Tigers battle to end to defeat Russell CountyPublished 11:30pm Friday, November 1, 2013
The Russell County Warriors came out strong against Dadeville in week 10 action, but failed to stay the course.
The Tigers claimed the win for the night 21-18.
Though he was happy with a win, coach Richard White said the game had a lesson to teach his players.
“We didn’t have a good week of practice, and it showed. We preach to them all the time the importance of practicing hard, but we just went through the motions this past week,” White said. “It’s just one of those things – we were coming off a big win, and it is sort of hard to get them to come back down to Earth.”
The Warriors wasted no time getting onto the scoreboard, marching 68 yards on their first play from scrimmage for six. Russell County opted for the two-point conversion attempt, but failed.
After an unsuccessful first drive, the Tigers held the Warriors to a three and out.
The Tigers started their second drive from their 49-yard line.
Aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty, the Tigers were soon within reach. Shawn Jennings snuck in the end zone on a quarterback keeper to make it 7-6.
The Warriors struck back with 2:47 left in the half, snatching up an errant pass and taking it all the way back for a touchdown. Again, the two-point conversion was no good as the score sat at 12-7 in favor of Russell County.
With little time left in the half, C.J. Tolbert broke loose and charged it 39 yards to steal the lead back. The PAT was good and at half, Dadeville led 14-12.
When play resumed the second half, Roger Hicks received the opening kick but was hit hard. Hicks left the game with a possible concussion.
“We are going to hold him out of practice at the beginning of next week,” White said. “He probably could have gone back in, but he should be good to go next Friday.”
Tolbert notched another 11 yards onto his tally and claimed six more for the Tigers with 10:53 left in the fourth.
The Warriors, however, answered two minutes later with a touchdown of their own.
The PAT was good, but a roughing the kicker penalty set the Warriors up for a second attempt.
This time, the kick was blocked and the score saw Dadeville with a 21-18 lead.
Though a bad punt put the Warriors in prime position for a score, the Tigers shut down the offense and were able to get the ball back. Tolbert dished it off to Darius Miller a few times before taking a knee to end the ballgame.
Miller was the leading rusher for the night, with 23 carries for 150 yards.
Tolbert added 134 yards on 26 carries.
D.J. Morgan had four tackles and 2 assists for the night, with one extra point block.
Dadeville will play Thomasville at home next week for round one of playoff action.