Sullivan South QB Dylan Wieger (12) follows the block of teammate Evan Headrick during Friday night's game against Carter in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — Sullivan South quarterback Dylan Wieger hit Evan Headrick with a 51-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the second quarter, sparking the Rebels to a 40-23 victory over Carter in the first round of the TSSAA 4A playoffs on Friday night.
Wieger’s pass to Headrick came just over a minute after the Hornets scored a touchdown to close the gap to 20-15. Wieger hit Headrick with two more TD passes in the third quarter to help South build an insurmountable 40-15 advantage.
Headrick finished with 219 yards receiving — a school record — and four touchdowns on six receptions. Wieger connected on 10 of 18 pass attempts for 274 yards with four TDs and one interception.
Wieger also rushed for a touchdown for South, as did running back Blake Christian, who sprinted in from 30 yards out with 3:41 remaining in the first quarter to give the Rebels a 13-0 lead.
The Hornets struggled all night, committing 15 penalties for 110 yards and turning over the ball five times. Hank Black was the bright spot for the Knox County school, scoring three touchdowns: two through the air and one on a 56-yard punt return.
South will travel to Fulton next Friday. Fulton demolished Unicoi County 74-0 in the first round.
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