Bulldogs bully the Tigers

Published 5:00 pm Monday, August 23, 2010

When the battle of the Blackmons came to an end, Opelika walked away with a 34-6 win while Greenville returned home with list of things that needed improvement.

“Week one, we play Wetumpka at home, and they are going to be good,” said coach Ben Blackmon. “This was a great opportunity for us to play a great team that is a little bigger than us and go back and evaluate the film to see where we need to get better.”

Greenville’s offense had trouble getting things going, being plagued by several high snaps and errant throws. Kent Riley managed to pick up eight-yards on a quarterback sneak during their first possession, but the Tigers could not pick up the yards to keep the drive going and were forced to punt.

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Opelika took advantage of early possessions to grab a lead over Greenville. After two Bulldog possessions, Greenville trailed 14-0.

After the first quarter, Greenville fought back and managed to keep Opelika’s offense out of the end zone. Greenville’s Jamall Hamilton ran in a 17-yard touchdown, but the Tiger’s failed to score the extra point to bring the score to 14-6.

Greenville intercepted the ball and gave the Tigers one more chance before half, but the drive ended after Patrick Bedgood ran for 30 yards and the clock expired.

The Tigers fared worse in the second half. Opelika controlled the ball almost the entire third quarter, driving the ball 83 yards to bring the score to 21-6. With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Opelika drove the nail in the coffin with a 23-yard quarterback sneak to make the final, 34-6.

Bedgood led the Tigers, rushing for 58 yard on seven carries. He was trailed by teammate Dontae Lee, who picked up 42 yards on nine tries. Kent Riley went 6-fo-14, passing for 97 yards.

Blackmon said he noticed a lot of correctable mistakes, like high snaps and penalties.

“The one thing I can’t correct is effort, and I think they were playing hard,” Blackmon said. “The fundamentals, like snapping the ball blocking and tackling, that is all coaching.”