Lion coach adds win to list of week’s highs
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:03 pm
By ALLISON JONES
Special to The Press
Last week was quite a week for Dresden head football coach Scott Hewett.
Sunday, he welcomed a granddaughter. Thursday, he watched his son, Matt, put on a football uniform for the first time since 2006 and score a touchdown at UT Martin.
And, then on Friday, his Lions defeated Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central, 33-19.
Two weeks ago when Hewett and the Lions faced off against District 14A opponent McKenzie, turnovers proved to be the difference in a 19-7 loss.
On Friday, however, it was a different story. The Lions defense forced three turnovers in the win over the Tigers, giving Hewitt plenty to smile about.
“It went our way (tonight),” Hewett said. “We turned the ball over five times to McKenzie and tonight (turnovers) may have cost Bruceton the game.”
Lions’ senior quarterback Gatlin Hatchel led the passing and rushing attack. He went 6-of-11 for 68 yards and carried the ball 23 times for 80 yards with four touchdowns.
Devon Raymer led the receivers with two catches for 42-yards. Hatchel also connected with Joey Caldwell, Logan Thomas, Ben Kendall and Colin Kanehl, who added a catch each.
Central senior quarterback Haden Williams led the rushing — as well as the passing attack — for the Tigers.
Williams went 12-of-19 through the air with 159 yards with three interceptions and contributed 21 carries for 45 yards to the rushing attack.
Williams’ top receiver, senior Elijah Phillips, had eight catches for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Hatchel and the Lions’ rushing attack put Dresden on the scoreboard first with a 49-yard drive, capped off by a Hatchel five-yard carry.
However, Central was able to answer on their following possession. Williams had a 54-yard kick-off return, putting the Tigers in Lion territory. Williams would later hook up with Trezden Tharpe for a 10-yard pass to tie the game.
A Tharpe fumble on the Tiger one-yard-line set up another Hatchel touchdown carry to give the Lions back the lead.
A failed onside kick set up the Tiger offense in good field possession and Williams was able to take advantage. He connected with Phillips for a nine-yard touchdown. A failed two-point conversion left the score 14-13 going into halftime.
Hatchel’s third touchdown on a nine-yard carry to add to the Lion lead. Kanehl would miss the point-after attempt, leaving the lead at 20-13.
Williams and Philips put together a 49-yard touchdown drive of their own, capped off by a two-yard run by Williams.l and the running attack struck again, putting together a 48-yard drive with another Hatchel run, this time for three yards expanding the lead to 27-19.
Davis Moran put the final touches on the victory with a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Published in The WCP 9.20.11