It was the season opener for both teams.
D-B controlled the line of scrimmage, outgaining the Vikings 135-11 on the ground, and came up big with an early goal-line stand.
Tennessee High grabbed a 7-0 second-quarter lead on an 84-yard TD pass from Cole McBrayer to Jaden Keller. However, Dalton Harkleroad took the ensuing kickoff for an 87-yard score to quickly tie things up.
It was 17-7 at halftime after Nacir Sensabaugh made a 40-yard scoring reception and Jaden Alderson converted a 34-yard field goal.
Back came the Vikings early in the third quarter as McBrayer and Keller connected for another score, this time from 76 yards out. But again the Indians responded, with Jet Harris’ 5-yard scoring run capping a seven-play, 45-yard march.
A 5-yard TD run by Phillip Armitage in the fourth quarter basically sealed the outcome. D-B tacked on a safety.
McBrayer finished 12-for-16 for 293 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. Teammate Reece Proffitt hauled in seven catches for 126 yards and Keller had the two long catches for 160 yards.
Sullivan North 36, Sullivan Central 28
BLOUNTVILLE — Quarterback Austin Hartsock rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns, three coming after Sullivan Central built a 28-8 halftime advantage.
Hartsock scored on runs of 2, 67, 1 and 13 yards, with the final score handing the Golden Raiders a 30-28 edge. Dale Potter added a 34-yard TD jaunt with six minutes to play.
Potter and rugged fullback Yancy Dolen collected 80 and 77 yards on the ground, respectively.
Cougars quarterback Will Nottingham passed for three TDs and ran for another.
CAK 36, Volunteer 16
KNOXVILLE — The Falcons scored on the opening drive of the second half and again in the fourth quarter in the loss to the Warriors.
Hayden Derrick caught two touchdown passes and accounting for 174 total yards through rushing, receiving and kick returns.
Garrison Barrett threw an 18-yard touchdown to Derrick on the opening drive of the season. Eli Dorton came in the fourth quarter and threw a 35-yard strike to Derrick.
Quinn Brooks had a standout defensive effort with nine tackles, including a loss. Clay Snapp also had a big game with eight tackles and two for a loss.
Cherokee 14, Union County 6
ROGERSVILLE — Collin Trent had a big night, passing, rushing and receiving, scoring both Cherokee touchdowns as the Chiefs defeated the Patriots.
Trent gave the Chiefs the lead on a two-yard run. It came after he hit Austin Hamblen on a 56-yard pass play to set up the score.
Union answered on a five-yard scoring run by Zach Pierce, but missed the extra-point to trail 7-6.
Trent later scored on a 38-yard pass reception from Will Price. It was the score at the half before a 30-minute lightning delay. The game was eventually called due to lightning.
North Greene's football game with Unaka has been postponed until Monday at 5 p.m. North Greene is leading 12-8 at the start of the third quarter.