Dresden’s final trip will be to Cookeville

Dresden’s final trip will be to Cookeville
Dresden’s final trip will be to Cookeville | Dresden’s final trip will be to Cookeville
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
One more road trip.
Dresden’s “road warrior” football team has one final trip to make before the 2011 football season ends.
The Lions wrapped the school’s first ever state championship game berth with an impressive 35-19 win at Adamsville in the semiifnals of the TSSAA Class 2A state playoffsFriday night.
It was the fourth straight playoff road game for Dresden (12-2), and it earned the Lions a trip to Cookevile this weekend.
Dresden will play Friendship Christian School noon Saturday in the 2A title game. The Commanders (11-3), playing on the road for the third straight week, knocked off Oliver Springs 39-6 in the other semifinal game Friday night.
Devan Raymer and Colter Swafford both ran for one touchdown and caught a TD pass, while quarterback Gatlin Hatchel had a near-perfect night throwing as he accounted for over 250 total yards.
The Lions never trailed in the game, scoring first on defense as Hatchel stepped in front of a Dalton Plunk pass and ran 30 yards for the score.
Hathel then threw a 71-yard TD pass to Swafford after the Cardinals had pulled within 7-6 on Zak Neary’s 57-yard run at the end of the first quarter.
Plunk threw to Josh Shoate for a five-yard TD pass to tie the game at 13-all with 4:59 to play in the second period. The Lions then crisply covered 84 yards in just over four minutes, Raymer’s seven-yard run with 43 seconds to play finishing off a 10-play drive.
Raymer capped another well-executed scoring drive in the third quarter, his 25-yard reception from Hatchel with 4:29 to play putting the Lions up 29-13 and for all practical purposes, putting the game away.
That drive covered 71 yards and also needed 10 plays, Dresden escaping a second-and-20 with a 21-yard pass from Hatchel to Swafford.
Swafford’s three-yard run with 7:44 to play in the fourth quarter put the Lions ahead, 35-13
Hatchel was 8-of-9 passing for 173 yards and rushed for 86 yards on nine carries. Raymer finished with two catches for 56 yards and seven carries for 35 yards.
Neary rushed for 103 yards on just 10 carries in less than a half but came out of the game on Adamsville’s second scoring drive due to an injury. Published in The Messenger 11.28.11

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