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Eagles soar to victory

Varsity vs Dickson HS on 10/9/2009
Posted Sunday, October 11, 2009 by Jimmy Trodglen
theleafchronicle.com

October 11, 2009

Eagles soar to victory

Northeast crushes Dickson Co. 26-0

By JIMMY TRODGLEN
The Leaf-Chronicle

Suddenly the season's biggest game in District 10-AAA is five days away.

With playoff implications and a district title still up for grabs, Northeast made sure there would be something to play for in its upcoming showdown with Rossview after dismantling Dickson County, winning 26-0 on Saturday on a wet and muddy field.

Northeast tailback Reco Wiliams ran for 109 yards, all in the first half, and scored on runs of 11- and 15-yards.

The Eagles defense controlled Dickson County's veer offense, holding it to 125 total yards and four first downs. Dickson County never had an offensive threat, while struggling to answer an Eagles offense that ran 20 more plays and finished with 395 yards of offense.

"We were executing all of our blocks and the coaching staff was making good calls," Williams said. "We've been practicing these two weeks straight, focusing on Dickson and homecoming week and we came out and we just executed."

Northeast moved to 4-3 and 3-2 inside 10-AAA, and helped Rossview, which has been chasing Dickson County since a loss to the Cougars in Week 2. The Cougars and Hawks are contending for a playoff berth into the 6A playoffs, while Northeast is in a five-way chase for one of the three playoff berths into 5A.

"Every week is a new week," Williams said. "We're not worried about the past, we're 0-0 and we're trying to win the district and go to the state playoffs. We haven't been there in a while and we're trying to get there."

Northeast's margin over the Cougars could've been larger, but the Eagles turned the ball over on down three times inside Dickson County's 20-yard line. The Eagles converted two Dickson County turnovers into touchdowns, and didn't have a turnover.

"We wrestled all week as a coaching staff because they're so good running the veer," Northeast coach Brian Johnson said. "We wrestled all week up until Tuesday and we didn't think we had a solution, then we came out of practice on Tuesday and the lights went off in our heads and we thought we had something and we did."

Even with sloppy field conditions, the Eagles controlled the game's first half, piling up 214 total yards in the first two quarters.

A Dickson County fumble turned into the Eagles' first TD. Williams' 11-yard scoring run came four plays after the turnover.

On their next possession, the Eagles used four plays to march 64 yards with Williams accounting for most of the yards, including the final 15-yards for a TD.

"He (Williams) is a physical guy and we're starting to hit our stride. I think we've kind of eased him into a role of carrying the ball for us down the stretch," Johnson said. "It will be interesting."

Dickson County's second turnover — a Guthrie Devin interception — was returned by Jerel Allen 30 yards for a touchdown, extending the Eagles' lead to 20-0.

"We always talk about turnovers and the thing we've fought is turnovers and our special teams game, and to come out on the positive side is a big thing," Johnson said.

The Eagles relied on their running game in the second half, running 25 plays all on the ground. Northeast used 12 backs to run for 181 yards, while the defense held Dickson County to 57 rushing yards.

"Offensively our lineman worked hard this week and they kept their composure," Williams said.

"We worked hard, executed the blocks and we got good lead blocking from (fullback) Eric Walker."

On their first possession in the third quarter, the Eagles used 11 plays to cover 78 yards with Keith Whitaker scoring from 3-yards on a fourth-and-goal.

"Our offensive line did a great job and our quarterback (Allen) did a great job getting us in and out of good plays," Johnson said. "Our running backs did a magnificent job."

SCORING SUMMARY

Scoring by quarters

Dickson County 0 0 0 0 - 0

Northeast 14 6 6 0 - 26

First quarter

Northeast: Reco Williams 11 run; pass failed, 7:03.

Northeast: Williams 15 run; Jerel Allen run, 3:29.

Second quarter

Northeast: Allen 30 interception return; kick failed, 5:59.

Third quarter

Northeast: Keith Whitaker 3 run; kick failed, 2:33.

DC NE

First downs 4 20

Rushing 28-122 51-363

Passing 3 32

Total yards 125 395

A-C-I 2-8-1 2-5-0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-0

Penalties-yards 3-15 7-60

Punts-Avg. 4-27.5 1-29.0


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