Multiple Teams · Bearden’s defense pitches shut out, as Bulldogs win region opener

The weather did not hold off for Bearden’s Friday night matchup against Jefferson County, but that didn’t stop Bearden from getting a win.

Bearden shut out the Patriots 23-0 in their Region 1-6A opener.

Bearden (2-1, 1-0 Region 6A) held Jefferson County (2-1, 0-1 Region 6A) scoreless in this rainy four quarters.

The game was scoreless until the Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second quarter with a touchdown pass to senior Jake Klenck from sophomore quarterback Collin Ironside.

Bearden’s defense added to the lead later in the second quarter when senior Tyson Bivins intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

At the half, Bearden had 82 passing yards, compared to 0 from Jefferson County. Jefferson County had two turnovers in the first half.

The Bulldogs brought down the Patriots in their own end-zone for a safety to start the fourth quarter, and they followed that up on a 30-yard touchdown run from junior DJ Cox. Cox finished the game with 43 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards.

Ironside finished with 150 passing yards on 15 completions, and he avoided having any turnovers despite the wet weather.

“I am going to continue to do my best to make good decisions and not turn the ball over,” Ironside said. “I am also going to continue to work on throwing the ball with confidence and trusting my arm and my decisions.”

The defensive line was the story for the Bulldogs on defense this week. Junior Caleb Wilkins and senior Nate Adkins each had 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Junior Mac Chandler had eight tackles.

Bearden will look to carry this success against South Doyle (1-2) on the road this Thursday. This game will be televised by WVLT as a part of the Rivalry Thursday series.