Many aid Dresden’s latest win
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Dresden can spread the wealth, too.
With five backs getting at least six carries and its offense totaling 283 yards on 58 rushing attempts, Dresden methodically pounded Stewart County into submission 35-7 Friday night in Dover.
The game was called with 43 seconds to play when a Rebel player suffered an injury that required an ambulance to be brought in for his transfer to a nearby hospital. With lightning overhead and a storm rolling in, officials from both schools decided to end the game.
Dresden is now 4-0, while Stewart County has dropped three straight after a season-opening win.
Devan Raymer, who almost single-handedly beat McKenzie last week, had plenty of help this time around.
While Raymer carried 19 times for 85 yards, Torres Washington added 84 yards on 16 carries.
Jastin James ran six times for 42 yards as the Lions’ modified “Wildcat” double-wing set used the inside reverse several times.
Joey Smith, meanwhile, bulled his way to 51 yards late in the game, nearly half of that (25 yards) coming on one play when he carried several SC defenders on his back much of the way.
Quarterback Davis Moran, who suffered an injury against Westview in the season-opener, was back in uniform but played only sparingly.
“That was our plan coming in, and it will be for awhile,” Dresden head coach Keith Hodge said of the multiple ball-carriers. “We’re trying to not work (Devan Raymer) to death. I know he’s our go-to guy, but you have to be careful in giving a kid so many carries. You’re just risking things. When it comes down to it, though, he’s going to get the ball in his hands.”
The Lion offense piled up 60 total plays while the Rebels lost two lost fumbles in the first half, resulting in the lopsided play chart. The Rebels finished with just 65 total yards on 28 snaps.
“Defensively, we played physically, and that’s what we preached all week,” Hodge said. “To stop the veer, you have to be physical, play your responsibilities and go hit people.”
It certainly didn’t look like the Lions would be stopping much of anything in the beginning.
The Rebels took the game’s opening kickoff and needed just three plays to slice up Dresden’s defense for 65 yards, Micah Gould covering the final 41 and scoring just 65 seconds into the game. Gould’s point-after kick gave SC a 7-0 lead — and the Rebels their final point of the night.
After that scoring drive, however, Stewart County was held to a minus-2 total yards on 17 plays with two turnovers for the remainder of the first half.
“That first drive, I don’t think we were ready, and after that we just did what we were supposed to do,” Hodge said. “We just played harder after that first drive. I guess we thought we were just come out here and walk over them, but it got better as we went along.”
Dresden, on the other hand, fired right back on the ensuing drive that churned up 67 yards on 11 rushing plays.
The Lions churned up the field for its first score and then jumped on a Rebel turnover to score again and take the lead for good.
While Dresden came up empty on another long drive early in the second period, it capitalized on another turnover for a 21-7 halftime lead.
Two more long drives, one each in the third and fourth quarters, finished up Dresden’s scoring.
Despite that, Hodge was not pleased with his team’s play offensively.
“I feel like this was the worst football game we’ve played in years, besides the Halls game back in 2009,” the Lion head coach said. “We looked really bad in all aspects of the game. We weren’t getting set, we were holding. We had a bad week of practice offensively, and it showed.
“They were doing some different things up front. They had a good game plan for us, but it still goes back to executing and blocking people, and I don’t feel we did that. We just weren’t as physical on offense as I wanted us to be.”
Dresden went 67 yards on 11 plays for its first score, runs of 12 yards by Washington and 13 by Raymer to set up Raymer for the first of his three TDs, an eight-yard carry at 5:55 of the first quarter.
Joey Caldwell ran in from a yard out at 4:08, turning a Rebel fumble into the game’s only lead change.
Held on 4th-and-4 from the SC 19 after driving 58 yards on 11 plays, Dresden scored after another fumble with Raymer scoring from two yards out at 1:35 of the second.
The Lions then drove 63 yard on 14 plays in the third quarter and 67 yard on 10 plays in the fourth for two more scores.
Washington went 18 yards on an inside reverse for the big play in the third-quarter TD march, which ended with another two-yard run by Raymer. Then, Joey Smith carried several SC players with him on a 25-yard run to start the fourth-quarter TD drive.
“It was good to get some of the younger kids in the game and drive the ball down the field the way we did,” Hodge said. “That was a good job by them.”
Raymer had a TD pass wiped off as his 55-yard aerial to Logan Thomas was erased by a holding penalty. Published in The WCP 9.11.12