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August 26, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Devils’ quick strike offense is back

Fields pleased after Bulldogs’ 28-0 win over Providence



Florida transfer Bobby Haines gives Silver Creek a weapon its never had in four years of varsity football.

While Layne Taylor was fast for the Dragons a year ago, his speed doesn’t compare to Haines’ sprinting speed. Haines scored on runs of 49 and 6 yards and on a 79-yard scoring strike from Brooks Howell in Friday’s 46-30 victory at Springs Valley.

“We were scoring like lightning,” Creek coach Mike Donahue said. “[Haines] is the fastest kid I’ve seen in 21 years of coaching.”

With Haines in the mix, Donahue has cranked up the Dragon offense.

“We run a two-minute offense in the middle of the quarter to get the defense off-guard,” he said.

The Silver Creek defense, which has been much maligned, forced seven Blackhawk turnovers, five of which it recovered.

“To be honest, I was really happy with the defense,” Donahue said.

— Greg Mengelt


After losing the bulk of his offense but having most of his defense returning, Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins said he expected his team to win some 7-0 games in 2013.

In last Friday’s loss to Madison, the Pirates did only score seven points. However, Hawkins’ vaunted defense surrendered 24 and Cubs’ back Jordan Partee ran for nearly 100 yards.

Much of Madison’s offensive success, however, came from C’town’s inexperienced offense putting its defense in tough spots. Madison had only one scoring drive that went more than 50 yards.

“I still expect [the defense] to be very good,” Hawkins said. “We just came out flat.”

While Charlestown was losing to Madison, this week’s opponent Brownstown Central was beating Mitchell 74-0. The Pirates beat their Mid-Southern Conference and sectional rivals a combined 103-13 a year ago.

“They looked great,” Hawkins said of Brownstown. “They’re very, very, very, very, very good. They’re tough and they’re going to be fired up to play us. We hope we’ll be ready by Friday.”

— Greg Mengelt

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