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By Clayton Carroll

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – It was Senior Night on John Reynolds field Friday night. The Karns Beavers, 1-6 on the year coming off a 55-10 loss to Powell, came to battle your 2-5 Campbell County Cougars, for a game with major playoff implications.

Karns started off strong. On its first possession, Karns drove down the field and capped off the drive with a 14 yard touchdown pass-and-catch. This must have awakened the Cougars as Campbell County rattled off 35 unanswered points. The scoring started with Landon Hensley finding Gabe St. John 21 yards down field for a touchdown. Hensley also scored a touchdown on the ground, a 15 yarder. Other than that, it was the Gavin Owens Show. Owens had 28 carries for 235 yards and five touchdowns. Owens was a touchdown short of the school record of six single touchdowns he sat earlier this season. Throughout the season Coach Price has said that the Cougars will take what the defense gives them. Friday night, Karns gave Campbell the run game, and the Cougars certainly took advantage of it. It was safe to say that the Cougars broke the Beavers’ dam.

After the 35 unanswered points, Campbell kept its foot on the gas pedal, and led by a score of 49-14 when the final horn sounded. Campbell gave up the fewest points they had given up all year, scored the most points they had all year, got their first win on Reynolds Field since Week 2 against Fulton, and their first win since defeating The King’s Academy in Week 3. 

As a team, Campbell County ran for a whopping 298 yards on the ground. As mentioned, Owens had 235 yards of those yards. Landen Hensley had 61 yards on the ground, and Keagon Cowan managed a couple of early yards before going out with an injury.

Through the air, Landen Hensley went 5 for 9 for 53 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Gabe St. John caught two of those passes for 30 yards and a TD. Luke Lindsay had one reception for 15 yards, and Gavin Owens had two catches for eight yards. Rylan Sanders went seven for seven on the night on PATs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Campbell County was all over the place thanks to the Big Blue Stone Wall of Cougar defenders. Campbell County also forced an interception, thanks to Luke Lindsay reading a Karns pass perfectly, taking the ball away from the Karns would-be receiver. Luke Carroll and Storm Webb had tackles for loss while Eli Dorton recorded a sack.

It was a great night for the Cougars on Reynolds Field for multiple reasons. For starters, Campbell got a win on Senior Night. This was the last time that the eight seniors on the roster would get to play for the home crowd, and they were able to go out with a bang.

Also, Campbell took one giant step toward the playoffs. If the Cougars lost, they would have been eliminated from playoff contention. Instead, with the 49-14 victory, Campbell has almost clinched their spot in the TSSAA Playoffs. If Karns loses either of its last two games (Lenoir City and Clinton), Campbell will get the final spot for the District 5A Region 3 playoffs. Campbell would likely travel to either McMinn County at Athens or Walker Valley in Cleveland in Round 1.

The Cougars will not play Friday, as Campbell is on its bye week and fall break. The Cougars will next travel to face off against the winless Morristown-East Hurricanes on Firday, October 20th. Les Martin and Brent Allen will bring you all of the coverage beginning at 6:30 pm with a kickoff time of 7 pm over 10 various media outlets that make up the WLAF Doyle’s Tire Sport’s Network. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/09/2023-6AM)