|Stewart Co. slowed, but not halted by Greenfield
|Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9:47 am
One week after the Stewart County Rebels piled up 52 points in a season-opening win over Gleason, the Greenfield Yellowjacket defense held the visiting Rebels to 16 points.
Hit the hole — With the Greenfield High School offensive line opening the hole and fullback Chase McMullen leading the way, junior running back Tyler Dunning takes the handoff from QB Ty Smithson in Greenfield's 16-6 loss to Stewart County.
Despite the strong defensive showing by the Jackets, the 16 points were enough for Stewart County to hand Greenfield its first loss of the season, 16-6, Friday night at Harris Field in Greenfield.
After winning the opening coin toss, the Jackets elected to receive and began to drive downfield with junior Tyler Dunning rushing five times for a total of 25 yards. Daniel Ricketts also rushed for six yards. However, the drive came to an unexpected end when junior quarterback Ty Smithson looked downfield for his favorite target in Ricketts, but threw an interception.
The Orange and Black defense took to the field making seven tackles and breaking up a passing attempt. Greenfield’s defensive work slowed Stewart County, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels kicked a 28-yard field goal off the toe of Tony Westerman to give them a 3-0 lead.
The Jackets’ offense took to the field but with no resolve as they were soon forced to punt. However, a fumble by the Rebels’ punt return squad gave the Jackets a second chance. Dunning pounded the ball up the middle for 24 yards on eight carries. A facemask penalty also gave the Jackets a 5-yard boost as the first quarter came to an end.
At the start of the second quarter, an encroachment penalty against Stewart County put the Jackets on the 9-yard line. On his second carry, Dunning ran the ball into the end zone giving his crew a 6-3 lead. A botched snap on the extra point attempt left the score at 6-3.
In spite of the hard-hitting GHS defense, the Rebels worked their way down field and ended the drive with a 9-yard pass from Matt Earhart to Caleb Rozet good for six points making the score 9-6 in Stewart County’s favor.
During the kickoff, Stewart County booted a short ball just behind the linemen and Chaz Feathers of the Rebels recovered the ball. On the third play of the drive, Earhart rushed for a touchdown. With the extra point good, the Rebels took a 16-6 lead before the half.
The second half remained scoreless as the Jacket defense stepped up and provided some smash mouth football. Greenfield was lead by senior Chase McMullen as he finished the game with 17 tackles. Aaron Means and Ricketts also boosted the defense with eight tackles each. Tyler Dunning had an exceptional game with 27 carries for 110 yards.
Greenfield (1-1) will try to climb back above the .500 mark as they take on bitter county and region rival Gleason. The Yellowjackets will travel to Tater Town with kickoff set for 7 on Friday night.
Stewart County-Greenfield, Stats
Stewart County 3 13 0 0—16
Greenfield 0 6 0 0—6
SC — Tony Westerman 33 field goal.
GHS — Tyler Dunning 12-yard run (kick failed).
SC — Caleb Rozet 9-yard pass from Matt Earhart (kick failed).
SC — Earhart 6-yard run (Will Adamec kick).
First Downs 21 14
Rushing yards 298 196
Passing yards 82 18
Comp-Att-Int 7-18-0 3-10-1
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 10-72 8-70
Records — Stewart County 2-0, Greenfield 1-1.
Next Game — Stewart County will visit Waverly with kickoff at 7:30 on Friday night, while Greenfield will travel to Gleason to take on the rival Bulldogs with play slated to start at 7 on Friday evening.