|Published: 9:45 AM, 10/10/2012
||Last updated: 9:53 AM, 10/10/2012
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
KNOXVILLE-The Bears traveled to Knoxville to play top ranked Grace
Christian. The Rams came out and won the coin toss and elected to receive. Their first run resulted
in a touchdown from a 60-yard pass. 7-0 Rams early on.
Bears tried to answer and made great efforts to move the ball down the field. Adam Reece and Devon
Collier collected a total of 65 yards but the Bears were unable to put it in the end zone and
turned the ball over on downs.
Grace's offense took over again
and passed their way to a 14 -0 at the 8:04 mark in the first quarter. Tellico would continue to
make great runs against the Ram defense an pushed the ball down the field.
Garret Reno pushed the ball up the middle with several consecutive first
downs. Reece twisted and turned his way through several defenders and gained another 18 yards on a
Bears attempt to score. Collier added a 17-yard run, but again the Bears would hand the ball back
to Grace turning it over on downs. Grace would make a run to advance the score 21-0 with 2:31 left
in the first.
In the second quarter, the Bears offense
completed two passes by Dewayne Hollingshead to both Robert Vandervort and Ryan Bookout for 21
combined yards, but Grace took over on downs again and put more points on the board to end the half
The Bears came back out hoping to make a few game
changing plays. The Bear defense had two tackles in the backfield, TJ Pike and Reno combined to
drop the Rams for minus yardage.
The next play Bryce Carter
and Collier teamed up for another Ram tackle for a loss. The Bears would get the ball as Reece
took on four Ram defenders and escaped their tackles until finally being brought down. Collier and
Reno continued to chip away a few yards at a time, helping the Bears move the ball downfield. The
Plainsmen never entered the end zone as the Ram defense tightened up at the goal line.
Grace pushed the ball on offense but Carter would tackle again for a
another loss while teammates Lucas Shephard and Deon Massengale played a good defensive game for
the Bears. The Bears Defensive held the Rams to only one touchdown in the second half beating the
Unofficially the Bears offense had over 200 yards
rushing and forced the Rams to change up their defense to try and stop the running game.
The Bears have played a tough schedule this season seeing action from
some of East Tennessee's top ranked teams. They travel to Rockwood next Friday.
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