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Tide rolls through Memphis

Tide rolls through Memphis
“Roll Tide” isn’t reserved for just the University of Alabama.
Trenton Peabody continued its impressive march in the Class 2A postseason with a resounding 40-12 win over Westwood Friday in the second round of the state playoffs.
The eighth-ranked Tide (9-3), which lost its first two games of the season, has since won nine of 10 and seven straight on the way to the quarterfinals this week, where it will play at No. 5 Dresden (10-1) — last year’s Double-A runnerup.
Tavarian Barnett ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and Tyler Gadlen had an interception return for a TD and caught a 33-yard pass from Braxton Baugus for a second score as Trenton scored 21 first-quarter points and never looked back in its Memphis win Friday.
Barnett darted 47 yards to paydirt on the Golden Tide’s first place from scrimmage.
Trenton intercepted West-wood quarterback Jerome Gilkey three times and pitched a second-half shutout despite giving up 487 yards in all.
In other Round 2 results from Friday of area interest:
Dresden 35, TCA 22
Devan Raymer rushed for 200 yards, and Colter Swafford scored four touchdowns and a two-point conversion as Dresden opened its pursuit of a second straight trip to Cookeville by knocking off the Jackson visitors at Rotary Field.
Raymer led a rushing attack that piled up 309 yards on 44 attempts, scoring his team’s first touchdown on an eight-yard run with 8:47 to play in the second quarter.
Swafford then saw his number called on each of Dresden’s next four scores, beginning with a 25-yard pass from Davis Moran. Swafford added runs of 10 and seven yards within 40 seconds of each other in the third quarter to push the Lions’ lead to 28-7.
Trinity Christian cut the difference to 28-16 on a two-yard run by Bond and a safety against Dresden a shotgun snap sailed over Raymer’s head and through the end zone. But, Swafford then put the game away with a 37-yard run at 5:14 of the fourth quarter.
Swafford finished with 89 yards rushing to go with his 25-yard reception, touching the ball 11 times in all offensively.
Trinity quarterback Kyle Akin completed 21-of-41 passes for 275 yards but did not get one completion past the goal line while being intercepted four times — two by Raymer and one each by Swafford and Logan Thomas.
Dresden (10-1), which played all its playoff games on the road last year, will be at home again this week against Trenton. TCA ends its season with a 7-5 record.
Milan 39, Camden 14
Arkel Coleman ran for 214 yards and four touchdowns and Caleb Powell threw a pair of scoring passes as the eighth-ranked Bulldogs moved into the 3A quarterfinals with an impressive showing.
Milan (10-2), last year’s Triple-A runnerup, will host Hickman County in Round 3.
West Carroll 28, Halls 13
The sixth-ranked War Eagles won for the ninth time in 11 games and will now have to beat No. 4 Huntingdon for a second time in next week’s quarters to advance to the 1A semifinals for the second straight year.
Robert Reynolds ran for two scores and Jacob Wynn rushed for 100 yards in WC’s triumph over upstart Halls, which had beaten Lake County and Gleason in back-to-back weeks to advance into the second round for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Tigers could manage but 179 total yards against the West Carroll defense after scoring a season-high 41 points vs. Gleason in their first-round upset.
Covington 42, Sheffield 6
Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist Johnston White continued his spectacular season, rushing for five more touchdowns — giving him 11 TDs in two playoff games — as the unbeaten and second-ranked Chargers rolled into the 4A quarterfinals.
White had 315 yards on the ground and scored four of his five touchdowns in the first half.
Things figure to get considerably tougher for Covington next week as it hosts Trezevant in Round 3. The Bears, ineligible for the postseason last year after making it to the state title game in 2010, followed up their first-round 26-0 thumping of 9-1 Dyersburg with a 36-6 mauling of Mitchell in Round 2.
Northside 41, Hamilton 6
Past South Fulton High School and UT Martin standout Tab Vowell has Northside at 12-0 and in the 5A quarterfinals for the second time in three years after the Indians whipped Hamilton in Round 2.
Vowell and Northside are hoping to write a different script from 2010 though, when they play Ridgeway — the team that ended their campaign two years ago at this juncture — in this week’s quarterfinals.
Adam Craig threw three TD passes and ran for a fourth score to lead second-ranked Northside past the Memphians Friday.
The Indian defense forced three turnovers and held Hamilton to just 127 total yards.

Published in The Messenger 11.12.12

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