Gabriel Garcia | The Advocate & Democrat
Tellico Plains running back Dakota Rinehart (17) breaks for a long run against Loudon's defense during the scrimmage Tuesday at Tellico Plains High School.
|Published: 1:14 PM, 08/21/2013
||Last updated: 1:19 PM, 08/21/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS â Against a perennial East Tennessee power
program, Tellico Plains showed it had the competing and physicality parts down.
The finer details
of not making crucial mistakes, on the other hand, still need sorting out.
The Bears fought but
ultimately fell to Class 4A's Loudon, 21-14, in a scrimmage Tuesday at home that mostly played like
a real game â except with 10-minute quarters and kick and punt returns whistled dead on first
contact against the returner.
Tellico's leaders at defensive end, Garrett Reno and Bryce Carter,
were held out of the scrimmage due to injuries, as was another starter.
"I thought we did some
good things," said coach John Mullinax. "We've got two of our best football players who didn't play
and another starter out â and they might have had somebody out â but we competed. Last year at this
time we wouldnât have competed."
Loudon scored on its first drive, featuring a 30-yard run by
quarterback Travis Brewer to set up first and goal and capped with a 3-yard push by running back
But the Bears struck back with an answer later in the quarter, with signal caller
Dwayne Hollingshead converting two third-passes and throwing into a pass interference penalty to
move the ball downfield. Devin Collier finished with a 2-yard plunge to knot the scrimmage at
The Redskins â newcomers to Sequoyah's and Sweetwater's District 5-AA this year â went ahead
14-7 after Jackson's 25-yard scamper to the Tellico 3-yard line and Brewer's finish with a
Tellico was on its way to answering again, but a holding call wiped out a roughly 50-yard
sprint by Dakota Rinehart, and the Bears' drive stalled after.
In the last two minutes of the
first half, Loudon's Tyler Ferguson took a screen pass 80 yards for a 21-7 lead after dodging
several Bear tackle attempts.
"We've got to tackle in space," Mullinax said. "They've got some
Other frustrating moments for Tellico happened in the third quarter include a lost
fumble on a snap and, later on, the Bears punter picking up a long snap that bounced on the field
while he was kneeling down â giving the Redskins the ball with first and goal.
Good thing this
one doesn't count on the record.
"I thought we got better, but we can't do some of the stuff we
did," Mullinax said. "Those things are correctable."
Also a good thing that Tellico's defense
forced a three-and-out against Loudon's second-string offense, with the Redskins' Jacob King missing
the field goal. Loudon never scored again.
The Bears put together their last scoring drive in the
fourth quarter, with Collier bursting for 20 yards on a fourth and 2 and Rinehart following up with
a 40-yard run to set up goal to go. Hollingshead eventually capped the drive with a 1-yard
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