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Wolverines Drop Season Opener

Sports Writer

The Dade County High School Wolverine football team made the long trip to Athens last Friday for their season opener against Athens Academy.

The Wolverines were able to move the ball early in the game, but were unable to put the ball in the end zone.

Athens Academy found the end zone twice in the first half resulting in a 14-0 lead over Dade County at the end of the first half.

The Wolverines got the ball to start the second half and put together a long drive, putting the ball in the end zone on a Landon Williams run.

The kick by Caroline Tremmier was good, and Dade cut the lead in half, 14-7.

That would be the only scoring drive for the Wolverines however and Athens Academy went on to win the game 42-7.
Athens Academy would score twice late in the fourth quarter, in spite of having a big lead, their final score coming with seven seconds remaining in the game.

Landon Williams had a big night for the Wolverines with 23 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown. He also threw one pass for 25 yards.

Gavin Childress had 16 carries for 63 yards while Demetrius Walker had 4 carries for 21 yards.

Bryson Shrader completed 12 of 20 passes for 78 yards and an interception.

The Wolverines racked up 363 yards of total offense but had trouble moving the ball inside the 20-yard line.

The defense was led by Ryker Stanley with seven tackles, four assists, one quarterback sack; Jax Guinn with six tackles, three assists, one tackle for loss, one interception; Landon Williams with four tackles, one assist, three tackles for loss. Carter Christiansen had five tackles, one pass breakup; Brandon Willerson had four tackles, three pass breakups; Braylon Sullivan had four tackles, one forced fumble; Eli Kimball had three tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble; Jasse Anderson had two tackles, one tackle for loss, one assist, five pass breakups; and Justin Bradford had two tackles, one assist.

Coach Jeff Poston said, “We controlled the line of scrimmage Friday. We drove it down their throats between the 20s but could not finish. We were definitely the more physical team, but they had some skill guys we just could not cover.”

This week, the Wolverines face Marion County Warriors at home with kick off at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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