Tornadoes get back on track with victory
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes gained 363 yards in total offense as they rolled over South Delta 35-0 in their season opener Friday night in prep football action.
South Delta's Mykel Magee (12) manages to toss the ball downfield before being brought down by the Philly defenders.
"It was a good first game," Head Coach Teddy Dyess said. "But we had five turnovers and that is something we have to correct. That is not Tornado football.
"Other than that, I thought our defense played well. The offensive line blocked well as a unit. Our goal was to improve from last week's jamboree game and I think we did," Dyess said.
The Tornadoes will be back in action Friday night when they visit J.Z. George. The Jaguars will come into the game 1-0 following a 9-8 win over Winona Christian.
"They scored on the last play of the game to win," Dyess said. "Something like that brings a lot of excitement into a team. We will be playing there and I'm sure they will play us hard."
Donterrius Poe put the Tornadoes on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when he scored on a 13-yard run, capping a seven-play, 80 yard drive. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 7-0 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.
Philadelphia's K.J. Peebles recovered a fumble on the first play after the kickoff and the Tornadoes were headed to the South Delta end zone for another score. Poe ran 30 yards to put the ball on the Bulldogs' one-yard line. One play later, Kenshon Henderson scored on a one-yard run. Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 14-0 with 10:43 left in the second quarter.
Philadelphia forced the Bulldogs to punt after four downs and took over on the 44. Four plays later, the Tornadoes scored when Poe went into the end zone from one yard out. Smith's kick was true and the Tornadoes led 21-0 at the half.
Philadelphia scored twice in the second half. Courtney Smith scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter, and Breland Gardner scored in the fourth quarter on a three-yard run. Smith kicked both extra points.
The Tornadoes had 316 yards rushing on 52 carries, and completed 3-of-10 passing attempts for 47 yards.
Poe was the leading rusher with 121 yards on 17 carries. Kevin Smith added 84 yards on 11 carries; Kenshon Henderson 8-64, and Gardener 5-38.
The quarterback duties were shared by Tecoy Bingham and Jonathan Edwards. Edwards had two pass completions for 26 yards and Bingham completed one pass for 21 yards. Kaylon Gray caught two passes for 47 yards.
"Right now, it is best for us to alternate quarterbacks," Dyess said. "We may use one as the quarterback the whole game and play him at receiver the next game. That's what we are doing right now."
The Philadelphia defense limited South Delta to 19 total yards and one first down. Jaylen Davis had eight tackles while Josh Rush had seven tackles, one pass breakup and two fumble recoveries. Warichez Spencer had seven tackles and Peebles had six tackles with a fumble recovery and three tackles for loss. Brad Horne and Josten Baxstrum had six tackles while Kevin Smith had five tackles.
While he didn't want to single anyone out, Dyess was happy with the group play of the Tornado offensive line.