By Jeff Anderson
MARIETTA, Ga. — In the post-game huddle after Dutchtown’s game at Wheeler Friday, head coach Clifford Fedd lauded the efforts of his offensive line. And defensive coordinator William Rogers elaborated, saying, “This week the young Dawgs learned to hunt.”
That’s because Dawgs had a ground game attack led by senior quarterback Arendez Fedd’s two rushing touchdowns and a trio of running backs in Jamal Bing, Khalid Cramer (one score and 97 yards rushing and one touchdown) and Seneca Daniel.
That ground game, and another stellar performance by the Dawgs’ defense paved the way for Dutchtown (1-1) to pick up its first win of the 2020 season with a 21-7 victory on the road over the Wheeler Wildcats.
Unlike last week at Lanier, the Bulldogs were able to establish their running game early and move the ball well on the ground.
Cramer started the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 5-yard touchdown run. Fedd added the extra point for the 7-0 lead. All of this came after Dutchtown stopped Wheeler on its first possession forcing a poor punt that gave the Bulldogs good field position on the Wildcat side of the 50-yard line.
In the second quarter the Dawgs continued to put pressure on the Wildcat defense, driving to the Wheeler 15-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Dutchtown added to its lead at the 4:28 mark of the second quarter when Arendez Fedd found pay dirt with a 4-yard score on the ground.
This touchdown was set up by a 46-yard rush from Cramer who took the ball at the 50, broke tackles and raced down the sideline before being brought down at the Wheeler 4-yard line.
On the next possession, Dutchtown’s defense thought it had a defensive score when defensive back Tarez Hamilton picked up a Wildcat fumble and weaved his way to the end zone.
However, the play was wiped out by a holding penalty. The Bulldogs still retained possession and drove the ball on the Wildcat 7-yard line before once again being stopped and turning the ball over on downs. The half ended with Dutchtown leading 13-0.
At the second half kickoff Bulldog senior Shemar Nelson set up Dutchtown with excellent field position after a 59-yard kickoff return. The Bulldogs again found the end zone as Fedd scored his second rushing TD of the game from 2 yards out. The XP was no good and Dutchtown was ahead 19-0.
On the ensuing Wildcat possession, they were able drive to the Dutchtown 20 before the Bulldog defense stiffened and Wheeler turned the ball over on downs.
Dutchtown gave the ball right back when they fumbled, and Wheeler recovered on the Dutchtown 32-yard line. The Dawg defense stepped up and pushed the Wildcat offense back toward midfield.
A key sack by Justin Walton and Aaron Francis on second down, a Wildcat penalty and quarterback pressure by Savio Frazier on third down forced Wheeler into punt formation. The snap sailed over the Wildcat punters head.
He recovered the ball on the 26-yard line where he got of a wobbly punt that was fielded by Amarion Yarbough at the 36-yard line.
The Bulldog offense missed another scoring opportunity when they drove the ball to the Wildcat 11-yard line before stalling and turning the ball over on downs.
On the Wildcats next possession another special teams miscue cost them 2 points, when on 4th down the center again snapped the ball over the punters head and out of the end zone for the safety to push the score to 21-0.
On the free kick, Seneca Daniel gave Dutchtown excellent field position with his return to the Wildcat 27-yard line. A fumble on the handoff gave the ball back to Wheeler. The Wildcats drove to the Dutchtown 24-yard line before an interception by Garrison Madden ended the threat.
Wheeler was able to connect on a 35-yard TD pass play late for its only score of the night to create the final margin.
Dutchtown travels again this Friday when it goes to Douglasville to take on Douglas County (2-0) at New Manchester High School. This will be the final non-region game before opening region play at Ola (2-0) on October 2.