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’Dogs making late playoff run

’Dogs making late playoff run

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:03 pm

’Dogs making late playoff run | ’Dogs making late playoff run
By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Press
With the playoffs on the horizon, the Gleason Bulldogs improved their chances for a postseason berth with a dominating win over the Scotts Hill Lions Friday night.
The Bulldogs (4-5) used their defense to set up a powerful offensive performance from the running game and with some key passes mixed in to beat the Lions 36-7.
The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game for the Bulldogs’ running game.
“We executed the running game tonight, and we wanted to get back on track running the football. I felt like we dominated the line of scrimmage and dominated the Lions’ front seven with our seven,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said.
Gleason ran the ball 48 times for 386 yards to go along with 148 yards in the air against the overmatched Lions (2-7). Freshman tailback Ian Legens ran for 148 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, while Blake Taylor ran the ball 17 times for 100 yards.
“For a freshman like that with a lot of ability, the more you give him the ball the better he gets. He gets into a rhythm and sees the field well. He is a talented kid with a good head on his shoulders so his future is bright,” Lampkins said about Legens and his big game.
The Lions had trouble all night trying to mount some offense against the Bulldog defense, only gaining 101 total yards. The Bulldogs held the Lions to 26 yards on the ground.
It was that stingy defense that gave the offense its opportunities throughout the game. Scotts Hill quarterback Gatlin Ivey was intercepted three times in the game by the defense. The Bulldogs limited the Lions to five first downs and forced them to punt five times in the game.
While the Bulldogs were getting the job done on defense, the offense picked apart the Lions with some big plays. With a scoreless ball game in the second quarter, Legens picked up his running game, scoring his first touchdown of the game on a 23-yard run to the left side of the field.
That score did not hold up very long. After Gleason got the ball back following a punt, Tanner Trevathan was picked off by Blake Boring on a screen pass at the Lions’ 26-yard line. Boring read the play all the way and went into the end zone untouched for a 74-yard return tying the score at 7-7 with 6:25 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs did not panic and responded the way a team making a push for the playoffs should by scoring three plays later after the ensuing kickoff. With the ball at their own 24 yard line, Legens picked up 30 yards on a run around the left side of the line. From the Lions’ 44-yard line, Conner Verdell found a wide-open Thomas Fowler for a 44-yard touchdown pass play to put Gleason up 14-7 at the half.
Gleason came out after the half and did not let up against Scotts Hill. The offense controlled the ball and the defense kept putting pressure on the Lions offense, holding them to just 11 yards in the third quarter. David Spelling scored in the third quarter for the Bulldogs on a seven-yard run with 8:23 to play.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Verdell found Fowler again for a 27-yard pass play and score, giving Gleason a 27-7 lead. Fowler had three catches for 98 yards and two scores. Verdell had 128 yards passing while going 5-for-8.
Legens added to his rushing totals later in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard jaunt down the sideline. Two Lion defenders thought they had Legens forced out-of-bounds, but he managed to keep his balance and his feet inbounds and went in for the score.
With the game clock running down with just over a minute to go, Ivey fumbled the snap from the Lions’ center at the nine-yard line. With several Bulldog and Lion players scrambling for the loose ball, it went into the back of the end zone, giving the Bulldogs the final score of 36-7.
The win sets up a big game at home against Bruceton (4-5) Friday night. Both teams must win to have a chance to get an at-large berth in the Class 1A playoffs.
Bruceton is sitting above Gleason at the 26th spot in 1A. Gleason is at the 29th position. The top 24 teams make it into the playoffs in Class 1A.
“If we win, I think we will be in (the playoffs). We want to finish 5-5 to get on the even side of things. We do not want to be below .500, so it is a big game against Bruceton,” Lampkins said. Published in The WCP 10.25.11

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