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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.

The Wolverines were coming off a big win over Model to claim a second place finish in Region 7AA, a first for the Wolverine football team.

Kendrick came 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.

Dade had 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.

The visitors 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.

The Wolverines 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.

After picking 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.

The Wolverines only managed 106 rushing yards on the big Kendrick team and also had 76 yards passing for 182 yards total offense.

Kendrick 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.

Garrett Sharp had five tackles and three assists, while Hayden Johnson had five tackles, five assists and caused a fumble.

Ethan Atchley also had five tackles, three assists and caused a fumble.

Congratulations to the Wolverine players and coaches on a fine season and we look forward to next season as several starters will be returning.


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