FCS seeks better end in 2nd trip to title tilt
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:02 pm
The Commanders are hoping for a better outcome this time around.
FCS drubbed Oliver Springs 39-6 in the TSSAA Class 2A football state playoffs on Friday night, winning its third consecutive road game to reach the championship game.
Now 11-3, Friendship Christian will play Dresden (12-2) at noon Saturday in Cookeville.
The Commanders evened their all-time playoff record to 19-19 with the win and will play for a state title for the first time since 2006, a 19-13 loss to Jackson Christian. FCS has been knocked out in the second round each year since ’06.
In punching the school’s second state finals ticket, Friendship Christian was overpowering on the ground and efficient through the air.
The Commanders rolled up 344 yards rushing while quarterback Brennan Swindoll threw the ball just five times but saw three of those go for touchdowns, including two of them to Dalton Patterson.
Friendship’s running game was more than just a one-two punch. It was one-two-three.
Dekolas Reeves led the way with 131 yards and a touchdown, Tallon Mehlhoff had 117 yards and Kyle Wood scored two TDs as part of his 51 rushing yards.
Reeves has rushed for 1,288 yards on the season, his score giving him 20 rushing TDs on the season.
Swindoll, meanwhile, completed all five of his throws for 87 yards.
Swindoll and Mehlhoff split time at the quarterback spot. Mehlhoff has 619 yards rushing, while Swindoll has totaled 504 yards rushing.
Reeves’ TD was a 13-yard run that capped an 84-yard drive, putting the Commanders on the board first.
Swindoll’s first TD pass of the game came later in the period, a 14-yard toss to Drew Hutchison for a 12-0 lead.
Wood had a two-yard TD run, and Patterson’s first scoring catch, covering nine yards, came in the second period.
While Friendship was piling up yards and points, the Bobcats were racking up turnovers, committing two in the first half that helped the Commanders to a 25-0 halftime lead.
Bobcat four-year starting quarterback Garrett Miller had a solid night in his final prep game, completing 11-of-18 passes for 131 yards and his team’s only score. Jordan Romero rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries.
Oliver Springs finished with 220 yards of total offense.
Published in The WCP 11.29.11