The Bearden Bulldogs and West Greene Buffaloes met Saturday afternoon at Grace Christian School to help raise needed money for the medical expenses of injured Kingston sophomore football player Seth Haynes. Thanks in large part to the CARE-acter Star program, the game was successful in its mission. Thousands of dollars were raised on Saturday. Hardin Valley and William Blount met in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
As for the football game, the Bulldogs set the tone early, scoring on their opening 65-yard drive. Quarterback Xavier Johnson's 64-yard TD run was the key play. Bearden would make it 14-0 later in the first period as Xavier Johnson teamed up with senior Emad Aqqad on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the south end zone.
The Buffaloes answered with a tally of their own in the opening quarter on Austin Greenlee's 20-yard strike to Trebor Wilson. The Dogs led 14-7 after one period.
Bearden increased their advantage to 21-7 by halftime, thanks to a 10-yard touchdown reception by Matthew Marlow (from Xavier Johnson). John Matthew Lee's third consecutive PAT gave the Bulldogs their 14-point halftime lead.
Sophomore running back Chase Berry capped his 140-yard performance with a 7-yard TD mid-way through period number three.
West Greene responded moments later with a 2-yard touchdown plunge by senior Colton Madison. The Buffaloes ran a fake PAT to perfection and Jonathan Padgett raced in for the 2-point conversion.
The Dogs carried a 27-15 lead into the final quarter, but weren't through scoring yet.
Senior Tommy Smith made it 33-15 with 8:29 to go on a 6-yard TD run.
Bearden's defense held the Buffaloes scoreless over the final 15 minutes of play to ice the victory. Both teams played well Saturday and met at midfield following the game in a display of sportsmanship and support for Seth Haynes. Referees donated their services on Saturday.
1st downs- Bearden 16 West Greene 14
Rushing- Bearden 35 carries for 318 yards. West Greene 40 carries for 105 yards.
Passing- Bearden 9 of 13, 100 yards. West Greene 8 of 20, 125 yards.
Total Offense- Bearden 418 yards West Greene 230 yards.
Punting- Bearden 1 for 44 yards West Greene 4 for 30 yard average
Penalties- Bearden 8 for 90 yards West Greene 6 for 31 yards.
Bearden Stat Leaders:
Xavier Johnson 6 of 10, 67 yards, 2 TDs Cameron Jones 3 for 3, 33 yards
Chase Berry 17 carries for 140 yards Xavier Johnson 4 carries for 115 yards
Tommy Smith 8 carries for 38 yards Evan White 2 carries for 23 yards
Taylor Blaine 3 catches for 28 yards Matthew Marlow 2 catches for 20 yards
Emad Aqqad 2 catches for 13 yards Jamal Ashley 1 catch for 29 yards
Cameron Miller 1 catch for 10 yards
Interceptions: Hunter Henry 1 (Team Leader at 3 for the season).
Total tackles to be added later.