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Comebacks highlight NET Madden 20 quarterfinals

Douglas Fritz • Apr 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM

A pair of nice comebacks highlighted quarterfinal action in the Northeast Tennessee Madden 20 high school online football tournament Saturday.

Dobyns-Bennett’s Phillip Armitage erased a two-score halftime deficit by racking up 20 unanswered points in a 20-10 win over Elizabethton’s Trenton Taylor, and Science Hill’s Corbin Gerarde escaped Sullivan South’s Tryzden Cook for a 41-33 win.

Armitage advanced to the semifinals, where he will take on Volunteer’s Riley Littleton. The Falcons freshman capitalized on turnovers to run away from Daniel Boone’s Ashton Church. Armitage and Littleton will face off Monday at 2 or 3:30 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, David Crockett’s Prince Kollie earned a win over Cherokee’s Micah Jones and advanced to take on Gerarde in one of the semifinals Monday.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s action:

ARMITAGE (Ravens) vs. TAYLOR (Chiefs)

Taylor led 10-0 at halftime but couldn’t force Armitage into panic mode.

“I was confident the whole time,” Armitage said. “I just had to get my defense right.”

Armitage stormed back with a touchdown run each from Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson, pushing ahead 13-10 late in the fourth quarter.

Taylor drove into Armitage’s territory, converting a fourth down near midfield. But a pick-6 in the final minute sealed the outcome.

“I was in a Cover 3 Sky Press with a quarterback spy,” Armitage said of the interception return for a touchdown.

GERARDE (Packers) vs. COOK (49ers)

In arguably the wildest game of the quarterfinals, Gerarde trailed by 10 at halftime and was still behind entering the fourth quarter.

“In the first half I was down almost three scores,” he said. “I found the right formation to run my plays, and I came back.”

He scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns for the 41-33 victory.

“In Madden, the crazy stuff can happen,” he said. “I knew I had to score quick and force turnovers.”

Gerarde had 315 yards passing and outgained Cook 379-202 in total offense.

KOLLIE (Ravens) vs. JONES (Ravens)

The teams combined for over 600 yards.

Kollie fell behind early, bounced back for a 14-14 halftime tie and then outscored Jones 14-0 in the third quarter.

“The key was stopping the run and containing Lamar (Jackson),” Kollie said. “Defensively I could have been better at containing Lamar, so I wouldn’t say I played one of my better games.”

CHURCH (Seahawks) vs. LITTLETON (Ravens)

Things got out of hand in the second quarter when a sea of turnovers tilted the momentum in Littleton’s favor.

Littleton led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back in the 63-7 win.

“I would say that’s one of my best online games I’ve ever played,” he said. “I played good defense and great offense. I’ve been practicing a lot the past couple of days, so that helped a lot, too.”

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