Multiple Teams · Stout Bearden defense leads Bulldogs into Rivalry Thursday game

The Bearden defense is the talk of the season through the Bulldogs’ first three games.

The Bulldogs are giving up just 10.3 points a game, giving them the stingiest defense in Region 1-6A.

Bearden (2-1) shut out Jefferson County in last Friday’s matchup.

“We try to create a culture of the scoreboard doesn’t matter,” defensive coordinator Brian Milan said. “The opponent doesn’t matter. We’re just going to hit anybody who shows up in a different color [jersey].”

Despite the defense’s successful start to the season, they are still their own biggest critics.

“We try to focus on our job, and I think for a lot of the time (on Friday), we did that,” Coach Milan said. “We had plays that we didn’t.”

Coach Milan hopes the defense leads the way again at South Doyle (1-2) for a televised Rivalry Thursday matchup. Kickoff is at 7.


Last week, the defense held the Patriots to 60 rushing yards and 2 passing yards. Seniors Nate Adkins and Tyson Bivins helped lead the way.

Adkins tallied five tackles on the night.

“It was a good game for him,” Bivins said. “I’m shocked by the way he gets hits. He just blows people up.”

Added Adkins: “Our key this week was to attack, and that’s all I did.”

Bivins had two tackles and an interception late in the first half that he returned 55 yards for a touchdown.

“We have a killer mentality,” Bivins said. “We have to be the toughest group out on the field.”

They will head to South Doyle on Thursday, and they hope to have the same results. The Cherokees have struggled offensively to start this season, averaging just 19.3 points per game.

“We are going to go watch South Doyle, and we are going to start putting a game plan together for Thursday,” Coach Milan said Friday after the 23-0 win over Jefferson County. “Shutout South Doyle.”