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Addison Love breaks away into the open field. Love and the Dragons, still in the playoff hunt, face Lone Grove at home on Friday.

Facing cold and wet conditions at Pauls Valley last Friday night, Purcell heated up on the gridiron and pinned a 32-6 loss on the host Panthers.

Addison love rushed for a trio of touchdowns. Kody Kroth tossed a 67 yard touchdown bomb into the waiting arms of Creed Smith and Sam Wofford scored on a one yard burst.

Addison gained 136 yards on 23 carries and scored on runs of two, three and two yards.

Kroth was 11-19 passing for 245. His favorite targets were Smith who had four receptions for 105 yards and Mojo Browning who matched the four catch mark for 106 yards.

“Up front, our offensive line played well,” head coach Tracy Scott said of Johnnie Marquez, Gage Askew, Elijah Fixico, Caden Bonham, Mateo Ramirez and Jaysen Shea.

“And, Seth Madrid and Sean Behne came in and played,” Scott said.

“Creed Smith and Mojo Browning both had long catches,” the coach said. “Mojo just got tackled at the two yard line after a 39 yard pass and catch. And what can you say but Addison Love had a good game.

On the defensive side of the ball Scott said he had several players that played well at Pauls Valley.

“All three of our down linemen played well,” Scott said of Shea, Askew and Bonham.

“Mateo Ramirez and Seth Madrid both played well in the line as well,” Scott said. “And all three of our inside linebackers played well.”

Jeremy Cudd led the group with 13 tackles.

Sam Wofford registered a dozen stops and Addison Love brought down 11 ball carriers.

“Jeremy Cudd played in the middle and played really well. He made some key plays at the Mike linebacker position,” Scott said. “He gets us lined up properly and that is so valuable especially with all the different sets, unbalanced lines and such.”

Nick Albright made 15 tackles against the Panthers from his safety position.

“I’m proud of the way they played in crappy conditions. We got after their butts and kinda whipped ‘em. Proud of them.”

Pauls Valley’s lone touchdown came against Dragon reserves after the first team pitched a shutout.

The 4-4, 3-2 Dragons will host Lone Grove, 5-3, 2-3, at 7 p.m. Friday.

Lone Grove is a physical team with good size up front.

“They’ve got a good quarterback and a good running back,” Scott said. “They’ve got one real fast receiver they throw to. They are just a well rounded football team.

“They are more of a run team  but use play action,” the coach said. “They are a two back set without a tight end. They’ll run twins to one side and one receiver to the other and have a sniffer back.”

Scott said the Longhorns operate out of a 3-5 on defense.

“We’ve got to be able to stop their run and make them throw the ball. They come out hot and get after you early. We’ve got to come out ready to play and match their intensity right out of the gate,” he said.

“We’ve got to be physical and be able to pick up their blitzes and throw the ball to set up the run,” Scott concluded.

Dragon notes:

Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Addison Love as the Offensive Player of the Week. Love rushed 23 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns.

Scott nominated Jeremy Cudd as the Defensive Player of the Week. Cudd made 13 tackles and made the defensive calls all night.

Scott nominated Jaysen Shea as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Shea made five tackles Friday night including two for losses.

Nominated as the Offensive Linemen of the Week were Gage Askew and Johnnie Marquez, who both graded out at 90 percent against the Panthers.

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