Vikings, Rebels win to set up Big Eight showdown

from staff reports


   On Friday night, Tennessee High and Sullivan South made sure their Big Eight Conference showdown won't be lacking any luster.
   While the Vikings pounded Unicoi County by a whopping score of 60-0 at the Stone Castle, the Rebels defended their home turf with a 31-14 victory over Sullivan Central.
   In a game that should decide the conference championship, the two teams hook up next week at Sullivan South. Both clubs stand at 3-0 in league play.
   Holding Unicoi to just 15 yards of total offense, Tennessee High (6-0) chewed up 285 yards and took advantage of six Blue Devil turnovers.
   Seven different Viking players scored touchdowns, with quarterback Brad Deal throwing for two and running for one in from 45 yards out.
   Tennessee High led 32-0 at intermission.
   South (4-2) had only a 17-14 lead over the Cougars in the fourth quarter, but two Aaron Robinette touchdowns -- he scored on a 40-yard interception return and a 30-yard run -- took away Central's upset aspirations.
   Andy Wooten tallied on a pair of 1-yard TD runs for the Rebels, who got a 21-yard field goal from Brandon Willingham. John LeSueur connected with Eric Weatherly on two scoring passes (54, 3 yards) for Central.
   Cherokee 41, David Crockett 17
   JONESBOROUGH -- The Chiefs kept rolling behind quarterback Eric Sandefur, who accumulated 243 yards of offense and three touchdown passes.
   Sandefur hit of 10-of-14 passes for 180 yards, tossing touchdowns of 71 yards to Arlando Hoyle and 29 yards to Kevin Trobough. Hoyle also scored on a 67-yard punt return, with Trobough adding a 40-yard TD jaunt.
   Cherokee (3-0 IMAC, 6-0) was paced on the ground by David Stephens, who gained 135 yards on 16 rushes. Crockett fullback Travis Costner carried 18 times for 78 yards and two TDs.
   Science Hill 34, Knox Bearden 6
   KNOXVILLE -- Thanks to a workhorse performance from Roger Antone, Science Hill stayed on the resurgent trail with an impressive showing against Bearden.
   Antone ran the ball 36 times for 171 yards and a touchdown as the Hilltoppers went to 2-1 in the Big East and 4-2 overall. Brad Brown booted field goals of 39 and 32 yards, Bryson Bowling caught an 84-yard TD pass from Kye Hamilton and JaKeith Hairston scored on a 68-yard run.
   Jon Edmonds chipped in an 8-yard TD run for the 'Toppers.
   Greeneville 35, Volunteer 7
   GREENEVILLE -- With Cody Baugh hitting 12-of-18 passes for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the Greene Devils took care of business against the Falcons.
   Ben Cooper and Charlie Wilcox were the recipients of two 9-yard scoring tosses from Baugh, who added a rushing TD. Thomas Lister totaled 53 yards and two TDs on the ground.
   Volunteer received 151 yards, including a 67-yard scoring burst, on 18 carries from Randy Jones.
   Dobyns-Bennett 20, South-Doyle 0
   KINGSPORT -- Although the unbeaten Indians (6-0) didn't have it easy with South-Doyle, Jacob McMillan's 76-yard TD run in the third quarter showed D-B the way to victory.
   The Indians were up just 7-0 at the half after Jermaine Carpenter scored on a 24-yard run. Scott Butler threw a 2-yard TD pass to Matt Miller in the fourth stanza.
   Sullivan North 49, Claiborne County 8
   KINGSPORT -- Completing 10-of-13 attempts, Kevin Arnold passed for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Golden Raiders to an Appalachian Athletic Conference win.
   Mark Shaffer carried 11 times for 67 yards and a TD for the Raiders, who upped their record to 2-0, 5-1.
   Claiborne County was led by Jason Chumley's 102 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
   South Greene 38, West Greene 6
   GREENEVILLE -- Starting with Wesley Parkins' 91-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff, the Rebels hit West Greene hard and fast, scoring five first-quarter touchdowns.
   Adam Hansel's offensive participation was limited to the first quarter, but the brilliant quarterback carried the ball three times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He also hit Parkins with a 50-yard scoring throw.
   Jonathan Knowles gave the Buffaloes their lone points with a two-yard TD plunge.
   Powell Valley 26, North Greene 6
   SPEEDWELL -- A 6-0 lead didn't last for North Greene as Todd Newport ran two yards for a touchdown late in the first half, providing the Indians the go-ahead score.
   Two Husky fumbles in the third quarter led to Powell Valley TDs that put the game away. Jamie Williams ripped off a 56-yard scoring run for North Greene.
   Knox Central 20, Cocke County 0
   KNOXVILLE -- Cassen Jackson ran for a pair of touchdowns while the Knox Central defense held the Fighting Cocks to 143 yards of offense.
   Two Cocke County fumbles led to Jackson's TDs, and the Cocks threw three interceptions deep in Bobcat territory.
   Gatlinburg-Pittman 28
   Rutledge 14
   RUTLEDGE -- Jason Trentham scored on runs of 25 and 2 yards as the Highlanders built a 21-0 lead, then held off a Rutledge charge. Josh Lott secured the Pittman win with a 45-yard scoring run.