By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School football team celebrated homecoming Friday night with all the festivities that go along with the game. Different activities all week at school, a parade, and then the big game. None of that distracted the Wolverines from the main task, the game!
The Wolverines took the opening kick from the Coosa Eagles and quickly moved the ball down field primarily with the running game. The drive ended with a 24-yard touchdown run by Brody Cooper and the extra point kick by Caroline Tremmier made it 7-0 with 9:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Dade’s defense then took over and shut down the Eagles forcing a punt. The Wolverines started with good field position and quickly scored again, this time on a one-yard-run by Cooper. The extra point was no good and the Wolverines were up 13-0 with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter.
Again, Dade’s defense stopped Coosa forcing another punt after just three plays.
The Wolverines went back to work on offense and Cooper got his third touchdown run of the first quarter on a one-yard-run with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter to make it 19-0.
The Coosa offense got their first first down of the game on their next drive, but the Wolverine defense shut them down again after that and Dade’s offense went back to work.
With 7:35 remaining in the first half Braylon Sullivan got his first touchdown of the night on a big 44-yard run, breaking several tackles along the way. The two-point conversion try was no good and the Wolverines led 25-0.
The Eagles got their first points of the game on their next drive, scoring on a 3-yard run with 4:18 remaining in the first half. With the extra point kick the Wolverines led 25-7.
In the third quarter DCHS added to their lead when Cooper threw a pass to Demetrius Walker for a 25-yard touchdown and the Abigail Tremmier kick was good giving the Wolverines a 32-7 lead with 4:42 remaining in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter Landon William raced up the middle untouched for a 47-yard touchdown giving the Wolverines a 38-7 lead with 11:52 remaining in the game.
This time the Eagles responded with a touchdown of their own on a 61-yard pass and the extra point made it 38-14 with 10:10 remaining in the game.
Dade was not finished as Cooper scored his fourth touchdown of the night, this time on a 46-yard run giving them a 44-14 lead.
The Wolverines drove the ball to the Eagles’ two-yard line with a minute left in the game and ran out the clock to take a big region win, 44-14.
Cooper led the Wolverine offense with 18 carries for 162 yard and four touchdowns while Sullivan had 14 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. Williams had four carries for 64 yards and a touchdown and Walker caught three passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.
On defense Williams led the way with 11.5 tackles, 10 solo, 3 assists, and 2.5 tackles for loss. Caleb Massey had 6.5 tackles, 6 solo, 1 assist, and 1 tackle for loss. Zeke Wheeler had 3.5 tackles, 3 solo, 1 assist, 1 quarterback sack, while Eli Kimball had 3.5 tackles, 2 solo, 3 assists, and one tackle for loss.
The Wolverines will be traveling to Summerville this week to face the Chattooga Indians at 7:30 p.m. and will be home next week on Thursday night to face the Pepperell Dragons, at 7:30 p.m. That will be the Wolverines final regular season home game. The regular season will end the next week at Armuchee.