Tigers defense stout in 33-6 win
Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.
TRENTON — If there are any doubters about Trenton's No.1 state ranking in Class 1A, then Friday night may be what silences them.
The Tigers, on the strength of four touchdowns by running back Cedric Stokes, defeated No. 5 Dixie County 33-6 in front of a packed home crowd at "The Jungle."
Stokes reached the end zone in the first quarter on a 2-yard run that was set up when the senior broke a 50-yard run three plays earlier. He then added a 10-yard scoring scamper on the Tigers' next possession.
"We play like we practice," Stokes said. "We practice our toughness and our discipline and we take it out here on the field."
Stokes, who finished with 116 yards on 13 carries, added a 28-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Stephen Smith in the second quarter and a 13-yard scoring run in the third.
"We set out to stop No. 1 (Smith) and No. 4 (Stokes) and didn't do that, hence the outcome," Dixie County coach Brent Wilkerson said.
Smith found Hamp Cheevers in the flat for a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter. Smith also paved the way on the ground for the Tigers with 127 yards on 16 carries.
"We have plays designed for Stephen, but a lot of times he checks things off or keeps it on the fly," Trenton second-year coach Andrew Thomas said.
Trenton's defense, led by Hunter Parrish who had three sacks, also came up big against Dixie County (4-3). Trenton has outscored its opponents 303-54 this season with the Bears' only score on the night coming on a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Duke Dawson.
“Hunter (Parrish) is having a great season and him and the entire defense has been huge for us all year,” Thomas said. Parrish now has eight sacks on the season.
Trenton (6-0) came into Friday's contest ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 1A for the third week in a row, something that Thomas said is "prideful" but doesn't mean too much to his team when it comes to everyday preparation.
"Most of us look at it as a way to hold your head high, but a lot of the kids are so focused they never talk about it and don't let it affect the way they play," Thomas said.
"Being ranked No. 1 gives us confidence, but we know it means nothing when the one-and-done playoffs roll around," Smith said.