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2nd quarter hiccup doesn’t slow 5-0 Dawgs

LENOIR CITY — While Devrin Young continues to rack up unheard of rushing and all-purpose yardage, Cory Crabtree represents new Bearden members in the “proven commodity” club.

Crabtree, a senior first-year starter at defensive end, constantly harassed Lenoir City QB Jordan Hall Friday en route to six tackles plus his first-ever fumble recovery and first-ever interception — both setting up touchdowns.

“Honestly, when I first intercepted it, I couldn't believe it because I've never touched the ball in my life,” said Crabtree, whose still unbeaten Bulldogs whipped the Panthers 40-13 Sept. 17 at LCHS's $1.5 million newly renovated stadium. “It was kinda surreal, a blessing.”

In total yards, the Bulldogs out-gained Lenoir City 464-145.

“Cory Crabtree made a few really good plays; I was really, really happy the way our defense came out and played in the second half,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said. “It's good to see those defensive linemen step up. I thought Chris Jackson did a real good job in the second half.

“And Drew [Williamson] is just a heck of a football player,” Taylor added about his senior linebacker-receiver who ended with six total tackles (four solo) plus an interception while catching a touchdown pass.

“And Sam Manuel did a good job on defense.”

Manuel, senior linebacker, had a minus-5 hit and minus-7 sack.

Bulldogs senior linebacker Logan Candela blew up a screen for minus-3 and ended with six total tackles, five solo.

Meanwhile, Young replicated what has become normal for the senior All-state speedster running back: 244 rushing yards on just 21 carries for two touchdowns — 1,005 yards for the season, 1,412 all-purpose, with 20 touchdowns playing little more than one half of all five games.

However, BHS (5-0, 2-0 in District 4-AAA), led only 19-6 at halftime — and was outplayed in the second quarter.

A 62-yard, seven-play opening-game drive ended with BHS quarterback Kyle Riemer's 10-yard TD pass to Williamson with 8:23 left in the first quarter. Riemer ended 10-of-20 passing for 115 yards, and added an 8-yard scoring run.

Jerron Brown added a three-yard TD scamper. Tony Natour, senior receiver, ended with three receptions for 42 yards.

Christian Robinson, BHS sophomore, carried the entire load on a 71-yard march: five rushes including a 47-yarder, ending with a 3-yard TD run in the final seconds.

Early in the first quarter one of BHS’s top defenders, senior LB Peyton Landers, went down with a knee injury after a short-yardage run at fullback.

The extent of the injury wasn’t known at deadline.

Other top offensive plays included a 21-yard run from Josh Haney; 11-yard catch by Stefon Stephens plus an 17-yard reception by Tyler Callaway.


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