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ATWOOD (May 31) — After several date changes and opponent changes, West Carroll’s Alumni Team stepped on the field one more time against a mixed team of Stewart County and Houston County …
ATWOOD (May 31) — After several date changes and opponent changes, West Carroll’s Alumni Team stepped on the field one more time against a mixed team of Stewart County and Houston County Alumni on Friday night, May 31 for a spirited contest between the two teams with excellent weather and a respectable crowd on hand. West Carroll won 18-3. Both teams spent the first quarter looking for the other’s weaknesses. The Mud Dogs had good size up front and ran the ball hard. West Carroll also had good size but mixed up the run and passing game effectively. Both teams moved the ball but neither team scored in the opening quarter.
The first scoring threat came through the second quarter when the Muddogs set up a first down at West Carroll’s 15 yard line after a rare pass completion of 45 yards. The War Eagles allowed nothing and forced them into a 32-yard field goal attempt which connected for the first score 3-0 in favor of the Muddogs with 3:56 left until halftime.
West Carroll took over the ball on the ensuing kickoff from the 26 yard line. Several plays later a long 62-yard run put the War Eagles first and ten at the Muddog 3-yard line. Two plays later they had their first points with a 2-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion run failed making it a 6-3 game in favor of West Carroll. The Muddogs attempted to answer driving all the way to the War Eagle 29 and were forced to a fourth-down situation and attempted a 46-yard field goal that narrowly missed and would have tied the game headed into halftime.
West Carroll took the second half kickoff and got a nice return up to their own 40 yard line. A 43-yard pass reception put the War Eagles at the Muddog 15-yard line. After a loss of 1 on first down, Chancy Depriest found Lydale Wells in the endzone for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed again but West Carroll extended their lead to 12-3 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.
The War Eagles cut the next Muddog drive short with an interception around the West Carroll 40 yard line. They drove to midfield as the third quarter clock expired. West Carroll opened the fourth quarter driving into Muddog territory relying heavily on the run. Trace Fuller extended the War Eagle lead with a 10-yard touchdown run with 8:39 remaining in the game. The ensuing two-point conversion failed leaving West Carroll with an 18-3 lead. The two teams spent the remainder of the game swapping possessions until the clock ran out on an 18-3 victory for the West Carroll War Eagle Alumni.
Following the game, Alumni Football USA Representative Jake Doster handed out awards to both teams. For the Muddogs, Jake Westmoreland was the offensive player of the game while Taeton Wienk was the defensive player of the game. Special teams player of the Game was Willy Cruz who hit one field goal and narrowly missed another for the Muddogs. Landon Moore was the ‘Old Man’ of the Muddog squad having graduated from Houston County in 1992. The Muddogs only got in two to three full practices before playing against West Carroll.
The Offensive Player of the Game from West Carroll was Trace Fuller with the Defensive Player of the Game was Dameon Melton. Special Teams Player of the Game was Cody Jackson. West Carroll’s ‘Old Man’ was Dameon Melton having graduated in 2001. The Most Valuable Player was 2004 graduate Shane Depriest. He was the primary coordinator for West Carroll getting the team together and holding them together through several delays due to opponents backing out.