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Tomcats torch banged-up Trojans 46-24

Monday, September 2, 2013

Multiple members of the Black and Gold defense team up for a stop in their contest against Haywood County. The Trojans fell to the Tomcats to drop to 1-1.
This past Friday night, the Dyersburg High School Trojans hosted Haywood County. The Tomcats entered the contest with a 1-0 record coming off a 41-0 Week 0 home victory against B.T. Washington. The Trojans entered the contest with a 1-0 record coming off a 51-28 home victory against JCM. The Trojans also entered the contest with the target of having the No. 5 4A state ranking from the Associated Press.

Leading up to kickoff, followers of DHS were well aware of the injury issues plaguing the team in multiple key skill positions. Fans of the black and gold were also aware of the 238 yards through the air and two special teams touchdowns courtesy of JCM a week earlier. Despite memories of the "big plays" at the hands of JCM, the Trojan faithful had great memories of offensive efficiency and the defensive ability to stop the run in their Week 0 victory. Unfortunately for the fans on the home sidelines, "big play" was a key theme of the night for the visitors from Haywood.

After winning the coin toss, Dyersburg deferred to the second half, giving Haywood the ball to start the contest. On Haywood's second play from scrimmage, junior running back Bryce Young broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run. The extra point was wide left and the Tomcats had an early 6-0 lead.

Trojan senior running back Montavious Lagrone turns the corner for a big gain against Haywood County. Lagrone had 27 carries on the night for 135 yards and a TD.
Unshaken by the quick strike, Jonathan Thomas returned the following kickoff to the Haywood 21-yard line. Montavious Lagrone capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Lagrone would see the bulk of running responsibilities, carrying the ball 27 times for 135 yards. Andrew Collier connected on the PAT, giving Dyersburg the 7-6 lead. On Haywood's ensuing possession, sophomore quarterback Will Austin broke through the defense for a 70-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, giving Haywood a 13-7 lead. After a DHS turnover and a three and out for Haywood, Dyersburg started its third possession of the half in Haywood territory. After stalling out on the drive, a roughing the punter gave the Trojans new life and a new set of downs at the Haywood 30 with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter. Dyersburg could not take advantage of the Haywood miscue and turned the ball over on downs. The Trojan defense stepped up as Chase Boehms intercepted a pass and returned it to the Haywood 4-yard line. At the end of the first quarter, Haywood led 13-7 with Dyersburg in great position to regain the lead.

In the early stages of the second quarter, Dyersburg was unable to put the ball in the end zone and settled for an Andrew Collier field goal, trimming the Haywood lead to 13-10. On the following Haywood possession, a fumbled snap on fourth down gave Dyersburg the ball on its own 39. On their first play of the series, sophomore running back Shahid Nelson broke free for a 61-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Trojans gained a 17-13 advantage.

A personal foul against Haywood on the touchdown was assessed on the kickoff. The Tomcats did not let the field position bother them as Bryce Young broke away for his second touchdown run of the game, this time for 60 yards. The PAT was good and Haywood regained the lead at 20-17. After alternating three and outs, Dyersburg started what would be its final drive of the first half at its own 21. An unsportsmanlike penalty, coupled with a sack, stalled the drive and forced the Trojans with a fourth and 45 from their own 7. After a punt, Haywood started its drive at the DHS 36-yard line with 39 seconds remaining. As time expired on the clock, Haywood converted a fourth down and 12 with a 38-yard touchdown strike to sophomore wide receiver Dylan Simmons. At the close of the first half, Haywood led Dyersburg 27-17.

Haywood added to its total in the third when, facing first and 15 at its own 15-yard line, wide receiver Denarius Toliver made a catch over the middle and broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, extending the Haywood lead to 34-17 at the end of the third quarter.

At the start of the fourth quarter, a personal foul against Haywood for a late hit gave the Trojans a first and 10 at the Haywood 17. On a fourth and 4 from the 10, senior QB Will Bradshaw hit Jonathan Thomas for the touchdown. The PAT was good, making the score 34-24. The Tomcats added an additonal score before the game concluded to earn the 46-24 result.

The banged-up and injured Dyersburg defense gave up 411 yards on the ground on Friday, an issue that will be addressed at practice before next week's game at Obion County.

This Friday, the Trojans (1-1) travel to Troy to face the Rebels in their District 13-AA opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.. The Rebels (1-1) enter the game coming off a 41-6 home win against Frayser in a non-district contest. In their last meeting on Oct. 26, 2012, the Trojans defeated the Rebels 58-23.

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