Ty Warren rushed for an 8-yard touchdown in overtime to give Bearden a 28-21 win against region foe William Blount on Friday.
“We knew we had to run the ball,” Warren said. “We knew we had to tire them out and as the game went on we just kept running and kept pounding the football.
“Good job to the guys up front, too, as they did a heck of a job.”
The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1 Region 1-6A) rode Warren, who totaled for 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns, to end their two-game slide.
“I believe because we were coming off two emotional let-downs, so to speak, that it took some wind out of ourselves tonight, and we didn’t come out sharp or hitting on all cylinders,” Bearden Coach Morgan Shinlever said. “I want to also make sure to give William Blount their credit.
“They are a pretty good ball club, and they caused some problems for us, but I’m really proud of our boys and how they responded.”
The Bulldog defense held strong in overtime as they stopped the Governors (2-3, 1-1) on four straight tries from the 10-yard line to tie the game up, clinching the victory.
Despite William Blount quarterback Austin Myrick racking up 136 yards and two touchdowns, the Bulldog defense held resilient and also had two interceptions, including one returned 45 yards for a touchdown by senior Jordan Ferguson to tie the game 7-7 in the first half.
The game opened up late in the second quarter, though, with Warren rushing for a 4-yard score, and freshman quarterback Collin Ironside delivering a strike to senior wide receiver Ja’Quez Dove for a 52-yard score to go up 21-14 before the half.
Ironside threw four touchdown passes in his first career start last Thursday against rival Farragut, but the Bulldogs came up short, 28-27.
“I knew I just had to forget about last Thursday, since that didn’t end the way we wanted it to,” Ironside said. “I was watching film and everything, doing my best to know [William Blount] the best I could so I could be well prepared for this game, but they did a few things that we weren’t expecting that gave us some trouble offensively.”
William Blount offered a stout challenge that went beyond four quarters, but in the end it was the Bulldogs on top.