GALLATIN – Station Camp High’s football team has battled adversity all season, and on Friday evening, it faced more of the same.
However, the Bison were able to fight through weather, injuries to two key players and host Gallatin to leave Calvin Short Field with a 27-19 victory that thrusts them in the thick of the Region 6-5A race.
Bison senior Chris Dunavin was injured on a first-quarter carry when he was flipped upside-down in the air and landed awkwardly on the sideline. He remained on the ground for more than 10 minutes and was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where he was to be kept overnight for observation.
“I was devastated,” Bison junior Marcus DeVault said of Dunavin’s injury. “He’s a good running back and a really good linebacker, and when we lost him, my mind was just everywhere. But we knew we had to keep fighting just for him.”
Dunavin was walking in the hospital with a neck brace, according to a tweet he sent out during the evening.
Station Camp junior quarterback Tyler Thompson left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Sophomore Cole Spears filled in for Thompson the rest of the way.
DeVault filled in admirably for Dunavin on a night where persistent, light rain fell throughout the first half. DeVault scored two touchdowns and rushed for 189 yards on 17 carries. His second touchdown – a 94-yarder in the third quarter that ended up being the final points of the evening – came one play after a Green Wave punt pinned the Bison deep in their own end.
“When my number was called, I was just ready to make some plays and do what I do best,” DeVault said. “It feels really good.”
Gallatin head coach Mark Williams added, “We had some opportunities and let them slip away from us. We had them hemmed up back there and let them bust a long one on us. Things like that we can’t let happen, especially against region foes.”
The Green Wave were on both ends of big plays on special teams. Junior Dezmond Chambers returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, but Gallatin had a punt blocked by Bison sophomore Kaleb Truitt late in the first half. That led to DeVault’s first touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining before halftime, when Station Camp led 20-19.
“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Williams said. “Station Camp’s a quality football team. They came out and ran the ball really well, and we’ve got to do a better job of tackling.”
Station Camp rushed for 328 yards on 61 rushing attempts.
“We’re beaten up and banged up, but we found a way to win against a really good football team tonight,” Station Camp head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our coaches and our players. They kept pounding and fighting and digging. They could have folded the tents, but they didn’t.”
The Bison host Hendersonville on Friday, while Gallatin plays at Beech.
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Station Camp 7 13 7 0 — 27
Gallatin 12 7 0 0 — 19
G – Jalen Porter 15 run (kick blocked);S – Sirtavious Perry 2 run (Ayden Curd kick); G – Jordan Mason 9 run (run failed) S – Perry 13 run (kick failed); G – Dezmond Chambers 82 kickoff return (Cody Franklin kick); S – Marcus DeVault 16 run (Curd kick); S – DeVault 94 run (Curd kick)
RUSHING: S— DeVault 17- 189, Dunavin 3- 5, Dunlap 13- 42, Foxx 8- 17, Perry 15- 90, Spears 4- -18, Thompson 1- 3. G— Chambers 1- -5, Hayes 3- -22, Mason 23- 146, Porter 2- 18.
PASSING: S— Spears 0- 1- 0- 0, Thompson 2- 4- 0- 20. G— Hayes 3- 8- 1- 15.
RECEIVING: S— Garrett 1- 17, Perry 1- 3. G— Mason 1- 2, Williams 2- 13.