Bull­dogs run over Wolver­ines

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

Gor­don Cas­teel rushed 12 times for 127 yards and a pair of touch­downs as the Rossville Bull­dogs moved to 2-0 with a 24-14 home win over Dade County this past Thurs­day.

Af­ter forc­ing a turnover on downs at the their own 29 to start the game, the Bull­dogs struck quickly as De­wayne Thomas ran for a 59-yard touch­down on Rossville’s third play from scrim­mage. A failed con­ver­sion kept the score at 6-0.

But it wouldn’t stay that way for long. The Bull­dogs couldn’t pick up a first down af­ter re­cov­er­ing an on­side kick, but af­ter a Wolver­ine punt, Chase Watkins hit Jay­cob Ross on a 55-yard scor­ing strike to in­crease the lead to 12-0.

Rossville would turn back Dade County on a fourth down play from the Bull­dogs’ 12-yard line to end the half.

Cas­teel and Watkins moved the ball on the ground to start the sec­ond half with Cas­teel scor­ing from 21 yards out to com­plete a sev­en­play, 53-yard drive. Watkins then came up with a fourth down sack at the Rossville 30 and the Bull­dogs coun­tered with a clock-chew­ing eight-play, 63-yard drive to put the game away. Cas­teel had five car­ries on the march for 53 yards, cap­ping things with a 3-yard TD.

The Wolver­ines made the score re­spectable with two scores in the final sec­onds. Dade scored on a 33-yard TD pass and made the 2-point con­ver­sion. Then, af­ter the Bull­dogs fum­bled the kick­off, the Wolver­ines scooped it up and re­turned it for a final score on the game’s final play.

Thomas went for 65 yards on three car­ries, while Watkins and Ross hooked up twice for 67 yards. Watkins also had eight tack­les and a sack, while Chris Mad­daeux recorded four tack­les and a sack.

“Dade County has some tough, well­coached kids who played hard,” Rossville head coach Steve Lewis said. “For­tu­nately, Coach (Ron­nie) Massey picked up on some de­fen­sive moves Dade did and that al­lowed us to con­trol the ball and the clock. From there, Gor­don and Chase were able to make some phys­i­cal runs for us that changed the tempo and al­lowed us to take over.”

Rossville will try to stay un­beaten as they play at Lake­view on Thurs­day. Kick­off is at 4:30 p.m.

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