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Strong second half leads Trojans past Cavs

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Dyersburg's Joe Dobbins (above) sacks Cavalier quarterback Donovan Mayfield during Friday night's 27-7 Trojan win in Alamo.
ALAMO -- Riding a three-game winning streak, No. 10-ranked Dyersburg traveled to face Crockett County in a District 13 showdown Friday night.

After battling the Cavaliers throughout the first half and going to the locker room at the half knotted at 7-7, in the second half the Trojans put on their hard hats and went to work.

The end result was a 27-7 victory, one that left Dyersburg head coach Bart Stowe smiling from ear to ear when it was over as he accepted well wishes from supporters at midfield.

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Trojan head coach Bart Stowe talks to his squad following the 27-7 win on Friday over Crockett County.
"It takes a lot of teamwork to be able to make adjustments and play the way we've been able to in the second half this season. I'm just so proud of these young men for listening to us coaches at the half and coming out and executing," said Stowe. "It takes four quarters to win a football game and I think these kids have a great understanding of that."

The contest was a battle from start to finish, and while the Cavaliers provided a stern test for the entire contest, in the second half it was clear that a well-conditioned Trojan squad was simply too much to handle.

When the Cavaliers began to wear down in the second half, Dyersburg found another gear and began to pull away, firing on all cylinders over the final two quarters. The Trojan defense stood tall all night long, staying cool despite a methodical drive by the Cavaliers that lasted 10:54 to open the game.

Crockett County quarterback Donovan Mayfield capped the opening 18-play, 80-yard drive by sneaking up the middle from one yard out. Nolan Porter's PAT with 1:06 left in the opening quarter gave the Cavs a 7-0 lead.

Though Dyersburg's opening drive resulted in the only Trojan punt of the contest, after a defensive stand by the Back and Gold, Dyersburg was in business at its own 45-yard line.

Six plays later, on third and five at the Cavalier 34-yard line, Oshawn Smith ran left and sprinted to pay dirt with 6:18 left in the half. Evan Walden's PAT split the uprights to knot the score at 7-7.

Over the last three games, Smith has accounted for 13 Dyersburg touchdowns. In the second half on Friday night, the Cavs were introduced to another Trojan speedster in Montavious Lagrone.

The junior back broke free from would-be tacklers on third and six at the Crockett County 36, bulling his way through the line and into the end zone on a tough run with 1:53 left in the third quarter for the first of three touchdowns on the night. Walden's PAT attempt was blocked but Dyersburg led 13-7.

On the ensuing offensive series for the Cavs, an inspired defensive effort from Dyersburg forced a punt, one that pinned the Trojans deep in their own territory at the 2-yard line.

After advancing to the 11-yard line, Smith looked to make the most of a hand off from quarterback Will Bradshaw, speeding his way through the defense and sprinting to the end zone for an apparent 89-yard touchdown. However, offsetting penalties on the play negated the long run and momentarily stopped the momentum.

Dyersburg continued to surge ahead, using a stellar running game to move downfield before facing a fourth-and-six situation at the Cavalier 29-yard line. After a timeout, the Trojans went for it, a move that proved successful when Jawan Galacia took the ball on a reverse and easily picked up the first down to the 12-yard line.

One play later, Lagrone lowered his head and didn't stop until he reached the end zone. Walden's kick put Dyersburg on top 20-7 with 6:17 left in the game. Lagrone added an additional score with just over two minutes to play to seal the deal as Dyersburg improved to 5-1 overall with the 27-7 win.

Afterward, Stowe had plenty to be happy about, but really praised the effort of the Black and Gold defensive unit.

"The defense was huge tonight and when we really needed a stop out there those guys stepped up and got it done," added Stowe. "This game took everybody playing together and I'm just so proud of these kids. We're working hard at conditioning and I think you saw tonight that it's paying off."



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