TRENTON — The Gordon Central Warriors travelled to Trenton on Friday night to take on Dade County. The Warriors came in seeking to get their first win of the season. Dade County did not oblige. The Wolverines dominated the Warriors for a 41-12 Region 7-AA win.
Dade County employed a rush-heavy offensive attack that included sweeps, reverses, handoffs, quarterback sneaks and options. It was certainly very potent in this game, as the offense put up over 250 yards on the ground led by the three-headed monster of fullback Lee Spencer, running back Malaki Webb and running back Trey Whitehead. It proved way too much to handle for the visitors.
Gordon Central came in behind the 8-ball to begin with without a couple key players due to academic suspensions. To start the game, the Warrior defense came up with a big stop on their half of the field to keep Dade County off the scoreboard on their first offensive drive.
However, the Gordon Central offense was held to a three-and-out followed by a bad punt that gave the Wolverines great field position on the Warriors’ side of the fifty. Dade County’s offense promptly got rolling as quarterback Gregory Templeton hit Spencer through the air for a 20-yard touchdown. Then, the Warriors fumbled the ball, and Dade County took advantage. Templeton ran a quarterback bootleg and sprinted 15 yards for his team’s second score of the night.
The Wolverines scored two more times in the first half and did not give up any points to Gordon Central. First, Whitehead took the handoff 25 yards to the house, and Templeton threw his second touchdown pass of the night (12-yards to Spencer). Dade County took a 27-0 lead heading into the half (missed PAT).
In the second half, the home side were content to continue monotonously running the clock. Webb scored two rushing touchdowns (only scores for them of 2nd half) for his team. Gordon Central also got on the board as well as they put up 12 points in the second half via a Martavius Harris quarterback draw for a beautiful 74-yard touchdown that included charging through the middle, breaking a tackle and leaving every Wolverine in his dust. Harris was also responsible for the other score, which was a nice 46-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dixon. (Both PATs were missed.)
It was certainly a tough night for Gordon Central as they played a sloppy game overall that included several turnovers (some were recovered by themselves) and a bunch of penalties. Head coach Cory Nix said he was not happy after the game with the performance.
“Well, I am just going to put it on the record… I want kids who are going to give it everything they got,” said Nix. “I want them to do right, and it doesn’t matter what class they are as long as they put in the hard work. If they earn it.
“I’m going to give them their opportunities. I showed that tonight. I had some kids that were disciplined tonight and weren’t part of the game, but I just want kids that are going to do right, give 110 percent and earn everything they get. That’s all there is to it.”
Gordon Central is off next week and then hosts Armuchee on Oct. 13.