Lions making strong run toward playoffs
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:02 pm
Coming down the stretch of the 2011 regular season, Dresden is making a strong final kick.
The rest of Weakley County’s teams are trying to catch a second wind.
All four will be in action this week — two against each other and another one tonight — as the high school football season enters its eighth week.
Dresden hosts Gleason and Westview travels to Crockett County on Friday night. Play kicks off tonight when Greenfield hosts Halls at 7 p.m.
Rotary Field will see two Weakley neighbors face off in District 13A action.
The Lions, all but guaranteed not only a spot in the Class 2A playoff bracket but a high seed as well, are rolling along on a five-game win streak.
Dresden’s defense has been solid all season, while the offense keeps improving each week.
The latest example was a 44-13 win over Riverside last week where the offense piled up 336 total yards and the defense limited its opponent to 177 yards all while wrapping up the game with 37 points in the first half.
Gatlin Hatchel had another standout all-around performance with 127 yards rushing on nine carries and 72 yards passing. Colin Kanehl, meanwhile, added 101 yards rushing on just three carries, scoring two touchdowns and kicking four extra points.
The Bulldogs broke a three-game losing skid with last week’s 40-0 win over Fulton City, Ky., but are just 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the district.
Ian Legens, Blake Taylor and Connor Verdell all had good efforts for the ’Dogs last week in the win.
Legens and Taylor both rushed for a pair of TDs, Legens finishing with 107 yards rushing, while Verdell completed three passes for 114 yards.
Westview is currently on the outside of the Class 3A playoff picture with a 3-4 overall mark and a 1-3 District 13AA record but can get right back in the frame against the Cavaliers.
Winning its final three games could be enough to get the Chargers an at-large bid. Winning three in a row starts with the first one, and Westview will face a familiar name in that pursuit.
Kevin Ward, a Westview assistant coach for 11 seasons, took over the Crockett County program from P.A. Pratt this season and has struggled with a 1-6 overall record and 1-3 league mark.
Westview comes in struggling on offense, its 14-0 loss to Dyersburg last week the team’s first shutout loss since 2006. The Chargers have now gone six consecutive quarters without scoring.
Colins Alexander leads Westview in rushing with 460 yards on 127 carries, while he also has a team-best 12 catches for 117 yards. Will Thompson has 125 yards on eight catches, and Scout Edwards has grabbed seven passes for 116 yards.
Ryne Vinson has completed 33-of-69 passes for 351 yards but has just one TD to six interceptions.
Two teams suffering through disappointing seasons will get done a night early tonight in Greenfield when the Yellowjackets play Halls.
Greenfield is still looking for that first win of 2011, having dropped each of its first seven games. Halls, meanwhile, is on a five-game losing streak, and both are winless (0-3) in District 14A.
Scoring plenty of points is likely as the teams have not been able to stop their opponents very often this season.
Greenfield has allowed 40 or more points in six games this season, while the Tigers have given up 195 total points their current losing skid. Published in The Messenger 10.13.11