Shotgun — The Dresden Lion offense, here including linemen (from left) Josh Turnbow, Jacob Huestis, Garth Baker, DJ Ellis and (rear) quarterback Dale Hutcherson beginning a play against McKenzie, earned a 26-6 win over Gibson County on Friday night.
The Dresden Lions effectively mixed runs and passes and kept the visiting Gibson County Pioneers’ defense perpetually on its heels in a 26-6 non-district win Friday night at Rotary Field in Dresden.
The Lions, behind the passing of quarterback Dale Hutcherson, amassed 183 passing yards and added 158 rushing yards keyed by 62 on the ground from Eric VanDyke in the victory.
With the win, Dresden improves to 3-1 overall. Gibson County remains winless at 0-3 in 2010.
The Lion defense also played a role in the win, nearly pitching the shutout. The Dresden defense tallied 15 stops for losses or no gain in the win. The Lions held Gibson County to 149 total yards — 54 passing and 95 rushing. The Dresden defenders have allowed only a touchdown in each of their three wins.
A miscue on a Gibson County punt gave Dresden the opening it needed mid way through the first quarter. The Lions took over at the Pioneer 15-yard line, and four plays later the home team took a lead it never gave up. VanDyke did all the work, rushing on all four plays. The scoring run was a pitch from Hutcherson and covered three yards to paydirt. Gatlin Hatchel’s PAT kick missed the mark, leaving Dresden on top, 6-0, with 3:10 to play in the opening quarter.
After Gibson County got a great kick return by Roderick Barnett, the Lion defense held. The Pioneers, starting at the DHS 27, hurt their cause with an illegal motion penalty. The Lions did the rest, hauling down Zach Walton for a four-yard loss on fourth down.
Taking over at their own 26, Dresden soon scored via the pass. After 12 yards on two VanDyke runs and a dozen yards on a Hutcherson carry, the Pioneers were flagged for a 15-yard face mask infraction. Disaster nearly struck as the Lions fumbled the football but recovered for a two-yard gain to the GC 33. Then Hutcherson found Colin Kanehl for a 33-yard touchdown toss. Hutcherson’s two-point pass fell incomplete to leave the DHS lead at 12-0 with nearly 11 minutes remaining in the half.
Late in the second quarter, the Lions were driving again after another short Pioneer punt gave them possession starting at their own 47. Hutcherson found tight end Tyler McPeak for two passes — a nine-yarder and a one-yarder — for a first down, but Gibson County’s John Lee intercepted the next DHS aerial and returned it all the way to the Lion 20-yard line.
The Pioneers couldn’t take advantage, fumbling on their first snap. Dresden’s VanDyke fell on the football to preserve the Lions’ 12-0 lead at halftime.
Dresden added to its cushion to open the third quarter, driving 67 yards on seven plays. Hutcherson again found Kanehl, this time for a 32-yard touchdown strike. Again the two-point try failed, leaving the Lion lead at 18-0 at the 9:34 mark of the third. Kanehl finished with three catches covering 109 yards.
The Pioneers appeared to be marching for their first score, picking up three first downs before the drive stalled and ended in a punt.
Dresden took over at its own 41. A 44-yard completion to Kanehl was the big play in the drive, setting up DHS for first-and-goal at the Pioneer 9. VanDyke sealed the deal with a six-yard scoring run up the middle. Daniel Harris ran in the two-pointer for a 26-0 Dresden advantage with 11:26 to play in the game.
GC spoiled Dresden’s shutout hopes with a 98-yard march. Michael Keel caught a 14-yard pass and ran six times including the one-yard TD dive with 1:47 left. The kick missed settling the final score at 26-6.
Gibson County-Dresden, Stats
Gibson County 0 0 0 6 — 6 Dresden 6 6 6 8 — 26
DHS — Eric VanDyke 3-yard run, (kick failed), 3:10.
DHS — Colin Kanehl 33-yard pass from Dale Hutcherson, (pass failed), 10:58.
DHS — Kanehl 32-yard pass from Hutcherson, (pass failed), 9:34.
DHS — VanDyke 6-yard run, (Daniel Harris run), 11:26.
GCHS — Michael Keel 1-yard run, (kick failed), 1:47.
First Downs 11 18
Rushes-yards 44-95 33-158
Passing yards 54 183
Comp-Att-Int 5-8-0 8-18-1
Punts 4-18.3 2-21
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 6-48 7-60
Rushing — Gibson County, Michael Keel 16-80, John Lee 11-42, Trey Wiese 3-1 Matt Littleton 1-0, Clayton Yarbro 1-(-1), Roderick Barnett 3-(-6), Zach Walton 6-(-6), Zachary Cross 3-(-15); Dresden, Eric VanDyke 14-62, Colin Kanehl 1-36, Daniel Harris 1-31, Dale Hutcherson 11-24, Gatlin Hatchel 1-18, Devin Raymer 2-3, Colter Swafford 1-(-6).
Passing — Gibson County, Cross 5-7-0 — 54, Walton 0-1-0 — 0; Dresden, Hutcherson 8-18-1 — 183.
Receiving — Gibson County, Littleton 4-40, Keel 1-14; Dresden, Kanehl 3-109, Tyler McPeak 3-42, Harris 1-29, VanDyke 1-3.
Records — Dresden 3-1 (0-1 District 13-A), Gibson County 0-3 (0-1 District 13-2A).
Next Game — In a pair of district games, the Dresden Lions will welcome the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers to Rotary Field with kickoff set for 7:30 on Friday night, while Gibson County travels to play Milan with a start time of 7 on Friday evening.