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Aggressive Bulldogs dominate West Carroll in 43-0 win

Aggressive Bulldogs dominate West Carroll in 43-0 win
Aggressive Bulldogs dominate West Carroll in 43-0 win | Gleason Bulldogs, Cody Ezell, Nolan Roberts, Ben Sumner, Alex Verdell, West Carroll War Eagles, Atwood Tennessee

Helping out — Gleason running back Cody Ezell (left) has plenty of room to run thanks to blocks downfield by Bulldog teammates Nolan Roberts (57), Ben Sumner (45) and Alex Verdell (43) during a 43-0 win over West Carroll Friday night at Atwood.
By Stephanie Sturgis
Sports Editor
A dominating effort against the host West Carroll War Eagles in a 43-0 win helped the Gleason Bulldogs put a tough loss the week before behind them.
The Bulldogs smashed their way through the War Eagles after dropping a 31-0 loss to McKenzie the week prior.
“We brought the fight to (West Carroll). We were a little upset with the way we performed last week. It’s not so much the losing, but with the way we lost. Now we’ve got to put two good efforts together in a row,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said.
Gleason controlled both sides of the line, piling up 442 yards of offense while limiting the War Eagles to just 87 yards.
“They did their job. The defensive ends forced everything inside. The linebackers ran through the ball. Matt Mayo has been on a tear. I’m extremely pleased with his play,” Lampkins noted.
The Bulldogs got a strong running effort from sophomore Cody Ezell thanks to several nice blocks downfield.
“Cody did a great job as our deep back,” Lampkins said.
Ezell finished with 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
The Dawgs’ head coach also praised the effort of his quarterback, Zach Wallace.
“Our quarterback did a good job of running our offense,” the Gleason coach said.
Lampkins finished hitting 4-of-7 passes for 97 yards including a 22-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Alex Verdell. Wallace also added 57 rushing yards and one touchdown on four carries. He also ran in one two-pointer and kicked a PAT to account for 15 Gleason points.
The Dawgs’ defense made the first impression in the game, holding WC to a three-and-out series that included a sack of quarterback Trent Gateley for a nine-yard loss by Gleason junior Joseph Crocker.
The offense from Tater Town then took its first turn in the spotlight, beginning at its own 30-yard line. Ezell ripped off a 20-yard run on first down and eluded a tackler in the backfield to pick up four yards on the second snap. His third carry resulted in a 25-yard gain. The fourth play of the drive was the 22-yard scoring hook-up between Wallace and Verdell.Shadow Roney was untouched on a pitch for the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter.
After the third West Carroll punt on the first play of the second quarter, Gleason began another scoring drive. Starting at their own 40, the Bulldogs used five plays to cover 60 yards. A heads-up play by Wallace set up the score. Dropped back in the pocket, the War Eagles got heavy pressure on the GHS QB. Wallace pump faked to get one defender off his feet and then raced around the leaping War Eagle on the way to a 28-yard run.
The ball regularly bounced Gleason’s way thanks to their hustle. Verdell rumbled 13 yards before a hit jarred the ball loose at the WC 6. Ezell hustled to dive on the football before it could be recovered by West Carroll. After a War Eagle offsides call moved the football half the distance to the goal, Ezell scooped up a fumbled center-quarterback exchange and surged into the end zone for his second TD of the night. Wallace ran in the two-pointer for a 16-0 Gleason lead with 8:47 left in the first half.
A sack by GHS senior Edward Torres disrupted the next War Eagle drive and forced a punt.
Gleason then struck through the air as Wallace fired a perfect strike down the sideline for a 42-yard completion to Roney. Ezell finished the march with a 10-yard sweep to paydirt. Roney carried in the two-point try for a 24-0 Dawgs’ halftime lead.
The Dawgs used a lengthy 11-play, 5:26 drive to cover 66 yards on the opening series of the third quarter. Tight end Ben Sumner had a 14-yard catch on the drive and Ezell scored from nine yards out for a 30-0 edge.
West Carroll picked up a pair of first downs on its opening possession of the third quarter, but a sack by Nolan Roberts on fourth down ended the drive.
With Nicky Spain at QB, Gleason struck quickly with a 17-yard run by Wallace to cap a 44-yard, five-play drive. Wallace then booted the PAT for a 37-0 edge.
The GHS second string kept the momentum on the final TD drive. Hard runs by James Owen, Dalton Teeter and Crocker preceded a Teeter two-yard score.

Gleason-West Carroll, Stats
Gleason 8 16 6 13—43
West Carroll 0 0 0 0—0

First Quarter
GHS — Alex Verdell 22-yard pass from Zach Wallace (Shadow Roney run), 8:11.
Second Quarter
GHS — Verdell 4-yard run (Wallace run), 8:47.
GHS — Cody Ezell 10-yard run (Roney run), 1:27.
Third Quarter
GHS — Ezell 9-yard run (run failed), 6:34.
Fourth Quarter
GHS — Wallace 17-yard run (Wallace kick), 11:17.
GHS — Dalton Teeter 2-yard run (run failed), 3:45.
First Downs 21 4
Rushes-yards 40-345 28-46
Passing yards 97 41
Comp-Att-Int 4-7-0 5-10-1
Punts 0-0 4-29.3
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 3-10
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Gleason, Cody Ezell 19-166, Zach Wallace 4-57, Shadow Roney 3-33, Alex Verdell 5-28, James Owen 4-19, Dalton Teeter 3-18, Joseph Crocker 1-14, Nicky Spain 1-10; West Carroll, Josh Meals 3-24, Cody Nelson 11-21, Tyler Shaw 2-9, Colby Cooper 4-8, Avery Fuller 1-(-4), Andras Korcsog 2-(-4), Trent Gateley 5-(-8).
Passing — Gleason, Wallace 4-7-0 — 97; West Carroll, Gateley 5-10-1 — 41.
Receiving — Gleason, Roney 1-42, Verdell 2-42, Ben Sumner 1-14; West Carroll, Fuller 2-18, Meals 2-13, Brandt Cowan 1-10.
Records — Gleason 4-3 (1-3 Region 7-A), West Carroll 1-6 (1-3 Region 7-A).
Next Game — Gleason will entertain Bruceton, while West Carroll will host McKenzie in Week 8 action. Both games will kick off at 7:30 on Friday night.

Weakley County Press Oct. 16, 2007

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