High School Football

Commodores win battle of two halves

Chances of another triple-overtime battle were slim.

But this?

Tates Creek, a one-point winner last year, jumped all over visiting Paul Dunbar in the first half Friday night en route to a 42-28 victory.

The Commodores led 42-0 at halftime, then got outscored 28-0 the rest of the way.

Consider this: Dunbar ran more than twice as many plays as Creek (82-38), had the ball more than twice as long (32:49 to 15:11) and had nine more first downs (26-17).

"We hit on all cylinders. We executed well in the first half," said Mike Harmon, coach of the Commodores. "We did not focus in the second half. We've got to learn to play four quarters."

At 2-2, the Commodores have already matched their win total from last season (2-9). At 2-3, Dunbar already has surpassed its 2008 record (1-10).

Creek's dream-come-true first half included a 28-point second quarter and seven touchdowns in seven possessions.

Dunbar had three punts, two interceptions and a fumbled lateral.

The scores in order:

■ Brandon Shrout, a 61-yard run on Creek's second play from scrimmage.

■ Jonathon Meaders, a 1-yarder, four plays after Jamison Hardin's interception.

■ Tyler Moore tallied on runs from the 3 and the 1, the first to cap the only extended drive of the half (10 plays, 87 yards) and the latter one play after a Damon Boggs interception.

■ William Hardin, a 1-yard run, less than two minutes after Corey Hutchens recovered an off-target lateral.

■ Jontez Jones, a 2-yard run, two plays after Boggs returned a punt 75 yards to the Dunbar 14.

"The best two quarters we've played this year," Harmon said.

Meadors also would finish as Creek's leading tackler with seven. Aaron Mullins was credited with 61/2.

Roles reversed in the second half.

"Dunbar did a great job in the second half," Harmon said. "Recovered a couple onside kicks. They capitalized on some of our mistakes."

Dunbar recovered three onside kicks and two Creek fumbles to make a game of it.

Tates Creek, after having no penalties in the first half, had 10 for 80 yards in the second half.

Moments after Kendall Davis pulled in a deflected fourth-and-10 pass from Trent Martin for Dunbar's first score, a 15-yard touchdown, Darvin Hardin covered a Creek fumble.

That led to a 2-yard TD run by Martin.

Jordan Perkins' fumble recovery led to another touchdown, a 21-yard Martin-to Jordan Gatewood pass.

And another onside kick recovery resulted in a 4-yard TD pass from Martin to Spencer McGuire with 5:01 left.

But that's as close as the Bulldogs would come.

Martin finished 17-for-44, good for 240 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions. Davis was his leading receiver, grabbing six balls for 99 yards.

Creek quarterback Dee Christopher was 4-for-6 for 33 yards and also ran four times for 59 yards.

Perkins and Sam Doss led Dunbar tacklers with three each.

Paul L. Dunbar 0 0 14 14—28

Tates Creek 14 28 0 0—42

TC—Brandon Shrout 61 run (Myles Atkins kick); TC—Jonathon Meadors 1 run (Atkins kick); TC—Tyler Love 3 run (Atkins kick); TC—Love 1 run (Atkins kick); TC—William Hardin 1 run (Akers kick); TC—Jontez Jones 2 run (Atkins kick); PLD—Kendall Davis 15 pass from Trent Martin (Matt Puracchio kick); PLD—Martin 2 run (Puracchio kick); PLD—Jordan Gatewood 21 pass from Martin (Puracchio kick); PLD—Spencer McGuire 4 pass from Martin (Puracchio kick).