High School Football

McCaden piles up 5 TDs, 224 yards rushing in win

The Big Green was plenty mean Friday night.

Tevin McCaden ran for five touchdowns and 224 yards as Bryan Station upended visiting Tates Creek 35-18.

The green-helmeted Defenders are 3-0 for the first time since 1993.

McCaden carried 24 times, scoring on jaunts of 5, 25, 4, 11 and 63 yards. That brings his three-game totals to 14 touchdowns and 824 yards.

"I feel like I'm on a great pace," said McCaden, a fast and bruising 190-pounder. "I hope I can keep it up the whole season."

Defenders Coach Oliver Lucas left McCaden in until the final minutes. Did that bother counterpart Mike Harmon?

"Well, we did a pretty good job in the second half against him," said the coach of the Commodores. "So, no, it didn't bother me at all."

Tates Creek scored twice in the final 2:40 to "win" the second half scoring, 12-7.

Brandon Shrout scored on a 5-yard run.

Moments after an onside kick recovery at midfield, Dee Christopher hit LaRobert Bett in stride for a 37-yard score.

But Creek put itself in a bad spot with the opening kickoff, an onside attempt that bad-hopped to its 37, 3-yards behind where the ball was teed.

McCaden scored standing up from 5 yards out 53 seconds into the game.

Tates Creek had a quick answer, though, with a 79-yard scoring drive. The touchdown came on Dee Christopher's fourth-and-goal pass of 7 yards to Damon Boggs. However, Haanz Nutter blocked the extra-point kick, leaving Station on top 7-6.

McCaden added a 25-yarder later in the quarter, in which he had 106 yards.

Touchdowns of 4 and 11 yards made it 28-6 at halftime.

The 11-yarder came on the first play after Donte Richards recovered a muffed punt.

McCaden's 63-yarder, the only score of the third quarter, made it 35-6.

"It was a sloppy win for us," said Lucas, whose team had 172 yards in penalties. "I didn't feel like we executed to our maximum or our capability. ... But, hey, I'll take a sloppy win over a great loss any day."

The coach, smiling, said his post-game praise for McCaden would be limited to "one clap for doing his job, two claps for a great play."

Harmon admired McCaden's toughness: "He breaks a lot of tackles, I'll tell you that."

"We always knew that he had that ability," Lucas said. "The offensive line is really the graveyard (for opponents) and doing a great job."

That would include Darrien Miller, Tae Green, Royce Hawkins, Brandon Turnley, Kalib Ball and Andrew Marsh.

"I don't know any coach in the nation that wouldn't take an offensive line and ride them like that," Lucas said. "We know that's the backbone. That's who we are, that's what we are."

Tates Creek 6 0 0 12—18

Bryan Station 14 14 7 0—35

BS—Tevin McCaden 5 run (Jose Marin kick); TC—Damon Boggs 7 pass from Dee Christopher (kick blocked); BS—McCaden 25 run (Marin kick); BS—McCaden 4 run (Marin kick); BS—McCaden 11 run (Marin kick); BS—McCaden 63 run (Marin kick); TC—Brandon Shrout 5 run (pass failed); TC—LaRobert Bett 37 pass from Christopher (pass failed).

TC BS

First downs 16 14

Rushes-yards 31-94 34-279

Passing yards 158 28

Total offense plays-yards 64-252 47-307

Return yards 84 6

Fumbles-lost 5-2 3-1

Penalties-yards 7-71 14-172

Punts-average 7-21.9 2-31.5

Records: Bryan Station 3-0, Tates Creek 1-2.

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