By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverine football team hosted the undefeated Trion Bulldogs on Friday, and the large crowd was in for a treat.
The Bulldogs took the opening kick and marched down the field for the first score of the game after the 78-yard drive. The extra point kick was good, and the Bulldogs took the early lead, 7-0.
Dade County started its first drive on their own 20-yard-line and moved the ball downfield, picking up six first downs and scored on a Braylon Sullivan nine-yard run. The Wolverines were called for a penalty on the extra point and had to re-kick from the 17-yard line. The kick was blocked and the Wolverines trailed 7-6 after the 80-yard drive.
The first quarter ended with the Wolverines trailing 7-6.
Trion’s next drive ended when the Wolverines’ Brandon Willerson intercepted a pass. The Wolverines gave the ball back on a fumble a few plays later.
After a Bulldog punt, the Wolverines started their next drive at their own five-yard line. Dade County quickly moved the ball down field and Gavin Childress scored on a five-yard run culminating a 95-yard drive. The two-point conversion was good, and Dade County took the lead, 14-7.
Trion put together another long drive at the end of the first half, scoring with 26.7 seconds remaining and the extra point kick tied the game 14-14.
The Wolverines took the second half kick and drove the ball to mid-field before a holding penalty stalled the drive and forced them to punt.
The Bulldogs then put together the game’s shortest drive of the night, 60 yards, for their next score and the lead, 21-14 with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Dade started their next drive at the 30-yard-line and were called for holding again. They overcame the penalty and moved the ball downfield and was at the Trion three-yard-line when the third quarter ended with Trion leading 21-14.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Landon Wiliams bulled his way into the end zone for a touchdown and the Caroline Tremmier kick tied the game 21-21 with 11:53 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs answered with another touchdown with 8:15 remaining in the game to take a 28-21 lead.
The Wolverines started at their own 23-yard line and after a penalty moved the ball to the 13, they moved the ball to the Bulldog 40 before turning the ball over on downs with 4:52 remaining in the game.
Dade County got the ball back with 40 seconds remaining in the game but were unable to score and fell to the Bulldogs 28-21 in an outstanding game.
The Wolverines hurt themselves all night with penalties – penalized nine times for 80 yards.
The Wolverines ran the ball 30 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Sullivan had nine carries for 108 yards and Williams had 13 carries for 103 yards and each scored a touchdown.
Bryson Shrader was 14 of 26 passing for 187 yards and a two-point conversion and threw two interceptions. Williams had four receptions for 51 yards, Caleb Massey had four catches for 71 yards and a two-point conversion.
Jax Guinn led Dade County’s defense with nine tackles and five assists. Williams had five tackles, three assists, and one quarterback pressure. Brandon Willerson had five tackles, two assists, one interception; Ryker Stanley had seven tackles, one assist; Carter Christiansen had six tackles, five assists; Sullivan four tackles, three assists, one pass break-up.
The Wolverines get a much-needed week off before resuming region play on Oct. 13 at Coosa.