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Despite loss, BHS No. 8 seed

In these “rain games,” and the Bearden-Catholic game certainly qualifies as such, the last thing an offensively-challenged team wants to do is fall behind early.

That’s exactly what happened on a night with steady rain, falling temperatures and Catholic defenders who wreaked havoc with the Bearden offense.

Bearden (5-5, 3-4), playing in the final “Battle of West Knox County” of the 2011 season and without tailback Josh Haney, who was sidelined with a concussion, saw Catholic take the game’s second drive in for a TD, a score that proved to be enough of a cushion.

The final tally was 20-0.

However, the loss did not damage Bearden’s Class 6A playoff hopes, as BHS squeezed in as a No. 8 seed and will travel to No. 1 seed Maryville Friday, Nov. 4.

But against the Irish, it didn’t help that Trent Waters, counted on to take up the slack for Haney, banged up a leg early in the game and wasn’t a factor.

Catholic, playing on “Senior Night” emotion, dominated from the start on both sides of the ball. Four Bearden turnovers and some ill-timed penalties were pivotal.

The first half stats told the story. Catholic had 11 first downs to Bearden’s 1. The Bulldogs had 13 carries for 38 yards, while KCHS had 30 carries for 135. It was 13-0 Irish at halftime.

Bearden had four turnovers and several critical penalties.

“We were building momentum at the mid-point of the season,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said. “The Maryville and Farragut losses stunned us pretty good. We had some guys banged up, but things were bad from the start tonight.”

Bearden defenders were led by Tyler White (eight tackles, two for lost yardage), Cole Matherly (seven tackles, three assists) and Ethan Pollack (six tackles). “They had our number, I guess,” White said. “We didn’t come out to play. They were getting outside and up the middle. They had to play in the same weather we did.”


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