Not only did Dollarway get a 36-0 homecoming victory against Marianna on Friday, the Cardinals also have extended their streak of shutouts to three.
“They worked hard in practice this week and they came out and they came out and put it on the line and it put on the line and it paid off,” Dollarway defensive coordinator Darrin Kidd said. “They’re starting to hopefully keep the momentum going with hard work and discipline.”
And for a defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season, the Cardinals’ offense mirrored their efforts by having four different players score on rushing touchdowns.
“With this game plan we wanted to utilize all our tools,” Dollarway head coach Cortez Lee said. “We had guys on jet plays and sweep outside and some reverses. We really didn’t want to do too much interior work.”
Dollarway got its first score when senior quarterback Joshua Liddell threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kabion Ento on their opening possession. James Smith successfully ran in a two-point conversion to go on top of Marianna 8-0.
The Cardinals had its share of three-and-out defensive stands with junior linebackers Chaderius Avery and Cordera McDonald constantly getting pressure to Marianna quarterback Donte Weeams. After that, it was all ground work for the Cardinals to put away the Trojans in the first half of the game. Senior fullback Don Lankford scored on a short-yard dive to put the Cardinals up 16-0. A holding penalty didn’t affect Dollarway on its next drive as junior running back Keyshawn Williams took a handoff 20 yards for a score.
In the second quarter, the Cardinals used big plays that sealed the victory in the first half. Marianna attempted to punt on a fourth down, but a snap flew up high and the punt coverage was able to pin the Trojans at their own 45. On the next play, Liddell did an option read, kept the ball and ran to the outside for a 55-yard touchdown.
After another defensive stand from the Cardinals to deny Marianna a fourth-down conversion, Liddell opted to give a handoff to senior running back Darius Robinson and he took it 54 yards to score the final touchdown.
Marianna started to move the chains against Dollarway’s defense, but with Liddell at the safety position, he intercepted a pass from Weeams to end the first half.
“We were getting out of zones. They got a few yards on us but we held on”, Avery said.
McDonald and Darius Robinson came in at quarterback and managed the game in the second half to run out the clock. After Liddell jumped to up to get the ball at its highest point while getting his interception, he fell down awkwardly. He limped off the field and didn’t return for the rest of the game. But at that point he didn’t need to.
“He just tweaked his groin a little bit but it was nothing major,” Lee said. “We knew when the score was decisive we were going to sub him out anyway.”
Liddell completed 3 of 4 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown and rushed three times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Kabion Ento, McDonald and Nic Woodfork all had a sack a piece.
Deandre Payton lead the Dollarway defense with nine tackles, including three for a loss.