BIG STONE GAP — Sullivan North defeated Union’s Bears on Friday night 41-17 in an emotion-filled border battle whose outcome was still hanging in the balance late in the game.
The Thompson brothers, who once lived in Big Stone Gap, accounted for three North touchdowns. Kairi Thompson rushed 16 times for 216 yards and scored a pair of TDs on runs of 47 and 17 yards, also intercepting a pass. Jacoby, his younger brother, ran 29 yards for a TD.
The Golden Raiders outscored Union 21-0 in the last 12½ minutes to stretch a 20-17 lead.
Union’s Ben Baugh, a 195-pound ironman fullback, carried 25 times for 126 yards. He limped off with a leg injury in the second half and was ineffective as a runner once he returned to the lineup.
“It was a lot closer than the score might indicate,” North coach Robbie Norris said. “It was a really hard-fought game. Both of us play mountain football.”
Union had productive gainers in Jake McCray, with 76 yards on 17 rushes, and Mekyah Davis, with 33 yards on 10 runs.
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