With the offense, defense and special teams clicking, the Indians romped to a 55-0 nonconference football win over the Smoky Bears at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
In the homecoming celebration, quarterback Lendon Redwine connected on 10 of 15 passes for 233 yards. One of those completions was an 80-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charlie Browder. Ian Hicks had 19 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyler Tesnear also had two touchdown runs.
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“It was the greatest thing to see Charlie rumble down the field like that,” Redwine said. “He doesn’t get that opportunity much. For him to make that play, it was great. We finally had a balanced attack this week and got the offense rolling.”
While the offensive numbers were heavily in the Indians’ favor, the defense had four sacks and held Sevier County (1-3) to minus-13 yards rushing in the first half. Nic Bristol also had an interception return for a touchdown, and most of the Bears’ 62 rushing yards came late in the game.
“We came out ready to go,” D-B coach Joey Christian said. “I challenged the guys that we needed to start fast. We hadn’t gotten a first down on the first possession in any game, but we wanted to make something happen. We did and then with the defense, it snowballed from there.”
Starting tackle Cade Salyers noted that D-B (2-2) had two starters missing from the offensive line, but their replacements came in and did their jobs so that the Indians didn’t miss a beat.
“We had two guys out, but we had two people step up,” Salyers said. “We had some very big plays. Ian ran it hard and we didn’t give them a chance to get back in the game. We were ready to play and were aggressive.”
HOT START FOR THE INDIANS
The Indians’ first possession was a nine-play, 64-yard scoring drive — all on the ground — capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Hicks.
Redwine’s 36-yard pass to Dalton Harkleroad set up a 1-yard run for Tesnear on the next possession. The Indians scored again when Cameron Williamson took a reverse on a fourth-and-2 from the Smoky Bears’ 12 for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
Hicks scored on the second play of the second half, a 64-yard run down the left sideline to give the Indians a commanding 28-0 lead.
The Tribe defense got in on the act next with Bristol’s 16-yard interception return for a score. Redwine found Browder over the middle on the next D-B possession, and the big tight end raced 80 yards downfield for a touchdown and a 42-0 advantage.
Tesnear scored his second touchdown on a 7-yard run and Nick Stump added a 17-yard touchdown run for the final score. Tesnear finished with seven carries for 50 yards and wide receiver Chase Jenkins had four catches for 78 yards.
INDIANS’ OFF WEEK
Dobyns-Bennett has next Friday off before heading to three-time defending TSSAA Class 3A champion Alcoa on Sept. 21. Sevier County goes on the road at South-Doyle in a game to be featured on Knoxville television station WVLT’s “Rivalry Thursday” next week.