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Friday, August 24, 2018

South Defeats Dixe

South made some big plays when it counted - converting 2 big 4th and long plays in the red zone that would end up as touchdowns and also showed the ability to grind out yardage in their win over Dixie.  Dixie had a problem with turnovers, and the South defense also made some good stands and forced Dixie to turnover the ball on downs several times.  Dixie special teams helped their cause with a fake punt for a 1st down and a squib kick that was recovered. But at nights end it was South who were winners 35-14.

After stopping Dixies opening drive South drove down the field and appeared to be stalled in the red zone. But on 4th and about 21, Chandler Napier hauled in a Wade Cottingim pass for the 1st score of the night.  Dixie managed an answer on their next drive - mainly pounding the ball in between the tackles.  Logan Grubb scored on a 4 yard run.

Dixie special teams had a breakdown on the ensuing kickoff. Cade Cottingim ran about 75 yards and scored to re-extend South's lead.  Then on the ensuing kickoff Dixie fumbled at midfield. Dixie was able to force South to turn the ball over on downs so no further damage was done.  So the special teams made some big plays that helped, but also had some break downs that were costly - the net effect being a wash.

Michael Crews had the last score of the half on an 8 yard carry with 2:46 left in the half.  On their possession Dixies drive stalled and they lined up to punt.  But their punter did a fake and instead ran for a 1st down in South territory.   With the clock winding down Dixie rolled the dice and tried to toss the ball into the endzone.  But Titus Woodgeard swooped in for the interception.  So at halftime it was 21-6 in favor of South.

Both teams mixed the run and pass in the 1st half.  But in the 2nd half both teams relied mainly on the run. South drove well with their 1st possession of the half. But once again in the redzone the drive stalled. After a holding call, Billy Womble next sacked the quarterback and South was facing a 4th and forever.  But Jaden Bassler caught a pass to plant the ball on the 4 yard line and give South a fresh set of downs.  Issac Clark scored from there.

Dixie scored again when Keith Thomas capped off a drive with a 4yard run. They then did a pooch kick which was recovered.  But the South defense held firm and Dixie could not capitalize.  In the 4th quarter South was pounding the ball with running back Issac Clark in between the tackles.  He was getting 3,4 yards a crack and was grinding out yardage.  Suddenly he broke a tackle or two and found some green space - he then ran for 51 yards and the final score of the night.

Next week South travels to Preble Shawnee and Dixie will host Tri-Village.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tri-Village Downs Dixie

A win is a win.  When you have a young team that is playing their 1st volleyball game of the season – with 4 of your players on the roster for the first team, then yes, things are going to be dicey at times. The Patriots struggled at times but throughout the match they managed to make points when they had to and won in straight sets over the SWBL’s Dixie Greyhounds 25-20 25-19 25-21.
It seemed like the Patriots 1st set was actually their best set as far as team errors and overall game play.  When the team did their dig – set – spike,  they really seemed to shine and after breaking a tie at 11 all, they had good front line play to get a lead and hang onto it. Sophomore Kelsie Wehr was a...

Complete story at:  Daily Advocate

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