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Defense comes up big for Dragons in 28-6 win

Collierville’s defense had four interceptions Friday night in a 28-6 homecoming win against Wooddale. ABOVE: Senior defenders Cameron Doyle (No. 22), Carson White (No. 87) and BJ Carrothers (No. 21) swarm to sack Wooddale quarterback Jerry Craine. The Dragons will play their next home game on Oct. 3 against Kirby (0-4). Photo by Roger Cotton

By STEVEN JENKINS

Collierville’s defense had four interceptions Friday night in a 28-6 homecoming win against Wooddale. ABOVE: Senior defenders Cameron Doyle (No. 22), Carson White (No. 87) and BJ Carrothers (No. 21) swarm to sack Wooddale quarterback Jerry Craine. The Dragons will play their next home game on Oct. 3 against Kirby (0-4). Photo by Roger Cotton

Collierville’s defense had four interceptions Friday night in a 28-6 homecoming win against Wooddale. ABOVE: Senior defenders Cameron Doyle (No. 22), Carson White (No. 87) and BJ Carrothers (No. 21) swarm to sack Wooddale quarterback Jerry Craine. The Dragons will play their next home game on Oct. 3 against Kirby (0-4). Photo by Roger Cotton

It was Homecoming for the Dragons and the defense came up big to seal another district win against Wooddale 28-6.
The defense led the way by holding the Cardinals offense in check for the game with four interceptions. Inconsistencies in the passing game forced the Dragon’s offense to rush the ball more than expected. The offense was led by Ed Pomphrett, who had 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the game.
Collierville started the scoring on a 6-play, 48-yard drive ending with a 37-yard field goal from Dillon Scott for a early 3-0 lead.
The Dragons scored on another Scott field goal (31 yards) for Collierville to extend the lead 6-0 into halftime. However, going into halftime brought on a bizarre chain of events. With no time left in the second quarter, Wooddale elected to go for the touchdown on the Dragon’s 5 yard line. BJ Carrothers intercepted the ball on the 3 yard line, ran the ball back to mid-field where the ball was fumbled and picked up by Isiah Kieren.
Kieren ran the ball down to the goal line and was tackled on the 1 yard line before he get to the end zone. Both teams had chances to score on a play that covered the whole span of the field.
In the second half, Pomphrett’s 1-yard touchdown run and 2-point PAT pass from Parker Moss to Tyler Davis extended the Dragons lead to 14-0.
Pomphrett didn’t stop there. He also scored two more rushing touchdowns to end the Dragon’s scoring. Wooddale scored on a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter but it was a little too late.
The defense was led with interceptions from Carrothers, Nathan Bouldien, Mitchell Jensen and Austin Hall.
When asked about team play, Coach Mike O’Neill stated, “In the first half we definitely had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on. We have a pretty good identity on defense but we’re still working on it on offense.
“We have a really good field goal kicker and we’ll continue to utilize him as much as we can but we have to continue to get better and firm up some things,” he continued. “We’ve got to be able to throw the ball, if not we’re going to see eight to nine people in the box every game.”
Collierville has an open date this week for additional time to get ready for the Cougars. Collierville’s next game will be at home against Kirby on Friday Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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