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September 12, 2015 - garden totes

GAYLESVILLE – Gaylesville football manager Kyle Garmon’s defensive devise this week centered on interlude Spring Garden youth tailback Dakota Lambert.

For a many part, a Trojans were effective interlude a Panthers’ lightning, tying Lambert to 22 yards on 8 carries and a rushing touchdown on Friday night.

But where a Trojans had a tough time was opposite a Panthers’ thunder: youth fullback Quintin Downey.

Downey delivered 184 yards on 15 carries and scored dual touchdowns on a ground. He also held a 16-yard touchdown pass from youth quarterback Ben Ivey to lead a Class 1A, No. 9 Panthers to a 39-13 victory.

Downey was unhappy with a Panthers’ opening in final week’s detriment opposite Cedar Bluff. The mild-mannered Downey pronounced he had a speak with his descent linemen about a few things they all indispensable to work on.

Whatever he pronounced contingency have finished a trick.

“Last week, we got on to them a small bit. They corrected it this week and stepped up,” Downey said. “They unequivocally done me proud. we feel like everybody stepped it adult a lot.”

Spring Garden manager Jason Howard pronounced Garmon “caused me a lot of excited nights this week” wondering what his diversion devise would be in interlude a Panthers (2-1, 1-1 Region 7).

Of course, it always helps carrying a champion in a backfield like Downey to assistance lift a descent load. In 3 weeks, Downey has rushed for 378 yards on 49 totes and 3 scores.

“He’s a workhorse for us,” Howard said. “I consider all 3 games he’s played genuine well.”

“With Dakota and Chase (Jennings) to a outside, it creates us tough to defend. We told Ben we were about to put some-more vigour on him with his legs and arm, and we suspicion he had an well-developed game. He threw a round good and we suspicion he ran a football well.”

Downey got things going for Spring Garden on a initial possession of a game. He capped a 5-play, 70-yard expostulate with a 27-yard touchdown run. Junior placekicker Kaitlyn Rogers missed a additional point, gripping a Panther lead during 6-0 with 9:33 left in a opening quarter.

Ivey, who finished 3-of-4 pass attempts for 60 yards, threw his initial of dual touchdown passes with 9:26 left before halftime. He connected with youth receiver Joe Rogers for a 39-yard scoring strike down a visiting sideline. The try for dual failed, though Spring Garden had a two-score advantage during 12-0.

Ivey struck again with 3:10 to in a initial half. This time, he strike Downey for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Panthers were catastrophic on a 2-point acclimatisation again, though had increasing their lead to 18-0.

“I only attempted to do my job,” Ivey said. “We’re a using team, and that’s what many people set on. When they set too tough on a run, that’s when we strike them with a pass.”

After 3 punts and no initial downs adult to that point, a Trojans (0-3, 0-1) finally put together a estimable expostulate led by tailbacks Brandon Barnes and Derek Hill. The twin marched Gaylesville down to a Panther 28-yard line, though a chastisement and afterwards a Joe Rogers interception of Jonathan Bradley killed a expostulate with 6 seconds to go in a initial half.

Downey non-stop adult a scoring in third entertain with his second rushing touchdown. This one went for 16 yards. Ivey’s rush for dual done it 26-0 Spring Garden during a 6:55 symbol of a third.

The Panthers tacked on one some-more measure in a third on Lambert’s 6-yard rush, capping an 8-play, 60-yard drive. Rogers booted a additional indicate to make it 33-0 Panthers.

Gaylesville finally got on a scoreboard 45 seconds into a fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Austin Slayton rushed 42 yards on an choice screw for a touchdown. Barnes booted a additional indicate to make a measure 33-7.

After a Panthers incited a round over on downs during a Trojan 11-yard line, it took youth using behind Derek Hill one play to lurch 89 yards for another Gaylesville score. The try for dual failed, gripping a measure during 33-13.

One play after a Trojan touchdown, Lambert rambled 61 yards on a kickoff for another Panther score. Hill blocked Rogers’ PAT for a final.

Hill led a Trojans with 119 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

“He’s (Hill) never played tailback before, so a some-more touches he gets, a improved he’s going to be,” Garmon said. “It’s a same thing with a quarterbacks. They’re both fresh quarterbacks, though they’ve removing improved and improved each week.

“The wins are going to come. We’re down 6-0 median by a second entertain with a No. 9 group in a state, and that’s not bad. The kids played hard, and that’s a categorical thing. If we get kick and a kids don’t play hard, that’s one thing, though if we get kick and a kids play hard, what do we have to protest about?”

Gaylesville hosts Valley Head on Friday. Spring Garden plays a non-region competition during Class 2A Gaston.

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