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Things looking up for those playing to win

Sunday, September 23, 2012

What a week for local sports, huh?

Take your pick of a variety of topics involving different sports and all I can say is it sure feels good to be here to see it.

On Monday, DC's Robert Hubbs committed to become a Volunteer after graduation. On Tuesday, DC's Daniel Booker Jr. finished fourth at the Region 7AAA golf tournament to advance to the state tournament.

Dyersburg's soccer team is sitting atop the division standings with tourney time on the horizon, and the Lady Trojan volleyball team re-mains perfect in district play with their sights set on a return to Murfreesboro.

And then came Friday.

Though not in attendance, I was sure glad to see Barry Kendall and the Choctaws snap a 3-game skid against Bartlett. After covering three straight Choctaw contests, the decision was made to see the Back and Gold.

After a near-month layoff of attending a Dyersburg football game, with much anticipation and excitement I walked on the field at J.C. Sawyers stadium to watch the Homecoming contest between the Trojans and the Tide.

The last time I was on the field, the Trojans were playing against Covington and lost a tough contest after leading at the half. The game was not one Dyersburg was supposed to win and they didn't.

I say not supposed to win because the Chargers were preseason favorites to win not only the district, but also have a chance to win the state championship at the end of the season.

Dyersburg was supposed to defeat Peabody, and they did.

The atmosphere was different on Friday. Saw quite a few people I haven't seen in a month or so, but I wasn't there to see people, I was there to see some football.

What I witnessed was a program that apparently is headed in the right direction, winning football games despite the fact they lost 22 seniors last year and we're supposed to be going through a rebuilding season.

I have no idea what it would be like to be able to get into a machine and go back in time, but on Friday night it sure felt like it years ago.

Why did it feel that way some may wonder? Well, in the past the one thing you could always count on when it came to Trojan football was the fact that halftime adjustments seemed to always translate into victories.

Friday night I went back in time.

After watching Tide quarterback Braxton Bauguse torch the Trojan defense for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, I truly feared that the second half was going to be more of the same and the game was going to come down to which team had the ball last.


Trojan head coach Bart Stowe, defensive coordinator Paul Decker and the rest of the staff must have really had a "come together" during the halftime break.

In the second half, as a hungry Black and Gold defense pressured Bauguse into bad decisions, honestly it felt like a game I may have seen back seven or eight years ago. The gunslinger was held to a mere two completions for 19 yards.

While the defensive adjustments stymied Peabody's offensive threat, what about Dyersburg's Oshawn Smith (no relation). The young man rushed for over 200 yards and six touchdowns. Understand that the pint-sized back now has 12 touchdowns in the last two games and you can understand he is becoming a pretty special player for the Trojans.

Now at 4-1, the road is about to become tougher for Dyersburg. Back-to-back district contests against Crockett County and Westview will be a true measure as to where the program is, but I'm betting on the regular season going a lot better than my 6-4 thoughts before the first game.

See you at the games.

Your comments are welcome at msmith@ stategazette.com

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