Middle School Football: Bulldogs Shut Out the CougarsPosted on September on 13, 2012 @ 04:58:00 by Matt Smith
Wheatmore High School
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Archdale-Trinity and Southwestern Randolph took to the field tonight both looking for their first win of the season. Both coaches were pleased with their week of practice since their first game of the season and hoped that their hard work would pay off on the field tonight.
The Bulldogs started the game with a lot of intensity on both sides of the ball. The A-TMS defense made a statement on the first possession by holding the Cougars to a 3 and out. The offense fed off of the statement made by the defense and were able to string together a long drive capped off by a 2 yard touchdown run by Hunter Mosley. A-TMS Head Coach Brian Leckonby was pleased with how determined his offense was to finish the drive and put points on the board early in the game. Leckonby stated, “That first drive got all the kids excited and put punctuation on what we worked on all week.”
Archdale-Trinity was able to drive down the field again right before halftime with great runs by Mosley, Nate Byers, and John Wagner. The offense was clicking on all cylinders and it was obvious that they had plenty of confidence. The Bulldogs put 6 more on the board when Wagner completed a 25 yard pass to Zach Lambeth. Lambeth then converted the 2-point conversion with a run up the middle. The Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead into the half.
The third quarter was dominated by both defenses. Archdale-Trinity continued doing what they had been doing all game long. The Southwestern Randolph coaching staff did a great job of adjusting at halftime, and they were able to slow down the Bulldog offense in the second half. SWRMS Head Coach Larry Hill commented after the game, “I was pleased with the defense in the second half.”
The ATMS offense was on the move again early in the 4th quarter looking to put the game out of reach. The committee of running backs for A-TMS was able to move the ball methodically down field, picking up several first downs, led by running backs Mosley, Reddick, Lambeth, Wooley, and Byers. The Bulldog running backs ran with power and were able to pick up yards after initial contact. The drive came to a stop when the snap was fumbled, and Southwestern Randolph recovered on the Bulldog 25 yard line. The Cougars then put their own drive together moving the chains, looking to get back in the game. Tyler TaKac ended the Cougar drive and any hopes of coming away with a victory by recovering a fumble for the Bulldogs.
The story of the night was the smothering defense for Archdale-Trinity. Sterling Small and John Wagner made several plays in the backfield, not allowing the Cougars to get anything going. Chase Wooley had a strong defensive effort tonight knocking down several players and was in on several tackles for the Bulldogs. Blake Reddick was a leader on the defensive side of the ball tonight. He always seemed to be around the ball making plays, and he played a big part in keeping the Cougars scoreless tonight. Hill said of the defense, “We just couldn’t move the ball against them.”
The Bulldogs were able to come away a 14-0 victory over the Cougars. Archdale-Trinity will head to Southeastern Randolph next Wednesday, and Southwestern Randolph will head to South Asheboro to take on the Blue Comets.
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