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West Carroll next to witness Lions’ dominating style

West Carroll next to witness Lions’ dominating style

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:02 pm

By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Press
In a convincing fashion, Dresden used a dominating performance on both sides of the ball to gain a big District 13A win over West Carroll.
The Lions, ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll, had very little trouble with the War Eagles in Atwood, outscoring West Carroll 20-0 in the first quarter en route to a 39-7 win and improving to 6-1 overall. West Carroll is now 4-3 overall.
Dresden set the tone for the game with its first play from scrimmage when quarterback Gatlin Hatchel went around on the right for a 42-yard gain. After that, it was all Lions in the first quarter.
“Hatchel’s run did set the tone. We watched the film and we kept telling the kids that West Carroll is a pretty good team. But I think the good team did not show up,” head coach Steve Hewett said. “They are better than how they came out and played tonight.”
After Hatchel’s big run, the Lions scored three plays later when he took it into the end zone from eight yards out at the 8:22 mark.
The Lions only ran 10 offensive plays in the first quarter, but they capitalized on excellent field position thanks to the defense holding West Carroll to just 15 yards of offense and one first down. The War Eagles’ biggest gains were a pair of five-yard runs by quarterback Jamal Glenn.
“A lot of our good field position is probably attributed to West Carroll having nothing to lose by going for it on fourth down. I like that. It shows a lot of guts,” Hewett said.
The defense got into the War Eagles backfield five times in the first quarter and caused Bell to fumble on a second-and-seven from the War Eagles’ 32-yard-line. Logan Thomas recovered the loose ball for the Lions, giving them excellent field position once again.
Three plays later, Hatchel found Colin Kanehl in the end zone for an 18-yard scoring play for the Lions’ third touchdown of the quarter with 2:09 left.
Hewett is impressed with the way the defense is improving each game. For the game, the defense held West Carroll to a total of 104 yards of offense.
“The defense is continually playing better. We started off real good and then we slacked off a little bit,” he said. “Coach Chad Hodge has really been on them this week to listen to him and the game plan.
“After the Union City game, they finally figured out if they do everything we tell them, good things will happen. We went out there tonight and took care of business.”
And, taking care of business is exactly what the defense continued to do in the second quarter, holding the War Eagles to nine yards of offense. Glenn completed two passes for 16 yards, but then Eric VanDyke sacked Glenn for a 10-yard loss.
The only scoring in the second quarter came from a Hatchel pass to Tyler McPeak from 21 yards out with 2:43 left in the opening half. Kanehl’s extra point attempt missed to the left, giving the Lions a 26-0 halftime lead.
West Carroll tried to make some adjustments on offense at halftime to try to get back into the game. The War Eagles still found it hard to gain any yardage against the stingy defense of the Lions. The War Eagles were able to gain only 46 yards against the Lions, while the Lions’ offense amassed 111 yards on the ground.
The Lions scored twice in the quarter, one on a Kanehl four-yard run, with the final touchdown for the Lions on Hatchel’s keeper up the middle from 22 yards out.
The lone score for West Carroll came at the 8:15 mark in the fourth quarter on a Jacob Wynn four-yard run. Darwin Martinez kicked the extra point to finish out the scoring for the game.
The Lions controlled the clock for the remainder of the game with a strong dose of running from Dillon Jolley. He had 10 carries for 47 yards in the final eight minutes.
Hatchel led all rushers with 112 yards on just seven carries. Kanehl carried the ball four times for 51 yards, and Devan Raymer touched the ball 13 times for 55 yards. In all the Lions ran the ball 42 times for 316 yards and finished with 352 yards.
Dresden’s next test will be homecoming against Riverside on Friday. River-side is 1-5 after winning its first game of the season last week by beating Scotts Hill 20-13.
“That will probably make Riverside mad, being our homecoming opponent. You don’t ever want to show up and find out that you are somebody’s homecoming opponent because you are disrespecting them right there,” Hewett said. “You have to stay focused, but sometimes that is hard to do when you are winning. You expect to win and sometimes you overlook people.” Published in The WCP 10.4.11

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