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Wolverines Fight To The End, But Fall To Mt. Zion 35–27

Photo courtesy of Rusty Cooper
QB Brody Cooper finds his way into the end zone from the five–yard line at Mt. Zion last Friday. Cooper threw for 178 yards and ran 27 yards for the Wolverines in the game.

Sports Writer

The Dade County High School Wolverine football team traveled to Carrollton on Friday night to face a good Mt. Zion team.

Mt. Zion scored first on a 24-yard run with 6:59 remaining in the first quarter and with the extra point kick took a 7-0 lead. That would be all the scoring in the first quarter, as the Wolverines were unable to put any points on the board.

Early in the second quarter Mt. Zion found the end zone again, this time on a 14-yard run and the extra point kick put them on top 14-0 with 11:52 remaining in the first half.

Dade scored its first points of the game when Brody Cooper ran in from five-yards out and Caroline Tremmier kicked the extra point to cut the Mt. Zion led to 14-7.

Just over four minutes later Mt. Zion answered Dade’s score when they threw a 63-yard touchdown pass and with the extra point increased their lead to 21-7 with five minutes remaining in the first half.

The Wolverines answered that score when Brodie Cooper threw to Cayden Cooper for a three-yard touchdown with one second remaining in the first half. The extra point kick was blocked, and Dade trailed 21-13 at the end of the first half.

The score remained the same until late in the third quarter when Mt. Zion scored again on a 17-yard run and the extra point kick made it 28-13.

DCHS continued to play hard and with 11:51 remaining in the game Brodie Cooper threw to Brodie Swader for a 19-yard touchdown and the Tremmier kick closed the gap to 28-20.

Mt. Zion answered the Wolverines’ score with a three-yard touchdown run with 7:30 remaining in the game and the extra point put them on top 35-20.

Dade kept battling and with 2:54 remaining in the game scored again on a five-yard Brodie Swader run and the Tremmier kick made it 35-27.

The Wolverines were unable to score again and dropped their first game of the season by the final score of 35-27.

Brodie Cooper completed 14 of 23 passes for 178 yards and ran the ball 13 times for 27 yards to lead the Wolverines. Cayden Cooper had five carries for 23 yards and Zeke Wheeler had four carries for 22 yards. Brodie Swader caught five passes for 111 yards and Zeke Wheeler had four catches for 48 yards.

The Wolverine defense was led by Cody Williams with eight tackles and three assist, Braylon Sullivan with eight tackles and an assist; Everett Christiansen with five tackles; Xander Lynch, five tackles; Landon Williams, four tackles; Caleb Massey, four tackles, three assist; Lucas Costley, three tackles, two assist; Isaac Pangle, two tackles, two assist; Tyler Williams, two tackles, two assist; Kylan Dwyer, two tackles; and Zac Smith, one tackle.

Coach Jeff Poston had this to say about the game: “We really shot ourselves in the foot Friday. We were very undisciplined on defense, and we wanted to do other people’s jobs. We didn’t have a good week of practice leading up to Friday, so I guess it just carried over into the game. Our effort was outstanding! There were several times the kids could have quit, but they never did. We had an opportunity to win it at the end because of their effort.”

The week the Wolverines open Region 7-AA play when they host the Pepperell Dragons with kick off set for 7:30 p.m. Get out and support this good Wolverine football who are currently 2-1 for the season.

On Oct. 1 the Wolverines will host South Pittsburg, Tenn., in a game to replace the Trion game that had to be canceled.

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