©2013 NPT PHOTO BY CHRIS TAYLOR
CCHS senior linebacker Dylan Dockery (No. 10) makes a tackle on a Sevier County ball carrier in Friday night’s game. Sevier County won the District 2-AAA contest by a 42-0 final.
|Published: 12:23 AM, 10/19/2013
||Last updated: 12:24 AM, 10/19/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
SEVIERVILLE—After suffering a 42-point loss, there would’ve been plenty of opportunities to lament what went wrong for Cocke County High School.
Instead, Fighting Cocks coach Caleb Slover was as proud as he’s been of his team all season on Friday night.
“We got beat 42-0 by the number nine team in the state, when people thought we’d lose by 70, 80 or as bad as we wanted,” Slover said. “They played their varsity the whole game, they’ve not done that in a long time.”
Sevier County (7-1, 5-0, AP No. 9, Class 6A) scored touchdowns on each of its first five possessions of the night and racked up 229 first half yards, despite holding the ball for only 4:26 of the opening half. Bears quarterback Luke Manning completed 12-of-19 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
Cocke County (1-7, 0-5) put together two extended drives into the red zone in each half, totaling 122 yards, but was unable to put the ball into the end zone.
“Our guys kept fighting and plugging away and our defense started getting stops,” Slover said. “They broke a couple of plays on us early, but we made them do exactly what we wanted to do.
“We wanted them to make perfect throws and great plays on the outside and unfortunately they made those,” Slover said. “Our guys on defense were right there, we were in position, we didn’t get beat too bad.”
For the full story, see the October 19-20 Weekend Edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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