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By GOOSE LINDSAY
It was all Kingston Friday night as Vic King’s Yellow Jackets captured their fourth consecutive Roane County Championship with a 34-8 homecoming victory over Oliver Springs.
Kingston (4-1) used a powerful ground attack Friday as the Jackets did not attempt a pass on the night. The Jackets ended the game with 47 rushing attempts for 307 yards.
Kingston’s defense was equally as impressive as the Jackets came up with turnovers in each of Oliver Springs’ first three possessions and each of those turnovers led to Jacket touchdowns.
“I thought we played a pretty good game tonight,” Jacket head coach Vic King said. “We came out and took care of business. We blocked and tackled well plus we forced some turnovers. I know (Matt) Courteau did a great job of stripping the ball on two of their fumbles. Those (turnovers) gave us good field position and we took advantage of it.”
Oliver Springs’ first turnover came on their first play from scrimmage as Kingston’s Alex Roberts fell on a loose ball at the Bobcat 24.
Kingston would take advantage of the turnover, but the Bobcats made them work for it as it took the Jackets 10 plays to cover the 24 yards for the touchdown.
Roberts and Brad Riddick carried the ball on nine of Kingston’s 10 plays on the drive with Riddick scoring the touchdown from three yards out.
Andy Spellman added the PAT to give the Jackets a 7-0 lead with 5:41 left to play in the first half.
Oliver Springs did pick up a first down on their next possession, but they would fumble four plays into the drive with Courteau recovering at the Bobcat 44.
Kingston needed only four plays to find the end zone on their second drive as James Sams capped the four-play drive with a 15-yard run to make the score 14-0 with 42.5 seconds left in the opening period.
Oliver Springs fumbled two plays into their next possession then the Jackets pretty much put the game away with a four-play, 30-yard drive that ended with Sams scoring on a six-yard run with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Spellman added the PAT to make the score 21-0.
After a Bobcat three-and-out, the Jackets scored again quickly as Roberts scored from one yard out to cap a three-play, 59-yard drive.
Roberts helped set up the score with a 49-yard run.
Kingston botched the PAT to leave the score 27-0 with 6:48 left in the first half.
Oliver Springs responded with their best drive of the night. Powered by a 20-yard run from C.J. Pointer, the Bobcats drove from their own 28 to the Jacket 17, but they would get no closer as the Bobcats would turn the ball over on downs after a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
The second half opened with Kingston’s No. 1 offense taking the field for the last time and they would go out in style as the Jackets marched 67 yards in 11 plays with Sams scoring his third touchdown of the night, a 15-yard run with 5:19 to play in the third pe-riod.
Riley Collins added the PAT to give the Jackets a 34-0 lead.
The Bobcats ended the evening on a strong note, however, as each of their final two drives of the night made it to the red zone, with the second drive finding the end zone.
Oliver Springs’ scoring drive lasted seven plays and covered 52 yards with Derek Goins scoring the touchdown on a one-yard run. Pointer passed to Matt Poland for the two-point conversion that made the score 34-8 with 2:53 left to play.
Pointer helped set up the score with a 21-yard run on fourth-and-10 and two pass completions covering 20 yards.
Kingston now turns its attention toward the Region 2-AAA portion of their schedule as the Jackets final five games of the season are against region foes starting Friday night with a trip to Stone Memorial.
“Tonight’s win was great because it was homecoming and we had a good crowd,” King said. “It was also good that we got to play a lot of people tonight and we didn’t get banged up. We’ve got some really big games ahead of us and we’ve got to take care of business.”
Oliver Springs (0-5) will have its hands full Friday night as the Bobcats host four-time defending state champion Alcoa (4-1).
Oliver Springs Statistics
Rushing- Hoskins 6-18, Lively 1-(-1), Romero 4-10, Miller 3-9, Pointer 9-69, Goins 8-28 with 1 TD.
Passing- Pointer 4-7 for 38 yards.
Receiving- McBee 1-7, Poland 3-31.
Rushing- Sams 12-92 with 3 TDs, Roberts 10-83 with 1 TD, Riddick 8-46 with 1 TD, Francis 1-9, Barnett 2-(-1), Miller 9-65, Groves 4-4, Smith 1-9.