’Dogs go over heads of ’Jackets
Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:01 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Five touchdown passes by Gleason’s Tanner Trevathan, with three in just under a minute near the end of the first half, were too much for visiting Greenfield in the 41-13 win by the Bulldogs.
This week, Greenfield has moved its game with Lake County to 7 p.m. Thursday. Gleason will play at West Carroll on Friday.
It was the opening game of the 2012 season for both teams, and it was apparent with both teams combining for nine fumbles and one interception. The Bulldogs fumbled six times, losing two of them. The Yellowjackets lost all three of their fumbles and were intercepted on the last play of the game.
For Gleason, though, it was the quarterback play by Trevathan and the receiving of Austin Perry that did most of the damage.
Perry caught his first touchdown from six yards out from Trevathan with 1:20 left in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead. The Yellowjackets responded quickly when Jeffery Johnson took the ensuing kickoff at the 20-yard-line, made a cut to his left and raced down the sideline 80 yards for the score.
Greenfield’s first-year head coach Don Pitt tried to keep the momentum going his way by attempting an onside kick, but the Bulldogs recovered it for excellent field position at their own 47.
Kyle Williams gave the Bulldogs a first down on a 14-yard run, and Trevathan hit Perry on a fly pattern from 27 yards out with 38.7 seconds to play.
Gleason elected to not kick it deep to Johnson again, which paid off immediately for the Bulldogs.
Tanner Smithson could not handle the short kick, and Gleason’s Archie Rich recovered the loose ball on Greenfield’s 34-yard-line. It took just two plays for the Bulldogs to score, with a Trevathan-to-Perry connection from 29 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead going into the half.
“We had some big mistakes that hurt us, and they just happened to be all right in a row,” a disappointed Pitt said. “We just have to keep on moving and get better starting Monday. They are not going to hang their heads. It is an improvement because we fought for four quarters. We did not win on the scoreboard, but we got better as a team.”
The ’Jackets were packing the line to keep the Bulldogs’ running game in check in the first half, but Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins made some adjustments to his game plan and turned to his passing game.
“They were crowding the box, and I was still being stubborn by trying to keep running like we could out-man them,” Lampkins said. “But, they were getting after us pretty good. So we just started throwing the ball. The coaches up top said to start throwing it. They are not covering anybody. So that is what we started doing. Once we started doing that, we had some success.”
Trevathan’s big night included going 12-of-19 for 139 yards with his five passing touchdowns.
Perry was all over the field with seven catches for 120 yards and five touchdowns.
“He (Perry) had a huge game,” Lampkins said about his top receiver. “He came over to the sideline wanting the ball, telling me what routes to work, where to run it, how to do it, and how to set it up. He has a lot of experience. I think he even started when he was a freshman. He really, really shined tonight.”
The Yellowjackets, meanwhile, struggled throughout most of the game to get any offensive rhythm going.
The running game was non-existent because of the inexperience on the offensive line. The passing game, with Johnson at quarterback, was finally able to move the ball downfield on a few plays.
Johnson found Zachary Lewis for a 22-yard gain to begin the fourth quarter and later hit an open Miles Cavitt from nine yards out with 11:03 to play. Zach Grebe’s point after attempt was blocked by Perry to make it 34-13 game.
Johnson was 9-of-21 for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cavitt caught five passes for 89 yards and one score. Blake Taylor had one touchdown pass for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 in the air, while also catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
“Our offensive line is a big issue,” Pitt said. “So, we are going to get back on the boards and set up a plan for Lake County and get these linemen moving a little bit more.
Gleason’s defense took advantage of the Yellowjackets’ inexperienced line. Johnson was sacked four times, all in the first half. Michael Hudson had one sack, Avery Orr and Chris Copeland combined on a sack while Copeland also got to Johnson on a solo sack.
The Bulldogs finished with 412 total yards, 235 on coming from the ground game. Greenfield ran the ball 17 times for 31 yards and had a total of 151 yards of offense.
A Greenfield cheerleader was hurt when a Gleason running play was forced out of bounds.
Madison Scarbrough was hit on the play and the force of the collision knocked her under the visitor’s bleachers. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance after she was attended to by EMS personnel. Preliminary reports said she suffered a hip injury.
No word on her condition as of press time. Published in The WCP 8.28.12
’Dogs go over heads of ’Jackets