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Danville's Gerrid Montgomery (3) pursues Falkville's Dustin Jump (22) in the first half of play Thursday night in Danville. Falkville won 21-0.
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Danville's Gerrid Montgomery (3) pursues Falkville's Dustin Jump (22) in the first half of play Thursday night in Danville. Falkville won 21-0.

Falkville stymies Danville Hawks

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

DANVILLE — With 2:38 left in the fourth quarter, Danville High running back Cody Brakeman broke through Falkville's defensive front and stretched out just enough to cross the 50-yard line.

That marked the only time during the second half Danville moved past midfield as Falkville scored a 21-0 win over the Hawks in the season opener for both teams Thursday.

A pair of long runs on third-and-long gave the Falkville offense the push the Blue Devils needed — one by running back Dustin Jump and the other by quarterback Jonathan McNatt.

In the first quarter, the Hawks lost a punt return, and after Falkville recovered, the Blue Devils were snuffed on consecutive running plays.

On third-and-18, Falkville head coach Neil Estes saw the Hawks in pass coverage and signaled for a running play. Dustin Jump took the ball and ran for a 50-yard touchdown run.

"I thought we were going to get a few yards and nothing more," said Jump who had 89 yards on nine carries. "It caught me by surprise a little bit, but I am happy he called it."

A similar situation happened in the second quarter.

A loss of 3 yards on a rushing play and a delay-of-game penalty pushed the Blue Devils back to third-and-goal from the Danville 16.

Quarterback Jonathan McNatt took the snap and rushed through the middle and into the end zone to push the score to 14-0.

"With the defense they play, if it was a passing situation, we wanted to run," Estes said.

Falkville essentially put the game away on a 22-yard touchdown pass from McNatt to receiver Steven Lindsey before halftime.

Levi George led Danville with 90 yards on 14 carries.

Both teams made their share of mistakes. The game saw a total of 11 turnovers for both teams.

"Going into the game, we knew we had a young team," said Danville coach Joey Burch whose team has six seniors who play regularly. "And we made young mistakes."

Danville lost six fumbles, while Falkville had four lost fumbles and an interception.

According to the coaches, the fumbles had nothing to do with a soggy field or the muggy weather — instead it was just two football teams making mistakes.

"I don't know how many turnovers we had," Estes said. "I wouldn't be smiling right now if I knew. They weren't wet fumbles. We just didn't take care of the ball."

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