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Volunteer wins offensive-minded affair with East

Mike Ezekiel • Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 11:35 PM

BLUFF CITY — With Sullivan East and Volunteer coming off shutout defeats, both teams brought the offense Friday night.

The Falcons brought enough to earn a 41-27 football victory over the Patriots and even their season record.

Volunteer (2-2) totaled 345 yards of offense, forced four turnovers defensively and had a 92-yard kickoff return to win the special teams battle.

“The kids fought really hard in a roller-coaster type of game,” said Volunteer head coach Justin Pressley. “Both teams fought hard. We would pull away a little bit and they would fight back into it. It was a great football game tonight.”

Digging the long ball

The Falcons thrived in the passing game as junior quarterback Eli Dorton went 12-for-15 with 221 passing yards and three long touchdown plays.

Junior Peyton Derrick caught a 64-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter and was followed by an 18-yard scoring grab on the following drive by Peyton Baker. Dorton’s final TD strike was the longest, nailing Joe Olterman for a 69-yard touchdown on his only catch of the contest.

Baker was Dorton’s primary target in the passing game, catching seven passes for 111 yards. Derrick finished with two catches for 66 yards.

No, this is Patrick!

Sullivan East (0-4) had a counter attack in senior flex Corbin Patrick. Patrick totaled 164 all-purpose yards, including 138 via the run game.

Patrick also accounted for two touchdowns — a nine-yard run to open scoring for the Patriots and a 10-yard reception in the second half.

“I thought there were a lot of positives, but the goal of the game is to put the ball in the end zone,” said Sullivan East head coach Mike Locke. “We can run for 600 yards, but if we don’t put it in the end zone, it doesn’t matter. We have to find a way to finish in the red zone and finish drives.”

Momentum is onside

Down 26-14 at the half, Sullivan East attempted a second-half comeback, pulling within a touchdown at 34-27 late in the third quarter. Senior kicker Tyler Carter stole momentum for the Patriots by recovering an onside kick.

Volunteer would stay strong and hold its lead throughout the contest, ending the newfound momentum with a fumble recovery to end a long Patriot drive inside the redzone.

Up Next

Sullivan East will continue a three-game home stand when it hosts Union County. Volunteer returns home to take on Cherokee.

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