Dobyns-Bennett's Zach Casey (35) eludes the Volunteer defense for a long run during the first quarter Friday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. (Times-News photo by Jonathan McCoy)
KINGSPORT — Friday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, Volunteer scored its first touchdown against Dobyns-Bennett since Bill Clinton was president.
Other than that, things pretty much went the way they’ve gone since the Reagan era.
Indians running back Zach Casey rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and had a pair of scoring receptions for the Tribe (2-1, 1-0 Big 7 Conference), which rolled to a 48-6 victory over the visiting Falcons.
Volunteer hasn’t beaten D-B since 1985. The Falcons last scored on the Indians in 1994 and had been shut out four consecutive times since the series resumed in 2009.
Casey, who blasted off for a 53-yard scoring run with 3:01 remaining in the second quarter, caught a 21-yard scoring pass from quarterback Josh Holt to give the Indians a 27-6 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, backup quarterback Skylar East hit Casey for a 34-yard scoring catch-and-run.
Holt, who added a 30-yard scoring strike to tight end Paul Gadson, rushed for 58 yards and a score. His 27-yard scoring scramble put the Tribe up 14-0 with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Falcons (0-3, 0-1) responded to Holt’s score with a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 2-yard TD crash by running back Casey Price with 6:55 remaining in the first half.
After that the D-B defense went on a vendetta, allowing no net positive yardage over Volunteer’s next three possessions.
The Indians initiated scoring in the first quarter with a 9-yard TD run from Colton Ketron and capped it with a 54-yard run by Cole Maupin in the fourth.See Saturday’s print edition for an expanded version of this story.