Cards keep Trojans scoreless

MARIANNA — Dollarway was supposed to go into Marianna Lee and beat Trojans handily.

That is exactly what the Cardinals (5-0, 2-0 in 2-4A) did as they turned a 54-0 halftime lead into a 64-0 win over their conference foe Trojans (0-4, 0-2).

“We pretty much just tried to compete and work on some things,” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “We try and get better each week is the main thing.”

Marianna had not scored a touchdown coming into the game, and that held true against the Cardinals.

“It was great for them to get the shutout,” Lee said. “Kudos to the defensive coordinator and they worked hard in their preparation.”

The Cardinals played without starting quarterback Xavier Long for the second straight game. Jeremiah Young, normally a running back, took his place again under center.

Dollarway did not miss a beat, though, as Dequan Christmas scored the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard touchdown run.

Tracy Smith Jr. followed that up with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown. The next score came on Joshua Liddell’s 68-yard run, and Keyshawn Williams then added a 3-yard touchdown run.

Williams made it 38-0 on a 1-yard score and Liddell scored his second touchdown on a 17-yard run.

Dontarius Slater made it 54-0 at halftime with a 21-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

In the second half, Darius Robinson scored on a 56-yard touchdown run and the Cardinals added a safety to round out the scoring.