By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County High School Wolverine football season came to a disappointing end Friday night when they traveled to Shannon to face the Model Blue Devils.
The Wolverines had won three games in a row and were still in contention for a spot in the playoffs with a win but that wasn’t to be.
The Wolverines scored first on a 3–yard run by Damien Pickering and the Jon Tucker extra point put them up 7-0.
The Blue Devils would answer that score with a 1–yard run by Nakyle Watkins just before the end of the first quarter and the C.J. Jackson kick tied the game 7-7.
The score would remain tied through the entire second quarter and the Wolverines were in good shape tied with the Blue Devils at the end of the first half.
The Blue Devils took their first lead of the game with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter when Watkins broke loose on a 28 yard run. The Hall kick put them on top 14-7.
Travis Nunley scored for the Wolverines soon after when he returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown and the Tucker kick tied the game 14-14 with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter.
The Blue Devils would score a pair of touchdowns before the end of the third quarter on a pair of Watkins runs of 14 and 21 yards. The Jackson kick put the Blue Devils on top to stay 28-14.
Early in the fourth quarter the Wolverines would cut the lead to 7 when Luke Riddle passed to a wide–open Zac Freeman for a 54–yard touchdown. The Tucker kick made it a 28-21 game with the Blue Devils on top.
Late in the fourth quarter the Blue Devils scored twice, on a seven–yard run by Watkins and on a 47–yard interception return by James Brown. The Jackson kicked one extra point to make the final score 41-21.
The loss left the Wolverines 3-7 on the season and 3-4 in region play. The Blue Devils secured a playoff spot with the win.
Nunley led Dade in his last game as a Wolverine. The senior ran for 43 yards on nine carries, caught one pass for 17 yards and scored on a 77–yard punt return.
Freshman Pickering had 11 carries for 29 yards and recorded six tackles and one assist on defense.
Austin Mooneyhan led the Wolverine defense with nine tackles and one TFL. Hayden Johnson recorded seven tackles and two assists, while senior Chandler Gaddis had five tackles, one assist and one TFL.
Blake Lynn recorded five tackles and four assists and Austin Forester also had five tackles and three assists.
The Wolverines future looks bright as the young team finished the season winning three of their last four games.