Six turnovers end G'field's chance to upset Humboldt
Sara Reid — Special to the Weakley County Pres
Greenfield (1-7, 0-4 District 14-A) turned the ball over three times in the first quarter alone yet found itself down only 7-0 on a Quan Campbell 14-yard touchdown run. The host Vikings (5-4, 4-1 District 14-A) scored two more times in the second quarter following a pair of Yellowjacket turnovers and just once more in the second half to make it a 25-0 final.
Greenfield took the opening possession on its own 36 and gained six on first down on a Steven Sawyers carry. Tyler Dunning picked up two yards on a handoff up the middle, but on third-and-short, Viking D.J. Harrell recovered a fumble on the Greenfield 44.
Campbell netted nine yards on two carries and Kane Young picked up a first down. Campbell was pulled back a yard by Brodie Cogburn, before the Vikings were flagged for a false start and Darren Dunbar's pass to Harrell fell incomplete. On third-and-long, however, the Vike QB found Campbell down the right sideline for 23 yards and Campbell encored the play with a 14-yard run into the end zone. A Diego Navas kick put the home team up 7-0 with 6:51 left in the first quarter.
The Jackets started their second possession on their own 40-yard line and ate up 15 yards on a pass play from Dalton Potts to Benjamin Woods. Dunning took two handoffs 17 yards down to the Viking 26. Dunning was held to just a yard on his next two carries, though, and Potts' next pass was intercepted by Zack Shepherd at the 10 and returned to the Humboldt 30.
Holding their ground, the Jackets forced Humboldt to punt the ball away, but turned the ball back over on a Quan Connor interception to end the first quarter.
The home team faced third-and-long to start the second stanza, but erased the big yardage on a Dunbar 19-yard pass to Shepherd. Campbell was brought down for a three-yard loss, but Dunbar gained seven on a keeper, 14 on a pass to Antonio Brooks and 22 yards and a touchdown on another keeper. Navas' kick failed due to a fumbled snap, but Humboldt held a 13-0 lead with 10:02 left before the half.
Greenfield was held to a quick three-and-out series, but Brian Harris fumbled a handoff for Humboldt and Woods recovered for the Yellowjackets.
Starting on the 45, the visitors were aided by an offsides penalty on Humboldt and Dunning picked up two yards down to the 38, but Shannon McCurry intercepted a pass at the 40 and took it all the way back for the touchdown. The conversion failed, but the Vikes were in front 19-0 with 6:06 left before the half.
The Jackets fumbled the ball away again on the Viking 39, but made a strong defensive stand as Cogburn stopped Campbell on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line to end the half.
The Vikings had the first possession of the second half and marched 54 yards while eating up valuable minutes off the clock. Humboldt scored on a Campbell one-yard run. The kick was blocked by the Jacket special teamers, but Humboldt was now comfortably in front 25-0 with 3:29 left in the third.
Though neither team scored any more points, the Yellowjackets picked up large gains on the ground from Kadeem McDonald who took six handoffs 39 yards.
Turnovers proved to be the difference, however, and with Humboldt committing only one to Greenfield's six, the Vikes took the 25-0 win.
Greenfield will now face Halls. Kick off is 7:30 Friday night in Greenfield.
Greenfield 0 0 0 0—0
Humboldt 7 12 6 0—25
HHS — Quan Campbell 14 run, (Diego Navas kick), 6:51.
HHS — Darren Dunbar 22 run, (kick failed), 10:02.
HHS — Shannon McCurry 60 interception return, (conversion failed), 6:06.
HHS — Campbell 1 run, (kick blocked), 3:29.
First Downs 9 17
Rushes-yards 25-96 49-194
Passing yards 40 64
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-3 4-7-0
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-10 5-35
Rushing — Greenfield Tyler Dunning 13-52, Kadeem McDonald 6-39, Steven Sawyers 1-6, Dalton Potts 3-(-3); Humboldt, Darren Dunbar 14-84, Quan Campbell 21-71, Kane Young 5-37, Ryeon Wedley 6-5, J.K. Kimble 3-(-3).
Passing — Greenfield, Potts 6-11-3 40; Humboldt, Dunbar 4-7-0 64.
Receiving — Greenfield, Benjamin Woods 1-15, Dunning 3-13, Sawyers 2-12; Humboldt, Campbell 2-31, Zack Shepherd 1-19, Antonio Brooks 1-14.
Records — Greenfield 1-7 (0-4 District 14-A), Humboldt 5-4 (4-1 District 14-A).
Next Game — Greenfield will host the Halls Tigers with kickoff at 7:30 on Friday, while Humboldt has a week off before visiting Halls on Oct. 30.