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Red Devils end season with on-the-road loss

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By Steve Jarboe

What was hoped to be a good season for the Williston Red Devils, ended with a disappointing loss to the Dunnellon Tigers on a cold Friday night.
The Red Devils suffered a set back in the first quarter when starting quarterback David Heinkel was sidelined with an ankle injury that sent him to the hospital.
The Red Devil defense, led by Tyus Williams and Keith Neal. stood tall as they forced the Tigers to fumble the football six times during the game, and recovered three of them, stopping key drives by the Tigers.
The Red Devil offensive line was again absent in the game, as the Red Devils could manage just 16 total yards on 24 running plays. That total was despite a 50-yard run by Damien Strange, and five carries by Keith Neal for 42 yards. The rest of the night found the Tigers in the Red Devil back field, almost as quickly as the snap.
The Tigers also had double coverage on Strange the entire night, and the senior wide-out still managed to pull in three catches for 90 yards and the two touchdowns for the Red Devils.
The Tigers quarterback Jordan Boley, accounted for three of the Tigers scores as he rushed for 80 yards and tailback J’Von Swoll, caped off his 165 yard rushing total with the final Tiger touchdown.
The Tigers held a 14-0 lead at halftime, following a very questionable call by the official in the first quarter. The Red Devils were held for the third straight series to a three and out and forced to punt.
The Tiger receiver ran to the ball rolling on the ground, touched the football causing the official to throw his marker to the ground where the ball was touched. The Red Devils picked up the ball and started to the end zone. The official then blew his whistle, saying the ball wasn’t touched by the Tigers, and gave the ball to the Tigers.
The Tigers finished their season with a 5-5 record, while the Red Devils finished with a disappointing 2-8 record.
The Red Devils season for 2012 is now over, and the future for Red Devil football can only get brighter as they have hopes of being placed into the Under 600 students 1A rural classification.
The Red Devils were denied entry by the FHSAA two years ago and played as an Independent. Hopefully with just 593 students, the Red Devils will gain entry for next year.
According to Head Coach Jamie Baker, the first meeting of the FHSAA is Nov. 19.