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Bearcat Offense Blows Past Blue Devils In 43-0 Win


October 30, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Brevard's Anthony Fields carries the ball in the first half of the Blue Devils' road game Friday night at Hendersonville. The Bearcat offense fired on all cylinders and Brevard couldn't find a way to answer as Hendersonville ran away with a 43-0 win.

If the loss to Smoky Mountain was a punch to the stomach, Friday night at Dietz Field felt like a haymaker to the chin.

After scoring on their first two possessions of the game, the Hendersonville Bearcats left the Brevard Blue Devils in the dust behind a bevy of big plays through the air in the second half on their way to a dominating 43-0 victory.

Bearcat quarterback Alex Williford threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 89 yards and adding one TD on the ground.

The 43 points is most Brevard surrendered over the past three seasons and it was the first time the Blue Devils have been shutout since September 2014.

Brevard took the opening kickoff and moved the ball nearly 60 yards over six-and-a-half minutes.

Mitchell Johnson connected with Aiden Green for a third down conversion before hitting Ethan Shook on a dump pass that moved the ball inside Bearcat territory.

After a pair of short runs from Stevi Benjamin, Johnson converted another third down using his legs to put the ball at the 25.

Hendersonville held on another third down a few plays later setting Brevard up with fourth-and-three from the 18.

Brevard kept the offense on the field, but a handoff to Anthony Fields was stopped short and the Bearcats took over.

Hendersonville's offense wasted no time, as Williford completed an 11-yard pass to Tykel Landrum on the first play.

Later on the drive, Williford connected with Nasir Artis on a deep ball over the middle to get the ball to Brevard's 10-yard line.

That set up Williford to score the game's opening points on a QB scramble from six yards out to put the Bearcats up 7-0 on a drive that went 84 yards in just over 90 seconds.

The Blue Devil offense went three-and-out on the next drive and the Bearcat offense stayed hot when they got the ball back at their 34.

Williford scrambled for a first down into Brevard territory before completing a 14-yard pass to move the ball to the 30.

From there a couple of handoffs put Hendersonville at the nine-yard line and Williford connected with Artis for a touchdown to put the Bearcats up 14-0 with under a minute to go in the first quarter.

The Blue Devil offense faced another quick third down, but Johnson picked up 14 yards on a third down carry to move the chains as the game entered the second quarter.

Brevard converted on another third down moments later, this time off a short pass to Fields that moved the ball to the Bearcats' 38.

The Blue Devils followed that up with a pair of handoffs that moved the ball to the 14-yard line.

Brevard got to the nine yard line before a fumble and short handoff set up fourth-and-four to go.

The Blue Devils stayed aggressive and went for six, but Johnson's pass was overthrown in the end zone and Brevard came away empty-handed.

Meanwhile, Hendersonville continued to do damage through the air as Williford connected with Landrum on a deep ball near midfield on the first play of the drive.

Another big gain a few plays later moved the ball to Brevard's 26.

The Bearcats plugged away until the were right at the goal line and Tyrese Hunt powered it in for the third score of the half.

The PAT was no good leaving Hendersonville up 20-0.

The Bearcats had a chance to tack on three more points as the half ended, but the field goal attempt was no good.

However, points were not a problem for Hendersonville on this night.

The Bearcats marched down the field with ease on the first drive of the second half, scoring on a 29-yard touchdown reception by Kalin Ensley that made it 27-0 less than a minute into the third quarter.

Jeremiah Reed

Ethan Shook takes a short screen pass for a first down gain during Friday's Mountain Six contest.

Four plays later – after Brevard went three-and-out and Hendersonville started from the Blue Devils' 34 following a nice punt return – Ensley struck again from 34 yards out as the floodgates came crashing down.

Brevard went three-and-out twice more in the third quarter as Hendersonville tacked on their final touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run from Hunt.

With the game in the final quarter, the Bearcats added two more to their tally off a safety as Johnson was forced to the throw the ball away from his end zone.

The loss drops Brevard's record to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The Blue Devils are tied for third in the conference along with Pisgah and East Henderson.

Brevard's final regular season game is on the road this Friday at Pisgah (5-5) in what is likely a must-win for the Blue Devils if they hope to secure an at-large bid for the playoffs.


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