Warriors left searching for win

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By Chad Dixon

The Russell County Warriors (0-4, 0-2) had their largest offensive output of the season last Friday in a game that looked to be a shoot-out at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan, Ala. The Warriors and Dothan Tigers (2-2, 1-1) exchanged five consecutive trips to the end zone. In the end, the Tigers picked up their first Class 6A Region 2 victory and left the Warriors continuing to search for theirs.

The Tigers scored first on three plays in just over two minutes. Dothan running back Ty Webb scored from 20 yards out 2:05 into the game. Kicker Brody Barnett completed the PAT to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. The Warriors completed a nine-play, 70-yard drive with 5:35 remaining in the quarter when Russell County quarter back Quon Pritchett completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Adam Depew. Dothan’s Zay Wimberly blocked the PAT to retain the Tigers’ lead at 7-6.

Dothan scored again in less than two minutes. Webb’s 44-yard rush set up his six-yard touchdown run to the end zone with 3:46 left in the first quarter. Barnett’s kick was good following the score and the Tigers took a 14-6 lead into the second half.

Russell County responded and tied the game at 14 in just 49 seconds into the second half. The Warriors’ drive started at their own 45-yard line. They covered 55 yards over nine plays.  Azayvier Lokey’s 19-yard reverse pass to D’Andre Hartwell set up a six-yard touchdown rush by Myrick Jackson with 11:11 remaining in the second quarter. Pint Lokey converted the two-point conversion from the left side to tie the game.

Dothan quarterback Kam Dawsey completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeShawn Owens with 8:02 left in the half to give the Tigers back the lead. After Barnett’s successful PAT, Dothan led 20-14. The Tigers added a 31-yard field goal by Barnett to close the first half with a 23-14 lead.

Dawsey rushed to the end zone from the one-yard line with four minutes remaining in the third quarter to extend the lead to 30-14 and that would be it for the scoring from both teams. Dawsey was 2-for-5 with 29 passing yards. Webb rushed for 246 yards on 21 carries and had three touchdowns.

Pritchett was 3-for-6 with 41 passing yards and rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries. Lokey gained 37 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Myles Byrom led the Warriors with 16 tackles.

The Warriors will travel back to Dothan on September 21 to play Northview High School (2-2, 0-2). Northview is coming off of consecutive region losses to Eufaula and Park Crossing.