With the start of the high school football regular season just around the corner, area teams got their first opportunity to play under the lights Friday evening at Finley Stadium in the Best of Preps High School Football jamboree.
Brainerd 0, Silverdale 0
There wasn’t a whole lot of offense in the evening’s first contest, as Silverdale and Brainerd ended in a scoreless tie. The Panthers registered just six yards of total offense, and the Seahawks didn’t fare much better, producing 33 yards on three offensive possessions — two of which ended with turnovers.
Brainerd’s LaTroy Word finished as the team’s leading rusher with 10 yards, but finished 0-for-4 through the air. The sophomore did come up big on defense, though, intercepting a Nathan Keylon pass on Siverdale’s final offensive possession. Keylon, a junior, completed 3-of-5 pass attempts for 10 yards, while senior running back Josh Rogers rans for 15 yards on two carries.
Cleveland 14, Boyd-Buchanan 0
The Blue Raiders showcased a powerful offense against a seemingly overmatched Boyd-Buchanan squad. The Buccaneers were competitive, though, they just couldn’t find the end zone.
Cleveland set the tempo early, taking a quick 7-0 advantage on junior Raekwon Bunion’s 34-yard touchdown run, capping a 70-yard scoring drive. On the ensuing possession, Boyd moved the ball well, but quarterback Jim Cardwell was intercepted by senior D.J. Jones deep inside Blue Raider territory. Cleveland needed just five plays to capitalize on the Buccaneers’ mistake, as senior quarterback Austin Herink hooked up with Jones on a 78-yard scoring strike, increasing the team’s lead to 14-0.
Herink completed four of five pass attempts for 119 yards, while Bunion racked up 47 yards on the ground. Cardwell finished 5-for-7 through the air for 52 yards, and the senior signal caller also picked up a team-high 27 yards on the ground.
McCallie 7, Signal Mountain 0
Sophomore quarterback JaVaughn Craig operated the Blue Tornado’s option offense efficiently, and McCallie put together a pair of impressive drives during its 7-0 victory over Signal Mountain.
The Eagles had a couple of scoring opportunities in the closely-contested matchup, but came up empty on the night. Senior fullback James McLellan was stopped for a loss on a big fourth-and-1 situation deep inside McCallie territory, and later, junior wide receiver John Ryan Wilson was unable to haul in a potential game-tying deep ball from quarterback Jack Teter.
McCallie junior Paul Silverblatt was responsible for the game’s only score, breaking loose for a 27-yard touchdown run on the Blue Tornado’s second possession. Silverblatt finished with 41 yards on four carries, while Craig racked up 21 yards on two carries. Teter completed two of his three pass attempts for 19 yards, including a 12-yard strike to junior tight end Harrison Moon.
Bradley Central 7, Tyner 0
Bears senior Baylor Terrell pick off a pair of Hasaan Miller passes, and it’s a good thing, too, because Bradley Central’s offense was virtually non-existent following its quick start.
Quarterback Brett Standifer hooked up with senior receiver Dee Crisp for a 15-yard scoring strike on Bradley’s first possession. Standifer completed his first four pass attempts — all to Crisp — but the Bears finished with just 48 yards of total offense.
Miller finished 4-for-6 through the air for 44 yards, but his two interceptions proved to be the difference. Rams running back Willie Stewart picked up 15 yards on three carries, and the senior also hauled in a 20-yard reception.
Baylor 14, Franklin County 0
The Red Raiders were simply too much for Franklin County. That was apparent from the start.
After surrendering a sack on the first play from scrimmage, Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano guided the offense on a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tiano to senior running back George Porter. The Rebels, whose offensive line appeared to be no match for Baylor’s defensive front, managed a few first downs on the team’s three offensive possessions, but never really threatened to find the end zone.
Porter added the Red Raiders’ second score as well, barreling into the end zone from two yards out. Tiano finished with 113 yards through the air — sophomore Gage Upshaw and senior Chandler Gougar had receptions of 41 and 34 yards, respectively.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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