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Dyersburg ends season with 26-0 loss to Trezevant

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dyersburg's Brandon Sharp breaks away from Trezevant defenders on a 30-yard run.
MEMPHIS -- As Dyersburg ran onto the field for Friday's state playoff game against Trezevant, the Trojans were riding an 8-game winning streak.

When the final horn sounded and the team walked off the field after suffering a 26-0 defeat to snap the streak in what was a season-ending loss, Trojan head coach Bart Stowe made no excuses.

And rightfully so.

Dyersburg defensive coordinator Paul Decker urges his unit to stay in the battle.
Trezevant dominated the physical game defensively, holding a potent Dyersburg offensive attack averaging 40 points a game to nothing with blazing speed from all directions. The mighty Trojans simply were outmatched when all was said and done, totaling a mere 122 yards of total offense in a game that the Bears led 6-0 at the half.

"They (Trezevant) were just better tonight and things definitely didn't turn out the way we wanted them too," said Stowe. "I'm awfully proud of our kids for the way they fought the entire game, but that is a really good football team we lost to and they proved it tonight."

Stowe's praise of the Bears was warranted. Trezevant's defensive dominance didn't start with the Trojans either. Over the final three games of the regular season, the Bears recorded three straight shutouts while averaging 35 points a contest.

Trojan head coach Bart Stowe talks with quarterback Will Bradshaw during a break in the action.
The defensive unit limited the Trojans opportunities to score from the opening kickoff. Dyersburg's deepest penetration into Bear territory came in the second quarter when Brandon Sharp had the biggest gain of the night, a 30-yard run to the Bear 30-yard line.

The Trojans managed to move to the Bear 24-yard line before coming up short on fourth down. Stowe acknowledged afterwards that his squad was simply never able to get going offensively.

"We just never established ourselves offensively, but that defense is the best we've seen all season bar none," he said. "We couldn't run the ball and when we tried to pass, Will (Bradshaw) didn't have any time to do anything and that's the frustrating part."

While Trezevant's defense stayed busy by closing holes quickly and flying to the football, the Black and Gold unit held their own against a potent Bear attack as well, especially in the first half.

"I'm so proud of our defensive guys because they played their tails off," added Stowe. "Unfortunately, we left them on the field too long and in the second half it took its toll. Our kids played as hard as they could for as long as they could and I'm proud of them for that."

The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 at the end of the first quarter, but the momentum swung toward the Bears early in the second quarter.

Facing fourth and goal at the 18-yard line, Bear quarterback Jordan Spencer connected with a wide-open Gabriel Scott over the middle for the touchdown. Though the 2-point conversion failed, Trezevant held a 6-0 advantage with 10:13 left in the half.

Trailing by the same score to start the third quarter, Dyersburg's Clint Perkins intercepted a Spencer pass and sprinted nearly 80 yards for an apparent touchdown. Unfortunately for the Trojans, the lone penalty of the game against Dyersburg came on the play to nullify the score.

The Bears added an additional touchdown in the third and two more in the final quarter, ending a remarkable Dyersburg season at 9-2.

"We hated to lose, but I am so proud of this team and our nine seniors. We had great team chemistry and nine times during the season we got it done," added Stowe. "I'm thankful to have been able to coach a super group of kids."

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