By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
High School football team hosted the first round of the AA state playoffs last
Friday night when they hosted Kendrick High School from Columbus.
were coming off a big win over Model to claim a second place finish in Region
7AA, a first for the Wolverine football team.
in as the third team out of Region 5AA. They were big and lined up and ran the
ball with an occasional pass thrown in for good measure.
trouble moving the ball early on the big defensive line and midway through the
first quarter made a costly mistake.
On fourth down
and in punt formation the ball sails over the punters head and Kendrick makes
the stop and has excellent field position at the Wolverine 30 yard line.
from Columbus took advantage of Dade’s mistake and with 5:34 remaining in the
first quarter Tristin Dowdell scored on a 17 yard run. The two–point conversion
try was no good and Kendrick lead 6-0.
only threat of the first half came in the second quarter when they missed a
field goal and the first half ended with Kendrick leading 6-0.
The two teams
battled throughout the second half and the Wolverines had a touchdown called
back on a holding penalty and then turned the ball over on downs.
Late in the
game the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs on a fourth down and gave
Kendrick the ball deep in Wolverine territory and again they took advantage.
up a couple of first downs Reno Lee scored on an eight yard run to put Kendrick
up 12-0 with 3:06 remaining in the game.
Dade was unable
to rally and fell to Kendrick but had a great season, finishing 7-4 and setting
several school records in the process.
Zac Freeman led
the Wolverine offense with 13 carries for 55 yards while Aaron Williams had 12
carries and 32 yards and Blake Lynn finished with eight carries for 29 yards.
only managed 106 rushing yards on the big Kendrick team and also had 76 yards
passing for 182 yards total offense.
managed 196 rushing yards and 34 passing for 230 total yards.
The defense was
led by Damien Pickering who had 13 tackles and three assists, while Tanner
Avery had six tackles and three assists.
had five tackles and three assists, while Hayden Johnson had five tackles, five
assists and caused a fumble.
also had five tackles, three assists and caused a fumble.
to the Wolverine players and coaches on a fine season and we look forward to
next season as several starters will be returning.