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Tribe rumbles past Wildcats

KINGSPORT — Dominating both sides of the football, the Tribe rolled Friday night.
Junior quarterback Zane Whitson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Dobyns-Bennett scored on six of its first seven possessions in a 41-6 romp over Oak Ridge at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.


Chiefs edge Rebels in seesaw battle

KINGSPORT — In a football game that featured eight lead changes, Cherokee landed the final scoring punch to earn an entertaining 32-30 win over Sullivan South on Friday in Death Valley.
Senior quarterback Collin Trent dashed 13 yards for a touchdown with 2:14 left to play to seal the deal for the Chiefs (2-0).
“It was crazy out there tonight,” said Trent, who finished with 160 yards on 18 carries and scored four TDs. “It was very emotional.
“I love this team and the bond we have. When I scored that last touchdown, I began to cry.


Pirates edge Cards in Appy League playoff opener

BRISTOL, Va. — The Bristol Pirates outlasted the Johnson City Cardinals and opened the postseason with a come-from-behind win.
Eli Wilson’s RBI single in the eighth inning gave Bristol its first lead of the night and the Pirates went on to a 5-4 victory in the first game of the Appalachian League semifinals Friday night at DeVault Stadium.
The Pirates can close out the best-of-three series in Game 2, set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
Johnson City led Friday night’s game three different times and each time Bristol rallied to tie it.


Greene Devils break away from 'Blazers after halftime

GRAY — Two-time defending 4A state football champion Greeneville had its 30-game winning streak broken last week by Knox Powell, but there is no reason to feel sorry for the Greene Devils at this early stage of the 2019 season.
Despite heavy graduation losses from last year’s team, Greeneville is still Greeneville to a large degree, as the Devils demonstrated Friday night with a convincing 31-14 nonconference win over Daniel Boone.
“Oh yes, we’re not going to have many offensive lines like that the rest of the year,” Boone veteran coach Jeremy Jenkins said.


Crockett crushes Science Hill

JONESBOROUGH — It hadn’t happened before, but now it can be said: David Crockett completely overwhelmed Science Hill on the football field.
Jumping out to a 27-point, second-quarter lead, the Pioneers fought off a pair of comeback attempts and crushed the Hilltoppers 62-34 on Friday night.
It was believed to be the Pioneers’ first-ever football win over the Hilltoppers.
“What a night for David Crockett High School,” said Pioneers coach Hayden Chandley. “This is just unbelievable.


Blue Devils stun Blue Tornado — and SW Virginia

RICHLANDS — Gate City played Big Blue football Friday night to pick up one of the biggest wins in recent school history.
The Blue Devils, coming off back-to-back 1-9 seasons, matched their win total from each of those years with a stunning 34-29 victory over highly favored Richlands at Ernie Hicks Stadium.
New Blue Devils coach Jeremy Houseright could not help but smile a little when asked about getting the win and looking like the Gate City teams of old in the process.
“We just look at it rep by rep and day by day,” Houseright said. “We try to get better every day.


Sullivan schools make improvements, still have some weak spots

BLOUNTVILLE —  Sullivan County Schools made mostly improvements in the recently released 2019 Tennessee Report Card on education, although two schools need some improvement in subgroup performance, overall numeracy scores are low and proficiency in Algebra I declined.
However, seven schools were named Reward Schools, two for the second time.


Stalking charge filed against ex over calls, texts, messages and signs

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend unwanted texts and Facebook posts after an order of protection was signed, as well as posted signs for her outside her home and workplace, was charged with two counts of stalking last week in a private prosecution warrant.
Calvin Lance Mauk, 44, 330 Williams St., Surgoinsville, was also charged with violation of an order of protection, which had been signed in the Hawkins County Circuit Court clerk’s office on July 31.


Sports Live Friday Night Finals (Aug. 30)

Here are your final scores from high school football action in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Cocke County 34, Northview Academy 8
Grainger 38, Pigeon Forge 19
Happy Valley 14, Chuckey-Doak 6
Friday, Aug.


Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state’s east coast or inflict a glancing blow.
The storm’s winds rose to 130 mph (215 kph) and then, hours later, to a howling 140 mph (225 kph) as Dorian gained strength while crossing warm Atlantic waters.


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