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Chuckey-Doak Rushing Attack Rolls Past North Greene

Originally published: 2013-08-24 01:58:18
Last modified: 2013-08-24 01:59:53



GREENEVILLE - Coming into the 2013 season, the big question concerning Chuckey-Doak was how the Black Knights would replace All-State running back Bryce Malone.

Senior Tyler Coe and the new-look rushing attack gave an emphatic answer Friday night.

Chuckey-Doak powered its way to 322 yards on the ground - led by Coe with 158 - as the Black Knights rolled to a 49-10 win at cross county foe North Greene in their season opener.

"We ran the ball pretty well tonight," said Ben Murphy, who was making his return as Chuckey-Doak head coach after stepping away prior to the 2012 season.

"In the first half, we had some penalties that brought some big gains back. That could have made it a better rushing night, but we had a couple different guys run the ball well."

While Murphy was very happy to come away with the victory and he liked the effort his squad showed, he knows they still have plenty of room to improve.

"We want to play the perfect game, and this was far from the perfect game," Murphy said. "We had way too many penalties and too many turnovers."

"We can't do that and continue to win football games against good football teams."

Coe led the Black Knights in rushing from his fullback position, totaling 158 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Nick Sandstrom added 85 yards on seven touches and also scored twice for Chuckey-Doak.

Coe missed all of last year with a broken collar bone and was anxious about getting back on the field, but those nerves certainly did not show once he had the ball in his hands.

"It felt great to get back out there," Coe said. "At first I was nervous but as soon I got that first hit in, I was ready to go. I think I did okay tonight but I could have done a lot better. There are some things I need to work on."

After the Huskies kept Chuckey-Doak off the board on their first series, Coe needed just one chance on the Knights next possession to put his team in front.

The Knights recovered a North Greene fumble and on first down from the 27-yard line, Coe took the ball off tackle left and powered his way through the second level of the defense for a 6-0 advantage.

Four minutes later, Sandstrom took a hand-off from quarterback Brent Knight and followed a trap block to the edge where all he saw was open field and a 49-yard touchdown.

Kris Hinkle put Chuckey-Doak up 21-0 before North Greene could provide any response.

A 63-yard return on the ensuing kickoff by Tyler Ricker gave the Huskies great field position and the transition to a wide open offensive set showed some promise for the Huskies attack.

Zane Britton found tight end Will West on an 11-yard slant and two plays later hit Emmet Robinson on a come-back. Robinson turned toward the sideline and maneuvered away from a would-be tackler and walked a tight rope down the home sideline for 11 yards and the Huskies' only touchdown of the contest.

North Greene had one more promising possession in the first half but Chuckey-Doak's Charlie Dibella ended any chance the Huskies had of scoring when he jumped a route and picked off a Britton attempt.

Knight showed off his arm on Chuckey-Doak's first play of the second half when he hit Rodney Greene deep for a 79-yard touchdown. From that point, the Black Knights held a comfortable lead throughout.

Midway through the third quarter North Greene worked the ball deep into Knights territory and were close to adding another touchdown.

The end result, thought, was a 28-yard field goal by Tyler Bailey to make it 28-10.

Rushes of 24 and 16 yards by Coe set up Sandstrom's second touchdown, which went seven yards on a counter to the right.

The Black Knights' defense played strong all evening, continually flushing Britton from the pocket and forcing five North Greene turnovers. Chuckey-Doak held the Huskies to 65 yard of total offense in the game.

"We did a great job on defense," Murphy said. "The effort was phenomenal."

"Coach (Johnny) Yoakum does a great job with the scheme and we try to keep it simple and just let the boys play. We don't want them to have to think we just want them to go, and they did."

Late in the contest, with the Black Knights' reserves running the show, Ryan Flanagan added a play to the highlight reel when he squeaked around the left side and took the ball 39 yards to finish the game's scoring.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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