Sevier stunned by T.A. Dugger

By Tim Chambers
star staff

  Annie Oakley was known as a perfect marksman, able to shoot the ashes off a Kaiser cigarette from a great distance. Monday afternoon it was T.A. Dugger head coach John Oakley that fired the perfect shot heard around Elizabethton, leading his Cyclones to a 16-14 upset win over the John Sevier Warriors at Brown-Childress Stadium.
  "It doesn't get any better than this," stated Oakley after the hard-fought contest. "This is about as good as it has ever been since I've been at T.A. Dugger."
  Sevier saw its first dive interrupted when Jerry Berkley made a splendid interception at the 26-yard-line to stop the Warrior express. After losses of 10 and seven yards, Jordan Meredith found Vic "The Animal" Deloach for a nice gain that was aided by a 15-yard penalty giving 'Betsy good field position at the 46.
  Unable to advance the ball, the Cyclones gave way at the 44 but the defenses responded two plays later.
  Kyle Wash recovered a fumble to help the Cyclone cause as the black and orange express tried to move the football toward paydirt.
  Meredith found Deon Pickett for 10 yards before Derek Carr ran over some Warrior defenders in picking up sizable yards.
  Neither team could muster a scoring threat until Jeremy Simerly scooped up a fumble and raced 42 yards for a touchdown. Meredith found Deloach on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 halftime lead.
  Sevier tied the game when Matt Osborne found Sterling Thrope for a 33-yard touchdown. Osborne's pass to Jordan Edwards on the conversion tied the score at 8-8.
  The Cyclones got some outstanding play from Julian Smith, who delivered some spine-buckling tackles on the Sevier running backs. Sevier appeared to have the game in hand when Osborne found Michael Willis for a 33-yard touchdown at the 4:47 mark in the fourth quarter. The conversion failed but Sevier led 14-8.
  The Cyclones got a 40 yard return by Smith taking possession at the Sevier 45 yard line. Two plays later Berkley made a circus catch between two defenders and outran the pack to tie the score at 14.
  Derek Carr proceeded to drag three defenders into the end zone on the two-point conversion for a 16-14 advantage.
  The Cyclones gambled with the on-side kick and Carr was there for the recovery. Stunned by the turn of events, Smith picked up a big first down that allowed the Cyclones to run out the clock for the win.
  Dexter Price and Thomas Cowan had two tackles for losses that helped coach Brian Culbert's defense keep the talented Sevier team in check for most of the contest.
  "I have told our team that if you keep playing hard that good things will happen," Oakley said. "Everyone stepped up and played well tonight. I won't sleep a wink tonight."