ASHVILLE — Ohatchee played a physical game in Ashville on Friday night, but the Indians managed to shut out the Bulldogs 30-0.
“I knew it was going to be a physical football game,” said head coach Scott Martin, whose team is now 5-1. “Their kids are just like our kids; they live on one side of the dam and we live on the other. But I’m very proud on how our kids played.”
Ohatchee’s defense worked overtime this week, forcing Bulldogs quarterback Landon Cornutt to second-guess every decision he faced. However, late in the third quarter Ashville finally started to gain momentum, moving the ball to Ohatchee’s 45-yard line.
On a routine second-and-one play, Ohatchee’s Cam McCombs broke through Ashville’s offensive front to get to Cornutt for a 7-yard sack. That virtually ended any hopes Ashville had of scoring.
“It’s all about execution and getting to your gap,” McCombs said. “Everybody is expected to do their job. I do my job so the (offense) can do theirs.”
While the Bulldogs looked to get their momentum back, Martin looked thankful he has a defensive playmaker in the backfield.
“They had already hurt us two times with big yardage out of their quarterback,” Martin said. “He’d keep the ball and find outside containment that would lead to big runs. Cam came off of the edge with great leverage. That was a big sack for us and gave us some momentum to shut them down finally.”
As usual, the Indians’ ground game lead their offensive attack. Domonique Thomas, Grayson Alward and the rest of the offense, was still riding a great game plan from last week’s win over Weaver.
“Domonique rushed for over 200 yards last week,” Martin said. “Our plan was to always give it to our ace, but there were going to be times that we were going to have to pass the ball off and play fake to (Thomas), and let some other people do damage.”
One of the players the ball was passed off to was Alward, who got the night rolling for the Indians with two explosive plays in the first quarter. Alward headed into the second quarter just 4 yards shy of 100 rushing yards.
“I was just trying to execute the offense,” Alward said. “I just tried to find the holes to make the plays work, and just be an athlete.”
Alward finished the night with 104 rushing yards with a touchdown. Passing, he completed 1 of 3 with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Williamson.Thomas led the Indians’ ground game with 163 yards and touchdown. Ryker Lambright, who is filling in for the injured Jesse Sellers, racked up 81. McCombs rushed for seven yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. Gavin Williams also found seven rushing yards, while Jared McFall found three.
Cornutt led the Bulldogs (2-3) with 70 rushing yards. Passing, Cornutt was 9-of-22 for 94 yards, and gave up a safety in the third quarter.
Elijah Beatty recorded 34 receiving yards, and Hunter Reynolds recorded 28.