2010-10-15 / Sports

Silver Foxes capitalize on Cavalier miscues

By Tim Gochnaur

Photo by Claire Ward Dutch Fork running back Brandon Quattlebaum follows the block of Aaron Borden on Richland Photo by Claire Ward Dutch Fork running back Brandon Quattlebaum follows the block of Aaron Borden on Richland The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes rode the power of a quick strike offense and an opportunistic, ball–hawking defense to defeat the Richland Northeast Cavaliers, 35–12 Friday, October 8 at Harry Parone Stadium.

It was the Region 4–4A opener for both teams. Dutch Fork improves to 5-2 overall, 1–0 in region play. The Cavaliers fall to 5–2 and 0–1.

Dutch Fork first–year coach Tom Knotts was happy with his team’s performance.

“I’m still trying to figure out the regions and conferences, so every game’s a Super Bowl to me. I was really happy with the way we secured the game after getting off to a fast start.” The Foxes will tackle Ridge View next week.

Dutch Fork took the opening kickoff and scored three plays later when quarterback Clayton Little ran in from 26 yards. The Foxes then forced Northeast to punt and two plays later, wide receiver Shaq Price hauled in a 62–yard strike from Little for another score barely halfway into the first quarter. Corey Brown kicked both conversions.

Photo by Claire Ward Dutch Fork’s Brett Shore tackles Richland Northeast running back Darius Paulk. Photo by Claire Ward Dutch Fork’s Brett Shore tackles Richland Northeast running back Darius Paulk. The Cavaliers fought back driving 62 yards in 14 plays, eating 7:12 from the clock. The payoff came when La’Derrick Cohens ran in from five yards out for Northeast’s first score.

After recovering a Northeast fumble—one of eight the Cavs had in the game—the Foxes rode the running of Brandon Quattlebaum and the Little– to–Price aerial connection to the Northeast five yard line in three plays. Quattlebaum scored on a 5–yard run.

Dutch Fork began a late third quarter drive on the Northeast 43 yard line. The ground attack of Quattlebaum, Little, and Trey Gregg brought the Foxes to the Northeast two yard line before Quattlebaum punched in for his second score. Typical of the luck the Cavaliers had in the game, they had a chance to stop the drive when Dutch Fork had the ball in a third– and–13 from the Northeast 23. Northeast intercepted a Clayton Little pass and brought it back for 12 yards before losing the ball on a fumble and giving the Foxes possession back with a first down at the Northeast 22.

Dutch Fork then forced Northeast to punt and took possession at midfield. Little began a nine play drive mixing misdirection runs from Quattlebaum, receiver C.J. Cannon, and a few carries himself. Payoff came with 3:09 left in the game when Quattlebaum scampered in from 22 yards for the score, his third of the night. Quattlebaum finished the night with 15 carries for 108 yards and three touchdowns.

“That was kind of the game plan,” Dutch Fork coach Knotts said after the game discussing his team’s running attack. “Go with a little misdirection with #5 (Quattlebaum), then let him (Little) go with some wildcat type stuff. He is faster than most people think, a good elusive little runner.”

Northeast scored late in the game when wide receiver DeJuan Williams brought in a 30–yard pass for a score from quarterback A.C. Whaley.

On the Dutch Fork side, in addition to Quattlebaum, Little contributed nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown and completed 8–of–11 passing for 143 yards and a score. For the Cavaliers, Darius Paulk finished with 18 carries for 68 yards. Cohens had nine carries for 25 yards and a score.

When told his team lost the ball eight times on fumbles and muffs, Richland Northeast head coach Jay Frye shook his head.

“That says it all,” Frye reported. “It is like I told the guys, it seemed like every time we would get something going, we would do something to hurt us real badly. You can’t turn the ball over, and we turned it over way too many times. We even got an interception and turned it over. It was one of those nights when the ball didn’t bounce our way. We didn’t execute on offense. We didn’t play particularly well on defense. They are a very good football team, and they showed it tonight.”

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