|Published: 10:06 AM, 10/17/2012
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
ROCKWOOD-It was tough night in
Rockwood for the Bears as they took anoth¬≠er loss 35-8. Heading
to play the Tigers with high hopes and a week of good practice under
their belts, the Bears were optimistic.
As game play started Rockwood elected
to receive and put points on the board early in their first two
possessions making it 14-0 quick in the first quarter.
Tellico had a good run on their sec¬≠ond
possession as Adam Reece worked his magic and dodged defenders for
two runs resulting in consecutive first downs. Devon Collier pushed
his way gaining positive yardage and putting the Bears in scoring
position. Zack Strickland caught Dewayne Hollingshead's pass which
had the Bears on the two yard line. But the Tiger Defense went to work
and kept the Bears out of the end zone when they took over on downs
after a tackle for a loss.
After the Bear offensive push to no
avail they saw their senior leader Reece go down with an injury on
their next series. Then soon after senior Robert Vandervort came out
of the game with injury. These events took a little wind from the
sails of the Plainsmen. Rockwood took advantage and scored making
21-0 Rockwood at the half.
Freshman Blake Hunt made a big play to
open the second half for Tellico with an interception as Rockwood was
looking to score at the Bear 25 yard line. The Bears pushed hard to
gain momentum and looked to put it in the end zone. Garret Reno made
a great block on Collier's run. Then another Bear block by Lucas
Shephard allowed Strickland to gain 8 yards toward first down. But it
wasn't enough and the Tigers got the ball back and capitalized on
it adding points on the board making it 28-0.
Bears safety Austin Taylor had to come
out with an injury after making a hard hit tackle. The Bears had
three key seniors on the sidelines with injuries. But the Bears
weren't finished and made an offensive run as Hollingshead
connected with freshman receiver Ryan Bookout for a 13 yard pass.
Bryce Carter blocked for Collier as he head¬≠ed up field on a 10
yard run moving the ball closer to scoring position.
The offensive line including senior
Center TJ Pike buckled down and allowed Hollingshead time to throw to
Bookout again for a 32 yard pass and Reno for a 15 yard pass. Collier
ran again for a combined 28 yards on two plays after good offensive
blocks by Deon Massengale and Ryan Davis. Hollingshead connects on
another pass to Collier as he skipped past two defenders into the end
The Bears went for a two point
conver¬≠sion as freshman Jacob Wiseman found his way the to the
goal line. The Bears put eight on the scoreboard late in the 4th quarter.
Rockwood took the win 35-8 over the Bears. Next week the Bears travel
again to Meigs County to face another Tiger team.
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