Dadeville Tops Reeltown In Rivalry Game

Dadeville held off Reeltown to open the 2011 season with a win.

Reeltown, Ala.—Everytime Dadeville and Reeltown tee it up on the football field it's a knock-down, drag-out affair, and Thursday night was no different as the visiting Tigers broke open a tie game in the fourth quarter and held off a stingy Rebel team 21-13 to open the 2011 season.

Hoping to ride a veteran defense until the offense got untracked this year, Dadeville fell behind early as Reeltown junior Tywone Stewart scored to put the Rebels on the board in the first quarter. The Tigers answered back as junior Jamal Crayton scored on the ground to tie the game for Dadeville. He had 16 carries for 92 yards on the game to lead the attack. Quarterbacks Kaleb Beck and C.J. Tolbert added the other two scores as Dadeville used the ground game to salt away the win for Coach Richard White.

"Every time we come down here it's the same type of game," White said. Our kids fought their tails off. I'm just proud of them. When we started the season I had no clue and when I came here today I had no clue what we had. We've got the makings of a good team, but we had to continue to grow up and get better every week. Losing eight starters on offense, I knew our defense was going to have to carry us. They're going to have to continue to carry us until we get some type of identity."

With the passing game struggling and the Tigers unable to get the ball to big 6-7 tight end Darrion Hutcherson, they turned to the power game in the second half to get the win. Catching two passes for 33 yards in the win and playing just about every snap on offense, defense and special teams, Hutcherson said he was just happy to get the win.

Hutcherson goes up high to block a pass on defense

"They came out and brought their all," Hutcherson said. "They threw everything at us. We had to stick it out. It was either go hard or go home. We went hard and came out with the win.

"When we're practicing all we're talking about is picking it up in the trenches," Hutcherson added. "The fourth quarter is our quarter. That's what we did. We picked it up in the trenches and beat them in the fourth quarter."

Helping Dadeville put the game away was junior wide receiver/safety Terry Toler. He caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to put the Tigers up by eight and then added an interception for good measure to finish things off.

"We just laid it on the line tonight," Toler said. "For me, the two-point conversion and the pick were awesome. I enjoyed every bit of it."

Terry Toler

On defense junior tackle Rod Crayton had eight total tackles and two tackles for a loss, including a big fourth down stop in the fourth quarter to seal the win. On the outside Serdarryan Pulliam put pressure on the Reeltown quarterback the entire night and had one sack to go along with two tackles.

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