After three straight losses, the Indians (2-3, 1-1) came alive when quarterback Bart Ring found teammate Jamie Crawford open across the middle in the second quarter and the pair connected on a 49-yard touchdown.
The TD was set up after a stunning interception by the Tribe’s Justin Sylvester.
“There were no heads hanging down on our sideline when we were down 14-0,’’ said D-B coach Graham Clark. “They kept on fighting.’’
Later in the period, facing a fourth-and-9, Crawford took a direct snap on a fake punt and ran 11 yards for a first down.
Lane Taylor ran the final 27 yards to tie the contest 14-14 at the half.
Ring added touchdown runs of 16 and 1 yards in the third quarter as D-B booted open the floodgates.
Ring completed 10 of 18 passes for 215 yards while Crawford had six receptions for 134 yards.
“Bart Ring had a breakout game tonight,’’ Clark added. “A lot of guys did a lot of good things out there tonight.
“Our defense made great adjustments at halftime.’’
Taylor provided the final margin of victory with his 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Stepp scored on a 35-yard pass from Zac Long for the Patriots (2-3, 0-2) while Christian McFall scored on a 13-yard run.
The Indians host Elizabethton for homecoming next week.
Sullivan East 49, Sullivan North 20
KINGSPORT — Caleb Looney rushed for 188 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Patriots rolled past the Golden Raiders in Mountain Lakes Conference play.
Looney scored on runs of 35, 27 and 25 yards — all in the first half — to put Sullivan East (3-1, 1-1) on top 28-6 by halftime.
Dustin Doran, who rushed for 97 yards on 10 carries, scored on a 3-yard run for Sullivan North (2-2, 1-1). Nick Woodard added a 30-yard TD run and Hunter McReynolds had an 11-yard touchdown jaunt as the Raiders amassed 335 yards rushing.
Elizabethton 27, Sullivan Central 10
BLOUNTVILLE — With the score tied at 3-all, the Cyclones posted 24 unanswered points to run away with a Mountain Lakes Conference victory.
Wendall Loving returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown for Elizabethton (2-2, 1-1). Derek Carr and Cody Forbes added TD runs in the second half of 2 and 10 yards, respectively.
Robert Herring had a 5-yard touchdown run for Central (0-4, 0-2).
Science Hill 42, Sevier County 21
JOHNSON CITY — The Hilltoppers built a 35-7 lead at the half and cruised from there to defeat the Bears in Big East Conference action.
Daniel Sharp led Science Hill (3-1, 1-0) with 227 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Solomon Duannah ran for a pair of touchdowns, while Issac Kinley and Aaron Trent returned interceptions of 45 and 34 yards, respectively, for touchdowns.
Josh Carr scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter and Taylor Helton threw a 73-yard touchdown pass in the fourth for Sevier County (1-4, 1-1). Patrick Miller took a pick-six 100 yards to the house for Bears’ final points.
Tennessee High 31, Unicoi County 12
BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Vikings’ defense held the Blue Devils to just 120 yards of total offense in this Mountain Lakes conference matchup.
Matt Pendleton and Jeff Baker ran for two touchdowns each to pace Tennessee High (3-1, 2-0).
Ethan Bennett and Corey Headley both had 1-yard TD runs for Unicoi County (2-3, 0-2).
Greeneville 42, Cocke County 0
GREENEVILLE — Jeremy Barner rushed seven times for 96 yards and three touchdowns as the Greene Devils blanked the Fighting Cocks in Five Rivers Conference play.
Jordan Greenway finished 5-of-7 passing for 118 yards and a touchdown for Greeneville (3-2, 1-1).
Austin Graham gained 60 yards on 17 carries for Cocke County (1-3, 1-1).
Eight-Man Football, Oak Level Baptist 68, Tri-Cities 39
KINGSPORT — Oak Level Baptist turned back Tri-Cities Christian’s eight- man football team.
It was homecoming for the Golden Eagles (0-4).
Drew Davenport threw for 160 yards as part of 276 total yards for Tri-Cities — a new high for the fledgling first-year program.
Cooper Singletary was the top rusher for Tri-Cities.
The game was played at the field at Lynn View.