Science Hill will try to snap a 17-game losing streak to Dobyns-Bennett on Thursday night at Kermit Tipton Stadium. A summary of the Indians’ victories:
1995, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 24, Science Hill 7
Fullback Matt Church (16 carries, 105 yards) and Fred Powell (20-90) each rushed for a touchdown and the Indians (5-2, 7-3) denied Science Hill (4-3, 7-3) a fourth straight playoff berth. The game was more competitive than the score suggested. D-B outgained the ‘Toppers 257-214, but special teams hurt second-year coach Scott McClanahan’s Hilltoppers. A muffed punt set up Powell’s 12-yard touchdown run and Troy LeFever’s 24-yard field goal attempt was blocked after a 13-play drive.
Church’s 26-yard TD run gave the Indians a 14-0 lead with three minutes left in the half. D-B had 49 carries for 231 yards. Church finished with 105 yards on 16 carries, and Powell had 20 rushes for 90 yards.
SH’s lone scored was a 45-yard pass from Matt Wilhjelm to Brad Fields. It was one of 15 TD passes for Wilhjelm, who finished the season with 2,037 yards passing. Fields had six catches for 93 yards – he also completed a 13-yard pass to Wilhjelm – to finish the year with 51 catches for 659 yards. Michael Lewis rushed 15 times for 47 yards, giving him 1,038 yards for the season.
1996, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 14, Science Hill 7
With a Big East Conference title at stake for both teams, quarterback Antuan Smith rushed 17 yards for a TD with 2:30 left in the first quarter and threw a deep pass in stride to Fred Powell for a 60-yard score on the ensuing possession for No. 4 D-B (7-0, 10-0).
The Hilltoppers (6-1, 7-3) scored with 15 seconds remaining in the game when Matt Wilhjelm threw a 24-yard pass to David Cassell. Michael Lewis had 23 carries for 83 yards for Science Hill, and Powell rushed 18 times for 64 yards.
D-B outgained Science Hill by four yards (223-219). The Indians had 42 rushes for 157 yards. SH had 32 carries for 97 yards.
1997, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 39, Science Hill 21
Andrew Foerster and company sacked Brian Miller seven times for minus 53 yards, which helped hold Science Hill to minus 45 yards rushing. Sentel Brice (19 carries, 100 yards) rushed for two TDs and caught a 43-yard pass from Antuan Smith for another score after Smith reversed his field on what was initially an option play. Smith also rushed for a TD, as did William Miller (17 carries, 174 yards). Jesse McMillan returned a punt 45 yards for a TD.
SH fell behind 25-0, but cut it to 25-7 by halftime on Miller’s 51-yard pass to Mike Rader. Miller’s 95-yard pass to Blake Kaylor and B.J. Hairston’s conversation run made the score 25-15 in the third quarter. Miller also threw a 62-yard TD to Rader to make the score 32-21 in the fourth quarter.
Miller was 12 of 28 for 293 yards and one interception.
D-B outgained the Hilltoppers 372-248, and 326 of its yards came in the run game.
This was the first of two straight seasons in which the game was played in the second or third week of the season.
1998, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 33, Science Hill 29
Brian Miller’s potential 59-yard Hail Mary slipped off the fingertips of B.J. Hairston near the goal line as the Indians (2-0) held on to victory. Antonio Love’s 70-yard fumble return with approximately two minutes remaining got the Hilltoppers (0-2) within 33-29, but the PAT kick was blocked.
Jesse McMillan rushed for 183 yards and three TDs, and Josh Dingus rushed for two TDs for D-B. Hairston rushed for 143 yards, including a 42-yard TD. Also for Science Hill, Richie Cox scored on a 1-yard run and Jonathan Stephens caught a 20-yard TD pass from Miller.
D-B outgained SH 401-221 and outrushed it 377-168.
1998, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 44, Science Hill 8
The rematch was a mismatch. Josh Dingus rushed for two TDs and passed 28 yards to Rashid Dunn for another as the Indians improved to 12-0 for the first time in school history with the second-round playoff victory.
D-B scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, including 54- and 57-yard TD runs by sophomore Adonis Johnson.
“Dobyns-Bennett is a good team and we couldn’t keep them out of the end zone,” Science Hill’s Aubrayo Franklin said to Johnson City Press writer Hal Janeway.
Despite losing 24 yards via sacks, Brian Miller was Science Hill’s leading rusher (10-46). He threw a 13-yard TD pass to Antonio Love in the fourth quarter. Miller set a school record with better than 2,240 yards passing that season.
D-B outgained SH 398-202, and outrushed it 316-62.
Science Hill (6-6) had beaten Clinton, 35-28, in double overtime the previous week. With its fifth straight victory, including two that season, D-B’s wins streak began becoming part of the storyline.
“Is losing to D-B an expected occurrence,” Johnson City Press writer Doug Fritz wondered in a sidebar on the game, “with an occasional upset the only thing left for Science Hill to shoot for?”
1999, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 42, Science Hill 13
The Indians (3-1, 8-2) concluded firstyear Science Hill coach John Bowles’ 0-10 season, the first winless season in school history. Adonis Johnson rushed for 10- and 14-yard TDs and Nick Vaughn completed a 63-yard TD pass to Chris Henry during a 21-point third quarter that made the score 35-0. Vaughn and Henry also scored in the first half – Vaughn on a 13-yard run and Henry on an 86-yard reverse.
Science Hill’s TDs came on a 32-yard fumble return by Heath Tunnell and a 30-yard TD pass from Brandon Pritchard to Bryson Bowling.
B.J. Hairston had 26 carries for 92 yards to finish the season with 1,316 yards on a Big East Conference-record 252 carries.
2000, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 59, Science Hill 28
Adonis Johnson rushed seven times for 161 yards and three TDs and Scott Butler was 11-for-11 passing for 135 yards and two TDs to Gerald Sensabaugh as the Indians (9-1) concluded the Hilltoppers’ 1-9 season. Johnson’s TDs set a Big East record (20).
Science Hill scored 28 points in the fourth quarter. Roger Antone (97 yards rushing), Terry Redd and JaKeith Hairston (57 yards rushing) scored on runs, and Heath Tunnell caught a 65-yard pass from Eamon Tierney for the game’s final score.
2001, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 31, Science Hill 0
Jacob McMillian returned an interception for 39 yards for a 14-0 lead and the Indians knocked quarterback Kai Hamilton (1 of 10, two interceptions) out of the game for the second half. Patrick Ghee’s 6-yard TD capped a 73-yard march on the game’s opening drive and Scott Butler threw a 33-yard TD pass to tight end Michael McKee for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. Ethan Gouge’s 25-yard field goal gave the Indians a 24-0 lead at halftime.
The Hilltoppers (5-2, 7-3) did make the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
2002, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 7, Science Hill 3
Todd Sangid’s 31-yard field goal gave the Hilltoppers (3-4, 5-5) their first lead in the series since the regular season game in 1998.
Jacob McMillan rushed 29 times for 129 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter, for D-B (7-0, 8-2).
Science Hill’s defense was buoyed by Nick Bradley and Lemuel Holifield. Bradley broke up a pass in the end zone to help Science Hill go to halftime with a 3-0 lead, and Holifield’s interception in the end zone kept the score 7-3 in the fourth quarter.
2003, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 41, Science Hill 13
In a matchup of 8-1 teams, Duran Ferguson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Matt McMillan caught a 34-yard touchdown and rushed 28 yards for a score.
Darrell Hayes’ 60-yard punt return gave the Indians a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Science Hill’s Jeff Joslin passed to Hunter Thomas for two TDs, but was intercepted four times.
2004, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 34, Science Hill 13
Duran Ferguson passed for 278 yards and threw 22- and 55-yard TD passes to Lamon Williams and a 57-yarder to Darrell Hayes as the Indians completed a 10-0 regular season. Hayes’ catch, in the third quarter, gave D-B a 17-13 lead.
Justice Joslin rushed for a 16-yard TD in the first half and his 23-yard TD pass to Hunter Thomas gave Science Hill (2-5, 4-6) a 13-10 lead in the third quarter. Joslin, who was moved to quarterback when Brandon Shoun was lost to an injury earlier in the season, passed for 181 yards.
D-B outgained SH 424-226 and outrushed it 146-45.
2005, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 24, Science Hill 6
Andrew Pappas rushed for two TDs and Luke Bennett caught a 32-yard TD pass from Easton Ring via a flea-flicker for D-B (9-1). Chris McGinn was 3-for-3 on PATs and kicked a 38-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead in the third quarter.
Justice Joslin scored on a 50-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for SH (7-3), which got a team-high 72 yards on eight carries from Solomon Duanah.
2006, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 14, Science Hill 0
Bo Burton threw a 63-yard TD pass to Coty Sensabaugh in the first half and the tandem connected again for a 27-yard score midway through the fourth quarter as the top-ranked Indians concluded the regular season at 10-0. Sensabaugh finished with six catches for 148 yards and an interception. Burton was 10-of-15 passing for 183 yards and rushed eight times for 63 yards.
Science Hill (6-4) got 146 yards on 23 rushes from Solomon Duanah against a defense that was allowing 79 yards rushing per game. The Hilltoppers outrushed D-B 154-141. David Alexander had four catches for 51 yards in John Bowles’ final regular season game at Science Hill.
2007, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 38, Science Hill 14
Science Hill coach Scott Smith’s series debut began promisingly. Solomon Duanah ran 81 yards for the game’s first score and Bruce Crumley recovered Will Rentel’s blocked punt in the end zone for a 14-7 lead.
Science Hill (3-7) outgained D-B (7-3) 205-186. Duanah had 15 carries for 134 yards while impressive Indians freshman Chris Sensabaugh was held to 43 yards on 14 carries thanks to Aaron Trent, Jeff Green and company.
But Sensabaugh did give D-B a 24-14 lead on a 7-yard TD with 8:10 left in the third quarter, and D-B’s Austin Morrison returned interceptions 64 and 77 yards for TDs in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.
Duanah finished with 965 yards on the season, one which included four finalminute losses for Science Hill.
2008, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 10, Science Hill 6
Derrick Steele broke up Issac Kinley’s fourth-down pass to Armando Canepa in the end zone with 1:41 remaining and topranked D-B (10-0) ran out the clock for its 13th Big East title in the league’s 16th and final season.
It was arguably D-B’s toughest victory in the wins streak. Science Hill (7-3) outrushed the Indians 220-177. Kinley had 25 carries for 114 yards. His 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter concluded the game’s scoring. Kinley completed a 20-yard pass to Skylar DeJesus on a fake punt on 4th-and-7 at the D-B 45 on the scoring drive.
Steele also recovered a fumble early at the SH 27 to set up Chris Sensabaugh’s 12-yard TD run and intercepted a pass late in the first half.
Craig Mitcham’s 21-yard field goal gave the Indians a 10-0 lead with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
2009, STEVE SPURRIER FIELD
Dobyns-Bennett 24, Science Hill 10
Chris Sensabaugh rushed 24 times for 120 yards and scored an 8-yard go-ahead touchdown with 4:22 remaining in the final game at Science Hill’s Memorial Stadium. Sean Seabolt returned an interception 41 yards for the game’s final score with 3:02 left.
The Hilltoppers built a 10-3 lead by scoring on their first two possessions. Justin Snyder passed for a 12-yard TD to fellow sophomore Jahmar Adams to give the ‘Toppers a 7-3 lead with 3:50 left in the first quarter, and Nate Ryman’s 27-yard field goal made it 10-3 with 9:59 left in the second quarter.
Indians quarterback David Roop scored from 10 yards out on an option keeper around right tackle to tie the score at 10 with 35 seconds left in the half. It capped a 61-yard drive that began with a 19-yard gain on a hook-and-ladder pass involving Derrick Steele and Sensabaugh.
Greyson Janeway had six catches for 100 yards for Science Hill, which out-gained the Indians 257-254.
2010, J. FRED JOHNSON STADIUM
Dobyns-Bennett 49, Science Hill 6
The second-ranked Indians improved to 9-0 during new Science Hill coach Stacy Carter’s rude introduction to the series. It was the rivarly’s most lopsided outcome since a 54-0 D-B win in 1949.
Sean Seabolt completed 3 of 4 passes for 167 yards, including an 87-yard TD to Derrick Steele, and rushed eight times for 105 yards and two TDs. Devaun Swafford rushed for two TDs and caught a 48-yard TD pass from Seabolt.
Science Hill (5-4) scored in the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Justin Snyder to Gannon Glaspie.