MARIETTA — Khalid Cramer rushed for 97 yards and a score and quarterback Arendez Fedd added two more touchdowns as Dutchtown defeated Wheeler 21-7 in a non-region football game Friday night at Corky Kell Stadium.
Wheeler was a victim of a slow start with only 35 total yards.
Dutchtown set the tone on its opening drive when Cramer had carries for 10 and 15 yards before scoring five plays later on a five-yard run.
Although the Wildcats (0-2) moved the ball better in the second half, Dutchtown kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard until the 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Alexander Stack hit Devin Clark for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Meanwhile, Cramer set the tone in Dutchtown's opening drive of the game with carries of 15 and 10 yards before scoring on a five-yarder.
“When you come out, you got to play fast,” Wheeler coach Bryan Love said. “Then halftime came, and the effort the kids gave was better, but it is my job to make sure that you have a faster start.”
Wheeler adjusted defensively afterwards with two red zone stops in the first half, but the offense took a bit longer to move the ball. The Wildcats had the ball just three times and punted twice.
Dutchtown (1-1) added to its lead in the second quarter on a three-yard scamper by Fedd.
The Bulldogs took a three-touchdown lead on its opening drive of the second half on four plays that ended with Fedd punching it in from one yard out.
Wheeler's passing game started clicking in the second half. After a lackluster first half performance, Stack ended up completing 16 of 27 pass attempts for 168 yards after throwing just 23 in the first half.
Wheeler's opening drive of the second half ate nearly six minutes of clock. The Wildcats managed to get in the red zone after Stack completed four of five pass attempts, but back to back incompletions stalled the drive on the Grovetown 20.
The game then turned for the worse early in the fourth quarter when a bad snap by Wheeler went through the end zone for a safety.
Wheeler managed to sustain another lenghty drive after Kaleb Simon recovered a Grovetown fumble, but ended with an interception deep in Grovetown territory.
After Wheeler scored its lone touchdown, Grovetown chewed the remaining 5 minutes of the game.