After six long years without a win over rival Farragut, Bearden defeated the Admirals on Thursday night, 17-13.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to their final two regular season games of the year at Hardin Valley on Friday and at home against Morristown West on Oct. 26. If they win those final two games, the Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1 Region 1-6A) will win their first region title since 2007.
While the Bulldogs now control their own destiny in the chase for a region title, so does Hardin Valley (5-3, 3-1). The Hawks can jump into first place with a win on Friday.
“We have a lot of momentum going into the next two games,” senior tight end Addison Ironside said. “We need to keep playing with confidence and that edge we have had the whole season.”
Ironside caught the game-winning touchdown pass against Farragut from his brother, quarterback Collin Ironside, midway through the fourth quarter.
Farragut drove all the way down to Bearden’s 11-yard line on the ensuing drive, but two 15-yard penalties against the Admirals after one play turned a 3rd-and-1 into a 3rd-and-31. The Bulldog defense forced the stop, and Caleb Wilkins picked up one first down, allowing Bearden to run out the clock.
“It is such a great feeling, and the win came at the perfect time,” Addison Ironside said. “[Senior Matt Carr] and I have been talking about the senior year Farragut game since we were in third grade.
“It’s nice to finally win one.”
A long first drive from Bearden was capped by a Connor Cross field goal, but Farragut answered back quickly, getting three points of their own on the next drive.
Wilkins scored the first touchdown of the game to give the game its halftime score of 10-3. The senior running back finished with 158 yards rushing in the game.
The Admirals did not let up in the second half, coming out of the locker room with a strong kickoff return. Farragut scored on that drive to tie the game back up. The Admirals then took their first lead 13-10 on a field goal before the Ironside brothers connected for their deciding score.