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Jr. Lions’ success after touchdowns the difference in win over Gleason

Jr. Lions’ success after touchdowns the difference in win over Gleason
Jr. Lions' success after touchdowns the difference in win over Gleason | Dresden Middle School Lions, Gleason Junior High Bulldogs, Gleason, Dresden, Tennessee, Gatlin Hatchel

Collared — Dresden’s Josh Bone (left) slows down Junior Bulldog Thomas Fowler during the Junior Lions’ win over Gleason Thursday night. Dresden was successful on its two-point conversions to earn a 16-14 win. Photo by Sara Reid
By Sara Reid
Special to The Press
Playing each other neck and neck throughout the entire contest, a missed two-point conversion on the part of the Gleason Junior High Bulldogs proved to be the difference maker in their 16-14 loss to the Dresden Middle School Lions Thursday night at Rotary Field.
At the end of one quarter, neither team had found the end zone, but the Lions were inching closer and closer. On 3rd-and-12, at the beginning of the second quarter, however, Gatlin Hatchel’s halfback pass was intercepted by Gleason’s Blake Taylor deep in Bulldog territory.
At the three-yard line, Austin Sullivan gained 11 yards on two carries. On first down from the 14-yard line, Sam Cosby broke free for the 86-yard touchdown, but the effort was nullified on a holding penalty. Backed up to the 36-yard line, the Bulldogs fumbled and Dresden recovered but turned the ball over on downs.
Taking over at the six-yard line, Cosby picked up three yards before Sullivan ran 91 yards through the defense for the game’s first score. Thomas Fowler’s conversion attempt was stopped short, but the Bulldogs led 6-0 with 33.8 seconds left in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Lions wasted no time in answering as Hatchel picked up 24 yards on first down. Eric VanDyke followed with a four-yard gain and Hatchel capped off the drive with a 15-yard end zone run with 6:45 left in the third quarter. A successful conversion run from Josh Bone put Dresden ahead 8-6.
The Bulldogs were forced to punt on their next offensive series and Dresden went back to Hatchel on offense. He picked up 28 yards on first down, and on four straight carries, he gained another 22 yards. VanDyke ran 12 yards to paydirt, but the touchdown was called back on a holding penalty to end the third quarter.
The Lions turned the ball over on downs to begin the final quarter, but Gleason fumbled the snap on second down.
Behind two straight gains of 11 yards from Hatchel, VanDyke ran in the two-yard score with 4:22 left in the game. A Hatchel conversion put the Lions ahead 16-6.
The Bulldogs quickly went back to work and picked up 20 yards on a pass from Taylor to Fowler. Three straight passes fell incomplete, but on 4th-and-long, Taylor hit Sullivan for the first down and Sullivan completed the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Taylor ran in the conversion with 2:45 left in the contest to bring Gleason closer, 16-14, but the Lions ran out the clock on their next possession to take the two-point victory.

Weakley County Press Sept. 25, 2007

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