The Falcons brought enough to earn a 41-27 football victory over the Patriots.
Volunteer (2-2) totaled 345 yards of offense, forced four turnovers and had a 92-yard kickoff return to win the special teams battle.
“The kids fought really hard in a roller-coaster type of game,” said Falcons coach Justin Pressley. “Both teams fought hard. We would pull away a little bit and they would fight back into it. It was a great football game tonight.”
DIGGING THE LONG BALL
The Falcons thrived in the passing game. Junior quarterback Eli Dorton was 12-for-15 passing for 221 yards that included three long touchdown plays.
Junior Peyton Derrick caught a 64-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. That was followed by an 18-yard scoring grab on the following drive by Peyton Baker. Dorton’s final TD strike was the longest, a 69-yarder to Joe Olterman.
Baker was Dorton’s primary target, catching seven passes for 111 yards. Derrick finished with two catches for 66 yards.
PATRICK BIG FOR PATRIOTS
Sullivan East (0-4) had a counterattack in senior flex Corbin Patrick. Patrick totaled 164 all-purpose yards, including 138 via the run game.
Patrick also accounted for two touchdowns: a 9-yard run to open scoring for the Patriots and a 10-yard reception in the second half.
“I thought there were a lot of positives, but the goal of the game is to put the ball in the end zone,” said Sullivan East coach Mike Locke. “We can run for 600 yards, but if we don’t put it in the end zone, it doesn’t matter. We have to find a way to finish in the red zone and finish drives.”
MOMENTUM IS ONSIDE
Down 26-14 at the half, Sullivan East rallied to within a touchdown at 34-27 late in the third quarter. Senior kicker Tyler Carter stole momentum for the Patriots by recovering an onside kick.
Volunteer stayed strong and halted East’s newfound momentum with a fumble recovery that ended a long Patriots drive inside the red zone.
Sullivan East continues a three-game homestand when it hosts Union County. Volunteer returns home to take on Cherokee.