Dollarway gave the McGehee Owls all they could handle in the first half of Friday night’s ball game at Dollarway, but the Owls used a second-half shutout to take down the Cardinals 36-14.
Dollarway Head Coach Martese Henry said the Owls were a run-oriented team, and playing against a rushing attack like that for 60 minutes would test the will of a defense. Henry said he felt his defense played well, they prepared well, but they made a few costly mistakes that the Owls took advantage of.
“They had pretty much been doing the same thing that they’ve always done,” Henry said. We had a couple of missed tackles that really killed us.”
The Owls got on the board first with a four-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Dewayne Railey. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Cardinals' offense would then connect on a punch of their own before the end of the first.
Dollarway junior quarterback Terrance Brown hit senior wide-out Jecorion Dickson for a 60-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 6-6 as the Cardinals failed on their first two-point attempt as well.
After the defenses forced the ball back to their offenses to begin the second quarter, the Owls would find a crease in the Cardinals' defense for a go-ahead touchdown midway through the quarter. McGehee then used a swinging gate play to convert a two-point conversion.
Brown continued to put the ball in the air and connect with his receivers as he hit sophomore Da’vion Branch on a pass that put the Cardinals in scoring position. On a fourth and goal play, Brown used his legs to scramble into the end zone, and the Cardinals converted their two-point attempt to make it 14-14 going into intermission.
“It pretty much started off as an even contest,” Henry said.
“Both teams were fighting and clawing. It was 14-14 at half, and we felt we had a good chance.”
The third quarter didn’t consist of much scoring as both defenses stopped drives. The Owls scored the lone touchdown of the third quarter as Railey broke free out of the Dead-T formation.
That touchdown put McGehee up 20-14 heading into the fourth. According to Henry, he took a chance early in the fourth by throwing the ball in a one-on-one coverage situation, and the ball was intercepted.
The Owls returned the interception inside of Dollarway’s 10 yard line, which set them up for an easy scoring drive. After McGehee went up 28-14, the miscues continued to pile on for Dollarway and, as Henry said, the Owls just steamrolled to the win.
“I feel good about how we played, and prepared,” Henry said. “Anthony Williams, a senior running back, really stepped up last night. We tried to run Kavareous Lowe a little, but with him dealing with an ankle injury he wasn’t 100 percent. Going forward, I think we’ll be fine.”