Junior 'Clones deny Sevier

By Michelle Pope
STAR STAFF
mpope@starhq.com
KINGSPORT--The T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones dealt another blow to the strong-standing John Sevier Warriors as they won Tuesday evening's game 22-13 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
With strong rushing from running back Jake Peters, T.A. Dugger dominated during the first half of the game, heading into halftime 22-0. The Jr. Cyclones collected 153 of their total 172 yards in the opening half.
John Sevier scored its two touchdowns early in the second half, but the Dugger boys recomposed themselves in the fourth quarter. Despite two penalties for 15 yards, the defense held strong in the fourth and finished the game in T.A. Dugger's favor.
Peters tallied two touchdowns in the first half, breaking away from the mayhem and scoring on a 35-yard rush for the first one. Bo Carter's PAT was good, and the Jr. Cyclones had a 7-0 lead.
Jordan Coleman scored the next touchdown for T.A. Dugger, pushing his way through Sevier's defense for a two-yard carry. The extra point was good again, and the Jr. Cyclones brought their score up to fourteen.
To top the half off for T.A. Dugger, Peters went 40 yards for another breakaway scoring run late in the second quarter. The Jr. Cyclones decided to go for two, and Coleman executed the conversion, evening out T.A. Dugger's score at 22-0.
"I'm very proud of them," said Jr. Cyclone coach John Oakley. "I couldn't be more proud of them. They came out strong and played very well in the first half."
The Warriors came back to the field with renewed determination after halftime. They pushed their way down the field with such intensity during the second half of the game that it took the Jr. Cyclones by surprise and forced them to scramble to maintain their hold on the lead.
Almost immediately, the Warriors forced their way onto the scoreboard. On John Sevier's second down, quarterback Bart Ring threw a 35-yard pass that landed in the hands of Michael Willis.
Lane Taylor kept the offense rolling for Sevier with a nine-yard rush from Dugger's 10-yard line, and Ring finished the last yard off with a quarterback keeper, scoring the Warriors' first touchdown. Eric Hammonds followed up with a successful PAT.
John Sevier head coach Robert St. Clair was pleased with his team's comeback in the second half.
"We decided to play football," he said.
The Warriors had five starters who didn't start in the first half.
"We weren't at full strength in the first half," St. Clair said. "We had some discipline action we had to take, and then when we got full strength, we just got a little break, and momentum shifted our way."
After a Cyclone fumble, Austin Morrison recovered the ball for Sevier, and with the help of three rushes for 30 yards by Tremell McGue, the Warriors were once again in scoring position. Ring rushed the last yard again, putting six more points on the board for John Sevier.
The PAT didn't come through and McGue attempted to rush the ball. He was stopped by Dugger's defense before he reached the end zone, and the score settled at 22-13.
T.A. Dugger regrouped and maintained possession of the ball throughout most of the remainder of the game. Jesse Potter recovered a Warrior fumble and Peters followed through with a nine-yard carry.
Coleman and Justin Fuqua made a couple carries each, but with the 15 yards in penalties the Jr. Cyclones racked up in the fourth quarter, it was difficult to move the ball far.
As the minutes ticked down, Carter punted the ball 27 yards, which McGue returned for eleven. On the Warriors' first down, Chris Brummitt made a game-stopping interception for Dugger, and Dugger quarterback Wes Anderson ran the clock out to win the game for the Jr. Cyclones.
"My team was kind of sluggish at first, and then came out fired up," said St. Clair. "Dugger was a typical Dugger team. They come right at you, and run the ball at you, and say 'stop me if you can.' They always do a good job at that, and again, they did that. They always have a good shifty running back or two."
The Jr. Warriors carried the ball 24 times for 118 yards, and Ring completed three of six passes for 55 yards, with only one interception. McGue led in rushing. Jordan Roop, Shawn Nelson and Allen Hinson played strong defensively, bringing the Jr. Cyclones down with their tackles.
"We had kind of a letdown there in the second half, but luckily we pulled it out, and I'm just extremely proud of them," Dugger Coach Oakley said. "It was a typical Sevier game. It came right down to the end. We were scared, but luckily, it came out OK."
The Jr. Cyclones rushed 25 times for 134 yards. Anderson completed four of seven passes for 38 yards, and allowed only one interception. Peters and Bo Carter led the Jr. Cyclones in tackles.