ATWOOD, Tenn. – A touchdown is good for six points on the board, but the difference in a made or missed conversion can ultimately become the difference in a win or a loss. The Gleason Bulldogs traveled to Atwood to take on West Carroll’s War Eagles to open their District 13-A schedule and by the margin of a missed two-point conversion, dropped the contest 24-22 this past Friday night.
Turn it up — Gleason’s Dalton Teeter turns the corner and heads upfield during the Bulldogs’ heartbreaking 24-22 loss to the host West Carroll War Eagles on Friday night.
West Carroll scored in the first quarter and made its conversion to go up 8-0. Gleason’s Nicky Spain ran in two Bulldog touchdowns in the second and with two conversions, the visitors took a 16-8 lead at the break. Both teams scored in the third, but Gleason missed its conversion and took a 22-16 lead into the final frame. The War Eagles held the Bulldogs scoreless in the fourth, punched the ball in the end zone on a one-yard run and made the conversion to take the 24-22 win and improve to 2-0 on the season after going winless last season. The win also improved WC to 1-0 in District 13-A. The loss drops Gleason to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in District 13-A.
West Carroll had possession to start the contest and found immediate success in its running game. Travis Myles picked up 10 yards on first down. Fullback Colby Cooper gained just a yard after the Dawg line closed up the middle. Quarterback Cody Nelson picked up six on a keeper, but James Owen pulled Cooper down at the line for no gain. On fourth-and-three, Bracey Myles surged past the left side and was finally brought down at the Gleason 24 by Anthony Eaton. On third down, Bracey Myles was tripped for a two-yard loss on a good read of the reverse by Dalton Teeter. On fourth-and-long, Nelson was popped by Matt Mayo and fumbled the ball over to the Bulldog linebacker.
On its own 32, Gleason went to J.T. Waszkowski for a one-yard gain. Quarterback Conner Verdell fumbled, but recovered for no gain, but on third down, the QB was sacked by Carson Suite for a loss of nine. After the Dawgs punted, the home team took over on its own 45.
Travis Myles picked up eight yards on first down and from the Gleason 47, Bracey Myles raced past everyone to the end zone. Nelson ran in the conversion and with 4:25 left in the first, the War Eagles took an 8-0 lead.
After starting at its own 29, two short gains and a flag for a block in the back had Gleason facing a long 22 on third down. Spain found a hole on the right side and ran 18 yards and Waszkowski picked up the first down on a five-yard carry. Verdell connected with Ben Sumner for a big 30-yard gain, and from the War Eagle 29, Waszkowski gained seven. The first quarter ended with a Hunter Morse nine-yard carry.
From the War Eagle 11, Morse ran up the middle for three. Teeter was stopped by Derek Box for no gain. Morse netted two yards on third-and-long, and on fourth down from the 6, Spain dove into the end zone. Verdell found Spain for the conversion for an 8-8 tie with 9:50 left in the first half.
The GHS defense held West Carroll to a fourth-down try and Sumner pulled down Nelson’s pass at the West Carroll 49.
The Dawgs twice converted first downs on runs by Verdell. The drive was capped, when from the War Eagle 8, Spain ran around the left side and into the end zone. Cody Ezell ran in the conversion and with 41.4 seconds remaining in the first half, the Dawgs surged ahead 16-8.
To start the third, Waszkowski fumbled at midfield and Box recovered. The home team was forced to punt, but on second down, Verdell’s pass was intercepted by Andrew Wainscott.
Starting on the Gleason 32, the War Eagles soon found the end zone on a 29-yard pass from Nelson to Bracey Myles. Cooper ran in the conversion and the score was tied again, 16-16, with 7:07 left in the third.
An unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on West Carroll after the kickoff put Gleason at the WC 47. On second down, Spain made a diving catch for 34 yards. Gleason went to Sam Cosby who picked up three yards on two carries. Spain gained 15 around the right side and Cosby ran for six and two on his next two carries and broke free for 12 and a touchdown on third-and-short. His conversion run was stopped short, but the Dawgs held a 22-16 lead with 2:05 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth, West Carroll pushed its way down to the GHS 5, but on first-and-goal, Suite coughed up the ball in the end zone and Gleason’s Nick Poore recovered for the touchback.
The visitors were forced to punt and West Carroll took over on its own 30. Nelson lost two on a fumble and recovery, but Cooper picked up nine on a run up the middle. Travis Myles added a first down on an eight-yard carry and Bracey Myles followed with an eight-yard run. Cooper picked up the first down and as the clock ticked inside of two minutes, West Carroll was just inside the red zone. Picking up short yardage on runs, it soon faced fourth down, but Nelson gained the first down on a six-yard keeper. From the Gleason 8, Bracey Myles ran for seven and Cooper punched in the final yard for the TD. He ran in the all-important conversion and the host led 24-22 with 1:07 left.
Gleason went to the air on its final series and picked up two first downs, but on third-and-long with time nearing expiration, Verdell’s pass to Sumner netted just 10 yards and West Carroll held on for the win.
Spain finished with 64 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Cosby had 35 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Gleason will next host Halls and West Carroll will visit Greenfield. Gleason kicks off at 7, and West Carroll kicks off at 7:30 Friday night.
Gleason-West Carroll, Stats
Gleason 0 16 6 8—22
West Carroll 8 0 8 8—24
WCHS — Bracey Myles 47-yard run, (Cody Nelson run), 4:2.
GHS — Nicky Spain 6-yard run, (Conner Verdell pass to Spain), 9:50.
GHS – Spain 8-yard run, (Cody Ezell run), 00:41.
WCHS — Bracey Myles 29-yard pass from Nelson, (Colby Cooper run), 7:07.
GHS – Sam Cosby 12-yard run, (conversion failed), 2:05.
WCHS —Cooper 1-yard run, (Cooper run), 1:07.
First Downs 11 12
Rushes-yards 38-154 41-242
Passing yards 95 39
Comp-Att-Int 5-11-1 2-4-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 6-2
Penalties-yards 6-60 1-10
Rushing — Gleason Nicky Spain 12-64, Sam Cosby 6-35, Hunter Morse 7-33, Dalton Teeter 5-14, J.T. Waszkowski 3-13, Conner Verdell 4-(-4), Cory Frye 1-(-1); West Carroll, Bracey Myles 9-105, Colby Cooper 16-65, Travis Myles 8-59, Cody Nelson 7-7, Andrew Wainscott 1-6.
Passing — Gleason, Verdell 5-11-1 — 95; West Carroll, Nelson 2-4-1 39.
Receiving — Gleason, Spain 2-43, Ben Sumner 2-40, Frye 1-6; West Carroll, B. Myles 1-29, Wainscott 1-10.
Records — Gleason 1-1, (0-1 District 13-A) , West Carroll 2-0 (1-0 District 13-A).
Next Game — Gleason will host Halls with kickoff at 7 on Friday night, while West Carroll will visit Greenfield with kickoff at 7:30 on Friday night.