KINGSPORT — One of the youngest football programs in Southwest Virginia went to Sullivan North Friday night to get in touch with its roots.
Union rushed for 250 yards and passed for 143 for the Bears, who monopolized time of possession in a 33-21 win over the Golden Raiders at Benny Compton Field.
Running back Jake McCray led the Bears (2-1) with 105 yards rushing. Brandon Hubbard rushed for 75 yards, including scoring runs of 10 and 3 yards.
Running Mekyah Davis had a two yard TD run and wide receiver Austin Jessee had a 10-yard scoring run on a reverse.
North (2-2) got 162 yards rushing from running back Jacob Jasper, who initiated scoring with a 4-yard scoring run int he first quarter.
Ball-hogging Union established its ground attack after demonstrating its passing threat in the first quarter The Bears allowed the Raiders only 10 offensive snaps to Union’s 46 through the second and third quarters
Jasper changed the complexion of the game late in the third and early in the fourth quarter with explosive scoring runs of 74 and 23 yards. Thanks to him the Raiders, who trailed 27-2 at 6:38 in the third, closed to 27-21 with 10 minutes left to play.
The Bears were impressed enough with Jasper’s big-play abilities to go for the 2-point conversion pass after Hubbard’s final TD with 2:48 remaining in the game.
The conversion pass failed. North retained possession for the remainder, driving to the Union 10 yard line before time finally expired.
Union placekicker Brandon Simon was good for a touchdown, hitting field goals of 41 and 21 yards, as well as all three of his point-after kicks.
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