BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
GREENEVILLE - With Morristown West in the rearview and another old rival, Jefferson County, looming a week from now, Greeneville head coach Caine Ballard was anxious to see how his team would come out against Chuckey-Doak Friday night.
It's safe to say he was pretty happy with what transpired.
Led by the performance of senior quarterback Zack Finchum, the Devils jumped out to a 49-0 lead in the first half and coasted the rest of the way.
The end result was a 56-7 victory over the Black Knights in the District 2-AA opener for both schools.
"It went the way I wanted it to," Ballard said. "Our leaders came out and led the way and everybody followed. Sometimes that's tough to do week in and week out, especially coming off that big win last week."
"I really like this football team. They have a lot about them. And I told them, they work too hard not to play when it's time to play. I'm extremely proud of them."
Finchum completed 2-of-4 passes on Greeneville's first possession and the drive led to a punt.
From there on out, though, he was spectacular. He completed his next ten throws - four of which went for touchdowns - and finished with 186 yards passing.
Finchum also rushed for 93 yards and two more scores.
He sat the entire second half, as did the majority of Greeneville's starters.
Quan Wilson rushed for 41 first-half yards and Mikhail Anderson added an 11-yard touchdown run.
The Devils were without two of their feature backs in D.J. Haney and Desmond Dabbs due to injury.
"We still want to stay balanced, even with those guys hurt," Ballard said. "I really like what Quan can do, and Jalen Pruitt did get any carries, but you'll see more of him until we can get D.J. back."
Chuckey-Doak had just 76 yards of total offense in the first half, and more than half of those came on a 45-yard run by Tyler Coe.
Coe came into the contest averaging over 200 yards per game this season, but was limited to 67 yards on 14 carries in the first half.
After being stopped on their first possession, the Devils needed just eight offensive plays to score their four first-quarter touchdowns.
A 38-yard run by Wilson set up a Finchum touchdown run from the seven to make it a 7-0 game with 8:30 left in the first.
Greeneville needed four plays to go 40 yards on their next possession, this time capped by a 26-yard strike from Finchum to Dylan Fields.
The Devils' next two scores came on one-play drives. Finchum hit Trevor Wright on a slant from 35-yards out to make it 21-0 at the 5:39 mark. Just over two minutes later, Hays Culbreth took a short screen pass, weaved his way laterally from one sideline to the other, and then sprinted 47 yards to paydirt.
The second quarter was similiar as Greeneville scored on drives of three, one and five plays.
Anderson contributed the first score of the quarter. Finchum and Culbreth hooked up again at the seven-minute mark. Finchum capped the first-half scoring with an option keeper that he turned into a 42 dash to the end zone.
The clock ran continously in the second half, due to the TSSAA 35-point rule.
Chuckey-Doak fumbled away the second-half kickoff and Greeneville capitalized with a six-yard touchdown reception by J.J. Benjamin.
Chuckey-Doak followed with its best drive of the night, going 15 plays down to the GHS 9-yard line.
The series came to an end when the Knights fumbled it away. However, Greeneville fumbled the ball back two plays later.
Hunter Cobble recoverd for Chuckey-Doak, and Trandon Ottinger would score from fou yards out soon after to make the final score.