William Blount Defeats Heritage

It's been a season full of ups and downs for the William Blount Governors. The Govs exacted revenge on the Sevier County Smoky Bears in Week 1 for the nasty 25-14 loss the Bears handed them in Week 1 of 2005.

The Govs would start the season 3-0 and looked pretty unstoppable doing it, rolling up 85 points and only giving up 12 total points on defense.

Then the schedule got beefy and the wheels came loose. Blount endured an embarrassing 34-10 loss to cross county rival Maryville, sandwiched between regional losses to Ooltewah and Farragut. The Govs only averaged 16.6 points thru those three losses. The opposition averaged 26.

They got back on track with a big win over 5A powerhouse Oak Ridge in Week 6, but turned around the very next week and gave up 180 yards to McMinn County's Trace McDermont and lost 46-38 in 3 overtimes.

The Govs would finish up the year with two impressive wins vs. lesser foes, but it took those two wins to get the Govs into the playoffs. Had they lost either, they would have watched the playoffs from the stands.

File this under, "just when you thought it couldn't get any worse." William Blount has drawn #1 ranked and undefeated Kingsport Dobyns Bennett in Round 1 of the 5A playoffs.

The Indians are averaging 35 points per contest, but have struggled the most with teams to their south. DB only scored 26 points vs. Bearden and Sevier County combined. That's a paltry 13 points per contest. Both games were decided by 4 points or less.

The Indians got linemen Trevor Salyer, John Mark Bouchillon and Daniel Preston back from injuries for the Campbell County game, so they're building depth as they build forward momentum. DB should be at 100% strength for this game after resting a few key players vs. Campbell County and Science Hill.

To have any hope for beating the Indians, the Govs will need to shut down senior WR Coty Sensabaugh and dual threat QB Bo Burton. WR Joseph Throp is also a threat for the Indians, if he is 100% coming back from a minor knee injury.

RB Justin Sylvester and FB Lane Taylor will shoulder the rushing responsibilities for the Indians. They have decent depth as well with junior RB Trevor McNew receiving meaningful snaps in clean up duty this season.

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