Wall it off

Sam Wofford (35) carries the ball while teammates Hayden Harp (8), Jaysen Shea (72) and Johnnie Marquez (53) clear a path. Purcell knocked off Douglass 35-6 Friday and play Bethel tonight (Thursday).

Addison Love found the end zone three times and Purcell intercepted Douglass three times last Friday night to capture their first district victory of the season, 35-6.

Love, who carried the mail 19 times for 73 yards and caught three passes for 34 yards,  hauled in two Kody Kroth touchdown passes and rushed for another.

Kroth opened the scoring with a 19-yard scoring strike to Mojo Browning, who finished off the six point play.

Love found the end zone after a five yard pass from Kroth and ran it in from 14 yards out for the third touchdown. All three PATs failed.

Kroth hit Creed Smith for a 31-yard pass and run and hit Love for a 16 yard scoring play on a screen pass. Both PATs were good.

Cale Walker also toed a 15 yard field goal in the game.

Kroth finished the night 18-28 passing for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

The Dragons rushed the ball 23 times for  94 yards and the one rushing score.

Browning, Titus Mason and Nick Albright all had interceptions in the game stopping key drives.

Head coach Tracy Scott said the Dragon defense bent but didn’t break.

Three times the Trojans drove the ball into the Red Zone only to have the Dragon defense stiffen and thwart the drives.

Senior Reuben Leveridge led the defense with 12 tackles.

Scott praised the defensive line play of Caden Bonham, Gage Askew, Johnnie Marquez and Jaysen Shea.

“I thought Jeremy Cudd played well along with Reuben Leveridge and Sam Wofford,” the coach said.

“They (Douglass) were huge up front,” Scott said.

“They got in double tights and tried to come right at us

“They were having to double team Shea. I told him when he got a single blocker to make the play and he did that for most of the night.”

Love was the Dragons’ main threat offensively.

“But Mojo had some nice catches and some nice runs,” Scott said. “Creed Smith caught the ball well for us as did Nate Willis and Titus Mason.

“Kroth did okay,” the coach continued. “He got a little more comfortable in the second half and did some good things.”

Purcell, now 2-4 will host 4-2 Bethel tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Conger Field.

The Wildcats will field good receivers to go with a good throwing quarterback Thursday.

“They also have a good running back,” Scott said. “Their quarterback does a good job of getting the ball out of his hand quickly.”

Bethel is a spread formation offense that will show either doubles or trips, Scott said of the scouting report.

They have varied their defenses but Scott expects a 3-3 stack Thursday.

Scott said the key for Purcell is to put pressure on the quarterback and stop the run when they are on defense.

“When we’re on offense we need to execute our offense and move the ball,” he said.

Dragon notes:

Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Addison Love as the Offensive Player of the Week.

Love had 34 yards receiving on three catches and two touchdowns and rushed for another score. He ran the ball 19 times for 73 yards.

Nominated as the Offensive Lineman of the Week was Johnnie Marquez, who graded out at 93 percent against Douglass.

Jaysen Shea was nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He made six tackles at nose guard for the Dragons.

Scott nominated Reuben Leveridge as the Defensive Player of the Week. He made 12 tackles against the Trojans last Friday night.

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