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Portageville fumbles away game to Rams

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Portageville head coach Ashley Swims talks to Mikey Johnson.
PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville Bulldogs fumbled their way to a home loss at Vic Reaves Field on Friday and the Scott City Rams took advantage with a 36-6 win.

The Bulldogs fumbled the football six times and committed five turnovers in the contest. Several of the fumbles by Portageville were on the center/

quarterback exchange.

"We had a brand new center in the game," said Portageville head coach Ashley Swims, "but I am not sure who was having the problem executing a simple exchange. We can't win putting the ball on the ground as much as we did tonight. I counted at least three bad pitch plays and a couple of regular fumbles that really cost us."

The Bulldogs had their chances early on in the contest but poor execution prevented Portageville from striking first on the scoreboard.

Portageville drove down to the Scott City 13-yard line after recovering a Ram fumble, but were stopped on a fourth-and-two play by the Rams defense preventing a Bulldog score.

The Bulldogs drove again down deep into Scott City territory, but Bulldog quarterback Cody Cook threw an interception that was caught by Cody Page of the Rams at the 10-yard line.

Page ran the interception back 30 yards before being de-cleated by Leonard Boyd of Portageville and Page fumbled the ball back to the Bulldogs.

The third time was not a charm for Portageville inside Scott City's 20-yard line, as once again the Rams' defense held on a fourth-and-six play at their own 14-yard line early in the second quarter.

"Those times we were inside the 20," said Swims, "we have to come away with some points. That should be automatic and we did not execute. The outcome could have been different if we score at least once down there."

Scott City was pass happy last week against Malden throwing the football 23 times. Against Portageville, the Rams kept it on the ground for much of the first half only attempting two passes.

The Rams no-huddled their way down the field with quick-hitters up the middle and tough in-between the tackles running. Chris Blankenship ended the scoreless game at 5:45 of the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. After the two point conversion, Scott City led 8-0 heading into the half.

"We just executed what Portageville gave us," said Scott City head coach Terry Flannigan. "We saw that Portageville was playing back a little early on we took advantage. To set up the pass, we had to establish some sort of running game and I think we accomplished that early on."

Portageville kept shooting themselves in the foot in the second half with three more fumbles and two blocked punts that put the Rams in prime position for easy drives to the end zone.

When the Bulldogs managed to pin Scott City deep in their own territory, the Rams recognized that the Portageville defense was gearing for the run and put in a little wrinkle.

Scott City quarterback faked a handoff to the fullback and found a wide open Blake Dirnberger who had slipped past the Bulldog linebackers for a 75-yard touchdown reception at 4:49 of the third quarter.

Watkins to Dirnberger was successful again after another Bulldog turnover as the duo hooked up for 29-yard pass play to put the game on ice after the third quarter 23-0.

"We hit some big pass plays when we needed to," said Flannigan. "Portageville started to pack it in on defense so we just took what they gave us."

Watkins passed for 123 yards on four completions and had two passing touchdowns. Dirnberger had the two touchdown receptions for 104 yards. Cody Carlyle was the leading rusher for the Rams with 16 carries for 90 yards. Blankenship had two rushing touchdowns for Scott City and ended with 48 yards on 13 carries.

Cook passed for 90 yards for Portageville on seven completions. Heath Stegall caught three passes for 49 yards. Boyd led the Bulldogs with 59 yards on 13 carries. Nathan Martin had the only score for Portageville with a seven yard run midway through the fourth quarter. Martin finished with 40 yards on nine carries.

Scott City (1-1) travels to East Prairie (0-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Portageville (0-2) will remain at home and entertain Fulton County, Ky. Friday at 7 p.m.