By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverine football team hosted the Bowdon Red Devils on Friday night at Magic Morgan Stadium in their final non-region game of the season. Region play opens this week when they travel to Darlington High School in Rome.
The Wolverines took the opening kickoff, but a fumble resulted in the Red Devils having great field position to start the game. They quickly converted the turnover into a touchdown and took the very early lead, 7-0.
The Wolverines answered that touchdown with one of their own, a pass from Bryson Shrader to Braylon Sullivan. Dade’s two-point conversion was good, and they had the lead 8-7.
Bowdon answered quickly taking a 14-8 lead before the end of the first quarter.
The Red Devils added another score before the Wolverines were able to score again. Dade County put together another scoring drive early in the second quarter but that would be all they were able to do against a very talented Red Devil team.
At the end of the first half, Bowdon led the Wolverines 35-14.
The only scoring in the second half was by the Red Devils as they added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to down Dade County by the final score of 49-15.
Four turnovers hurt the Wolverine’s cause and they will be looking to improve before next week’s region opener at Darlington.
Hard–running Landon Williams led the Wolverine offense with 68 yards on 15 carries while Sullivan ran for 20 yards on seven carries.
QB Shrader completed 11 of 23 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Sullivan had three receptions for 81 yards and Demetrius Walker had two receptions for 27 yards.
Williams led the Wolverine defense with eight tackles – three tackles for loss – and one quarterback pressure; Carter Christiansen had seven tackles, one assist, one tackle for loss, and two pass breakups; Sullivan had seven tackles, one assist, one tackle for loss, one interception, and one pass breakup.
Others with big defensive stats were Jax Guinn with five tackles, one assist; Ryker Stanley six tackles, four assists, one tackle for loss; and Caleb Massey with three tackles, one assist, one tackle for loss.
The Wolverines wrapped up the non-region portion of their season with a 1-3 record, having played some talented competition early to get them ready for region play that starts this week with a trip to Darlington High School in Rome. Kickoff has been set for 7:30 p.m.
The Wolverines will be at home on Sept. 29 to face the Trion Bulldogs with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.