After Gate City kicked off to open the game, Luke Reed intercepted a pass on Battle’s first play and returned it to the 3-yard line. Jonathan Sallee punched it in, and Levi Rhoton’s extra-point kick gave the Blue Devils a 7-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the first quarter.
Gate City went up 14-0 on another big play and Rhoton PAT. Sallee punched away an option pitch and scooped it up for a 16-yard fumble return for a score and a two-TD lead with 10:47 still to play in the opening quarter.
Jayden Farley kicked a 32-yard field goal for Battle and the teams went to the locker room with the score 14-3.
The Trojans opened the second half by recovering an onside kick, and Dylan Cunningham’s 5-yard scoring run pulled them to 14-10.
The Blue Devils scored with 4:03 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard TD run by Reed, but Battle’s Zane Poe fielded the ensuing kickoff and raced 75 yards to the end zone yo make the score 21-17.
Farley booted a 39-yard field goal to close out the third quarter, getting the Trojans within one point.
Battle took its first lead of the game with 4:23 to play when Walker Osborne hit Turner Lyon for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The 2-point try failed, but the Trojans’ defense made the lead stand up.
WISE CENTRAL 27, LEE 21
BEN HUR — Matthew Boggs and CJ Crabtree combined for 272 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Warriors cracked open the Mountain 7 win column, edging the host Generals in a Mountain 7 game.
Following Boggs’ 1-yard run, Blake Lewis’ 8-yard scoring run and Dewayne Garrett’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Devin Goins put Lee High out front.
Central then scored on a pair of big plays before the half — a 50-yard run by Crabtree and Ethan Mullins’ 67-yard pass to Ben Brickey — to retake the lead.
Another Crabtree TD, this time a 19-yard run, put the Warriors out front 27-14.
Garrett hit Goins again for a 19-yard TD with 5:05 left to play, but Central held on.
TWIN SPRINGS 48, NORTH GREENE 13
NICKELSVILLE — Corbin Kilgore ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, Cole Burke added a rushing touchdown and the Titans thumped North Greene for their first win of the year.
Mason Elliott was 5-of-7 passing for two touchdowns, one to Kilgore and one to Cam Perry.
Burke also spearheaded the defensive effort with eight tackles, Kilgore had a fumble recovery for a touchdown and Jordan Gillenwater recorded a pick-6.
CHILHOWIE 46, EASTSIDE 7
COEBURN — Greg Sanchez and Will Russell each scored two touchdowns on the ground, and Anthony Blevins added a rushing TD, all before halftime, in the Warriors' nondistrict rout.
Eastside trailed 34-7 at halftime. Jordan Rasnick hit Will Stansberry with an 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the Spartans' score.
Sanchez piled up 199 yards on just 13 carries.
ELIZABETHTON 42, SULLIVAN SOUTH 13
KINGSPORT — The Cyclones put away the Rebels in a Region 1-4A game.
At stake was home-field advantage for the opening round of the playoffs, and Elizabethton pulled away from a 14-7 halftime lead to earn the win.
Corey Russell authored a four-touchdown performance, scoring twice on the ground and twice more on Carter Everett scoring throws. Russell and Parker Hughes each intercepted a pass for Elizabethton (8-1, 4-1), and Austin Outland contributed a rushing touchdown.
The Rebels (6-3, 4-2) took a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard run by quarterback Luke Pollack, capping a 17-play drive. Jackson McKee added a late scoring run for South.
SCIENCE HILL 28, JEFFERSON COUNTY 26
DANDRIDGE — Chandler Williams made a big stop on the Patriots’ late fourth-quarter 2-point conversion attempt and the Hilltoppers escaped with the Region 1-6A win.
Science Hill (5-5, 4-2) secured a playoff berth with its third straight win to end the regular season despite blowing leads of 21-6 and 28-12.
Chris Thomas rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries for the ’Toppers.
GREENEVILLE 63, GRAINGER 0
RUTLEDGE — Top-ranked Greeneville cruised to the Region 1-4A win.
The Greene Devils (9-0, 4-0) led 49-0 at intermission after Cade Ballard fired all four of his touchdown passes, Cameron Hite had two receiving scores and Ty Youngblood cut loose for a pair of rushing TDs.
Ballard completed 11 of his 12 passes for 275 yards.
In the second half, Tyler Marsh turned an 81-yard fumble return into a touchdown. Raymond Knuckles caught a 58-yard scoring pass from Blayne Ferguson.