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Polier, Bears bulldoze Trojans, claim share of Mountain 7 title

Kevin Mays • Nov 9, 2019 at 1:00 AM

BIG STONE GAP — Union’s Mason Polier picked up more yardage than John Battle did as a team Friday. And he did it in one half.

Polier piled up 216 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just nine carries in the Bears’ 54-7 Mountain 7 District win over the Trojans at Bullitt Park.

Polier and his teammates on defense held Battle to 140 total yards.

Union (8-2, 5-1) earned a district co-championship with Ridgeview and put the wrap on the second seed in the Region 2D playoff field. The Bears will host No. 7-seeded Gate City (4-6) on Nov. 15 in the regional quarterfinals.

Union defeated Gate City 28-14 on Sept. 27 in the regular-season Mountain 7 matchup.

SETTING THE PACE EARLY

Union wasted no time in putting points on the scoreboard against Battle. Daemai Lester intercepted a pass just 50 seconds into the game and waltzed 13 yards into the end zone.

Polier added touchdown runs of 44 yards and 83 yards on subsequent possessions to put the Bears up 20-0 before the first quarter came to an end.

“The offensive line right off the bat took control and we hit a couple of big plays offensively with Polier on some runs and got the momentum and we kept it,” said Union coach Travis Turner. “The interception right off the bat too helped.”

Union led 34-7 at halftime after a 35-yard touchdown run from Polier and 1-yard score by Bryce Guerrant.

Turner, who played mostly reserves in second half, said Polier is never disappointing on either side of the ball.

“He’s a special kid and he’s got a chance to play a lot of football in his lifetime,” Turner said of his NCAA prospect. “He’s a hard worker. And a lot of credit goes to our fullbacks and our other backs blocking and our offensive line and our tight ends. It’s an overall good team effort.”

NEW NAMES

Turner made sure every healthy player on the Bears’ roster saw time on the field.

“Whenever you get to play a lot of kids like we did tonight, that only helps your program out,” the coach said. “I think we played all 60-some kids on the roster and we had a lot of young kids come in and make some plays in the second half.”

C.J. Jones got the scoring ball rolling for Union in the third quarter with his 52-yard touchdown run. Jones finished the night with 91 yards and the TD on eight carries.

Bears freshman Peyton Honeycutt racked up 90 yards rushing on six carries, including a 75-yard touchdown jaunt in the third quarter.

Jesse Horton, a sophomore, also got his opportunity and finished with 32 yards on five carries, and Tadyn Roark capped Union’s scoring by taking an interception back 31 yards for a score.

Battle (2-8, 1-5) scored in the second quarter when Shannon Wohlford found the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown run.

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