EASTMAN -- The Dodge County Indians want to start a streak of their own. After losing to Bleckley County four years in a row prior to last season, the Indians now have reeled off two wins in a row over their biggest rivals, defeating the Royals 42-7 on Friday.
Dodge County (1-0) took advantage of five Bleckley County (0-1) turnovers in the first half and scored 35 of its points during that span.
The star of the night for the Indians proved to be all-purpose player Larry Johnson, who was simply electric. Johnson intercepted two passes, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown, and also added a touchdown on a 38-yard punt return late in the third quarter.
“I’ll tell you this, I thought we played a very good ballgame (Friday),” Dodge County head coach Rex Hodges said. “I thought we did a great job of capitalizing on five turnovers in the first half and did some things really well on the defensive side of the ball. Larry in the open field is a tough young man and is capable of that every single time he touches the ball.”
Indians running back Kyle Glover proved to be a workhorse, rushing for 72 yards on 17 carries, along with two touchdowns runs of 6 and 4 yards, the second pushing the Dodge County lead to 35-0 in the first half.
Dodge County quarterback Clint Thompson accounted for two touchdowns, connecting with J.J. Harrell on a 8-yard pass to open the scoring and rushing in from 4 yards out for the second score of the contest.
The Royals managed just 81 yards on the ground. Things didn’t start off well for Bleckley County as it lost its starting center to a possible knee injury on the opening kickoff, knocking the Royals down to a third-string freshman center.
But the Royals finally managed to break through in the third quarter as quarterback Cody Evans connected with receiver Willie Taylor on a 25-yard pass, and even though Taylor fumbled, teammate Justin Rozier was able to recover and scamper across the goal line.
“I was real disappointed in several areas, but (Dodge County) just beat us,” Bleckley County coach Tracy White said. “I told the team at halftime, ‘You can’t expect to turn the ball over five times in a game and expect to win, let alone five turnovers in the first half.’ We weren’t able to take what we learn at practice and bring it into the game, but we will improve. We want to get through our non-region schedule and be ready come region play and go make the playoffs.”