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Dodge rolls Jackets
Indians' fast start dooms SE Bulloch
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Dodge County running back Roscoe Wilcox, left, beats Southeast Bulloch defender Justin Youman to the corner on a second-quarter run Friday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Box Score
DCHS    14    10    0    0 — 24
SEB      0     0    0    6 —  6

First Quarter
DCHS_ Wilcox 6 run (Tanner kick) 8:33
DCHS_ Glover 4 fun (Tanner kick) 4:15

Second Quarter
DCSH_ Glover 2 run (Tanner kick) 5:00
DCHS Tanner 37-yard field goal 0:02

Fourth Quarter

SEB_ McCollum 4 run (2 pt. conversion failed) 8:36

    DCHS    SEB
First downs    17    11
Total Yards    336    187
Rushes-yards    30-317    53-159
Passing    19    28
Comp-Att-Int    3-6-1    2-10-0
Turnovers    2    0
Penalties-Yards    6-40    4-40

RUSHING_DCHS, Martin 10-126. SEB, Walker 20-58
PASSING_DCHS, Martin 3-6-019. SEB, Carter 2-8-0-28
RECEIVING_DCHS, Peterson 1-21. SEB, Edenfield 1-16

BROOKLET — Dodge County jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and didn’t look back as the Indians ran past the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 24-6 Friday night in a game delayed 15 minutes due to lightning in the area.

“They’re a good team. They’ve got some explosive players, they’re very quick,” SEB Head Coach Pat Collins said. “They block and tackle well.”

Southeast Bulloch (0-4) struggled early, going three and out on their first two possessions and only being able to muster 3 total yards.

Meanwhile, the Indians (4-0) proved to be every bit as explosive as expected, going 51 yards on their opening drive capped off by a 6-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. On their next possession, Dodge County went 48 yards on seven plays, ending with another short touchdown run.

After that point, however, SEB found its footing on offense even if the Jackets weren’t able to find the end zone. They went on a 19-play drive from their own 20 down to the Dodge County 17, on the legs of running backs Michael Davis and Chase Walker. The drive, which ate up more than nine minutes of clock, stalled when a fourth-down pass attempt fell incomplete.

Three plays later, Dodge County faced a third-and-15 from its own 13, and the Yellow Jackets looked turn the momentum. However, Indians quarterback Landon Martin sprinted past the SEB defense for an 85-yard run down to the Yellow Jackets’ 2-yard line. One play later, Dodge punched it in to go up 21-0. The Indians added a 32-yard field goal near the end of the half to take a commanding 24-0 lead to start the third quarter.

“Our guys played with resilience and perseverance,” Collins said. “We’re not going to quit.”

Midway through the third quarter, Dodge County looked to add to its lead as it was driving into SEB territory. However, after a 21-yard completion, the Yellow Jackets were able to force a fumble and Klayton Carter was able to recover at the SEB 10-yard line.

From there, the Yellow Jackets embarked on another 19-play drive, this one covering 90 yards. The methodical drive featured two fourth-down conversions. Finally, junior Cecil McCollum was able to take a toss around the left side for a 4-yard touchdown run.

Southeast Bulloch forced an interception on the Indians’ next possession, but the Yellow Jackets’ ensuing drive stalled and Dodge County was able to run out the clock for the victory.

Despite being winless on the season, the Yellow Jackets are still in position to reach the state playoffs. With subregion action beginning in two weeks, SEB can still win that and make a return trip to the postseason.

“We’re going to keep working on Southeast Bulloch and doing what we can do to get better,” Collins said. “If we keep doing what we’re supposed to do in practice, success is going to come for us.”