There are plenty of tall tales at the Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough this weekend, but the one about Dobyns-Bennett having one of the best football teams in the state appears to be real.
The Indians corralled David Crockett Friday night 56-7 in a game that Dobyns-Bennett led 49-0 at the half. Junior wide-out Malik Foreman had a hat trick on the night with a touchdown on a reception, punt return, and fumble recovery as the Indians outgained the Pioneers 256-36 by the half.
“Our guys just came and did what they had to do to get a win,” said D-B coach Graham Clark.
“We had a lot of folks make good plays tonight. A lot of different guys caught the football. It was a good night for us.”
Running back Devaun Swafford scored twice on three carries and starting quarterback Chris Cook was a perfect 4-for-4 for a score in less than a half as D-B improved to 4-0 in the conference and 7-0 on the year.
After Crockett’s opening three-and-out, Dobyns-Bennett responded quickly to get on the board. On the Indians’ second snap, Swafford covered 33 yards in a flash to put D-B up 7-0 just over two minutes in.
The Pioneers moved the ball on the next series thanks to 15 yards rushing by quarterback Devaun Miller and a 15-yard personal foul, but the drive stalled at midfield. Coach Kent Green rolled the dice with a fake punt try on fourth-and-seven, but a bobbled snap killed the attempt.
On the ensuing possession Crockett’s Seth Wright took down Swafford in the backfield to force a third-and-five at the Pioneers’ 42-yard-line. But on the next snap Cook found Foreman on a short hitch on the right and Foreman sprinted and dove for the pylon for the score.
After a Pioneer three-and-out, Foreman fielded a punt over his shoulder at midfield and raced around the end. The speedster broke a tackle near the 20-yard-line and reached pay dirt to push the score to 21-0.
“I had a lot of key blocks from the people up front and all I had to do was run to the end zone,” Foreman said.
Two plays later Foreman found another way to score. On the Crockett dive play the pile was moving forward until Foreman came out running the other way. The 20-yard fumble recovery pushed the lead to 28-0 at the end of the first.
“Seth Barger and Austin Straley hit him and Will Allen I think stripped it out,” said Foreman. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”
The Indians defense showed fierce effort with defensive back Straley timing hard hits at the line including six tackles in the first half alone.
The Pioneers finally stopped the Indians on their final drive when Josh Holt was brought down at the Crockett 5-yard-line.
With the clock ticking, Crockett quarterback Devaun Miller led his team on a 95-yard scoring drive. Miller hit fullback Dylan Culbertson for a screen that went 41 yards before converting a fourth-and-two with a 15-yard scramble to get it down inside the Indians’ 5-yard-line.
From there, Anthony Campbell plowed through the line to avoid the shutout with seconds left on the clock.
“We’re jelling more and more every day,” said Foreman. “I keep telling everybody that. We have a chance to go real far this season.”