Dixie County falls to The Villages
Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.
CROSS CITY — After scoring on its first two offensive plays from scrimmage, Dixie County appeared on its way to a big district win at home Friday.
But little went right after that for the Bears in 30-14 loss to The Villages.
Dixie County (3-2, 1-1 District 5-1A) was held scoreless after the first quarter and was dominated up front by a more mature Villages team.
"I was kind of worried about that," Dixie County coach Brent Wilkerson said. "We have such a young offensive line. We hit them a little bit early but weren't able to get much going after that."
After stopping The Villages on fourth down, Dixie County senior tailback Michael West scored on a 64-yard touchdown to give the Bears an early 7-0 lead. The Villages followed with a 66-yard kickoff return and tied it on a 14-yard TD run from C.J. Reynolds. But on its next play, Dixie County jumped ahead 14-7 on a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirby Roberts to receiverJavonta Jones with 4:17 left in the first quarter.
It was the last points Dixie County would score all night. The Villages tied the score on the first play of the second quarter, when quarterback Aaron Couture found receiver Justin Hall wide open over the middle for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Then, with just a little over two minutes left in the second half, Couture led The Villages (4-0, 2-0 5-1A) on an 81-yard touchdown drive. Couture came up with a big 34-yard scramble on a 3rd-and-11 play, then found Hall on a 33-yard pass down to the DC 11. On the next play, Couture scored on an 11-yard run with 26.5 seconds left in the half to put the Buffaloes ahead to stay 21-14.
"I had thought about running a dive play and running down the clock and going into the half tied," The Villages coach Richard Pettus said. "Aaron came up with some big runs for us."
Dixie County could get little offense going in the second half. The Villages swarmed West, who was held to just nine yards in the second half. West finished the game with 138 yards on 17 carries.
"They just had too much penetration against our offensive line," Wilkerson said.
The Villages extended the lead with three field goals from senior R.J. Kuck. Kuck hit a 34-yard field goal late in the third quarter and added field goals of 46 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter.
"We talked before the game about overcoming adversity," Pettus said. "It hit us hard early but we stuck to our gameplan."