Tolbert shines as Dadeville downs HoltvillePublished 5:36pm Tuesday, September 17, 2013
By Jim PlottSpecial to the Outlook
C.J. Tolbert threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to pace the Dadeville Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Class 4A Region 3) to a 32-12 win over region opponent Holtville (0-3, 0-2) at Boykin Field in Slapout.
After a scoreless first quarter Dadeville’s Darius Miller took it to the end zone on a 20-yard run. The point-after was good for a 7-0 Tigers lead.
The Bulldogs responded on the ensuing kick with Jarmal Kendrick returning it 80 yards for a score. The PAT tied the game at 7-all with 11:35 left in the second period.
It was all Dadeville for the remainder of the half.
Tolbert scampered 60 yards for one touchdown, then connected with Miller on a 46-yard toss and Devin Johnson on a 54-yard strike.
The Tigers took a 25-7 advantage into the halftime locker room.
Neither team could get on the board in the third quarter, but exchanged tallies in the final 12 minutes.
Tolbert pushed across from the 2-yard line with 10:04 left, and the extra point stretched the Dadeville lead to 32-7.
Holtville crossed the goal a final time on a 3-yard run by Kendrick with 3:15 remaining.
For the Tigers, Tolbert finished the night with eight rushes for 128 yards and Miller had 16 carries for 118 yards.
For the Bulldogs, Kendrick rushed 19 times for 129 yards.
“I’m never pleased with a loss,” said Holtville coach Hunter Adams. “I am pleased with the level of energy with which we played. We fought tooth and nail even through a rash of injuries.”
Dadeville coach Richard White said his players fell a little short of his expectations.
“We took control in the beginning, but then we got real sloppy,” he said. “We’re not playing exactly like I want us to be playing, but I think with a couple of good practices we’ll get there.”
Holtville will travel to Central Clay next Friday while Dadeville will host Childersburg.
Peggy Blackburn contributed to this report.