Shutout specialist Dollarway faces big task on road

Dollarway has shut out its last three opponents and looks to remain undefeated tonight as head coach Cortez Lee leads the Cardinals in a 2-4A Conference matchup at Clinton. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Clinton (3-2, 2-0 in 2-4A) has won its first two conference games and strives to start 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2010. The Cardinals (5-0, 2-0) will have the challenge of containing the Yellowjackets’ junior quarterback, Fielder Dufrene.

So far this season, Dufrene has completed 52 of 80 passes for 813 yards and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions. He is dangerous with his legs as well, as he has rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown.

“We got to have our guys paying attention to detail and understanding their assignment,” Lee said. “They (Clinton) play a physical style of football at the point of impact and have nice size at the line.”

In the past two games, Clinton beat Batesville Southside 34-7 and Marianna 42-16. Dollarway’s defense allowed Marianna’s offense to move the chains efficiently toward the end of the second quarter and throughout the first half.

“It was a decent game but we could have did better. We got to make sure we stay in check and I’m glad we got the win,” junior linebacker Chaderius Avery said.

Last week Dollarway beat Marianna 36-0 on homecoming night with all of its points coming in the first half. Four different players scored on rushing touchdowns. Lately, the Cardinals have relied on big plays to outscore their opponents. Senior quarterback Joshua Liddell and senior running back Keyshawn Williams scored on runs of 55 and 54 yards, respectively.

Dollarway has not allowed a touchdown since the first week of the season and has outscored its opponents so far, 190-17. The constant theme for the Cardinals other than the three consecutive shutouts has been their ability to not allow a rushing touchdown at all this season.

To keep this trend going, the defense will have to find a way to shut down Clinton’s playmakers in senior wingback Stephen Sappington, who has 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and fellow senior wide receiver Robby Slack, who has 10 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

“We will have to match their intensity and do all the things that got us to this point,” expressed Lee.