Bearden came back from an early deficit and rushed for 284 yards in a 34-7 win over South Doyle on Friday to remain unbeaten in 2018.
Senior Caleb Wilkins contributed 158 of those yards, while also scoring two touchdowns. Junior Jackson Biggs also punched in two rushing touchdowns from Bearden’s goal line formation, and quarterback Collin Ironside had the other touchdown.
But it was the defense that set the tone and turned momentum around.
Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, South Doyle was driving and looked poised to double their lead, but Shamarcus Brown and Condredge Holloway made stops in the backfield on consecutive plays to force a punt. The Bulldogs scored 34 unanswered points after that.
Brown seems to be having no problem transitioning from basketball to football, posting 11 tackles from his defensive end position.
Wilkins, who also made big plays from his linebacker position, credits the win to his team’s aggressive defense.
“They have not seen a physical team like us,” Wilkins said.
Bearden (4-0, 1-0 Region 1-6A) will host Science Hill (1-3, 0-1) next Friday and will look to get their first win against the Hilltoppers since 2015. The win over South Doyle was Bearden’s final game outside of league play.
“From now on, it’s region games, so these games count more than what we just played,” Wilkins said. “These games are a must win for the season.”