Greeneville Slows Down Sullivan East To Score Most Points In Game | Greeneville


The Greeneville Greene Devils scored the most points in a single game in school history en route to an 88-0 victory over the Sullivan East Patriots on Friday night at Burley Stadium.

But that is only just beginning to tell the story of the Devils rulership.

  • At one point in the first quarter, Greeneville had a 27-0 lead despite only making three offensive plays and owning the football for just a minute and six seconds.
  • Greeneville led 68-0 at halftime, the second most points the Devils had ever scored in the first half.
  • Ten players participated in Greeneville’s 13 touchdowns.
  • The Devils have six touchdowns, three assists, two on punt returns and two on interception returns.

“Sullivan East kept trying to throw the ball, stopping the clock, and our guys were returning punts and steals for points,” said Greeneville coach Eddie Spradlen. “In games like this, when you score that many points, it’s because you’re making big plays on the defense and the special teams.

“We really stress the special teams a lot and try to get turnovers in defense. To win big road games, you need to be able to force turnovers. This is what we have tonight.

Greeneville also won the Region 1-4A Championship, dropping to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the league.

“This is the number one goal for us. We want to be outright champions, ”said Spradlen. “For a long time, since I arrived here as an assistant coach in 2007, we were the champions of the conference. The last two years he has been taken from us. We wanted to get back to the top and it happened because of the hard work of our kids.

“These kids show up to training every day to work hard and improve. We have a large group of seniors. I couldn’t be more excited for them tonight.

Junior Mason Laws and senior Keelen Lester ended up having the greatest nights.

Laws, a receiver / defensive back, scored on a 41-yard punt return, a 44-yard pass from junior quarterback Brady Quillen and a 46-yard interception return.

“The last time I scored in three different ways was playing football in the backyard,” Laws said. “It was really fun. It was seniors night and our last home game of the regular season with our seniors. We just got out tonight and do what we do every week.

“On the return from the punt, I saw him come out of his foot and it was short. The defenders weren’t even looking, so I went ahead and grabbed him and took him to the cradle. On the pass, I was head to head with the corner and I just beat him with the ball and got vertical really quickly. And on the intercept, I was behind the receiver. The quarterback knocked him down, the ball went straight towards me and I just took off behind a head blocker.

Lester’s night featured 107 yards and two touchdowns in nine carries. His 5-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the game gave Greeneville the one-game scoring record.

“I was not aware of the record. I was just trying to get into the end zone, get a few more points, ”said Lester, who is at the bottom of the depth chart at the running back. “I was a bit gassed, but they kept giving me the ball. I just took the chances I was given.

“I really appreciate the coaches for giving me the opportunity at the senior night. I don’t understand much, so I really appreciate it.

Greeneville totaled 394 yards on just 25 plays. The 88 points eclipse the old-school record set in 2016 in an 84-0 home win over Sullivan Central.

Senior starting running back Mason Gudger finished with 51 yards and two touchdowns in just three carries, sophomore quarterback Corbin Cannon had 32 yards on two carries, junior Anthony Petersen had an 18-yard TD and runner-up Amanuel Dickson had an 8 yard TD rushing.

Quillen completed five of six passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, while Cannon completed two of three attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Adjatay Dabbs had a 50-yard TD, Jackson Tillery had a 31-yard TD, and Jakobi Gillespie returned a 53-yard punt for a touchdown.

The Greeneville defense limited Sullivan East to 71 yards on 57 games.

The Devils will close their regular season next week in Morristown East.

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