Cornerstone blanks Saints in season opener

August 14, 2008

The Cornerstone Middle School Yellow Jackets of Baxter came to Smithville and spoiled Tad Webb's debut as DeKalb Middle School Saints head coach, Thursday night. THe Yellow Jackets scored on four of their seven possessions in the game, and shut out the local junior high squad, 30-0, in front of the fans at VanHooser Stadium.

Cornerstone scored on their first possession of the game, as fullack Sylvester Luna galloped 54 yards to paydirt. Ean Adkins darted in on the two-point conversion run, as the visitors went up 8-0. The Saints' opening drive of the game stalled after picking up one first down, and the second drive ended with a fumble at the DeKalb 41-yard line. The Yellow Jackets worked the ball downfield in nine plays, and scored on quarterback Josh Stanton's one-yard keeper. Adkins lunged in for his second two-point conversion, and Cornerstone took a 16-0 advantage, which they held through the end of the first half.

The Jackets tallied their third touchdown on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. Adkins raced down the sideline 60 yards for a touchdown, then fell short of his third two-point conversion of the night. Still, the visitors held a 22-0 lead, with 7:36 on the clock in the third quarter.

The Saints marched right back down the field, all the way to the Cornerstone four-yard line, but tailback Casey France had the ball stripped on first-and-goal, and the drive ended when the Jackets' Jay Lee pounced on the loose pigskin. Lee then fumbled on the ensuing Jacket drive, but the Saints went three-and-out on the following possession and had to punt.

Cornerstone put the game away with a 15-play drive, which wiped out the end of the third quarter and a large majority of the fourth. Lee ran in from 31 yards out to cap off the drive, and Adkins marched in for his third two-point conversion as Cornerstone took a 30-0 lead with 1:16 to go in the game. Several reserves closed out the game for the Saints, but the local team was unable to get into the end zone as time expired.

France carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards to lead the DMS offense, while Zaxtin Fayette ran the ball twice for 22 yards. The Saints had a total of 69 yards on the ground. Ethan Roller and Stephen Howell were a combined 0-for-5 through the air.

The DMS Saints open the season 0-1, and will host Satterfield Middle School of Trousdale County, next Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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