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Trojans dominate in 49-14 win over Chargers

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dyersburg's Oshawn Smith (above) and his Trojan teammates improved to 6-1 overall with Saturday's 49-14 win over Westview.
After lightning forced DHS officials to postpone Friday's football game with Westview until Saturday, the delay only prolonged the time it would take for Dyersburg to extend its winning streak to five games.

The Trojans simply manhandled the visitors, scoring seven touchdowns and using a dominating defensive performance to cruise to a 49-14 victory in a rare Saturday afternoon contest.

In a game many believed would shed light on where the current No.10-ranked Trojan squad stood, Dyersburg passed with flying colors. Afterward, head coach Bart Stowe was proud of the way his squad set the tone early and stayed hungry throughout the game.

"We're continuing to get better every game and I thought we got better out there today," said Stowe. "Facing some adversity of not playing on our regular day had me worried a little bit, but our guys were focused, they were emotional, and they were ready."

Offensively, the 6-1 Trojans rolled up over 300 yards of total offense compared to 129 for Westview. The Black and Gold offensive line continually opened running lanes for the talented Trojan backfield to run through, and they made the most of the opportunity.

The two-headed monster backfield made up of Oshawn Smith and teammate Montavious Lagrone didn't disappoint either. Smith continued his incredible senior campaign with 15 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while the hard-running Lagrone finished with 93 yards on 11 carries that included one touchdown.

Another running back for Dyersburg, Shavon Henderson, had his best game yet with 32 yards on six carries and two scores. Henderson came up huge defensively, causing a fumble before corralling the ball and racing 75 yards to pay dirt.

The Trojan defense, for the second straight week, was outstanding when it mattered most and it started on the opening series for Westview. Facing third and 7 at their own 23-yard line, Charger quarterback Matt Castleman was sacked for an 11-yard loss when Dyersburg's Jamael Lunsford broke through the line for the sack.

The Trojans wasted little time moving the ball downfield after a 44-yard punt gave them good field position. After reaching the red zone in six plays, Smith capped the drive with a 10-yard scamper on fourth down. Ian Bumpas, kicking for an injured Evan Walden, split the uprights for the first of seven times to lift Dyersburg in front 7-0 with 7:28 left in the quarter.

On Westview's ensuing offensive series, Henderson stripped the ball from Castleman before sprinting to the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 1:40 left in the quarter.

Smith added his second touchdown late in the second quarter to send the Trojans to the half with a commanding 21-0 advantage.

The Chargers looked to get back in the contest in the third, using a 66-yard drive to do so. Getting back to basics, the Chargers methodically drove downfield and, aided by two costly 15-yard penalties on the Trojans, scored when backup quarterback Ryan Vinson connected with Javier Gordon from five yards out.

With the point-after, the Chargers trailed 21-7 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth is one the visitors would like to forget as Dyersburg flexed its muscle to the tune of four additional touchdowns to seal the win.

The final nail in the coffin came with under a minute to play when Jawan Galacia intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards to the end zone to make it 49-14.

"We're in a pretty good position right now, but we've got to keep working hard, especially this week since it's fall break," added Stowe. "The kids are really listening and they are executing so well right now. We've got to take them one at a time and continue to improve every week and see where we end up."

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