HAMPTON — It took time expiring in the second quarter for the Dutchtown Bulldogs to score but it was everything the program needed as they relied on Arendez Fedd’s legs and strength to break the 24-minute deadlock.
After that, it was all Dutchtown as the Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered enroute to the victory over Statesboro to punch their Sweet 16 ticket 20-0.
Looking back on the game, Dutchtown was the favored program against Statesboro but the game wasn’t easy from the start.
The first few drives of the night for the Bulldogs looked good, but they weren’t able move freely down the field as they would have liked. Add in a missed field goal attempt for Ki’Mari Underwood and the Bulldogs were just out of sorts in the first quarter of play.
It took only 18 minutes for the first quarter to wrap up. But neither team scored but Statesboro’s drives were long and ate up enough time to leave an explosive Dutchtown team off the field long enough.
The second quarter was much the same. Dutchtown scored on the final play of the quarter but before that, Nate McCollum found the soft spot in the Blue Devil coverage on the ground and broke off a 29-yard rush.
Unfortunately, penalties played havoc on the Bulldogs as the 29-yard rush was called back with a holding call. Then a procedure penalty found Dutchtown behind the original line of scrimmage by 20-yards. They couldn’t get the yards back on the drive.
The final drive of the first half was as beautiful as one could make it. With a little over two minutes left on the clock, the Bulldogs drove down the field on the strength of Fedd who, made a gutsy eight second, 15-yard dive to the endzone count as time expired in the half.
With the first drive of the second half, the Bulldogs did what the needed to do. First, a huge return by McCollum had the Bulldogs on the opponent’s side of the field.
Then it was all McCollum as Fedd threw the ball short, but the big play ability of McCollum shone through as he bounced off defenders. The second score of the night came on a McCollum 13-yard reception from Fedd.
Fedd scored on a quick 3-yard rush up the middle but it wasn’t much that could be done for the Blue Devils as Dutchtown’s solid defense remained near flawless in the final quarter of play.
DHS 0 7 7 6 20
SHS 0 0 0 0 0
DHS: Fedd 14 rush (0:00, 7-0, Underwood PAT)
DHS: Fedd 13 pass McCollum (10:04, 14-0, Underwood PAT)
DHS: Fedd 3 rush (7:59, 20-0, Try Fail)