All plans work out for ’Dogs
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:05 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Everything went as planned for Gleason this time.
Using a good mix in its running game and shutting down South Fulton with a solid defense, the Bulldogs methodically wore down the Red Devils for a 26-7 win Friday night at SF’s field.
Gleason had seven different players take the ball out of the backfield at least once in grinding up the South Fulton defense for 339 yards on 55 rushing attempts.
“We were finally able to put some offense together this week,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said. “We’ve looked really bad the last couple of weeks with our assignments and not hitting the hole. Tonight, we got after it and got physical. We’d run power, run power, run power, and then hit a jet and counter, and we ran the quarterback enough to keep them honest. I felt I had good rhythm as a play-caller and trusted the guys to do it, and they went out here and got it done.”
Kyle Williams led with 189 yards on 17 carries, including sprints of 32 and 37 yards for touchdowns along with runs of 48, 14 and 16 yards. In all, the ’Dogs had 10 rushing plays of 10 or more yards as Chris Copeland added 61 yards on 13 carries and Ian Legens pitched in 60 yards on just four tries with a 47-yard TD run his big play of the night.
Lampkins had reason to be happy with all phases of his offense.
In addition to his primary role as a blocker, fullback Will Clark grabbed a pass out of the backfield for 44 yards as quarterback Tanner Trevathan completed 4-of-7 for 82 yards, overcoming an early pick-six that accounted for the Red Devils’ only score.
“Kyle Williams ran the ball with extreme determination, Chris Copeland as well and Ian Legens finally showed what he’s capable of,” Lampkins said. “Our fullback did a good job of not being selfish by blocking, and then we hit him out there on a pass route. Tanner did a good job after the pick. He responded.”
The veteran Bulldog head coach had plenty of good things to say about his offensive line as well.
“Brandon Carrington has really emerged as a leader for us at right tackle,” Lampkins said. “He talked about trusting each other, trusting your teammates. We plugged in Alec Zills at guard, Spencer Stewart at guard and Slade Williams at center, and they’re all sophomores. Those guys, along with Avery Orr at tackle, really came to play. And, I’m really proud of Reece Montgomery at tight end. He did a great job of blocking and sealing off linebackers.”
In all, the Bulldogs ran off 62 plays for 421 yards while limiting SF to just 137 yards on 43 plays — a difference of 284 yards and 19 plays. Gleason had 17 first downs to SF’s seven, converted 6-of-11 first downs while the Redmen were successful on just 1-of-10 tries and forced South Fulton to punt seven times.
J.P. Fowler was limited to 47 yards on nine carries, while quarterback JaQuay Garmon hit on just 5-of-21 passes for 62 yards and threw an interception in the game’s final minute.
Gleason got an early start but had little to show for its efforts, playing solid defense through the first half but still trailing 7-6 at the break.
The Red Devils had to punt on each of their first four possessions, while Gleason took its first series 57 yards on seven plays for the game’s first score. Williams struck with a 32-yard TD run at 7:32, but the point-after kick failed.
SF’s fourth punt pinned Gleason back to its own 20, and then the Devil defense came up with the first big play of the night as Zack Vaughn picked off a Trevathan pass and rumbled 20 yards for the score. Fowler’s kick gave the Devils a 7-6 lead that held to intermission.
That lead did not hold up through three minutes of the second half, however, as Williams took off for 37 yards as the ’Dogs took the lead for good at 13-7.
Gleason’s defense came up with its own big stop on the ensuing possession, forcing SF to give up the ball on downs after the Devils had lined up in a power set with Garmon under center handing off to Fowler on five of the six plays that moved the ball from the Redmen 44 to the Gleason 10.
“That was big, being able to stop their momentum after they got down there,” Lampkins said. “We looked kind of bleak. We had lost Blake Taylor in the first series, and he’s our best defensive player. So, they were coming at Reece at outside linebacker, but we finally got him to step up and do what he was supposed to and held them out.”
Although the Bulldogs then stalled out on the SF 11 after driving 79 yards, Gleason then forced two more three-and-outs and finally put the game away with two fourth-quarter TDs.
The first came quickly, Legens running 47 yards on the first play following a Devil punt, while the second came at the end of a 58-yard drive as Copeland powered in from six yards out. Published in The WCP 9.25.12
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