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Bulldogs blow past Chaffee

Monday, September 26, 2005

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Portageville's Casey Ash (10) is tackled by a shot of Chaffee players.
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville Bulldogs football team used a balanced running attack on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Chaffee Red Devils en route to a 40-6 victory on homecoming.

The Bulldogs utilized 10 different running backs that carried the football 56 times for 507 yards on the ground. Five Portageville runners rushed for over 72 yards on the afternoon.

Coach Ashley Swims of the Bulldogs simply described the rushing attack as one of quality and conditioning.

"We have five or six solid running backs and we spread it around so they can get enough touches," said Swims. "With our numbers at running back we can keep fresh for the entire game."

All of Portageville's touchdowns were by the rush and senior C.J. Medley led the attack with three rushing touchdowns. Casey Ash, Leonard Boyd and Tre Mosby all tallied one rushing touchdown on the afternoon.

Medley scored the Bulldogs first touchdown on a 15-yard run and after he kicked the PAT, Portageville led 7-0 with 8:08 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs struck again in the first quarter as a long drive was capped off by a Medley 4-yard touchdown run. After the extra point, Portageville led 14

-0 after one period of action.

Chaffee seemed to gain some momentum after a three-and-out forced Portageville to punt deep in their own territory midway through the second quarter. Unfortunately for Red Devil fans, the special teams would commit a costly mistake as they were flagged for running into the kicker.

With the penalty, the Bulldogs had a short fourth and inches and went for the first down. A quarterback sneak by Tyler Fowler moved the chains and Portageville took advantage and marched down the field and scored on a Mosby 12-yard touchdown run making the score 21-0 at the half.

Coach Charlie Vickery of Chaffee understands that his football team is young and inexperienced.

"We just had one senior on the field today," said Vickery. "We are a young ball team and we make mistakes that cost us in the end. We are getting better and it will just take some time for us to play a complete game."

In the second half, Portageville stayed with the running attack and produced three more scores on the ground for the Bulldogs.

At 6:58 of the third quarter, Medley scampered off tackle and scored a 36-

yard touchdown. After the extra point attempt was missed, Portageville led 27-0.

The Red Devils did not quit and a long Chaffee drive was rewarded as junior running back Kent Courtney plowed through the Bulldogs defensive line for a 3-yard touchdown run at 5:27 of the third quarter.

Portageville answered with a nice drive of their own and Ash scored on a 7-

yard touchdown run making the score 33-6 after the third quarter in favor of the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs tacked on another touchdown run in the fourth quarter as Boyd ran in from 8 yards making the final score 40-6 in favor of Portageville.

Medley led the rushing attack for the Bulldogs with 12 carries for 119 yards. Ash ran for 88 yards on 12 carries and Mosby chipped in with 85 yards on six carries.

Besides nice games from the running backs for Portageville, their fullbacks did not disappoint as Boyd rumbled for 79 yards on nine carries and Nathan Martin ran eight times for 72 yards.

Courtney had a nice game for the Red Devils as he rushed 25 times for 137 yards. Of his 137 yards, 112 yards came after halftime. While Courtney carried the load for the Red Devils, no other running back for Chaffee rushed for over eight yards on the game.

Junior quarterback Michael Lee of Chaffee was erratic most of the day completing only 5 of 16 for 53 yards with an interception. The lone senior on the field for Chaffee, Geoff Mirley, caught three passes for 41 yards.

Portageville was led in tackles by Mosby who picked up six tackles. Josh Rhodes, Paul Davidson, Boyd and Medley all had four tackles on the game. Jared Brands had an interception while Davidson recorded the lone sack for the Bulldogs.

Besides having a great day at running back, Medley, in addition to his four tackles, recovered a fumble and played some great pass defense.

Defensive linemen Brad Daugherty led the Red Devils in tackles with 16. Freshmen linebacker Chris Thomas was second with 12 tackles. Chaffee enjoyed nice play out of their down linemen as Kippy Lawson registered 11 tackles from his D-line position.

Andrew Volkerding helped out on defense for Chaffee with eight tackles and Jerrod Steger was next with seven tackles.

Also having a nice day for the Red Devils was sophomore Andrew Hendrix who sacked Fowler and forced a fumble on the play and the football was recovered by Adam Urhahn.

"We have a ways to go," said Vickery. "We won't quit and we did not get bad overnight and we won't get good overnight. It will take some time but we will get there."

As for Swims, he liked what he saw from the running attack but does concede that his team needs to work on passing and receiving after his quarterbacks went 0-for-4 with zero yards passing.

"We have to get diversified and open up or teams will just stack the box on us," said Swims. "We will go to work on our passing and receiving game."

Portageville (2-2) will be on the road next week as they travel to Kennett to take on the Indians. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Chaffee (0-4) will host the Scott City Rams on Friday with game time set for 7 p.m