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Crabtree's huge game boosts Warriors past Bearcats

From staff reports • Sep 21, 2019 at 12:30 PM

NORTON — C.J. Crabtree and a fourth-quarter defensive stand made all the difference for Wise Central’s football team on Friday night.

Crabtree exploded for 244 rushing yards on 19 carries — an average of nearly 13 yards a carry — and scored three touchdowns to propel the Warriors to a 28-21 win over Virginia High. Two of the junior’s scoring runs went for 50 yards and the third for 56.

Crabtree’s last TD came after the Bearcats turned over the ball on downs at the 50 with the score tied at 21. On first-and 10 with 4:57 remaining in the game, Crabtree took the ball and raced 50 yards to the house — and Central’s defense took it from there, finally shutting down Virginia High’s run game.

Stevie Thomas was the workhorse for the Bearcats, finishing with 26 carries for 206 yards and two TDs — one an 87-yard sprint to the end zone. Dominick Norris returned an interception 23 yards for a first-quarter touchdown for Virginia High’s other score.

Junior Noah Bolling accounted for the Warriors’ other TD, a 1-yard run in the third quarter, and freshman Charlie Daniels was perfect on point-after kicks.

CHILHOWIE 62, EASTSIDE 28

CHILHOWIE — The Warriors (3-1) put on an offensive clinic, using a 45-point second half to rout the Spartans (0-3).

Chilhowie got 276 of its 346 total yards on the ground.

Logan Thomas was effective through the air and on the ground, with 144 total yards and two TDs. Jonathan Gilley carried eight times for 91 yards and a TD. Jordan Williams added 59 yards and two TDs on 10 carries.

Will Stansberry had 135 total yards and a TD for Eastside. Grayson Whited had three receptions for 89 yards and a TD.

J.I. BURTON 41, TWIN SPRINGS 0

NICKELSVILLE — The Raiders (2-2) held the Titans (2-2) to a goose egg on the scoreboard while exploding for a 21-point third quarter in the Cumberland District matchup. J.I. Burton put up 348 total yards, rushing for 273.

Esau Teasley ran four times for 127 yards and two TDs. Mikey Culbertson rushed eight times for 58 yards and two TDs, and Jaymen Buchanan was 7-for-11 passing for 75 yards.

Corbin Kilgore stood out for Twin Springs, rushing 21 times for 83 yards.

PATRICK HENRY 51, LEE HIGH 6

BEN HUR — The Rebels outscored the Generals 32-0 in the first half, and they finished with 548 total yards: 377 rushing and 171 through the air.

The Rebels had two 100-yard rushers: Zachary Brown carried 11 times for 160 yards and a touchdown and Cody Smith had 15 carries for 129 yards and a TD. Connor Beeson had 60 yards and a TD on two carries. Dakota Rector was 8-for-11 passing for 171 yards and three TDs.

Tanner Laster toted the rock six times for 77 yards and a touchdown for Lee High.

MARION 9, JOHN BATTLE 7

MARION — The Scarlet Hurricanes blocked a Trojans field goal as time expired to secure the nondistrict win.

John Battle scored in the second quarter and carried a 7-0 lead into halftime.

Marion answered with a 97-yard interception return TD late in the third quarter, and the game remained tied until the 4:29 mark in the fourth quarter, when the Hurricanes recorded a safety to take the lead.

DAVID CROCKETT 35, COCKE COUNTY 0

JONESBOROUGH — Five Pioneers players scored first-half touchdowns and Cade Larkins continued his assault on the state passing record on homecoming night at Pioneer Field.

Larkins completed 17 of 31 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns, but he did almost all of his damage in the first half because of the continual clock in the second half.

Prince Kollie had seven receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Donta Hackler added five catches for 100 yards and a score. Larkins has 9,339 career passing yards.

Crockett (4-0, 2-0) held Cocke County (1-4, 0-1) to 76 yards in total offense.

The Pioneers, who led 35-0 at halftime, have won all 14 of their regular-season games in Hayden Chandley’s two seasons in Jonesborough.

SCIENCE HILL 42, JEFFERSON COUNTY 8

JOHNSON CITY — Playing without injured running back Chris Thomas, the Hilltoppers put the ball in the hands of quarterback Connor Batchelder and his talented group of receivers to take care of the Patriots (3-2, 1-1).

Science Hill (2-3, 2-0 Region 1-6A) got 298 yards passing and three touchdowns from Batchelder, who completed 24 of 33 attempts, to remain in a first-place tie with Dobyns-Bennett in the standings.

SOUTH GREENE 22, SULLIVAN NORTH 0

KINGSPORT — Levi Myers scored on a pair of 1-yard quarterback sneaks and Mark Crum scored from 8 yards out in the Rebels’ Region 1-2A win over the Golden Raiders.

Crum also caught a 2-point conversion pass from halfback Luke Myers and Preston Bailey snagged one from Levi Myers.

UNION COUNTY 27, SULLIVAN EAST 20

MAYNARDVILLE — Dylan White completed 13 of 20 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, also running for a score in the losing cause.

Hunter Brown and Lake Mullins each had TD receptions for the Patriots, who played Union County to a 20-20 tie over the first three quarters.

East produced 318 yards of offense, compared to Union’s 284 all on the ground.

See all of this week’s final scores (with links to game coverage and photos)

 

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