By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverine football team celebrated homecoming Friday night in a big way when they hosted the Chattooga Indians.
Dade County received the opening kickoff and started their first drive from their own 25-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Landon Williams took the handoff and raced 69 yards to the Indian 7. On the next play he bulled his way into the end zone for a touchdown and it was quickly 6-0. The extra point try was blocked.
Chattooga then put together a long drive that ended with a missed field goal. The Wolverines started at their own 20-yard line and drove the ball to the Indian 12 before the first quarter came to an end.
On the first play of the second quarter, Williams got his second touchdown of the night and the Abigale Tremmier kick put the Wolverines on top 13-0.
Dade scored again with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter when Braylon Sullivan scored on an 11-yard run and the Caroline Tremmier kick put them on top 20-0.
The Wolverine defense dominated the Indians on their next possession and Dade got the ball back at their own 27-yard line with 1:20 remaining in the first half and quickly moved the ball down field. Then with 16 seconds remaining in the half, Bryson Shrader ran in from two yards out for another Wolverine touchdown. The two-point conversion was good when Shrader threw to Caleb Massey in the back of the end zone and Dade County led 28-0.
The Wolverine defense started the second half by holding the Indians on their first possession to a minus 10 yards forcing a punt from their own 10-yard-line.
The Wolverines took over at the 50-yard-line and quickly moved the ball down field. They moved the ball to the 10-yard-line before a penalty moved the ball to the 25. On first and goal from the 25 Shrader threw to Massey for a touchdown and the Abigale Tremmier kick put Dade on top 35-0 with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter the Indians found the end zone on a 9-yard pass and the extra point kick made it 35-7.
On the Wolverines next possession, they used Eli Kimball from the fullback position on consecutive plays moving the ball down field with him scoring on a three-yard run with 5:45 remaining in the game. The Caroline Tremmier kick was good, and the Wolverines led 42-7.
The two teams then played a lot of different players for the remainder of the game as the Wolverines picked up their second region win in a row.
Williams led the Wolverine offense with 201 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Sullivan had 74 yards rushing and a touchdown and also had 90 yards receiving for another touchdown. Massey had a receiving touchdown and Kimball had a rushing touchdown.
The Wolverines racked up 483 yards of offense on 52 plays while the defense held the Indians to just 115 yards, only 11 rushing yards, on 40 plays.
The Wolverine defense was led by Jax Guinn with eight tackles, one assist; Carter Christianson with six tackles, one tackle for loss; Kimball had five tackles, two tackles for loss, three assists; Ryker Stanley with five tackles, two assists; Williams with four tackles, two assist, one tackle for loss, one quarterback pressure; and Brayon Sullivan had four tackles, one assist and two pass breakups.
The entire Wolverine defense had a big night against the Indians, holding them to just 11 yards rushing!
This week, Dade County travels to Pepperell for a big region game, looking to make the playoffs again this year. A win over Pepperell and Armuchee next week would give them the three seed while a loss at Pepperell and a win at home over Armuchee would give them the fourth seed, either way advancing to the playoffs.
Go support the Wolverines!