It took the Dixie County JV football team a little over a half of football Thursday night September 23, to hold on to the football. Once the Bears figured out they needed to hold onto the ball, they came from behind to down the Red Devil JV team 16-6.
The first half saw the Red Devils unable to move the football, and the Bears stopped themselves on several drives deep in Red Devil territory. The Red Devils were unable to cross the 50 yard line until the last play of the half.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears had a fourth and goal at the Red Devil 3 yard line and fumbled the ball. Early in the second quarter the Bears were driving and fumbled at the Red Devil 21 yard line. The outstanding play of the first half belonged to the Red Devils Keith Neal. Neal was hit in the end zone and carried three would be tacklers out to the 10 yard line to avoid a safety. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Bears received the second half kick off and were forced to punt after a three and out.
Red Devil Fred Burns blocked the punt and the Red Devils started at the Bears 40 yard line.
With 2:25 left to play in the third quarter, Red Devil quarterback Justin Forsythe rambled up the middle for a 16 yard touchdown. The two point try was stopped and the Red Devils took a 6-0 lead.
The Bears took the ensuing kick off and on the third play Akeem Schultz split the defense and ran 50 yards to the end zone. A quick wide pass was good for the 2-point conversion and the Bears took an 8-6 lead as the third quarter ended.
With 9:20 left in the game the Red Devils were forced to punt on fourth down. The snap sailed over Brandon Quinns head. Quinn picked up the football and raced around the right end for a 22 yard gain and a first down.
The Red Devils fumbled two plays later and the Bears recovered.
Staying on the ground and holding on to the football, the Bears began to move the ball picking up large chunks of yardage on each carry.
With 4:40 remaining in the game, Cody Mitchell ran in from the 15 yard line to ice the game for the Bears. Another 2-point pass play was good. The Bears held a 16-6 lead.
The Red Devils were unable to answer as time ran out.
The Red Devil JV ‘s record stands at 1-1. The Red Devils were not able to play their second scheduled game at Union County as the officials failed to show for the game.
The Red Devils will play a make-up game on Monday October 11, at Union County just 4 days before Playing Trinity Catholic on October 14.