NEW TAZEWELL – Another week, another throttling of an opponent by the Claiborne Bulldogs.
Last Friday’s victim was Unicoi County who was hammered 48-7 as the Bulldogs are off to their best start ever at 4-0. Claiborne has outscored their opponents 163-26 this season and no team has scored more than seven points in any game.
Storm Livesay set the tone early as the broke off an 87-yard touchdown run and Alex Bailey had the point after to put Claiborne up 7-0. It was a foreshadowing of things to come as the senior All-Star scored four times on the night and finished the game with 187 yards on four carries and just for good measure, had 10 tackles, two pass break-ups a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery on defense.
After Eli Stone score on a one-yard quarterback keeper, Livesay found pay dirt once more on a six-yard run and Stone got in on the action once more with a 48-yard rush for the score. The Bulldogs led 27-0 at the half and the rout was on.
The Bulldogs started the third quarter with yet another Livesay touchdown and Stone was good on the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 35-0. Stone connected with Challen Massengill for a 48-yard score to make the score 41-0 at the end of three.
Unicoi County avoided the shutout when Bryson Peterson threw a five-yard score to Evan Huff but the momentum quickly switched back to the Bulldogs as Livesay was off to the races again, this time on a 55-yard scoring run late in the game to make the final tally 48-7.
The one-two punch of Livesay and Stone continues to befuddle opposing defenses as Stone added 144 rushing yards and 74 passing yards to Livesay’s impressive numbers. Massengill finished with 74 yards and Jimmy Del Erin carried the ball 14 times for 89 yards and added eight tackles and two quarterback hurries on the other side of the ball. Isaac Lester had four tackles and an interception return for 34 yards. Claiborne out-gained Unicoi County 417-31 on the ground and had 549 all-purpose yards.
Claiborne faces Hancock County next week.