Solid D propels SGP to 3-1 district mark

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Solid D propels SGP to 3-1 district mark

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

Four games into district action, the Warriors are leading the pack with a 3-1 mark.

The South Grand Prairie Warriors football team used a solid defensive threat, in conjunction with a high-powered offense led by quarterback Denzel Dewberry, to help destroy Hurst L.D. Bell at Pennington Field, Oct. 20.

“No doubt, our defense was the key to the victory,” Warriors head coach David Fisher said. “I always tell the guys, ‘if the other team doesn’t score, most likely you’re going to win.’ With four sophomores out there on defense, they have been growing up a little every week.”

The Warriors started Friday’s match-up with the name of the game, playing solid D and forcing a three-and-out on the Blue Raiders first possession.

And after the Warriors were forced to do the same, kicker Carson Wiggs showed off his stuff, pinning a punt deep in L.D. Bell territory as the pigskin rolled out of bounds at the Blue Raiders 6-yard line.

After the Warriors defense again stood strong, not allowing a first down, South Grand Prairie took over at their 42-yard line with 6:39 remaining in the opening quarter.

And three plays later, the Warriors were chasing daylight as Dewberry connected with Trae Johnson on a 53-yard touchdown pass with 5:40 left in the first quarter to give SGP an early 7-0 lead.

On the Warriors very next possession, after taking over at the Blue Raiders 41-yard line, Dewberry found Rakin Rigsby wide open at the 4-yard line to setup a first-and-goal.

And two short plays later, Dezman Longmiles entered the end zone for SGP to give the Warriors a 14-0 cushion with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter.

The Warriors capped off a nine-play drive with 6:59 left in the first half when Dewberry tucked the pigskin on a quarterback keeper and found paydirt, giving SGP a 21-0 lead heading into halftime.

And on South Grand Prairie’s third possession of the second half, the team once again found themselves chasing daylight as the Warriors pushed their lead to 28-0 with 4:52 left in the third quarter on Dewberry’s second rushing touchdown of the night.

The Warriors tacked on one final touchdown with 5:44 remaining in the game, capping off a 15-play drive as Ricky Evans crossed the goal line to give SGP a 35-0 lead.

With the latest victory, the Warriors move to 7-1 overall with a 3-1 record in district as South Grand Prairie hosts Irving MacArthur tomorrow night.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.

“Looking ahead to next week, we’re pretty much focusing on the same things as far as offense, defense and special teams,” Fisher said. “In order to be a great football team, you have to improve every week, and we’re working to do that.”

And the great punts the Warriors have become accustomed to lately?

“Those great special teams punts don’t happen without practice,” Fisher said. “Every Tuesday, we do a gunner drill where we try to pin punts inside the 10-yard line.”

Thus far, it seems to be working.

And if the trend can continue, the Warriors may very well be looking to secure the title of ‘district champions.’

 

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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