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Cherokees stop Trailblazers' postseason run

From staff reports • Nov 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM

KNOXVILLE — Daniel Boone’s winning streak is over, but the Trailblazers went down fighting.

South-Doyle used two big plays and took advantage of two big penalties in the first half to pull ahead en route to a 28-12 win Friday night in the second round of the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs.

Cherokees’ running back Elijah Young, a Missouri commit, rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Young, who opened the playoffs with a 231-yard, four-TD performance against Cherokee, surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for the season.

South-Doyle (9-3) advanced to the quarterfinals to face defending state champion Knox Central, a 49-7 winner over Gibbs. Boone (7-5) had won six in a row to reach this round of the playoffs.

The ’Blazers opened the scoring on Devon White’s 6-yard touchdown reception from Kaleb Worley, capping a drive that lasted more than seven minutes and covered 80 yards. The extra point was blocked, however.

South-Doyle’s first TD came after Boone forced a punt but ran into the punter. On fourth-and-1, Young ran 51 yards to the end zone, Ewan Johnson booted the PAT and the Cherokees led 7-6.

South-Doyle scored again on a 78-yard TD pass from Mason Brang to Terrell Brown for a 14-6 lead, and that’s the way it stood at halftime. That score was set up when Boone was called for an illegal block, ending what appeared to be a promising drive.

One play after he surpassed 2,000 yards for the season, Young scored on a 9-yard run for a 21-6 South-Doyle advantage.

With 4:25 left in the game, Joe Jones scored on a sweep for a 4-yard touchdown, but the 2-point conversion run was stopped short, leaving Boone down 21-12. South-Doyle’s Preston Sisler returned an interception 55 yards for a score in the closing minutes.

The Cherokees outgained Boone 310-284 in total offense.

Worley led Boone with 87 yards on 17 carries and finished 5-of-8 passing for 65 yards. Brennan Blair, the star of Boone’s resurgence, was held to 53 yards on 16 attempts. Charlie Cole, a week after returning from a broken arm, closed out his high school career with 31 yards on six rushes.

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