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East Limestone's Jonathan Pinque (32) gets past Tanner's Amos Draper on a first-down run.
E. Limestone takes bite out of Rattlers
Addison scores shutout of Meek
By Brooke Milam
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TANNER — In a rivalry game that generated some heat, Class 4A East Limestone High visited 2A Tanner on Thursday with a pair of one-point losses to avenge.
Apparently, that wasn't something the Indians took lightly. And even though they came into Tanner ranked fourth in the state, they still had plenty to prove.
"That No. 4 ranking in 4A doesn't mean anything until you prove it," East Limestone coach Jeff Pugh said. "I think we came out here ready to prove something. We really got after them."
East Limestone proved its worth with a 58-0 shutout over its county rival on a night when shades of the past were what motivated the Indians.
It was East Limestone's first win over Tanner since 2004.
"This was real important," East Limestone senior quarterback Chad Dewitt said. "We were thinking about the last time we came to this field."
The Rattlers beat East Limestone 19-18 in overtime in 2005 at Tanner High's Rip Swanner Stadium. The Rattlers also scored a 28-27 win at East Limestone last year.
Dewitt and his fellow seniors, who number 24, took those losses especially hard and came out on fire Thursday.
Dewitt's night was especially satisfying, scoring the first five touchdowns.
"They just beat us — no excuses," Tanner coach Laron White said. "We knew we'd have to play our best game and then some to win and we didn't do that."
East Limestone's game plan was simple: shut down Tanner's brutal running attack. And the Indians did so nearly to perfection.
Tanner posted only 58 rushing yards for the night. Meanwhile, the Indians pounded out 271 yards on the ground.
"I'm more proud of that zero on the scoreboard than any of the points we scored," Pugh said.
Dewitt started the onslaught for the Indians, scoring on the first play from scrimmage on a 65-yard run to put East Limestone up 6-0 with just seconds off the clock.
"There were three blocks on that play that I believe set the tone for the game," Pugh said. "We knocked some people out."
Dewitt scored again with 4:22 left in the first quarter, this time on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, and East Limestone led 14-0 heading into the second period. Dewitt's 77-yard run in the second quarter gave the Indians a 21-0 lead at halftime.
And while White said he didn't feel like his players panicked when East Limestone jumped out to an early lead, the game seemed to snowball in favor of the Indians.
At halftime, East Limestone had 205 yards — 155 yards of total offense belonged to Dewitt — while Tanner had only 33.
Dewitt scored twice more on a pair on 1-yard runs in the third quarter. Hayden Scott caught a 38-yard pass from Dewitt with 1:40 left in the third to put the Indians ahead 41-0.
East Limestone substituted liberally in the third and fourth quarters.
Sophomore quarterback Cade Medley played the entire fourth period, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Colin Carter in the opening seconds of the quarter.
Bruce Boydstun scored on a 2-yard run for the Indians with 9:08 left, and Jacob Appleby's 41-yard field goal with 48 seconds to play accounted for the final points.
Addison 35, Meek 0: Addison (4-1) held Meek to only four first downs, with the Tigers (1-4) recording only three plays that gained at least 10 yards.
At the same time, the Bulldogs rolled up 385 yards of offense, with 287 on the ground.
Offensively, quarterback Jordin Rivers ran for two touchdowns, threw for one and completed a 2-point conversion pass.
Andrew Privett led Addison on the ground with 82 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Addison 35, Meek 0
East Limestone 58, Tanner 0
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