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Hayworth, Foreman lead Tribe in decade of change

Douglas Fritz • Apr 11, 2020 at 10:45 AM

With a 34-3 record, the 2010s got off to a roaring start for Dobyns-Bennett football over the first three seasons.

But the Indians weren’t able to maintain the momentum, totaling 37 victories over the next six years before bouncing back with a 10-win campaign in 2019.

The decade also marked two significant changes with Graham Clark retiring as head coach in 2017 after 25 seasons and the Indians missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter of a century.

Joey Christian took over as coach in 2018 and last year he guided D-B into the TSSAA Class 6A quarterfinals before losing to perennial powerhouse Maryville.

The Big Seven

OL — Ty Hayworth

QB — Sean Seabolt

RB — Chris Sensabaugh

WR — Malik Foreman

DL — Trevor Gilliam

LB — Jacob Roller

DB — Josh Holt


OL — Tyler Norris

OL — Cade Salyers

RB — Ian Hicks

WR — Jacob Patton

CB — Devaun Swafford

KR — Bryce Barrett

ATH — Matt Diminick

WR — Derek Steele

What could have been

Chris Cook, Caleb Cook, Sam Taylor, Ivan Phillips


Hayworth spent his senior season making pancakes in the early 2010s, sending defenders to their backs 54 times. He later played at Wake Forest, helping the Demon Deacons begin their recent resurgence.


Setting himself apart from other D-B quarterbacks, Seabolt became the first player to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season. He pulled off the feat in 2010.


The Indians’ modern-day leading rusher, Sensabaugh finished his career with 4,273 yards on the ground. Sensabaugh was a workhorse throughout a career that ended in 2010.


Receiver was probably Foreman’s best position in high school, but he moved to quarterback his senior year in 2012 and rushed for 1,269 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He went on to contribute for four seasons at Tennessee, starting 17 of 23 games in the secondary during his junior and senior years.


He was described as the most disruptive defensive lineman the Indians have had in several decades. Gilliam was an offensive roadblock in the early part of the decade.


Roller began on the defensive line before moving to linebacker. He started 45 games and recorded over 400 career tackles from 2013-16.


The league’s defensive player of the year as a senior, Holt racked up 96 tackles from his free safety position in 2014.


During his senior season in 2014, Norris had 46 pancake blocks and 22 that led to touchdowns. ...

Salyers put together 24 pancake blocks and 34 that led to TDs during his best season, which came at the end of a three-year career in the late 2010s. ...

Hicks set the Tribe’s single-game rushing record with 290 yards and finished his junior season in 2017 with 1,593 yards on the ground. ...

In his first three seasons, Patton totaled one catch. In his senior year in 2016, he broke the school record with 64 receptions. ...

A lockdown cornerback, Swafford also totaled 1,232 yards of offense in his senior season (2012). ...

Don’t kick it to Barrett. That advice was ignored often enough for him to record seven touchdowns on kick returns over three seasons (2014-16). ...

A three-way standout at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner in the middle part of the decade, Diminick was a big play waiting to happen. ...

Steele led the Indians in receiving in both 2009 and 2010. ...

A two-year starter at quarterback, Chris Cook’s senior season in 2012 was derailed when he suffered a severed vertebra playing against Sevier County. ...

The Indians’ leading receiver in 2013, Caleb Cook suffered a knee injury during the 2014 preseason. ...

Phillips had tons of talent, but the linebacker played only two seasons in the middle part of the decade.

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