Cards overcome sluggish start

Dollarway got off to a bit of a slow start in its homecoming game against Clinton on Friday. But after a slow first half, the Cardinals were able to impose their will on the ground and went on to beat Clinton 46-7.

Dollarway (6-0) never trailed in the game even though the Cardinals were scoreless in the first quarter, but so was Clinton.

The Cardinals got their first score on Keyshawn Williams’ 24-yard touchdown run and Jeremiah Young added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

Clinton scored on a third-and-goal play later in the quarter and made the extra point, but Dollarway still led 8-7.

The Cardinals added one more score before halftime when Young hit Xavier Long, who is the starting

quarterback, for a 39-yard touchdown pass and a 14-7 lead.

After a slow first half, Dollarway went on to score 32 points in the second half.

“We didn’t quite execute how we wanted to, but once we did, we started to impose our will,” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “We were able to make big plays and execute.”

The Cardinals also held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the second half of action.

Lee said Clinton was able to move the ball a bit on the Cardinals’ defense, though.

“I thought Clinton moved the ball in the first half and made some great adjustments with their blocking,” Lee said. “But after that, I thought we held very well in the red zone area.”

Williams scored his second touchdown of the game to open the second-half onslaught. He found the end zone on a 5-yard run and Joshua Liddell broke an 88-yard touchdown later in the third quarter for a 28-7 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Young broke a 76-yard run for a 34-7 lead. Chaderius Avery then added a 4-yard touchdown run and Darius Robinson scored on a 55-yard run.

Liddell led Dollarway’s potent rushing attack with 122 yards and Young had 119 yards. Williams gained 64 yards.

“It took a minute to get the ground game going and we had some plays called back,” Lee said. “It wore on Clinton in the second half and then we started to get big play after big play.”

Deandre Payton led Dollarway’s defense with eight tackles and Avery had seven. Jaquan Lasley had two tackles for loss and Kabion Ento and Liddell had an interception each.