-MU scores on every offensive possession and dismantles Dixie 63-13
By: Brett Barnes
The Dixie Greyhounds traveled to West Milton, Ohio, Friday night hoping beyond hope to end their eightgame losing streak against a Milton-Union football team desperate for a home win and frustrated by their recent play. The Dogs dominated play and scored every time they had the football defeating Dixie 63-13.
Dixie moved the ball early with a short passing attack that had the Dogs on their heels. However, after a 7 play drive stalled with a punt, the Bulldogs began their onslaught. In their first offensive series, Brad Stine carried the football three plays, and the final play ended in the end zone from 22yds away. After his two point conversion, M-U led 8-0.
The early passing success of the Greyhounds quickly turned to disaster when the Bulldogs’ Quinton Weiss intercepted the football and turned it into a pick six. Again Stine converted, and the lead swelled to 16-0.
Blake Smith intercepted on the next Dixie series, and the Bulldogs turned that into an 8 play, 75 yard drive that ended with Krue Thwaits scampering 22yds for another first quarter score, and the onslaught was on 22-0.
The second quarter began just as the first quarter ended. Dixie turned the ball over on downs, and the Bulldogs scored in just three plays when Zac Shields flew around end and scampered 24yds for six more. Chase Martens added the two point conversion making it 30-0.
After a Greyhound punt, the Bulldogs took to the air for the first time when freshman quarterback Alex Moore hit Trey Barnes for 8 yards starting another scoring drive. Shields ran for 8, Martens for 27, and the drive ended when Thwaits scored again this time from ten yards away, running the score to 36-0 with 5:40 left in the half.
Dixie finally answered with a 9 play, 40 yard drive to make the score 36-7 late in the half, but the Bulldogs came right back and scored in just three plays when Martens followed great blocking and hammered it in from ten yards away.
Dixie then completed two long passes and scored right before the half ending an action-packed half of football, and the scoreboard finally rested at 44-13.
Once again the OHSAA mercy rule kicked into effect with a running clock to start the half. Because of this, each team would get the ball just three times each in the second half. M-U would score three more touchdowns, while Dixie punted and threw two interceptions (Chris Dunn and Tommy Smith). Moore hit Weiss with a 26 yard touchdown pass; Martens scored again from 10 yards away, Smith added his first varsity touchdown from thirty yards away. The Bulldogs final possession ended in victory formation with the final score 63-13.
The Bulldogs ended with 488 yards total offense, never punted, and scored on every possession: A perfect offensive evening. The season ends next Friday when the Spartans of Waynesville travel into town. Game time is 7:00.