There was a whole lot of action across East Tennessee in Week 7 with a few rivalry games and some important district match-ups.
The biggest rivalry game was the Battle of West Knoxville between Farragut and Bearden.
The Bulldogs chewed up clock all night with their offense but that didn’t translate into points until late in the game.
Bearden trailed 28-20 but Christian Robinson scored and the Bulldogs converted the two-point attempt to send it into overtime.
After the Bearden defense held Farragut to a field goal in the third overtime, Nicky Frizen pushed into the endzone to give the Bulldogs a 48-45 win.
The victory was Bearden’s first over Farragut since the quarterfinal round of the 2007 playoffs. Bearden had not beaten Farragut in a regular season game since 2001.
In other District 4-AAA action, Lenoir City pulled off a big upset over 5A #2 West, 42-27. The Panthers are now 6-1 with their only loss coming against Bearden.
In the USA Today High School Sports Game of the Week, Carter’s defense slowed the Gibbs triple option attack and capitalized on turnovers to win the rivalry game 20-14.
The Hornets are now 5-2 without head coach Heath Woods. Gibbs has dropped four straight since starting the year 4-0. The Eagles will have to figure things out in their last two games to snag a playoff spot.
Fulton continues to punish teams in its path, beating Gatlinburg-Pittman 48-6.
Carter and Fulton are tied atop the District 3-AA standings and will square off next week.
Central continued its roll beating Campbell County, 21-7. Neither team could get much offense going until Central’s JaJuan Stinson put the first points on the board in the third quarter with a 52 yard run.
The Bobcats have won five in a row since starting the year 0-3.
Manny Johnson took a kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown for Clinton but the Dragons were no match for Powell, falling 53-20. Defensive lineman Shar’ron Moore scored Powell’s first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run from the fullback spot.
Powell (7-1, 5-1) and Central (5-3, 5-1) are tied for second place in District 3-AAA. The Panthers and Bobcats will meet on Thursday, October 18th.
Oak Ridge holds the lead in 3-AAA and the Wildcats hammered Karns 42-0.
Maryville once again gave the backups some playing time after taking a 35-0 lead into halftime against Catholic. The Rebels win their 36th in a row, 38-6.
Maryville along with idle CAK are two of just three undefeated teams remaining in the Knoxville area. Coalfield is the other. The Yellow Jackets pounded Jellico 54-6.
Coalfield has not allowed more than 10 points in a game this season and boasts an average margin of victory of 36.6 points.
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