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It’s over for Ads; OT win for Dawgs
BHS survives field goal try to edge KD-B; Rebels next

KINGSPORT — Bearden senior running back Devrin Young found himself in an unusual position for the better part of the night in the Bulldogs’ second-round playoff game against Dobyns-Bennett at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

After a quick start that saw the Class 6A Mr. Football finalist carry eight times for 71 yards and two touchdowns in an electrifying first quarter by both teams, the quick Indian defense put the clamps on The University of Tennessee commitment as Young gained only 12 on his next 13 tries.

However, Young’s final two touches both went for touchdowns – a 22-yard sprint up the middle that tied the game at 35 with 1:32 left, and a 10-yard burst off the right side on the first play of overtime for a 41-35 win that sends BHS (9-3) to quarterfinal play at Maryville. Opening kickoff is 7 p.m., Friday night, Nov. 19.

Dobyns-Bennett suffers its first loss and ends 11-1.

Young’s game-winner was designed to stay inside but an open crease on the edge caught his attention. “The wide receivers aren’t really even supposed to block on that play, but thank goodness they did,” Young said.

It was Young’s fifth touchdown of the night after scoring runs of 26 and one yards each in the opening stanza that ended 14-14.

A 28-yard scoring strike from quarterback Kyle Riemer to a wide-open Stefon Stephens midway through the second gave Bearden a 21-14 halftime edge.

After KDB marched 64 yards in its opening possession of the second half to knot the score at 21, Young and teammate Josh Haney hatched a plan to counteract the Tribe’s pooch-kicking. “I saw Devrin and Josh whispering to each other before the kickoff and I knew something was up,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said.

Haney fielded the short kick and tossed back to Young, who raced 80 yards to paydirt.

While Young finished with 115 yards on 23 carries, the Indians’ flex bone attack piled up 494 total yards compared to Bearden’s 255.

That including 177 on 23 carries by Dobyns-Bennett’s 4,000-yard career rusher Chris Sensabaugh.

Dobyns-Bennett got a 43-yard heave from quarterback Sean Seabolt to Derrick Steele to put the Indians in position for a game-winning 34-yard field goal with three seconds remaining.

The attempt never got off, as a bad snap was mishandled.

Dobyns-Bennett reached the BHS 2 to begin OT. But a five-yard penalty, the Tribe’s 12th, pushed it back to the 7 before Bearden stopped Sensabaugh at the 2 on a fourth-and-five run.


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