Miles, ‘W’s adding up for Lions

Miles, ‘W’s adding up for Lions
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Maybe Dresden should change its name from the “Lions” to the “Road Warriors.”
Dresden won for the third straight week away from home in the Class 2A state playoffs Friday night, beating Westwood 32-12 in the quarterfinal round in Memphis.
The history-making triumph — the Lions’ 11th this season that marks their first trip ever to the state semifinals — sends Dresden on the road for a fourth time in the postseason this week when it plays at Adamsville with a berth in the 2A BlueCross Bowl at stake.
Friday’s victory was the Lions’ second in as many weeks against an inner-city Memphis entry and came in fashion that has been typical of other Dresden wins in this landmark season.
Quarterback Gatlin Hatchel ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another 122 yards and a score. A hard-hitting defense — led by Eric VanDyke, who had 14 tackles — intercepted three passes and limited the explosive Longhorns to just 203 total yards.
Colter Swafford was on the receiving end of Hatchel’s TD toss in the second period, and both VanDyke and Devan Raymer had fourth-quarter scoring runs that put the game away.
Westwood finishes the season at 7-5.
This week’s matchup between Adamsville (11-1) and Dresden (11-2) pits the No. 5 vs. No. 8 team in the final Associated Press prep rankings.
In other games of local interest from Friday’s state quarterfinals:
Wayne Co. 26, H’don 13
The much-anticipated Class 1A matchup between the top two ranked teams lived up to its billing with No. 2 WC scoring twice in the final 18 seconds after the Mustangs had rallied to tie the game with 10 unanswered fourth-quarter points.
A 67-yard pass to Peyton Mathis from Austin Rice after the Wildcats had successfully converted on a fourth-down gamble one play earlier, accounted for the deciding TD.
Micah Powell snagged an attempted Huntingdon lateral out of the air on the ensuing kickoff and returned it 15 yards for a score to make for the final margin.
Tyler Warbritton’s one-yard scoring run and a 30-yard field goal by Ary Albuquerque in the fourth period had helped Huntingdon tie the game with 5:20 to play.
Wayne County (12-0) did a bang-up job defensively against Warbritton and Company, the Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist limited to just 60 rushing yards on 21 carries.
The Mustangs could muster but 185 yards in all.
Milan 38, Fairview 20
The second-ranked Bulldogs (Class 3A) eliminated Fairview for the second straight season and qualified for the semifinals for the 16th time in their illustrious history behind the play of Arkel Coleman.
Milan (12-1), which has four past state titles to its credit, got three short touchdown runs from Coleman, who also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
The Bulldog defense forced four turnovers in all with Vashaun Graves hauling a pick-six back 45 yards to paydirt late in the first quarter to give his team the lead for good.
Covington 33, Chester 19
Johnson White ran for 222 yards and two TDs and Terence Pierson had 174 yards rushing and three scores as the third-ranked Chargers beat No. 5 CC in a rural West Tennessee 4A quarterfinal.
Pierson tallied all three of his touchdowns in the second half when Covington (11-2) outscored the Eagles 27-6 to make up for a 13-6 halftime deficit.
Chester County’s Cameron Phelps went over the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 82 yards and scored two of his team’s three TDs.
Published in The Messenger 11.21.11

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