Tigers dismantle Bobcats on homecomingPublished 10:14pm Friday, October 11, 2013
In a game that looked like only one team showed up to play, the Dadeville Tigers made their homecoming a sweet one, destroying the Beulah Bobcats 48-0.
“We came out strong and executed offensively and defensively,” said Richard White, Dadeville football coach. “We completely shut them down. Hat’s off to our bunch for coming out ready to play. That’s what we wanted.”
The Tigers raced out to a commanding advantage, scoring early and often as they ran the Bobcats out of Tiger Stadium in the first half.
After stonewalling Beulah on the Bobcats’ first possession, Jaquan Alvies put the Tigers in excellent field position when he blocked a Bobcats’ punt that was recovered at the 18-yard line.
Four plays later, Michael Miller began the Tigers’ scoring onslaught, punching it into the endzone from four yards out after hauling in a pass from C.J. Tolbert.
Beulah had no room whatsoever to operate offensively, as the only way the Bobcats could move the ball seemed to be in the opposite direction.
After another three and out forced by the Dadeville’s defense, Tolbert and the Tigers’ passing game began to click.
Tolbert hit three of his four passes on the ensuing drive, the final completion going to Jessie Foster, who immediately left the Bobcats’ defense in the dust for a 42-yard pitch and catch for a score.
A failed extra point left the game 13-0 in favor of Dadeville, but that was about the only thing the Tigers did wrong on this night.
With the passing game up and running, Tolbert decided to get involved in the rushing attack as well.
He scored two rushing touchdowns. His first was from 20 yards out, which put Beulah at a three-possession disadvantage with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
After a Foster interception put Dadeville in business at Beulah’s 26-yard line, Tolbert ran in nearly untouched on an 11-yard scamper for a score.
Beulah showed some life in the second quarter, but an Anfernee Jennings interception that was followed by a 30-yard hookup from Tolbert to Shawn Jennings all but killed any hope of a Beulah comeback.
Another Bobcats’ three-and-out resulted in a punt, which Roger Hicks subsequently took 77 yards to the house. The following extra point made the game 41-0.
D.J. Pearson scored the game’s final touchdown, running it in from 28 yards out late in the second quarter.
At the start of the third, six-minute quarters were in effect, and time ran out.
“We’re going to enjoy this one, and get ready for the next one,” White said. “They are going to get tougher from here on out. I told the team not to come out like we did at Dallas County, which was sluggish. They were giving us our screen game, and that was something we needed to work on. Defensively, we didn’t think they could run on us, and they didn’t throw it much.”
Beulah was held to -14 yards of total offense in the first half.
Dadeville (6-1, 5-0 in region) goes on the road to face region foe Handley next week.