Dooly's region title hopes get big boost
COLUMBUS, Oct 27, 2012 (Menafn - Cordele Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Dooly County's Bobcats got what they wanted Friday night not only here where they thrashed Pacelli 47-14 but also in Buena Vista where Brookstone knocked off Marion County 35-28.
A combination of those outcomes threw the Region 4-A playoff race into a three-way deadlock atop among Dooly, Brookstone and Marion at 4-1 in league play, 6-2 overall. None of the three has swept the others,
"We're proud of how well we played here and we're equally happy to learn that Marion lost as we knew our only chance (to eventually wind up as region champs) was for somebody to beat them," a beaming Hughes said afterwards.
"How things are going to eventually shake out, we don't know. All of us still have left a couple of games in which anything can happen. As the old saying goes, though, take care of your own business and everything else will take care of itself. That's the approach we're taking."
The plan of action Dooly took here resulted in its highest single-game points production on offense not only this season but during Hughes' three-year stint to date as the Bobcats' head mentor. The previous high was set two weeks earlier in a 45-0 rout of Central Talbotton.
Dooly got an early break when Pacelli fumbled an exchange between the quarterback and running back at its own 30. It took the Bobcats' Chanin Hamilton just three plays to punch it in from there as he first ran left for 11 yards, went right for 12 and then hit up the gut for the final 7.
After forcing the home team to punt on its ensuing possession, the visitors went 52 yards in three plays. Hamilton gained 13 on the first two before Smith faked a dive play to him, straightened up and hit a wide open Courtney Clark over the middle for a 39-yard score.
Following an exchange of turnovers and a Pacelii punt, Dooly needed only four snaps to travel 60 yards. It actually went more but an illegal block wiped out a 48-yard TD romp by Hamilton who did officially score two plays later from 34 yards out. He first swept right then broke to his left on an untouched trip to the end zone.
The Vikings of former Crisp Academy mentor Randy Grace answered with a seven-hike, 86-yard excursion during which quarterback Wyatt Peterson had pass completions of 17, 22 and 10 before finding Brian Foster with a 30-yard scoring toss.
Setting up shop at its own 42 when Pacelli's onsides kick went out of bounds, the Bobcats retaliated with their fourth score of the night. It came at the end of a six-play, 58-yard drive most of which came by air.
Smith, who would go on to complete 12 of 18 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns, first found Kris Lundy for 13 and then hit Trevoski Lundy for 12.
A 32-yard pitch from Smith to Clark with one second left in the half produced the TD. Diego Cruz's third successful PAT kick made it 27-7 at the break.
Picking up in the second half where it left off in the first, Dooly used a good mix of the run and pass to go 88 yards in 10 plays.
A 10-yard pass to Clark, a 21-yard lug by Zachary Hooks and a 27-yard pass to T. Lundy got the ball inside the Vikes' 30. Smith and Tyrone Anderson then hooked up on a 26-yard scoring strike with the latter doing some good broken field running on his way to paydirt.
Pacelli, which would eventually yield its highest single-game points total of the season, started the fourth quarter with a 46-yard drive aided by a pair of 15-yard, same-play penalties that helped move the ball to the 11. Four plays later, it misfired on a 28-yard field goal attempt.
With reserves for both teams now in the game, the Bobcats got their next-to-last touchdown when Mark Lloyd broke off a 76-yard scoring run from Wildcat formation 8:51 from the finish.
Dooly's final points were recorded with 4:10 to go on Mark Clark's 78-yard interception return. Pacelli's last touchdown was posted 33.4 seconds from the finish on Peterson's 18-yard pass to Jay Dawahare.
"All things considered, I thought we played pretty well coming off our emotional loss (12-7 to Marion) the week before," Hughes said. "That was such a physical game that it left us pretty sore so it was good to be able to get our starters off the field early and get extensive playing time -- especially on defense -- for our younger guys.
"Our ability to run the ball as well as we did (26 rushes for a season-high 237 yards) against a very young team that for the next two years or so is going to be able to compete with anybody in our region was a big plus.
"It was also encouraging to see us spread the ball around to as many guys as we did (eight players had rushing yardage, six had receptions and five had touchdowns).
"It also helped that our offensive line did a better job of both run blocking and pass protecting and that our defense turned in the job it did against their triple-option led by a good running, good passing quarterback (Peterson).
"It was just a total team effort. I was proud to see our guys not having any hangover effects from the week before."
Score by Quarters
Dooly County 7-20-7-13 -- 47
Pacelli High 0-7-0-7 -- 14
3:32 D -- Chanin Hamilton 7 run (Diego Cruz kick)
11:14 D -- Courtney Clark 39 pass from A.J. Smith (kick failed)
4:06 D -- Hamilton 34 run (Cruz kick)
1:18 P -- Brian Foster 30 pass from Wyatt Peterson (Cade Pepper kick)
0:01 D -- Clark 32 pass from Smith (Cruz kick)
5:28 D -- Tyrone Anderson 26 pass from Smith (Cruz kick)
8:51 D -- Mark Lloyd 76 run (Cruz kick)
4:10 D -- Mark Clark 78 interception return (kick failed)
0:33.4 P -- Jay Dawahare 18 pass from Peterson (Pepper kick)
First Downs: D 19, P 18.
Rushes-Yards: D 26-237, P 32-110.
Yards Passing: D 221, P 116.
Passes C-A-I: D 12-18-0, P 10-18-2.
Fumbles-Lost: D 3-1, P 4-2.
Punts-Average: D 0-0, P 2-25.
Penalties-Yards: D 8-85, P 3-23.
Rushing: Dooly -- Hamilton 17-114, M. Lloyd 2-82, Zachary Hooks 2-25, Malik Adams 1-12, Tre' Cobb 1-2, C. Clark 1-2, Rashad Hawkins 1-(-2), Smith 1-1; Pacelli -- KeAndrea Ashley 18-89, K.T. Walls 3-4, DeAndrew Bowman 3-15, Peterson 8-2.
Passing: Dooly -- Smith 12-18-0 221; Pacelli -- Peterson 10-18-2 116.
Receiving: Dooly -- C. Clark 5-105, Anderson 1-26, Kris Lundy 3-33, Trevoski Lundy 2-39, Montravious Adams 1-18; Pacelli -- Dawahare 4-69, Brian Foster 4-65, K.T. Walls 2-32.
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