|Fumbles hurt Jr. Lions |
|By Sara Reid |
Special to The Press
Committing four turnovers leading to three touchdowns, the Dresden Middle School Lions dropped their last game of the 2007 season to the Huntingdon Middle School Mustangs, 28-0, Thursday night at Rotary Field.
The visiting Mustangs began the contest on offense and immediately went to work chewing up ground yardage behind backs Chris Ford, Trey Mitchell and K.C. Miller. Down at the Lion 40-yard line, Dresden pushed Miller back three yards, but quarterback Tyler Warbritton swept around the defense for 18 yards and capped off the scoring drive with a 14-yard pass to Miller in the end zone to put the visitors on the scoreboard. Ford ran in the conversion and with 4:48 still to play in the first quarter, Huntingdon grabbed the 8-0 lead.
On offense, the Lions went to Gatlin Hatchel who delivered a first down while picking up 11 yards on the first two plays. D.J. Ellis carried the ball ahead for eight yards, but Eric VanDyke was shoved back a yard on his run. Hatchel earned another two yards on a handoff and broke through for a first down on a successful fourth down conversion, but at the end of the first quarter at the Mustang 46-yard line, the Lions fumbled the ball back to the visitors.
At the start of the second quarter, the Mustangs completed a 50-yard scoring drive punctuated by a Miller 15-yard run into the end zone with 3:33 left before the half. Warbritton ran in the conversion and Huntingdon doubled its lead 16-0.
Dresden bobbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Mustangs recovered. Huntingdon needed only two plays to punch the ball in for the score on a two-yard run from Mitchell. The conversion failed, but with 2:59 left before the half, the Mustangs led 22-0.
In the third quarter, each team traded fumbles while holding each other scoreless, but in the final frame, the Mustangs found the end zone once again on a one-yard keeper by William Arnhold. The conversion failed, but the Mustangs took the 28-0 lead and held it for the remainder of the contest.
Weakley County Press Oct. 9, 2007