By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverine football team hosted the Armuchee Indians on Friday, Nov. 3, in a must-win game. The winner advanced to the state playoffs while the loser’s season came to an end.
Dade County took the opening kick, and after picking up a quick first down, the Indians intercepted a Bryson Shrader pass at the 38-yard line. Armuchee quickly moved down field, with the aid of a Wolverine personal foul penalty, and scored the game’s first points with 9:06 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point kick was good, and the visitors led 7-0.
The Indians came to play and recovered an on-side kick after the touchdown at the 40-yard line.
The Wolverines responded with an interception by Ryker Stanley on the first play at the 42-yard line but was unable to move the ball and had to punt the ball back to Armuchee.
The Indians then moved the ball down field to the 35-yard line where they tried a field goal that was no good. Armuchee held its 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Wolverines put together a drive that ended with a Landon Williams two-yard touchdown run and the Caroline Tremmier kick tied the game 7-7 with 11:34 remaining in the second quarter.
After stopping the Indians on their next drive, Dade moved quickly down field, and Williams scored his second touchdown of the night on a nine-yard run. The Abigale Tremmier kick was good, and the Wolverines had their first lead of the game 14-7 with 9:06 remaining in the first half.
The two teams exchanged possession the remainder of the first half, and the Wolverines led 14-7 at halftime.
Dade County shut down Armuchee on the first possession of the second half, stopped a fake punt attempt, and took over at the 38-yard line.
However, the Wolverines lost another fumble and the Indians were in business at the 29-yard line.
Dade’s defense dug in, and on a third and 16 for the Indians, Jax Guinn intercepted a pass and ran 31-yards for a touchdown. The Caroline Tremmier kick was good, and Dade County led 21-7 with 7:29 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wolverines added another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Williams got his third score of the night on a six-yard run and the Caroline Tremmier kick was good. Dade County led 28-7.
That was all the scoring in the game as the Wolverines took the win, extending their season by advancing to the first round of the state playoffs.
The game was marred by 23 penalties, ten on the Wolverines for 105 yards and 13 on the Indians for 125-yards. Dade also turned the ball over three times.
Williams led the Wolverine offense with 27 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns, while Braylon Sullivan ran for 35 yards on seven carries. Shrader completed two of seven passes for 34 yards and threw one interception.
The Wolverine defense was led by Guinn with seven tackles, one assist, two tackles for loss, one pass breakup, one interception, one touchdown; Carter Christiansen with seven tackles, one assist, three pass breakups; Eli Kimball had six tackles, nine assists, two tackles for loss; Williams five tackles, one assist, two tackles for loss; and Brandon Willerson had four tackles, three assists, and two pass breakups.
The Wolverines host Mount Pisgah Christian from John’s Creek on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Magic Morgan Stadium. Come out and fill the stands as the Wolverines look to advance to the Sweet Sixteen next week.