BY SCOTT R. FISHER
There was no question Chuckey-Doak brought enough firepower to the Black Hole Friday night.
The Black Knights exploded for 55 points and overpowered visiting cross-country rival North Greene 55-25 to win their Homecoming game.
Makaela Bowman was crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen in a ceremony before the game.
(A photo of the crowning of the queen will appear in Monday's edition. -- Eds.)
The win improves Chuckey-Doak to 5-3 on the season. North Greene falls to 4-4. Next up for the Black Knights is a home game against Greeneville. The Huskies host Cloudland.
Chuckey-Doak scored early and late and many times in-between to rack up the 55 points. The team gained all of their 363 yards on the ground.
Senior Bryce Malone scored the first touchdown of the game on the Black Knights' opening play from scrimmage. After holding North Greene to a three-and-out, sophomore Charlie DiBella returned the punt 25 yards to the Huskie 35 yard line. Malone raced 35 yards for the score with 9:49 left in the opening quarter.
Malone finished with 207 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns. He has crossed the 1,000-yd. rushing plateau for the year.
North Greene tied the score as the clock ran out on the first quarter. Senior Tanner O'Laughlin connected with senior D.J. Triplett for a 24-yard scoring pass play.
The scoring drive covered 46 yards and took 1:37 off the clock. The play before the touchdown was another big pass play by O'Laughlin. He found senior Mason Early for 20 yards. O'Laughlin finished with 163 yards passing.
Chuckey-Doak scored on its next two possessions to grab a 20-7 lead. Malone capped a six-play, 68-yard drive with a seven yard run.
The next touchdown was once again set up by a big punt return by DiBella. He returned a punt 30 yards to the North Greene 25 yard line.
Five plays later, junior Nic Sandstrom burst through the line and scored on a 13-yard run, The extra point was no good and the Black Knights led 20-7.
The North Greene offense responded with a six play scoring drive that covered 67-yards. The scoring play was a middle screen from O'Laughlin to Early that went for 31-yards. Chuckey-Doak blocked the extra point attempt and the score read 20-13.
The fireworks would continue for both squads. The Black Knights drove the ball 65 yds. in eight plays to add another score to the board. Malone got the drive started with a 33-yard dash. Junior quarterback Brent Knight capped it off with a 6-yard scamper on second down.
The Huskies were not done, though. Triplett out-ran the Chuckey-Doak defense on the very next play from scrimmage for yet another touchdown. Triplett's dash covered 63 yards.
The score at the half was 27-19 in favor of the home team.
The fireworks picked up once the second half started. Malone returned the kickoff 85 yards for his third score of the evening.
Charlie DiBella once again helped set up another touchdown for the Black Knights. DiBella intercepted a pas by O'Laughlin. Chuckey-Doak converted the turnover into points.
The Black Knights drove 37 yards in seven plays. Senior Nic Alexander scored from four yards out with 8:12 left in the third quarter. The lead quickly exploded to 41-19.
In the fourth quarter, Malone once again busted out for a huge touchdown run for Chuckey-Doak. Malone scored on a 58-yard run that pushed the lead to 49-25.
With just over one minute to play, the Huskies were able to score another time. Sophomore Blake Hughes scored on a bruising 10-yard run to cut the lead to 49-25.
The Black Knights were not done, though. On their final play from scrimmage, junior Cody Malone capped off the scoring with a thrilling dash to the endzone. He burst through the line and out raced the Huskie defense.
Chuckey-Doak scored touchdowns on its first and last play on Friday night in a big Homecoming victory sending its fans home happy.