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Alcoa beats D-B for 17th straight win

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 22, 2018 at 1:00 AM

ALCOA — Living up to both their nickname and reputation, the Alcoa Tornadoes caused havoc in a hurry for the Dobyns-Bennett football team on Friday night.

The Tornadoes scored a pair of touchdowns late in the first half and added another early in the third quarter to open up a 21-point lead over the Indians. The three-time defending state champion Tornadoes (6-0) went on to record a 42-17 win at Bill Bailey Stadium. It was their 17th straight win, dating back to their 2017 win over D-B.

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D-B (2-3) had played even most of the first half with the game tied 7-7 late in the second quarter. The Indians had 245 rushing yards against the tough Alcoa defense with Ian Hicks having 24 carries for 141 yards and Keyo Taylor with 11 carries for 77 yards.

While the result wasn't what D-B wanted, it was easy for the coaches to see the improvement from early in the season.

"I'm proud of the improvement of these kids," head coach Joey Christian said. "It says a lot about our kids. They played hard, and as coaches that's all you can ask for."

MATCHING THEM EARLY

Alcoa scored on the game's opening possession with a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped off by quarterback Walker Russell's nine-yard run.

D-B responded with a 14-play drive that started at its own 5. With the drive going into the second quarter, Taylor finished it by bursting through on an 11-yard touchdown run.

"That was a good drive," Christian said. "We needed to answer them, and the credit goes to the guys to do that. We were able to hold them and then right before the half it was 14-7, and we were getting the ball first in the second half with a chance to tie it up. It just unraveled there. We had some failures there with special teams, an interception and two easy scores."

COSTLY TURNOVER

Alcoa had just taken a 14-7 lead on a two-yard run by K'Vaughn Tyson late in the second quarter when it quickly turned worse for D-B.

The Tornadoes' C.J. Armstrong picked off a Lendon Redwine pass, and Alcoa got possession at the D-B 15 with just 36 seconds left in the second quarter. The Tornadoes cashed in when Russell found Connor Canfield in the left side of the end zone with just seven seconds remaining for a 21-7 Alcoa lead.

BLOWING IT OPEN

J.R. Jones scored on a 62-yard touchdown run on Alcoa's first offensive play of the second half. Jaden Alderson kicked a 23-yard field goal for D-B to make it 28-10 before the Tornadoes responded with two more touchdowns.

Kareem Rodriguez scored on a two-yard run that was set up on a 40-yard pass play from Russell to Tyson. Russell then hit Ty Boyd for a 20-yard touchdown to finish 11 of 14 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones had four carries for 99 yards, and Tyson had six carries for 78 yards for Alcoa.

The Indians' Hicks finished the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 71-yard sprint down the left sideline.

NEXT UP

The Indians will resume defense of their Region 1-6A title next Friday by hosting Bearden. Alcoa, now with two wins over Class 6A teams in Maryville and D-B, returns to Class 3A competition against Northview Academy.

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