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Young races for 346, five first-half TDs in No. 4 BHS rout
Taylor: ‘I’ve never seen anybody better’ in person

Just how special is Devrin Young’s ability to run the football for Bearden High School?

“In games I’ve been involved in, I’ve never seen anybody better than him,” said BHS head coach Brad Taylor after his senior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (90 and 94 yards) against William Blount, ran 59 and 47 yards for two other scores and added a 5-yard TD by leaping a defender at the goal line.

All in the first half.

Taylor’s Bulldogs, unbeaten and ranked No. 4 statewide in Class 6A, romped past WBHS 42-14 at Bearden’s Bill Young Field Friday, Sept. 3.

In only 24 minutes, Young compiled 346 total yards and five touchdowns.

In three games — playing little more than one half in each — the senior has amassed 958 all-purpose yards with 16 TDs.

“He was great last year, but he’s in an extra gear right now that most people don’t have,” added Taylor, as Bearden improves to 3-0 while the Governors falls to 1-2.

Logan Candela, senior linebacker praised by Taylor for his “sure open-field tackling,” said Young “gives us points and that puts less pressure on the defense.”

Taylor also praised his offensive line. “With the exception of one or two plays, [they] played well,” the coach said. “They put hats on people.”

“Austin Sackett at right guard and Jalyn Stewart at right tackle, and then left tackle Zack Wells,” Taylor added about solid individual efforts. “Ryan Cantley did a good job tonight at left guard.”

After BHS sophomore defensive tackle Gage Webb recovered a Govs fumble at 19 with 1:06 left in the half, someone other than Young scored.

On the next play, Bearden quarterback Kyle Riemer’s play-action fake to Young and roll left resulted in a completion to fullback Peyton Landers that went the distance.

The 19-yard TD pass was the game’s last score, coming with 57.7 seconds left in the first half.

Senior kicker Ben Sisco converted all six BHS extra points.

Defensively, Candela ended a successful half of finding the football with a 13-yard sack of Govs quarterback Zach Witt.

Bulldogs junior defensive end Kasey Tyler, among other BHS defenders, was a big cog in putting constant pressure on Witt.

Assessing the BHS defense, Tyler said, “There’s good chemistry; our defensive line has got to get stronger, play tougher. A lot of us are younger, but a lot of us step up, too.”

Taylor Keen assisted on a minus-8 sack, and Drew Williamson brought down Witt for minus-6.

“Drew Williamson, he seems to stand out every night,” Taylor said about his senior linebacker. “Our defensive tackles are getting better.”

Chris Jackson, senior defensive tackle, added a minus-1 hit, while Sackett had a key 0-yard hit at DT.

Bearden senior linebacker Jerron Brown recovered a fumble and stopped a shovel pass for no gain; Webb added a minus-2 hit.

Other top individual efforts for Bearden included a 23-yard run from junior runner Josh Haney and a 22-yard jaunt from sophomore Andrew LaCamera.

A nice fingertip catch by Ethan Pollack for 10 yards was nullified by a holding penalty.


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