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Young legs, Riemer arm fuel Dawgs

Special teams, dominated by a special athlete, supplied all the points Bearden would need Friday night at Heritage. All within the first two min-utes.

Devrin Young, Bulldogs' speedy and elusive Tennessee Volunteers commitment, returned the game's opening kickoff 99 yards, then did the same with a punt moments later from 92 yards.

The quick 14 points led to a 44-10 blowout Oct. 15, aided by two Kyle Riemer touchdown passes (16-of-27, 274 yards).

Stefon Stephens was Riemer’s favorite target, catching five for 101 yards.

“Kyle played real well, and he needed to because that's what they were giving us,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said about his senior QB. “They were kinda stacking the box on us and we had to be able to throw the football.

“I probably tried to run the ball more than I should have, just being hard-headed.”

Though held under 20 yards rushing in the first half, Young finished with 90 yards on 16 carries that included a 5-yard TD run.

Bearden improves to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in District 4-AAA. Heritage falls to 0-5, 3-5.

Jerron Brown, BHS senior fullback/linebacker, caught a seven-yard Riemer TD strike.

With BHS leading tackler and top receiving threat, senior Drew Williamson, out during the Farragut game with a hand injury, “Having Drew back was big, and Drew had a real good night,” Taylor said about his linebacker/tight end.

Williamson hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass from Riemer in the second half following Bearden's 27-3 lead at the break.

“Our defense, with Drew out there, it really makes a big difference,” Taylor added.

Williamson, defensive back Samuel Manuel and Brown each finished with six total tackles.

Manuel also recovered a fumble, had one interception plus two minus-yardage stops.

Overall, Bearden's defense “played a lot better” than in its two recent losses, Taylor said. The Bulldogs out-gained Heritage in total yards 419-278.

In addition to his 24-yard scoring run in the first quarter, junior Josh Haney “played real well” at corner[back], Taylor said.

Ben Sisco converted five of six extra points and added a 29-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs look to solidify a Class 6A playoff berth starting with a home game versus West this Friday, Oct. 22. Opening kickoff


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