War­riors fall in 7-AA road con­test

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Jay Hawkins

— The Gor­don Cen­tral War­riors trav­elled to Tren­ton on Fri­day night to take on Dade County. The War­riors came in seek­ing to get their first win of the sea­son. Dade County did not oblige. The Wolver­ines dom­i­nated the War­riors for a 41-12 Re­gion 7-AA win.

Dade County em­ployed a rush­heavy of­fen­sive at­tack that in­cluded sweeps, re­verses, hand­offs, quar­ter­back sneaks and op­tions. It was cer­tainly very po­tent in this game, as the of­fense put up over 250 yards on the ground led by the three-headed mon­ster of full­back Lee Spencer, run­ning back Malaki Webb and run­ning back Trey White­head. It proved way too much to han­dle for the vis­i­tors.

Gor­don Cen­tral came in be­hind the 8-ball to be­gin with with­out a cou­ple key play­ers due to aca­demic sus­pen­sions. To start the game, the War­rior de­fense came up with a big stop on their half of the field to keep Dade County off the score­board on their first of­fen­sive drive.

How­ever, the Gor­don Cen­tral of­fense was held to a three-and­out fol­lowed by a bad punt that gave the Wolver­ines great field po­si­tion on the War­riors’ side of the fifty. Dade County’s of­fense promptly got rolling as quar­ter­back Gre­gory Templeton hit Spencer through the air for a 20-yard touch­down. Then, the War­riors fum­bled the ball, and Dade County took ad­van­tage. Templeton ran a quar­ter­back boot­leg and sprinted 15 yards for his team’s sec­ond score of the night.

The Wolver­ines scored two more times in the first half and did not give up any points to Gor­don Cen­tral. First, White­head took the hand­off 25 yards to the house, and Templeton threw his sec­ond touch­down pass of the night (12-yards to Spencer). Dade County took a 27-0 lead head­ing into the half (missed PAT).

In the sec­ond half, the home side were con­tent to con­tinue monotonously run­ning the clock. Webb scored two rush­ing touch­downs (only scores for them of 2nd half) for his team. Gor­don Cen­tral also got on the board as well as they put up 12 points in the sec­ond half via a Mar­tavius Har­ris quar­ter­back draw for a beau­ti­ful 74-yard touch­down that in­cluded charg­ing through the mid­dle, break­ing a tackle and leav­ing ev­ery Wolver­ine in his dust. Har­ris was also re­spon­si­ble for the other score, which was a nice 46-yard touch­down pass to Corey Dixon. (Both PATs were missed.)

It was cer­tainly a tough night for Gor­don Cen­tral as they played a sloppy game over­all that in­cluded sev­eral turnovers (some were re­cov­ered by them­selves) and a bunch of penal­ties. Head coach Cory Nix said he was not happy af­ter the game with the per­for­mance.

“Well, I am just go­ing to put it on the record… I want kids who are go­ing to give it ev­ery­thing they got,” said Nix. “I want them to do right, and it doesn’t mat­ter what class they are as long as they put in the hard work. If they earn it.

“I’m go­ing to give them their op­por­tu­ni­ties. I showed that tonight. I had some kids that were dis­ci­plined tonight and weren’t part of the game, but I just want kids that are go­ing to do right, give 110 per­cent and earn ev­ery­thing they get. That’s all there is to it.”

Gor­don Cen­tral is off next week and then hosts Ar­muchee on Oct. 13.

JAY HAWKINS / For the Cal­houn Times

Gor­don Cen­tral play­ers get warmed up on Fri­day prior to their game at Dade County.

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