Week five of the high school football season featured region foes, dominant wins and last-second losses.
Bearden (3-2) looked to continue its seven game win streak against William Blount (2-3) as it hosted the Governors for the PrepXtra Game of the Week. Bulldogs' freshman quarterback Collin Ironside hit Jaquez Dove on a 48-yard pass play to put Bearden up 21-14 in the second quarter. William Blount's Nick Yoakum scored on a pick-six to tie the game at 21. The game was knotted at 21 at the end of regulation and went into overtime. Bearden got the ball first in the extra period and scored on a Ty Warren run to take the lead. The Governors looked to counter but Austin Myrick's pass fell incomplete on fourth down. Bearden extends its win streak to eight after defeating William Blount, 28-21.
The Warriors (4-1) entered their Region 2-3A matchup against Kingston (2-3) coming off a two-point loss to Webb in week four. CAK has won every contest against the Yellow Jackets dating back to 2009, including two playoff wins. The Warriors jumped to a 14-0 lead after senior quarterback Cole Smith found Luke Simpson for the 32-yard touchdown. The Warriors roll to a 42-22 victory over Kingston.
Oliver Springs (3-2) looked to double its win total from last year after recording only two victories in the 2015-2016 season. Sweetwater (4-1) hasn't lost to the Bobcats since 2011. Oliver Springs jumped to a 12-0 lead on a Joe Tumminello touchdown. The Wildcats got on the board after Ethan Holley weaved his way through the defense until he found the end zone. Sweetwater extends its winning over Oliver Springs and goes on to win, 48-26.
Both the Indians (3-2) and Hawks (2-2) aimed for win number three during the Region 2-3A matchup Friday night. Dobyns-Bennett held a 10-point lead until Bryce Barrett took a Hardin Valley punt to the house to put the Indians up, 17-7. Cole Maupin connected with Dee Williams for a touchdown strike to go up 24-7 over the Hawks. Dobyns-Bennett rolls to victory, 31-7.
The Region 2-3A matchup between Scott (2-3) and Alcoa (4-1) has been lopsided in recent years. The Tornadoes have outscored the Highlanders 311-36 since 2009 and scored at least 42 pints in six of the last seven meetings. Alcoa dominated the scoring once again Friday night. Senior Larry Hodge snagged a Scott pass for an interception in the first quarter to put the Tornadoes back on offense. Two plays later, Coltton Wright churned past midfield en route to a 53-run touchdown run to put Alcoa up, 14-0. Kaleb Cardwell scored on a pick-six on the Tornadoes' next drive to lengthen the lead. Alcoa picks up 42 points again and goes on to defeat Scott, 42-7.
Maryville (5-0) looked to stay undefeated as they hosted Science Hill (2-3) Friday night. Jordan Ervin took the pigskin into the end zone during the first possession of the second half. Michael Hall pounded his way acorss the goal line for another Rebel score to increase the lead. Maryville improves to 5-0 after defeating the Hilltoppers, 35-14.
Both teams entered Friday night's game with 2-1 records. Northview Academy (3-1) tacked on 35 points in the first half alone to secure a 35-7 halftime lead. Cougars' Justin Howard found Haidan McGee in stride from 40 yards out to increase Northview's lead to 41-7. Claiborne (2-2) wasn't finished, though. Ty Stone scored on a quarterback keeper to make it 41-14, but Claiborne's defense couldn't stop the Cougars. Howard and McGee connected on another long ball and helped the Cougars defeat the Bulldogs, 61-23.
The Smoky Bears (1-4) have struggled in the first four weeks of this season but hoped to add to their seven game winning streak against the Hurricanes (3-2). Gustavo Osorio gets just across the goal line to put Sevier County up seven points. Hurricanes' Nate Smith caught a pass from Dylan Noe and drug defenders downfield to put Morristown East in the red zone. Noe scored on a quarterback keeper to tie the game at seven. After falling behind 14-7, Morristown East scores 14 unanswered points to beat Sevier County, 21-14.
The Bobcats (2-2) lost two regular season games last year and already tallied two losses in three games this season. Central looked to move to .500 on the season against Carter (2-3) in Region 2-4A action. Bobcats' quarterback Trey Mitchell slung the pigskin in the back of the end zone to find Shermar Moore for the score to put Central up, 21-7. Hornets' Carter Dunlap cut the lead to two on a scoop and score after Central muffed a punt. Central squandered a 15-point second half lead and trailed Carter by one point in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. Bobcats' Jadarius Sackie blocked a Carter punt for a safety with 26 seconds left to secure a 43-42 victory. For more on this game, visit PrepXtra.com.
The Cherokees (2-3) traveled to Halls (4-1) Friday night. Red Devils faced a fourth and goal on the first drive of the game. Caden Harbin called his own number and ran the ball in for a touchdown. Halls led 6-0 after the missed PAT. Harbin would tack on another touchdown after he connected with Matthew Runge-Gold for a Red Devil touchdown. Halls wins by a two-point margin, 39-37.
A lightning delay stalled the kickoff between Region 2-5A contenders in Heritage (2-3) and Gibbs (3-2). Gibbs defeats Heritage, 40-27. For more on this game, visit PrepXtra.com.
Jellico (3-1) and Greenback (5-0) boasted undefeated records before Friday's Region 2-1A contest. Hunter Willis found Kayne Roberts for a long touchdown score on Greenback's first offensive snap of the game. The Cherokees went up 14-0 on their second offensive snap thanks to a Roberts' touchdown run. Greenback improves to 5-0 and wins big over Jellico, 60-6.
Other scores from the area:
Catholic 69 , Fulton 42 (Final - Thursday)
Anderson County 62, Union Co. 0
Wartburg Central 6, Austin-East 53
Grainger 10, Volunteer 20
Sullivan Central 0, Seymour 60
Cloudland 68, Concord Christian 7
Gatlinburg-Pittman 28, Hampton 64
Cosby 0, Happy Valley 64
Cocke Co. 19, Morristown West 52
Hancock Co. 0, Oakdale 8
West Greene 0, Pigeon Forge 35
Webb 31, Friendship Christian 7
Cumberland Co. 13, Sequoyah 29
Oak Ridge 45, Lenoir City 8
The King's Academy 21, DCA 56
Midway 7, Oneida 17
West 35, Powell 0
Coalfield 48, Sunbright 6
Clinton 0, Campbell County 35
Karns 3, Farragut 71
Loudon 7, McMinn Central 36
Jefferson Co. 14, Bradley Central 44