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Volunteer cruises to win in regular-season finale

From staff reports • Nov 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM

NEWPORT — Volunteer’s defense made a statement Friday night in the regular-season finale.

The Falcons powered through to five sacks and recorded three other tackles for a loss in a 35-12 victory over host Cocke County.

Cam Johnson led Volunteer’s offense with 29 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns, and Garrison Barrett was 20-of-30 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Barrett also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

Andrew Salyers had four catches for 89 yards for the Falcons. Peyton Derrick had a 56-yard touchdown reception and Caleb Scott hauled in a 9-yard touchdown catch. The Falcons piled up 427 yards of offense.


JONESBOROUGH — Cade Larkins threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, but the Pioneers came up just short.

Larkins hit Donta Hackler on a 35-yard touchdown to close Crockett within a point with less than two minutes to go, but the extra point was blocked and the Hurricanes pulled off the upset. The Pioneers (7-3, 3-3) still have the No. 3 seed for the Region 1-5A playoffs.

Larkins got the Pioneers on the scoreboard first with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Eric Dunbar. After the Hurricanes (3-3, 4-6) tied the game at 7, Larkins hit Hackler for a 20-yard touchdown to retake the lead.

East tied the game at 14-all in the second quarter only to see Larkins lead Crockett back down the field. On fourth-and-1 at the Hurricanes’ 1, Larkins scored on a keeper.

A bad snap on an East field-goal attempt at the end of the first half allowed the Pioneers to take a 21-14 lead into the intermission.


BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Rebels found tough sledding against the Vikings’ defense, managing just 34 yards by halftime and 52 heading into the final quarter.

Eli Jones broke through with four carries for 69 yards, including South’s only score in the fourth quarter.


BLUFF CITY — The Greene Devils jumped out to a 48-0 halftime lead and rolled to the easy win over the Patriots.

Greeneville piled up 475 yards of offense on 45 plays. Mason Hayworth scored on a 6-yard run and Hunter Brown scored from 3 yards out for Sullivan East.


Johnson City — Makai Williams carried the ball 27 carries for 114 yards and Bearden racked up 282 yards on the ground in the Region 1-6A win that dropped the Hilltoppers (4-6, 4-2) into a three-way tie with the Bulldogs and Farragut.

Collin Ironside ran for 136 yards on 15 carries and passed for 159 yards and three scores for Bearden (4-6, 4-2).

Chris Thomas had 21 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown for Science Hill. Connor Batchelder completed only 13 of 34 pass attempts but totaled 237 yards and a touchdown.


BLOUNTVILLE — Elizabethton (10-0, 6-0 Region 1-4A) completed just the second perfect regular season in school history and first since 1951.

The game was delayed over 40 minutes because of lighting issues at the stadium. When the lights did come back on, the Cyclones flipped the switch and scored on their first four possessions to leave the Cougars (2-8, 1-5) in a deep hole.

View Cheryl Gray’s photos from the game

Cade Maupin finished with 15 carries for 102 yards, putting him over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Bryson Rollins completed 10 of 13 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.


CLINCHPORT — J.I. Burton (7-2, 3-0) cruised past Rye Cove (4-5, 0-4) behind Esau Teasley’s 101 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

All of the Raiders’ points came in the first half. The Eagles didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.

Two other Burton players made big rushing contributions. Mikey Culbertson rolled up 100 yards and Najee Steele ran for 79 yards and two TDs.

Tyrell Ingram had an interception return for a touchdown and Jaymen Buchanan also picked off a pass.

Jonathon Howell ran to paydirt from 4 yards out for the Eagles to avoid the shutout. Mason Hardin rushed for 89 yards.


EWING — Corbin Kilgore rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns — a 22-yarder, a 39-yarder and a 57-yarder — on 23 carries to power the Titans (5-4, 1-3) to the Cumberland District road win.

Mason Elliott attempted only two passes and both went for touchdowns. Christian Hinkle had a 22-yard TD reception in the second quarter and Conner Gilmer snagged 12-yard scoring catch in the third.

Kenny Ball scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter and a 2-yard run in the fourth for Thomas Walker (6-3, 2-2). Ball finished with 96 rushing yards on 20 carries.


COEBURN — Quaheim Brooks threw for 98 yards and a TD and ran for 80 yards and another score to lift Holston to victory over Eastside (4-5) in a nondistrict battle.

The Cavaliers led by only two points at the half but scored 16 unanswered in the fourth quarter. Brooks also had an interception.

Jordan Ezzell ran for 92 yards and two TDs and made six solo tackles, and Austin Faris rushed for 89 yards and a score for the Cavaliers. Logan Walden hauled in three passes for 67 yards and a TD.

Will Stansberry ran for 96 yards and a TD and threw a touchdown pass to Grayson Whited for the Spartans. Whited recorded 88 yards rushing and a TD and hauled in nine passes for 99 yards and a score.


CASTLEWOOD — Jeremiah Allen carried the rock for 181 yards and three touchdowns to help the Blue Devils (6-3) dominate Twin Valley.

Castlewood took control early on, going up 26-6 in the first quarter and taking a 32-6 lead into the half. The Panthers did not score again until the fourth quarter.

Chandler Dudley joined the ground attack, rushing for 118 yards on 19 carries, and Mickey Carter added 93 yards on 10 carries.


HONAKER — Chandler Hubbard threw for 65 yards and a TD and ran for 59 and another score for Honaker.

The Tigers took a 28-13 lead into the locker room at halftime and kept the Panthers at arm’s length the rest of the way. Honaker rumbled for 287 yards on the ground.

Trevor Dye carried 23 times for 119 yards and a TD, and Dylan Casey ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns on five carries for Honaker. Levi Glymp and Hunter Goodie each had 5½ tackles.

Seth DeBusk put on a show for Northwood, finishing 6-of-8 passing for 153 yards and a TD and rushing for 65 yards and two scores. Robert Burkett had a big night as well, running for 121 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.


BEN HUR — John Battle (2-7, 1-4) grabbed a Mountain 7 District win over Lee High (0-9, 0-5) behind Jack Thurston’s 169 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

The Trojans scored 41 points through three quarters before the Generals finally got on the board.

Seth Scarbrough and Shannon Wohlford combined for 96 yards and a TD, and Chase Martin added another on the ground. Scarbrough also made an impact on defense by tallying five solo tackles, including two for a loss. Jonah Welch and Zack Moore each had five solo tackles.

Bryce Clark was the bright spot for Lee High on offense, running for 69 yards and a TD on five carries. Jonathan Blanken made seven tackles and Zane Eisenmenger had five.


PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Panthers easily disposed of the visiting Wolfpack by building a 40-21 lead at halftime. Ridgeview (7-2) was up 21-19 in the second quarter before the home team took charge.

Trenton Adkins started the game on a high note for Ridgeview by returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. After the Panthers knotted the score, Ridgeview recovered a punt for a TD.

Adkins scored again midway through the second quarter on a 25-yard rushing TD.

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