|Lions end 19-game skid at Greenfield's expense
|Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:30 pm
For the Dresden Lions football team, the wait is over. Dresden earned its first victory since the opening game of the 2007 season to end a 19-game losing skid by scoring 34 unanswered points against county rival Greenfield for a 34-12 win on Friday night at Rotary Field in Dresden.
Rght place — Greenfield's Steven Sawyers (right) tips the pass away from Lion Daniel Harris during the Yellowjackets' 34-12 loss to Dresden. The pass landed in the hands of Dresden's Isaac Butler (left) in front of Ty Smithson.
"Now I just hope we can remember how it's done. My compliments to the guys," smiling DHS head coach Scott Hewett said after the win. "I've gotta take my hat off to Greenfield. I think we just physically wore them down."
It was the Greenfield Yellow-jackets who struck first with two first-quarter touchdowns, but a safety and a lucky break gave Dresden momentum late in the first half.
Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time.
That was the case for Dresden senior Isaac Butler who hauled in a tipped pass and raced 76 yards to the end zone for the first of his five touchdowns with just 8 seconds left in the half.
The late Lion possession came about as a result of a GHS turnover. Holding a 12-2 lead and facing a fourth-and-4 at the Lion 38, Greenfield opted to go for it, but Ty Smithson's pass was picked off by Killian Davis with 20 seconds on the clock.
"I told our guys I didn't know how any of them could walk after the way we shot ourselves in the foot," GHS head coach Jason Rodehaver said. "You've got to tip your hat to Dresden. They took it to us."
On first down, Dresden's Dale Hutcherson threw high to Daniel Harris along the left sideline. Harris leaped to make the catch, but the ball bounced off his hands and into Butler's, who turned upfield and headed to paydirt for the score, setting off a Lion sideline celebration. Tyler Morefield's kick was blocked, but the Jackets' halftime lead had suddenly been sliced to 12-8.
Greenfield built that lead by scoring after taking the opening kickoff. The Jackets converted a third down with a Smithson to Dalton Potts 14-yard completion on a slant. The next third-down conversion resulted in a pass to Steven Sawyers on a crossing route that turned into a 55-yard touchdown. Dionte Shane's kick missed the mark, but GHS held a 6-0 lead with 8:28 left in the first quarter.
On its first drive, Dresden picked up a first down on runs by Daniel Janes and Zach Jolley, but Butler could not complete a pass to tight end Tyler McPeak on a fourth down. A Dresden personal foul flag, one of 113 penalties by the Lions, tacked on 15 yards to give Greenfield the ball at the DHS 41.
Tyler Dunning had a 17-yard run and Smithson found Brady Medling in the seam for an 11-yard completion to move the ball inside the 10. On second-and-goal, Smithson scored on a keeper from the 3, diving over the goal line to double the GHS lead to 12-0 with 4:07 left in the opening quarter.
The teams then swapped turnovers, before a short Lion punt gave the Jackets the ball at the DHS 39. Dunning had runs of 4 and 8 yards and caught a screen for 12 yards, but the drive stalled thanks to Jolley's tackle of Smithson just short of the marker on fourth down.
The teams traded punts, but the Lions gained field position and pinned the Jackets deep on a 49-yard punt by Morefield.
Two GHS penalties moved the Jackets deeper into their own territory before Michael Dilday punched through to drag Dunning down in the end zone for a safety, trimming the gap to 12-2 with 3:41 left in the half.
To start the third, the Lions marched downfield mixing runs by Butler, Janes and Jolley with throws to Alex Robinson and Harris. In the red zone, Butler's pass to Harris was picked off by Dunning, ending the drive.
The Jackets managed one of their two first downs after halftime but still had to punt.
Then the Lions' ground game got into high gear. Big gains by Jolley and Janes set up a Butler bootleg covering 9 yards to paydirt to give Dresden the 14-12 lead with 41 ticks left in the third quarter.
After the kickoff, on the first play of the fourth quarter, a pitch from Smithson to Potts hit the turf and was recovered by the Lions at the GHS 16.
Two snaps later, Butler scored from the 11. Jay Wainscott kicked the PAT for a 21-12 Dresden lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to Dresden, which scored twice more on Butler runs of 1 and 10 yards. Morefield also booted an extra point to provide the rest of the scoring in the Lions' 34-12 victory.
Greenfield 12 0 0 0 — 12
Dresden 0 8 6 20 — 34
GHS — Steven Sawyers 55-yard pass from Ty Smithson, (kick failed), 8:28.
GHS — Smithson 3-yard run, (pass failed), 4:07.
DHS — Michael Dilday tackle in end zone, 3:41.
DHS — Isaac Butler 76-yard pass from Dale Hutcherson, (kick failed), 00:08.4
DHS — Butler 9-yard run, (kick failed), 00:41.
DHS — Butler 11-yard run, (Jay Wainscott kick), 11:17.
DHS — Butler 1-yard run, (kick failed), 8:40.
DHS — Butler 10-yard run, (Tyler Morefield kick), 2:54.
First downs 9 18
Rushes-yards 28-43 44-231
Passing yards 101 124
Comp-Att-Int 6-19-3 6-17-1
Punts 2-32.5 3-31.7
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-1
Penalties-Yards 9-47 13-127
Rushing — Greenfield, Tyler Dunning 16-44, Steven Sawyers 2-7, Kadeem McDonald 2-6, Ty Smithson 6-(-3), Tyler Jones 1-(-4), Quintin Yarborough 1-(-7); Dresden, Zach Jolley 13-84, Isaac Butler 16-71, Daniel Janes 13-70, Dale Hutcherson 2-6.
Passing — Greenfield, Smithson 6-19-3 — 101; Dresden, Hutcherson 3-10-0 — 100, Butler 3-7-1 — 24.
Receiving — Greenfield, Sawyers 1-55, Dalton Potts 2-14, Dunning, 1-12, Brady Medling 1-11, Ben Woods 1-9; Dresden, Butler 1-76, Daniel Harris 4-36, Alex Robinson 1-12.
Records — Greenfield 0-1, Dresden 1-0.
Next Game — Greenfield will take a week off before hosting South Fulton, while Dresden will visit Peabody at Trenton with kickoff at 7:30 on Friday night.
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