Photo by Ned Jilton II
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Bright lights and field turf greeted the Big 7 Conference football jamboree on Thursday night at Tennessee High's Stone Castle.
The Vikings' new playing surface provided the perfect stage for a dress rehearsal of the upcoming season.
Host Tennessee High opened the festivities with a 14-0 win over Sullivan Central in the first 15-minute quarter of play.
The marquee matchup between Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett turned into a shootout with the Hilltoppers scoring with 19.6 seconds left in the quarter for a 21-14 victory. The Indians were on the move trying to tie the score when the clock ran out.
In the "Battle of Washington County," David Crockett's Flavio Sanguetti kicked a 34-yard field goal late in the quarter to give the Pioneers a 3-0 win over archrival Daniel Boone. In the night's finale, the Vikings cruised to a 21-6 win over Volunteer.
Tennessee High opened up against Central with an interception for a TD and never looked back.
"We learned we still have a lot of work to do," said Cougars coach Jeff Fox. "I thought we were physical and got to the ball well. We also had a few more kids step up and that should give us some added depth."
Science Hill's Mikey White raced 46 yards to pay dirt to put the 'Toppers up 7-0 on D-B. The Indians responded with a 17-yard touchdown run by Jacoby Thompson.
The Hilltoppers answered back with a 40-yard TD pass from Malik McGue to Jordan Holly.
Again D-B rallied. Skylar East connected with Makale Foreman on a 29-yard touchdown pass and again the scored was tied, 14-14.
But D-B's shaky pass defense gave up a 33-yard touchdown pass with 19.5 seconds left in the quarter to allow Science Hill to move back on top 21-14.
The Indians completed a pass to get into Science Hill territory but the clock ran out before D-B advance any farther.
"I would loved to have had another minute on that clock," said D-B coach Graham Clark. "We've got to not give up so many big plays. I did think we threw it well and Thompson stuck it in there well."
Hilltoppers' head coach Stacy Carter was happy with the result.
"It was good to play against good competition under the lights," said Carter. "We showed that we have a lot of skill kids who can make plays. And we got to play some different people out there tonight."
Volunteer fell behind early, unable to deal with Tennessee High's speed.
"I wish we'd played a little better defensively," said Falcons coach Scott Rider. "There wasn't much enthusiasm out there, it's just not the same as getting fired up for a regular-season game."comments powered by Disqus