Dresden deuce stunner to Vikes

Dresden deuce stunner to Vikes
Dresden deuce stunner to Vikes | Dresden deuce stunner to Vikes
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Gatlin Hatchel’s two-point conversion pass to Tyler McPeak with 7:17 to play lifted eighth-ranked Dresden to a thrilling upset of No. 4 Humboldt 22-21 in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs Friday night.
The fifth-seeded Lions, now 10-2, will now advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1986 after ousting the No. 1 seed in the West quad and ending the Vikings (9-2) eight-game winning streak and 2011 campaign.
Dresden will travel to Westwood (7-4) in Memphis this week for a Round 3 matchup.
Hatchel, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and thrown for over 1,000 after replacing All-Stater Dale Hutcherson off last season’s Lion squad, ran for two first-half touchdowns as Dresden and H’boldt battled to a 14-all tie at the half.
After the Vikings had taken a 21-14 lead late in the third period on the second of Jalen Montague’s two TD passes to Chris McLilly, the Lions marched 74 yards on nine plays, twice converting on fourth down before Eric VanDyke ran one yard to paydirt to close the gap to a single point.
Head coach Scott Hewett opted for the two-point conversion rather than a tying kick, and Hatchel threw what was essentially a jump ball to the 6-4 McPeak, who made a leaping grab in the back of the endzone.
Hatchel was perfect in nine pass attempts for the game, finishing with 123 yards. He also had a game-best 81 rushing yards on 21 carries.
In other Round 2 playoff games of local interest from Friday:
W. Carroll 35, Gleason 14
The War Eagles earned the first quarterfinal berth in program history, stopping Gleason’s late-season surge with a punishing ground game.
Carson Suite ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacob Wynn rushed for three scores and quarterback Jamal Glenn ran for 120 yards as second-seeded West Carroll (7-4) rolled up 319 yards rushing while never even attempting a pass.
WC will host fourth-seed Union City, which upset West quad top seed Lake County in Round 2, in this week’s quarterfinals.
Gleason, which had won three straight games to advance to the second round of the playoffs for just the second time ever, was haunted by three lost fumbles — all inside the WC 30.
The Bulldogs end their year at 6-6.
H’don 45, Perry Co. 20
The top-ranked Mustangs (Class 1A) continued to roll on their merry unbeaten way as Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist Tyler Warbritton ran for two TDs and threw for another and Torey Watson ran for two scores and was on the receiving end of Warbritton’s scoring toss.
Watson ended up with a game high 174 yards on 21 carries.
Milan 35, Westview 14
The second-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) broke open a close game with two interception returns for touchdowns in the final 2:33 to advance to Round 3 in Class 3A and beat Westview for the second time this season.
Arkel Coleman, who earlier rushed for two TDs and 133 yards in the game, took a pick-six back 40 yards with just under three minutes left. Vashawn Graves repeated that act — this one from 35 yards out.
Published in The Messenger 11.14.11

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