Turn Success Into Many All-league Selections
By Kevin Weaks
Success equals selections.
That was definitely true for Dresden and
Gleason. Dresden picked up eight spots, while
Gleason earned five picks on the All-District
13A football team for the 2012 season.
The Lions won 11 of their
13 games, reaching the semifinals of the Class
2A state playoffs. The Bulldogs, meanwhile,
posted a 6-5 overall record, earning a home game
in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
Defense keyed both teams’
run this past season, which was reflected on the
all-league team as five of Dresden’s selections
and four of Gleason’s picks came on that side of
Devan Raymer led the
Dresden contingent as he was named the league’s
offensive player of the year award after rushing
for over 2,000 years. He also earned All-State
The Lion group also
included offensive linemen Todd Morgan and Josh
Turnbow, another all-stater, defensive linemen
Alex Ellison, linebackers Joey Caldwell, Austin
Daniel and Logan Thomas and defensive back
include linebackers Chris Copeland, Archie Rich
and Blake Taylor, defensive back Chase Ezell and
wide receiver Austin Perry.
Raymer was a do-it-all
player on offense, lining up at both running
back and receiver in the team’s spread and wing
sets and also took direct snaps from the wildcat
formation. He proved worthy of head coach Keith
Hodge’s trust by rushing for 2,008 yards and 26
touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He
also threw for two touchdowns among his six pass
completions for 126 yards, and Raymer caught
seven passes for 143 yards.
Dresden’s defense limited
opponents to a touchdown or less in six games.
Ellison was a playmaker up front with 64 total
tackles, including 20 solo stops. He had 15
tackles behind the line, including three sacks.
Caldwell was the team’s
top tackler with 112 stops, including 39 primary
tackles. He made 16 tackles behind the line of
scrimmage, including three sacks.
Austin Daniel led Dresden
with 19 tackles for a loss, including five
sacks, among his 80 total stops. He had 32 solo
tackles and also intercepted a pass. Logan
Thomas also spent time in opponents’ backfields
with 14 tackles for a loss, including four
sacks. He had 65 total stops, including 38 solo
stops, and two pick-offs. Swafford made his
share of big plays from the defensive backfield,
led by his five interceptions. Among Swafford’s
61 tackles were 37 solos and four behind the
Gleason’s defense was
dominant in its six wins, posting a pair of
shutouts and holding two other opponents to a
touchdown. Greenfield scored 14 points and Scott
Hill put up 21 in games that were lopsided
Rich was among the team
leaders with 105 tackles while knocking down a
pass, grabbing two interceptions and recovering
five fumbles. Copeland counted 10 sacks among
his 81 tackles. He also forced a fumble,
recovered one and picked off a pass. Both Ezell
and Taylor registered 40 tackles on the season.
Taylor had five sacks and forced a fumble,
playing just half the season due to injury.
Ezell, meanwhile, broke up 10 passes, recovered
three fumbles and picked off two passes. He took
one of his fumble recoveries 80 yards for a
Perry led the way for an
offense that could move the ball and put up
points, catching 25 passes for 400 yards. Six of
his receptions went for scores for a Bulldog
team that scored at leas 20 points in seven
games. He was strong on the defensive side, too,
with 116 tackles, including a sack, with three
picks and a fumble recovery. Published in The
Weakly County Press 12.20.12
Little goes Gleason’s Way vs. Rebs
If it wasn’t one thing going wrong for
Gleason, it was another on Friday evening during a 31-14 defeat
to McKenzie. The Bulldogs failed to establish a running game
during the first half, missed numerous blocks and had a
total of three turnovers against the Rebels, who had entered the
game winless. “We were ready to play I thought, but didn’t
execute on offense during the first half,” Gleason head
coach Noah Lampkins said. “It seemed like it was thing or
another - either our pass protection was wrong or someone missed
a blocking assignment. And then, we had a couple times where the
quarterback was five-stepping into the pocket instead of three.
“We never could get anything going offensively.”
With the win, McKenzie improves to 1-3 (1-1
in District 13A play), while Gleason falls to 2-2 (0-2 in 13A
On Friday, the Rebels employed an impressive
1-2 punch on offense. McKenzie’s Christopher Allen finished with
168 rushing yards and three touchdowns among his 23 carries,
while teammate Hunter Lowe had 13 carries for 103 yards.
Additionally , Rebel quarterback Ty McClain finished with 105
yards through the air.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Kyle
Williams, who rushed for 63 yards on five carries. Williams also
finished with over 100 yards on kick returns. Gleason
quarterback Tanner Trevathan was 10-for-23 with 102 passing
yards. Trevathan was intercepted three times.
On Friday, McKenzie was held to a
three-and-out on its first drive as was the Bulldogs. The Rebels
drove down field on their second possession and were at the
Gleason 17 yard line with a fourth-and-one. McKenzie’s Hunter
Lowe took the carry, but was stuck behind the line of scrimmage
for a three-yard loss by Bulldog Archie Rich. Gleason’s elation
was short lived as Williams fumbled as he was hit after a catch
on the next drive. Rebel Noah Lowrance recovered the drop
at the Gleason 23 yard line.
On first down, McClain hit Tristen Lowe in
the flats for a 10-yard positive. Hunter Lowe got the Rebs
within the 10-yard line with a four-yard take on second down.
Then, Allen finished the drive as he motored nine yards
untouched to pay dirt. Seth Jeffrey booted the point after
through the uprights to make the score 7-0 in favor of the
visiting team with 3:28 remaining in the opening quarter.
Gleason was stopped for a cumulative loss of
four yards on the drive that followed and a punt was forced on
fourth down. After the boot, McClain took to the air and found
Austin Chapman or a 35-yard touchdown on a home run swing that
went down the Rebel sideline. Jeffrey hit the PAT to put the
Rebels up 14-0 with 1:43 remaining in the first canto.
On the following kickoff, Williams sprinted
to the Bulldog 46 to set up the host team with a great field
position. However, Gleason was unable to cash in on the
opportunity. The Bulldogs ultimately turned the ball over on
McKenzie’s next drive – its first of the
second quarter – was a three-and-out. The snap on the punt
attempt was high and Gleason took down the Rebel special teams
player that recovered said botch at the four-yard line.
Bulldog Blake Taylor ran for no gain on first
down, while Chase Ezell’s jet sweep was stopped for a yard loss
on second down. On third-and-goal from the five, Trevathan found
Ian Legens over the middle for the touchdown. Daniel Solano
kicked the point-after to make the score 14-7 with 8:59 to go
The momentum swung in Gleason’s favor after
the score as Will Clark recovered a McKenzie fumble. The Rebel
defense held its composure, though, forcing a turnover on downs
and avoiding disaster.
McKenzie’s offensive troops worked quickly on
their next possession. Hunter Lowe took the first two hand-offs
for a total of 17 yards. Then, Allen sprinted 61 yards to the
end zone. Jeffrey made his third PAT of the evening to make the
score 21-7 in the Rebels’ favor with 6:23 left before halftime.
The Rebel defense intercepted Trevathan twice through the
remainder of the second quarter with Junior Chavez and Grant
Lowrance each making one pick.
Both teams went scoreless in the third
quarter although Gleason showed had its first sustained drive of
the outing – an 11-play sequence that bogged down was stopped
short of pay dirt at the McKenzie two-yard line. Taylor took
seven handoffs for 35 yards during the aforementioned
During the fourth quarter, McKenzie tacked on
a touchdown as Allen capped an 11 play, 61- yard drive with a
two-yard dive over the middle for the score. Jeffrey did the
point-after honors to put the Rebels ahead 28-7 with 9:45 left
in the fourth quarter.
Grant Lowrance had the biggest play of the
aforementioned drive – a 35-yard reception just before the
end of the third period.
The Bulldogs responded with a six-play,
65-yard drive to the end zone for the team’s second TD of the
evening. Williams took a counter 37 yards for the Bulldog
touchdown carry with 6:45 remaining to play. McKenzie tacked on
three more points at the end of its final offensive drive of the
evening as Jeffrey booted a 29-yard goal with 3:08 remaining.
Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Gleason a Spoiler to Hall's Parade
Even a weather postponement did nothing to
dampen the spirits of the Bulldog defense as Gleason handed
Halls a 27-6 homecoming loss on Saturday night.
The contest, originally scheduled for Friday
night, never reached kickoff as lightning turned an
hour-and-a-half delay into an eventual postponement.
“I was worried about how we would come out on
Saturday night,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins
admitted. “Our team was really fired up and ready to play Friday
night and I wasn’t sure how they would be affected by the
Lampkins didn’t need to worry for long. Both
squads traded short gains and possessions throughout the
majority of the opening frame.
Gleason’s first series on offense produced a
turnover on downs deep in Tiger territory. Halls didn’t hold on
to the football for long as Bulldog Austin Perry recovered a
fumble within just a few yards of the end zone and Kyle Williams
scored the game’s first TD on a five-yard carry. The extra point
failed, but the Dawgs lit up the scoreboard first with a 6-0
Gleason’s next score was the result of
another Halls’ miscue as Chase Ezell recovered a Tiger fumble
and took it 75 yards for the scoop-and-scamper score. Williams
ran in the conversion and the Bulldogs held a two touchdown lead
14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, it was the Tigers’
turn to shine on defense as Halls blocked a punt and returned
the ball for its only score of the night. As Gleason could
produce nothing on offense for the duration of the second
quarter, the Dawgs held on for a 14-6 lead going into the
In the third quarter, Ian Legens broke nine
tackles to score from 25 yards out and Mark McKenzie’s
extra-point kick made the score 21-6 in favor of the
Legens delivered again in the fourth quarter
on a 15-yard reception from Tanner Trevathan to make account for
the final tally.
Halls drove the ball late in the game and
looked to be headed to the end zone, but Archie Rich intercepted
a pass that effectively ended the contest.
The Gleason coach attributes the majority of
the credit to his defense for taking away any opportunities
Halls may have had to get back into the game. “We played great
defense,” Lampkins said. “We forced several turnovers, but we
were poor on special teams and our offense still needs a lot of
work. That’s something we’ll still have to work on game in and
Standing out for the Dawgs on defense was the
play of Blake Taylor, Chris Copeland and Ian Legens, who sparked
the Gleason D by picking up multiple sacks and applied pressure
needed to jump start the Bulldogs in the scoring column.
Legens also received kudos from the coach on
his performance on offense, impressing Lampkins with his runs
and especially his 25- yard touchdown carry in which he
essentially called his own number by predicting that the route
would be open. In addition to Legens, Lampkins recognized the
play of Williams in picking up tough yardage on the ground.
Through three games , Gleason finds itself
looking at a 2-1 record, having only lost its game against
District 13A opponent West Carroll.
The ’Dawgs enter the next contest injury-free
and ready to carry their momentum against District 13-A rival
and winless McKenzie. The 0-3 record of the Rebels means nothing
to Gleason, however, and the Bulldogs are preparing to
face an always-tough McKenzie squad.
“They may be winless, but they’ve had to play
Westview, Dresden and Trenton in their first three games and a
lot of teams would be winless in that situation,” Lampkins
stressed. “We’ve not even looking at the record. “They are a
well-coached team and they run a very diverse offense with Ty
McClain throwing the ball and Hunter Lowe getting the majority
of the carries along.” Source. Dresden Enterprise.
Gleason Not Ready for Eagle Onslaught
By Kenneth Coker
head coach Noah Lampkins said his team didn’t start playing
proper football until the second quarter during Friday’s 21-6
defeat at West Carroll.
By then, the War
Eagles – a Class A semifinalist last season – had a 14-0
cushion, which the Bulldogs were unable to overcome.
“We didn’t play very
well offensively,” Lampkins said. “We didn’t get off the bus
ready to play tonight. I don’t think we really started playing
football until about four or five series into it. By then, we’d
already given up a couple scores.”
On the flip side,
West Carroll’s 1-2 punch of Jamal Glenn and Jacob Wynn was hard
to stop. Glenn finished the game with 106 rushing yards and a
touchdown among his 12 carries, while Wynn was the team’s
workhorse, taking 24 hand-offs for 77 yards.
Tanner Trevathan finished the game 8-for-19 with 84 passing
yards. Will Clark was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 44 yards
on eight carries.
With the triumph,
West Carroll improves to 2-1 on the campaign with a 1-0 record
in 13A play. The Bulldogs’ record evens up at 1-1 (0-1 in 13A
action). West Carroll hosts Greenfield this Friday, while
Gleason goes to Halls.
Taylor played on Friday, but was hampered by a groin injury
suffered during the Bulldogs Week 0 triumph over Greenfield.
Reportedly, Taylor did not practice last week due to the injury.
“We limited Blake
quite a bit tonight,” Lamkins said after the game. “That
really hampered us. We needed him back there under center some.
He’ll be ready to go next week.”
On Friday evening,
the War Eagles’ defense did its job throughout the first
quarter, holding the Bulldogs to a total of 12 yards and
affording the WC offense 17 snaps.
Two of West
Carroll’s touchdown drives began in the first period. Both of
the Bulldogs’ first-quarter possessions ended with a punt.
Gleason received the
opening kickoff, but WC forced a three - and- out and eventual
Thanks to a deep
kickoff by West Carroll’s Darwin Martinez, the Bulldogs began
their first possession at the War Eagle nine yard line.
Gleason netted only
eight yards on its first drive as quarterback Tanner Trevathan
hit Chris Copeland for that gain on second-and-10.
After the punt, the
War Eagles needed seven plays to travel 39 yards to pay dirt.
Glenn hit Robert Reynolds for a 14-yard connection on fourth and
six to keep the drive alive. Then, Wynn bulled 10 yards up the
middle with a Glenn QB keeper to follow for seven yards. Wynn
finished off the drive with a four-yard run up the gut and into
the end zone. Martinez booted the point after and the War Eagles
led 7-0 with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Gleason played catch-up the rest of the game.
Trevathan finished a
touchdown drive just before halftime with a 13-yard scoring
connection with Bulldog Austin Perry. At halftime, WC led 14-6.
Gleason had a golden opportunity in the fourth quarter after
Copeland and Taylor combined to block a War Eagle punt and began
the ensuing possession with a first-and-goal from the WC seven.
passes and one run for a loss later, West Carroll had forced a
turnover on downs. The War Eagles chewed up the remainder of the
clock. Source: Dresden Enterprise.
’Dogs go Over Heads of
By Randy Cavin
passes by Gleason’s Tanner Trevathan, with three in just under a
minute near the end of the first half, were too much for
visiting Greenfield in the 41-13 win by the Bulldogs. This week,
Greenfield has moved its game with Lake County to 7 p.m.
Thursday. Gleason will play at West Carroll on Friday.
It was the opening
game of the 2012 season for both teams, and it was apparent with
both teams combining for nine fumbles and one interception. The
Bulldogs fumbled six times, losing two of them. The
Yellowjackets lost all three of their fumbles and were
intercepted on the last play of the game.
For Gleason, though,
it was the quarterback play by Trevathan and the receiving of
Austin Perry that did most of the damage.Perry caught his first
touchdown from six yards out from Trevathan with 1:20 left in
the first half to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead. The
Yellowjackets responded quickly when Jeffery Johnson took the
ensuing kickoff at the 20-yard-line, made a cut to his left and
raced down the sideline 80 yards for the score.
first-year head coach Don Pitt tried to keep the momentum going
his way by attempting an onside kick, but the Bulldogs recovered
it for excellent field position at their own 47.
Kyle Williams gave
the Bulldogs a first down on a 14-yard run, and Trevathan hit
Perry on a fly pattern from 27 yards out with 38.7 seconds to
Gleason elected to
not kick it deep to Johnson again, which paid off immediately
for the Bulldogs.
Tanner Smithson could not handle the short kick, and Gleason’s
Archie Rich recovered the loose ball on Greenfield’s
34-yard-line. It took just two plays for the Bulldogs to score,
with a Trevathan-to-Perry connection from 29 yards out to give
the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead going into the half.
“We had some big
mistakes that hurt us, and they just happened to be all right in
a row,” a disappointed Pitt said. “We just have to keep on
moving and get better starting Monday. They are not going to
hang their heads. It is an improvement because we fought for
four quarters. We did not win on the scoreboard, but we got
better as a team.”
The ’Jackets were
packing the line to keep the Bulldogs’ running game in check in
the first half, but Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins made some
adjustments to his game plan and turned to his passing game.
“They were crowding
the box, and I was still being stubborn by trying to keep
running like we could out-man them,” Lampkins said. “But, they
were getting after us pretty good. So we just started throwing
the ball. The coaches up top said to start throwing it. They are
not covering anybody. So that is what we started doing. Once we
started doing that, we had some success.”
night included going 12-of-19 for 139 yards with his five
Perry was all over
the field with seven catches for 120 yards and five touchdowns.
“He (Perry) had a huge game,” Lampkins said about his top
receiver. “He came over to the sideline wanting the ball,
telling me what routes to work, where to run it, how to do it,
and how to set it up. He has a lot of experience. I think he
even started when he was a freshman. He really, really shined
meanwhile, struggled throughout most of the game to get any
offensive rhythm going. The running game was non-existent
because of the inexperience on the offensive line. The passing
game, with Johnson at quarterback, was finally able to move the
ball downfield on a few plays.
Zachary Lewis for a 22-yard gain to begin the fourth quarter and
later hit an open Miles Cavitt from nine yards out with 11:03 to
play. Zach Grebe’s point after attempt was blocked by Perry to
make it 34-13 game.
Johnson was 9-of-21
for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cavitt
caught five passes for 89 yards and one score. Blake Taylor had
one touchdown pass for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 in the air,
while also catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
“Our offensive line
is a big issue,” Pitt said. “So, we are going to get back on the
boards and set up a plan for Lake County and get these linemen
moving a little bit more.
took advantage of the Yellowjackets’ inexperienced line. Johnson
was sacked four times, all in the first half. Michael Hudson had
one sack, Avery Orr and Chris Copeland combined on a sack while
Copeland also got to Johnson on a solo sack.
finished with 412 total yards, 235 on coming from the ground
game. Greenfield ran the ball 17 times for 31 yards and had a
total of 151 yards of offense.
cheerleader was hurt when a Gleason running play was forced out
Madison Scarbrough was hit on the play and the force of the
collision knocked her under the visitor’s bleachers. She was
taken to the hospital by ambulance after she was attended to by
EMS personnel. Preliminary reports said she suffered a hip
No word on her
condition as of press time. Published in The WCP 8.28.12