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Warriors fight off Johnson County for 13-6 victory

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM

ELIZABETHTON—Matthew Bahn and Jordan Campbell combined for 183 rushing yards and the Happy Valley defense held late in a 13-6 non-conference football win over Johnson County on Friday night on Warrior Hill.

Bahn finished with 98 rushing yards, including a 4-yard touchdown, in the homecoming victory for the Warriors (6-1). Campbell had 85 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Eli Ayers added 77 passing yards.

Will Tittle had a key 37-yard reception on a Warrior scoring drive and extinguished a Longhorns threat with an interception at the goal line. Ty Pierce also hauled in a 35-yard catch for Happy Valley.

Johnson County’s Curtis Lowe finished with 20 carries for 148 yards, including a 5-yard score. Colt Moody led the Longhorn defense with 10 tackles and an interception.

Johnson County (3-4) dominated time of possession, moving inside the 25-yard line four times against Happy Valley’s bend-not-break defense.

Happy Valley plays at Sullivan North in a key Region 1-2A game next Friday. Johnson County will head down the road at North Greene.

Elizabethton 51, Union County 19

MAYNARDVILLE—With Bryson Rollins accounting for 264 yards of offense and five total touchdowns, Elizabethton’s football team overcame a slow start to beat Union County.

Elizabethton’s performance at Union (3-5, 1-3 Region 1-4A) came with a few rough edges, but the Cyclones (7-0, 3-0) excelled behind Rollins. The young quarterback completed 10 of 11 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, plus he ran six times for 56 yards — including two scores.

Parker Hughes was the top man in the receiving corps, catching five balls for 103 yards and two TDs. Zach C. Hartley totaled three receptions for 58 yards (1 TD) while Braden Holly tallied 47 yards on a pair of grabs.

Held to 25 first-half rushing yards (13 carries), the Cyclones got their ground attack going in the second half — mainly thanks to a superb showing by freshman Nate Stephens. Taking over for an injured Cameron Trimm in the third quarter, Stevens scampered for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 attempts.

Elizabethton finished with 421 yards of total offense, passing for 220 and running for 201. Zach Pierce had three rushing TDs for Union, which led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Dobyns-Bennett 38, Farragut 13

KINGSPORT—Tyler Tesnear and Phillip Armitage combined for 238 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Zane Whitson hit 10 of 12 passes for 137 yards and touchdown to lead the Indians to the Region 1-6A showdown win over the Admirals.

Whitson also scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Indians a 28-6 halftime lead. Jet Harris had three sacks to lead the Dobyns-Bennett defense.

Farragut quarterback Gavin Wilkinson completed 13 of 28 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. It included a 79-yard pass play to Hunter Shopovick in the third quarter.

Greeneville 49, Sullivan South 0

GREENEVILLE — Mason Gudger rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries in the Greene Devils’ shutout of the Rebels.

Quarterback Drew Gregg completed 10 of 14 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he had nine rushes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Blayne Ferguson also had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Adjatay Dabbs for Greeneville’s final score. All total, the Greene Devils piled up 456 yards of total offense to 134 for Sullivan South. The Greeneville defense held the Rebels to 0-for-9 on third-down conversions.

Ethan Bergeron led the South offense with 60 passing yards and 25 rushing yards. Isaac Haynie had a 32-yard pass reception.

Trinity Academy 58, Camden Military Academy 28

The high-powered Knights were led by D.D. Butler with 202 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Butler also scored on a kick return.

Trinity’s Titus Brooks passed for 195 yards and three TDs. Defensively, Eli Allgood contributed 12 tackles to the victory.

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