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Portageville gashes Cabool on the ground in 50-7 win

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Portageville running back Daniel Allen (32) evades a Cabool tackler as he works his way downfield in the Bulldogs' opening game of the Class 1, District 1 tournament on Friday at Portageville High School. Portageville won 50-7. Brent Shipman, Staff
PORTAGEVILLE -- Any lingering concerns Portageville may have had after being shutout last week against New Madrid County Central where quickly answered in Friday's opening to the Class 1, District 1 tournament.

With senior running back Daniel Foster breaking off a 50-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, the Bulldogs set the tone for what became a 50-7 rout of Cabool to advance to a semifinal matchup against Hayti.

"It was good to see how our kids handled the turmoil," Portageville head coach Jeff Bullock said about his team's only loss this season. "We talked about that a lot this week and they got their heads back right, came out and did what we were suppose to do.

"I thought we were pretty dominant tonight, which we were suppose to be. So that was a good sign."

After a 36-yard performance against NMCC, Allen was back in top form as he rushed for 147 yards on 13 carries for an 11.3 yards-per-carry average. He was responsible for three of the Bulldogs' first four touchdowns and accounted for nearly half of Portageville's 300 rushing yards on the night.

"He's just a great kid and he comes to play," Bullock said of Allen. "His knee was a little sore and I kept wanting to take him out and he's one of those kids where I look up and he's back in there."

Allen's first score came after Cabool opened the game with an unsuccessful onside kick. Taking the handoff, Allen raced down the field to give his team a lead they wouldn't surrender just 16 seconds in to the contest.

"That's the best way to start the game out," Allen said.

After Cabool lost the ball on a fumble to end their first possession, Allen came back on his third carry of the night and capped a 50-yard Portageville drive with a 21-yard touchdown run.

A nine-yard run by Dominique Walker with 3:08 left in the first quarter finished Portageville's third-straight scoring drive and one final touchdown by Allen on a 25-yard run gave his team a 27-0 lead early in the second frame.

Cabool came back to answer with it's only drive of the night to net any points, but another 16-unanswered points before halftime pushed Portageville ahead 43-7.

One of Portageville's most significant drives came when they took over at Cabool's 48-yard line with 1:17 left before the break.

With a chance to open the second half with the turbo-clock running, they marched down the field and set up on the 20-yard line where they spiked the ball with less than 10 seconds in the half.

On the next play, quarterback Bryce Wallace found Ben Story on the left side of the field for an easy touchdown.

"It was one of things where he was wide open," Wallace said of his throw to Story. "They had a blitz on so he was out there free."

A run by Wallace on the two-point conversion put his team ahead 43-7 to ensure a running clock to start the third quarter.

Of the last minute scoring drive Bullock said, "I definely didn't want to make Cabool feel like I was trying to do anything unsportsmanlike. But we were trying our best to get that 35-point lead before we went in at halftime."

With the game already in check, Portageville added one final touchdown in the third quarter on a run by Walker, who fumbled the handoff before scooping up the ball and going 32 yards for the score.

Behind Allen's big day, Walker finished with 52 yards on only five carries while Dion Foster and Denzell Simmons had 48 and 40 yards respectively.

"Dion, Dominique and Denzell had been struggling with injuries all year so it's been kind of crazy," Allen said. "But now finally everybody is getting healthy and we're back to what we've been doing, which is running people over."

With the win over Cabool now in the books, Portageville can set its sights on a rematch with Hayti, who they beat 35-22 with a second half rally in a late September.

Unlike their last meeting, Portageville will have home field advantage when the two teams take the field Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"It's not going to be easy," Bullock said. "They're athlete loaded and their coach does a good job with them. He's moved some kids around (since we last saw them). Last time they big played us to death.

"Hopefully we can improve on that a bit. I'm sure they're going to make some adjustments to us, but the good thing is we're getting to play each other again and we get to play here."


First Quarter

P -- Daniel Allen 50 run (run bad), 11:44

P -- Daniel Allen 21 run (run bad), 6:57

P -- Dominique Walker 9 run (Dominique Walker pass from Bryce Wallace good), 3:08

Second Quarter

P -- Daniel Allen 25 run (Hunter Cook kick good), 8:56

C -- Gavin Green 10 pass from Tanner Barnes (kick good), 6:22

P -- Denzell Simmons 6 run (Daniel Allen run good), 3:52

P -- Ben Story 20 pass from Bryce Wallace (Bryce Wallace run good), 0:05

Third Quarter

P -- Dominique Walker 32 run (Hunter Cook good), 1:07

Total Yards143335

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Cabool, Austin Coen 17-55, Slade Lott 5-6, Joe Kozak 1-2, Tanner Barnes 9-8, Vince McKee 1-6. Portageville, Daniel Allen 13-147, Dion Foster 6-48, Denzell Simmons 11-40, Dominique Walker 5-52, Bryce Wallace 3-11, No. 44 2-6, Brandon Riggs 1-(-4).

Passing -- Cabool, Tanner Barnes 8-16-0 66. Portageville, Bryce Wallace 2-6-1, 35.

Receiving -- Cabool, Gavin Green 5-48, Zach Hicks 1-6, Slade Lott 1-12, Austin Coen 1-0. Portageville, Denzell Simmons 1-15, Ben Story 1-20.

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