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Pioneers bulldoze Trent-less Chiefs, remain undefeated

From staff reports • Oct 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — David Crockett solidified its place in the Region 1-5A title race Friday with a 56-20 win at Cherokee.

Senior quarterback Cade Larkins was 19-of-29 passing for 287 yards and five touchdowns for the Pioneers (6-0, 3-0). Larkins connected with Donta Hackler for TDs of 8, 14 and 29 yards, and Hackler finished with seven catches for 137 yards. Mason Britton had the other two touchdown receptions.

Ronquille Joyner ran for 142 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

The Chiefs (6-2, 3-1) played without star quarterback Collin Trent, who had produced 952 passing yards and 459 rushing this season. Freshman Will Price started in his place and closed the first half with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Brayden Collins on the final play before the break.

Price added a 29-yard scoring toss to Micah Jones and the game’s final score was a 67-yard gallop by Trent Price in the final minute.

Price ran for 127 yards on 14 carries.


GREENEVILLE — Mason Gudger rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries in the Greene Devils’ shutout of the Rebels. Quarterback Drew Gregg completed 10 of 14 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he had nine rushes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Blayne Ferguson also had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Adjatay Dabbs for Greeneville’s final score. All total, the Greene Devils piled up 456 yards of total offense to 134 for Sullivan South. The Greeneville defense held the Rebels to 0-for-9 on third-down conversions.

Ethan Bergeron led the South offense with 60 passing yards and 25 rushing yards. Isaac Haynie had a 32-yard pass reception.


JOHNSON CITY — Connor Batchelder threw for four touchdowns and the Hilltoppers (3-5, 3-1 Region 1-6A) exploded for 28 second-quarter points.

Batchelder was 12-of-15 passing for 216 yards with no interceptions and hit Cole Torbett for two of his TDs. Science Hill ran the ball 26 times for 201 yards, getting 87 rushing yards from Malik Bowman and 69 from Chris Thomas.

Nicholas Copenhaver had an interception, his fourth of the season, and the Hilltoppers recovered a pair of fumbles.

Connor Patrick hauled in nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown and Hunter Delaney totaled 33 carries for 115 yards for the Trojans (1-6, 0-3).


COEBURN — Evan Bellamy made a school-record 24 tackles and the Spartans pulled away with a 32-0 second half to earn the Cumberland District win.

Eastside took advantage of three turnovers: Grayson Whited picked off Matthew Hardin for a 74-yard TD, Bryson Sheppard forced a fumble and returned it 49 yards for a TD, and Jordan Gray recovered and returned a fumble for 58 yards.

Grayson Whited rushed for 107 yards and a TD on four carries, and Nick Raymond ran five times for 48 yards and two scores. Will Stansberry was 4-for-7 passing for 43 yards and two touchdowns.

Mason Hardin and Matthew Hardin combined for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Rye Cove. Tyler Darnell rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries.


CASTLEWOOD — The Blue Devils used defense and special teams to edge the Titans in a defensive Cumberland slugfest. Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard until the third quarter until Dalton Fields nailed a 30-yard field goal that was followed by a 35-yard interception return by Landon Taylor to give the Blue Devils a 10-0 lead.

Twin Springs’ Preston Larkins threw an 8-yard TD pass to Mason Elliott in the fourth quarter to make it 10-6.

Collen Douglas had 16 carries for 71 yards and nabbed an interception, and Chandler Douglas rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries for Castlewood.

Corbin Kilgore ran 18 times for 86 yards for the Titans.


NORTON — The Raiders scored 47 unanswered points after the first quarter and celebrated homecoming with a rout of the Tigers.

J.I. Burton leaned on its ground game to generate offense, rushing for 439 yards. Najee Steele carried the ball just nine time but had 184 yards and three touchdowns — including a 93-yarder in the fourth quarter. Mikey Culbertson rushed 15 times for 112 yards and a TD and Tre Keys added 82 yards on four carries, also hauling in two passes for 57 yards and a TD.

Trevor Dye rushed 21 times for 112 yards and a TD for Honaker, and Chandler Hubbard added 47 yards on 14 carries.


WISE — The Warriors ran the ball at will, rushing for 443 yards in a Mountain 7 offensive showcase.

Central took a 28-14 lead into halftime and never let the game get any closer than two scores the rest of the way. C.J. Crabtree toted the rock for 178 yards and two TDs.

Zach Moore had nine carries for 60 yards and two TDs for John Battle.


GATE CITY — Gate City put on a show offensively and defensively on homecoming night at Legion Field.

The Blue Devils took a 41-0 lead into halftime and let up on the gas over the final two quarters.

The defense and special teams showed up in a big way. D’Andre Mack picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown and Carson Jenkins had a 74-yard punt return for a score. The defense forced five turnovers total.

Luke Reed threw for a TD and recorded an interception for Gate City.


EWING — Pioneers quarterback Zac Kidwell through three touchdown passes and Kenny Ball ran for three scores in the big interstate win

Kidwell threw a 45-yard pass to Dalton Langley, a 35-yarder to Logan Ely and another 31-yard scoring pass to Jason Cowden.

Cowden also had a 31-yard touchdown run for the Pioneers (5-1), who led 40-0 at halftime.

Ball had scoring runs of 50, 14 and 1 yards.

Noah Alsup also had a scoring run of 46 yards for Thomas Walker.


ABINGDON — The Falcons broke loose for 43 points in the first half against the Bearcats.

Abingdon used a balanced attack to get the job done, passing for 202 yards and rushing for 193 yards.

Virginia High didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.

Jadon Boothe was 7-for-7 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing for 24 yards and another TD, for Abingdon.

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