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Dutchtown puts off week to good use

From Staff Reports

An off week was just what Dutchtown needed to get ready for another Wing-T offense.

The Bulldogs had faced Ola's Wing-T offense two weeks before and allowed over 180 yards rushing. Jones County had played No. 5-ranked Griffin close in a 20-13 loss and caused problems for the Bears with its Wing-T offense.

So Dutchtown coaches used the two weeks before Friday's game against Jones County to tweak its blitzing 4-3 defense, which is designed to stop spread offenses. The results were most evident in the second half, when Dutchtown held Jones County to just 59 yards of total offense.

"It was good to have this off week," Dutchtown coach Jason Galt said. "It allowed us to prepare and really come up with a better philosophy, a better plan, to attack a running team."

INJURY FREE: Through a 5-0 start, the best in school history after Dutchtown's 20-0 victory over Jones County on Friday, Bulldogs coach Jason Galt pointed out the team had not sustained any critical injuries.

"That's kind of helped us out a little bit," Galt said. "When you start getting injuries, then you start playing guys that don't have much experience."

Dutchtown (5-0, 2-0 Region 3A-AAAA) will have its first injury issue this week after senior linebacker Aaron Johnson appeared to suffer a concussion in the second half Friday. Galt didn't know if Johnson would be ready to play Friday in a critical Region 3A-AAAA game at Union Grove.

GAME OF THE WEEK: Football players in the Southern Crescent have a chance to take center stage this week.

Television station WSB has nominated two upcoming games in Henry County as its Game of the Week -- Eagle's Landing Christian at Strong Rock, and Stockbridge at Henry County -- and fans of the teams can vote online and decide whether the contest should be covered.

Each week, WSB-TV nominates 5-6 games and lets students, parents, teachers and the public pick which one the station should cover.

The winning game will become the wsbtv.com Game of the Week. The station will shoot video of the game to include on the high school football telecast on the 11:00 p.m. news. Here's your chance to show the entire state what your football team is made of. WSB-TV will also shoot the the band and the fans and include them on television and on wsbtv.com, too. The bands from the winning game will become eligible for the McDonald's Spirit Spotlight. The season winner of it wins $500.

The band will also qualify for a 64-band tournament at the end of the season. The winning band will get to play at an Atlanta Braves baseball game.

To vote, go to www.wsbtv.com/sportszonefriday and click on the link at the top of the page.

TOUGH DEFENSE: Eagle's Landing Christian showed an array of offensive firepower in its 62-0 win over Whitefield Academy, but its defense had a share of bright moments.

The Chargers limited their Region 5-A South rivals to only 53 yards of offense. Only two running plays for the Wolfpack gained positive yards.

STREAKING: ELCA has now won 13 straight regular season games, which is the longest in school history. The 62 points were the most by an ELCA team since scoring 72 on Southwest Atlanta Christian in 2008.

RUNNING DUO: ELCA running back Keyante Green said that he and John Tatum form a good running back combination for the Chargers.

Both scored three touchdowns a piece in last week's win over Whitefield Academy. Green, playing in his second game since a shoulder injury sidelined him for three games, had 69 yards rushing.

Tatum finished with 55 yards and three touchdowns. The two had limited touches since it was a blowout win.

"I love the way that John runs the ball," said Green, who lined up some at quarterback in ELCA's version of the Wildcat. "We both can break a long one at anytime."