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Battle recovers from early onslaught, wins at Gate City

From staff reports • Oct 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM

GATE CITY — Gate City opened Friday night’s game like gangbusters, scoring two touchdowns before two minutes were gone at Legion Field, but John Battle clawed its way back and denied the Blue Devils a second straight win, 26-21.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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