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Gleason switch ‘off’ vs. SF

Gleason switch ‘off’ vs. SF

Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:11 am

Gleason switch ‘off’ vs. SF | Gleason switch ‘off’ vs. SF
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Press Sports
Gleason’s on-again, off-again fortunes were off-again against South Fulton.
The Bulldogs were guilty of four turnovers and largely uninspired play on both sides of the ball in a disappointing 35-6 loss to SF Friday at Parks-Edwards Field.
Bruising Red Devil fullback Cody Tatum rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns and the visitors turned two fumble recoveries and an interception into points in dropping Gleason to 2-3 at the season’s halfway mark with its second straight loss.
Unlike the week before, though, when the Bulldogs gave great effort, showed superior intensity and largely outplayed state-ranked McKenzie throughout most of the contest before losing on a late interception return, South Fulton overwhelmed the hometeam from the start.
The performance continued an inconsistent trend for a Gleason team that has been very good at times and not-so at others through the first five games of 2011.
“We’re just getting no senior leadership at all,” a disappointed head coach Noah Lampkins said afterward. “I can accept whatever blame comes my way as a coach because I’m my own worst critic. But I’m laying this one at the feet of our seniors.”
“Everybody has a bad game now and then, but the good football teams never have two in a row. We’re not consistent with anything we do. We didn’t take care of the football, we didn’t make good decisions with it when we had it, and I could tell in the pregame it was going to be one of those kinds of games because I’ve seen it before. I can’t explain it.”
A botched punt return after they’d held SF on its first offensive series proved to be a sign of things to come for the ’Dawgs as the mistake set up the first of Tatum’s short scoring runs four minutes into the game.
Easily the two most damaging of the Bulldog turnovers was an interception thrown by Conner Verdell inside the redzone that South Fulton’s J.P. Fowler snagged with less than a minute left in the first half. Gleason was threatening to halve its 14-0 deficit at that time, having advanced into scoring position via a 20-yard run by Zach Mileski and Verdell’s 12-yard scramble on fourth down.
Then to start the second half, after a 38-yard run by promising freshman Ian Legens that immediately got the Bulldogs inside the Red Devil 30, Legens coughed up possession on the next play with SF recovering.
Five snaps later, JaQuay Garmon and Ryan Prince hooked up on a 56-yard touchdown pass-and-run that gave the visitors an essentially insurmountable advantage.
Gleason’s lone touchdown came with 8:24 to play with sophomore quarterback Tanner Trevathan, who relieved Verdell in the second half, threw 14 yards to a leaping Thomas Fowler across the middle for a score. A 17-yard pass to Legens from Trevathan and an 18-yard run by Mileski on a play that also produced a personal foul on South Fulton positioned the Bulldogs for the TD.
SF dominated time of possession in the contest, running 66 plays to the Bulldogs’ 35 and essentially enjoyed a two-to-one advantage in every statistical category.
The Devils had three drives of 12 or more plays that resulted in touchdowns, each eating up more than six minutes.
Tatum, who regulary bulled his way for extra yardage after initial contact, had two second-half scoring plunges of two yards each. Fowler, a perfect complement on the outside to his teammate’s physical inside style, had 73 yards rushing and a 10-yard touchdown scamper in the second period.
Mileski ended up as the ’Dawgs’ top ground gainer with 59 yards on 10 carries. Trevathan hit on 4-of-9 passes for 57 yards.
It gets no easier this week for Gleason as a trip to Paul Ward Stadium, where unbeaten and fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Huntingdon awaits in a District 13A matchup Friday. Published in The WCP 9.27.11

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