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Karns Falls to Tennessee High in Bristol

Karns (2-1) traveled to Bristol to face off against the Tennessee High Vikings (0-1) in the“Stone Castle”. This would be the Vikings first game since August 20th. The Beavers looked to bounce back following a tough loss to Powell the week before. Karns’ season has been plagued with penalties and missed plays, a problem that continued against Tennessee High. Karns finished the game with 13 penalties for over 100 yards and two turnovers. 


Viking’s Levon Montgomery led the way, finishing with 124 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards. The win marked the first for Tennessee High’s interim head coach Matt Chandler. Desean Bishop led the Beavers, touching the ball on almost every play Karns ran. Bishop finished the game with 253 yards on 37 attempts. 

The Beavers received the ball to start the game, however the first play from scrimmaged was an interception throw by Quarterback Cassen Huffaker. A Viking holding call would ultimately kill the drive after the interception, leading to a punt with 9:41 left in the first quarter. A Beavers false start would pin them deep, leading Tennessee High to have great field position after the Karns punt. Tennessee high would capitalize, with Levon Montgomery scoring on a 27 yard run. The Vikings missed the PAT, putting them up 6-0 with 6:56 left in the first. Bishop and the Beavers marched down the field the following possession. After his first touchdown run was called back due to a block-in-the-back, Bishop pushed the pile to score with 1:09 left in the first quarter. At the end of the first, Karns is up 7-6.


Tennessee High worked quickly following the beginning of the second quarter, scoring on a 67 yard run by Micah Montogomery. The Vikings made the PAT, going up 13-7 with 11:44 left in the half. Karns got the passing game working, scoring on a 43 yard pass to Adarion Patton. The Beavers made the PAT, regaining the lead 14-13 with 11:12 left in the half. Karns came up with a stop the following Viking possession, forcing a field goal that was missed. The Beavers couldn’t get anything working on the other side of the ball, punting back to the Vikings. After another defensive stand, Tennessee High’s punt was muffed by Patton. The Vikings recovered at the 18. Tennessee High pushed down to the goaline, scoring on a one yard run by Marquis Phelps. The Vikings maintained their 20-14 lead going into halftime. 


Tennessee High received the ball coming out of halftime and pushed the ball down the field with little resistance, scoring on a one yard run by Steve Johnson. Walker Lockhart blocked the PAT, making the score 26-14 Vikings with 8:58 left in the third quarter. After back and forth stops, the Beavers scored on a 26 yard field goal by Jace Harvey, making it 26-17 with 3:16 left in the third. After a defensive stand, Karns capitalized on good field position following a shanked punt by the Vikings. Bishop scored on a 38 yard touchdown run seconds before the end of the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter, the Beavers were down 26-24.


Back and forth stops were most of the fourth quarter, however late game antics made it a nail biter. Karns had the Vikings pinned on third down and 20 yards to go, but gave up a first down. With 3:27 left in the game, Levon Montogomery rushed for another touchdown, putting Tennessee High up 33-24. Karns answered with a 23 yard touchdown pass from Huffaker to Lockhart. With 48 seconds left, down 33-31, Karns failed to recover the onside kick. A Tennessee High first down sealed the win, with a final score of 33-31. Karns finished with 360 total yards of offense, six more than Tennessee High. 


Karns travels to face Campbell County next on Friday, September 17th, for an important district matchup. Karns falls to 2-2, 0-1 in district play. Tennessee High travels to face David Crockett next on the same day for a district matchup
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