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Relentless Reed powers South past Central

JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Sep 21, 2019 at 2:00 AM

KINGSPORT — With an electric running back like Julian Reed and a veteran offensive line featuring the likes of 6-foot-5, 285-pound Cam Necessary, there’s no guesswork in devising a game plan for the Sullivan South football team.

Reed inside or Reed outside generally produces the same results, and Friday evening featured more of the same for the Rebels in a methodical 47-23 win over visiting Three Rivers Conference rival Sullivan Central.

Reed ran for touchdowns covering 1, 4, 36 and 62 yards, finishing the night with 264 yards on 28 carries before sitting out the game’s final 11½ minutes.

It’s the third game this season the 5-9, 165-pound senior has topped the 250 mark, including a season-high 328 yards in last week’s win over Gate City.

View Cheryl Gray’s photo gallery from the game

“I thought our offensive line really took over the game when it needed to,” said third-year South coach Justin Hilton. “And Julian ran well again tonight.

“Our offensive line is a mismatch most games. Those guys are big and strong and they’ve worked really hard to get that way, and a lot of them have been in there for us since they were sophomores. I’m really proud of Cam and Jimmy (Morris) and Grayson (Smith) and the job all those guys in there do.”


Up 9-7 after 12 minutes, South (3-2, 2-0) gained command over the middle two quarters, leading 23-7 at halftime and 37-15 at the end of the third period.

Reed’s blazing 62-yard TD burst made it a 44-15 game on the first play of the final stanza, and teammate Eli Iacino later added a 37-yard field goal.

Necessary said blocking for Reed is easy.

“Working with my linemen is really amazing and blocking for Julian, well, he makes us look better than maybe we are,” Necessary said. “And that’s the plan: to run it right at them to see if they can stop us.”

The Rebels finished with 435 yards on the ground, with Eli Jones adding a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

In addition, Tryzden Cook made a nice grab of a 4-yard TD pass from South quarterback Ethan Bergeron, giving the Rebels a 9-0 edge in the first quarter.


Sullivan Central (1-3, 0-1) was coming off an impressive 32-6 road win over Pigeon Forge, but the Cougars couldn’t keep up offensively against South.

“Credit South,” said Central coach Chris Steger. “Their offensive line pushed us around a bit, especially at critical times it seemed.”

The Cougars battled well into the second half and scored a pair of touchdowns after intermission to make the final score more respectable.

Quarterback Will Nottingham provided most of Central’s offense, passing for 195 yards and one score while running for 44 yards and two short TDs.

His touchdown pass went to Connor Wilson, who caught seven balls for 86 yards. Teammate Bryson Crabtree made three catches for 82 yards.


Central hosts David Crockett next week. South has an open date.

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