Mustangs send rude wake-up to Lions

Mustangs send rude wake-up to Lions

By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Huntingdon turned Dresden’s dream of an unbeaten regular season into a nightmare.
Jacob Warbritton ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Mustangs (1A) to a convincing 38-6 romp over Class 2A’s No. 1 team Friday night at Paul Ward Stadium.
The lopsided loss did not keep Dresden (9-1, 4-1) from being crowned the District 13A champion via their overall record after a three-way tie with West Carroll and Huntingdon — both 8-2 — each also with 4-1 league records.
The Lions will be the top seed in the Class 2A West Quad in the playoffs and will enjoy a bye date this week before hosting either Trinity Christian or Booker T. Washington in Round 2.
The Mustangs dominated Dresden in all phases in Friday’s regular season finale, outgaining the Lions 325-149 overall and winning the first down battle 14-5.
Huntingdon took advantage of a couple of short fields to drive for touchdowns late in the second quarter — one via a shanked punt, the other following a turnover — to turn a 7-0 edge into a commanding three-touchdown halftime lead.
Warbritton capped his four TD night with the longest of his scoring runs — a 26-yarder on the last play of the third period — and now has more than 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season.
Devan Raymer (16-84) had Dresden’s only score on a three-yard run after ripping off a 64-yard gainer early in the fourth quarter.
In other Week 10 games of local interest:
Halls 17, Lake Co. 12
The Tigers stunned LC, sending the Falcons to Huntingdon for a first-round playoff game after their third loss in their last four games.
Halls (5-5) earned a postseason rematch with Gleason, which beat the Tigers 27-6 midway through the regular season, in a battle of the four- and five-seeds.
Halls scored 11 points in the third quarter, then held on at the end to surprise Lake County.
So. Gibson 34, Westview 17
Quincy Walden had touchdown runs of 90 and 74 yards and the Hornets completed a perfect 10-0 regular season in just their second full season of varsity competition while also knocking Westview from the playoffs.
Walden ended with 235 yards rushing on just eight carries for fifth-ranked SG (4A), which took advantage of five Charger turnovers.
Westview (4-6) will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Quan Williams ran for 169 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the season for Martin.
Trenton 42, Greenfield 3
Ty Fields returned both a fumble and interception for touchdowns as Peabody completed a perfect run through District 14A for its first league championship in 20 years.
Tavarian Barnett ran for TDs on two of his three carries (42 and 55 yards), finishing with 138 yards rushing.
A 42-yard field goal by Zack Grebe in the fourth quarter helped Greenfield avoid the shutout.
The Yellowjackets broke a 15-game losing streak midway through the season that dated back to 2010 in head coach Don Pitts’ first campaign on the sideline.
Milan 35, Haywood 28
The No. 8 Bulldogs (3A) stormed back with 28 unanswered points after falling behind upstart Haywood 28-7 in the third quarter.
Milan (8-2) got 282 rushing yards from Arkel Coleman — including scoring sprints covering 49 and 65 yards in the final six minutes — to avoid a major upset and second straight loss heading into the playoffs.
The two teams combined for more than 900 yards of offense.
W. Carroll 21, McKenzie 14
The War Eagles — ranked No. 6 in Class 1A — locked up the runnerup spot in District 13A and will be the top seed in the West quad of the playoffs after finishing 8-2.
Jamal Glenn dashed 64 yards to paydirt on WC’s first play from scrimmage and later had a 13-yard scoring run to give his team a 14-0 lead it would never lose.
McKenzie ended a disappointing season at 2-8 and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Northside 17, Hardin Co. 7
Former South Fulton High School and UT Martin two-sport standout Tab Vowell directed the Indians to their second 10-0 regular season in the past three years with a 14-point fourth-quarter rally.
Jerry Neylon caught touchdown passes covering 30 and 53 yards from Adam Craig to headline Northside’s comeback.
Craig threw for 163 yards and ran for another 116.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.29.12

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