and-4 at the 5, scoring on an option keeper left with 5:01 left in the third. Jonathan King’s extra point cut the lead to 14-7.

But a KD-B fourth-and-3 conversion from the 50, a rollout completion under heavy QB pressure, led to a TD and a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.


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