Gaston hammers Wadley 47-20
Fri. September 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Gaston’s Shai Ogles gets off the ground in catching a pass for a touchdown in front of Wadley’s Chandler McClain during Friday night’s game at Gaston High School in north Gadsden. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)
The battle of the Bulldogs turned out to be not much of a battle.
Gaston jumped out to a 19-0 lead after one quarter, extended the edge to 33-7 at halftime and overcame a third-quarter lull to defeat Class 1A Wadley 47-20 in high school football Friday.
Coach Swane Morris’ team racked up 482 yards of offense while holding the visitors to just 244 yards.
“I was pleased,” Morris said. “You get that big lead and you get comfortable, then we came out in the second half and gave up a couple, then did what we had to do. Overall, I was very pleased, with it being homecoming and there being plenty of distractions anyway.”
The backbone of Gaston’s offensive fireworks were running backs Shai Ogles and Jailyn Britton. For the night, Ogles carried the ball nine times for 140 yards with two touchdowns and caught two passes for 42 yards and a score, while Britton rushed 10 times for 145 yards and a touchdown.
“We felt that they would run an odd front against us to sort of stack the middle against Braxton (Collins) so we came into the game looking at that (running outside),” Morris said. “Then we saw some formations that would allow us to get Braxton going and then he had some big runs, too.”
Collins finished with 11 carries for 37 yards and two scores.
Gaston (3-2) took its first possession 79 yards in just four plays, with Ogles outrunning the defense for a 44-yard touchdown run with 9:14 left in the first quarter. Kyler Ballenger’s kick made it 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Taylor Hawkins picked up a Wadley fumble and returned it 35 yards for a score to push the Gaston lead to 13-0, and the rout was on. The extra point was no good.
After a Wadley punt, Gaston drove 95 yards in eight plays, with Britton finishing this one off with a 44-yard scoring dash of his own to extend the edge to 19-0 with 1:55 left in the first. The kick again was no good.
A Collins 1-yard plunge in the second quarter extended the lead to 26-0 before Dakota Brown got Wadley on the board with an 18-yard touchdown run to cut it to 26-7.
Jordan Douglas completed the first-half scoring by finding Ogles on a 13-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the second quarter to give Gaston a 33-7 cushion.
Ogles scored on a 32-yard run on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter to push it to a 40-7 lead.
A nine play, 72-yard drive for Wadley was capped on a 5-yard touchdown run by Kamaury Avery to cut it to 40-14, then a Gaston fumble on the following possession gave the visitors the ball back on the opposing 38. Six plays later, Tyrese Sheppard’s 15-yard scoring run cut the deficit to 40-20 with 2:35 left in the third. Gaston rebounded after that and put the game on ice with a nine-play, 52-yard march that finished with Collins’ second 1-yard scoring dive of the game with 10:28 left in the fourth.
Avery led Wadley with 15 carries for 88 yards.
“Our effort in overcoming them just mashing us in the mouth, that was something we feel real good about.”
Douglas completed 5 of 12 passes for 98 yards.
Gaston returns to 2A, Region 7 play at home against Westbrook Christian on Friday.