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East Limestone quarterback Chad Dewitt, left, scrambles to sidestep teammate Colin Carter in their team's loss to Deshler on Friday night.
E. Limestone's season ends in second round
Indians can't slow Deshler
By Paul Stackhouse
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CAPSHAW — Tears flowed in the East Limestone High locker room Friday night.
The Indians' bid to make the Class 4A state quarterfinals came to an abrupt halt on their home field only moments earlier. Deshler caused the East Limestone heartache with a 34-6 win over the Indians.
From the beginning to the end, Deshler (10-2) dominated offensively and defensively. The Tigers rolled up 528 yards total yards, 420 of which came on the ground. On defense, Deshler held the Indians to 186 yards.
"They came into this game and whipped our butts up front," East Limestone coach Jeff Pugh said.
"They did a good job on the defensive front and on the offensive front. That's what it comes down to — you win or lose in the trenches."
"They have a good football team. I feel like the best team out there tonight was Deshler."
On Deshler's first offensive play of the game, Dominique King bolted past the East Limestone defense for a 63-yard touchdown run. It marked the only score of the first quarter.
The Tigers put the game out of reach in the second quarter, scoring twice for a 21-0 lead at the half.
King ran 66 yards for a touchdown before J Gardiner scored on a 97-yard burst.
The Tigers led 28-0 with 7:29 left in the third quarter. Deshler quarterback Chase Blackburn connected on a 2-yard pass to Coleman Miller in the end zone.
East Limestone retaliated with its only score of the game: a 34-yard pass from Chad Dewitt to LaCorey McDonald.
The Tigers found the end zone one more time on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Blackburn to Deion Belue with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter. The rest of the game belonged to both team's defensive units.
After the game, Pugh talked to his players about being proud of their accomplishments.
"I told them that a lot of teams two weeks ago never got this opportunity that we did," Pugh said. "I feel like we played them hard, just not hard enough."
East Limestone finished with an 8-4 record.
Deshler coach John Mothershed described his team in one sentence. "We have a lot of young kids who play with a lot of heart," Mothershed said.
Mothershed pointed out last week's 27-21 win over Boaz as a motivating factor for his team to perform better against the Indians.
"We won, but we were embarrassed last week," he said. "Our kids wanted to get back on the practice field. The coaches didn't have to do much to get them fired up in practice. Our players know their abilities, and they didn't show them last week. All we had to do was show them the game film. They saw just how much better they can play.
"This group enjoys practice, and they really enjoy being around each other. Those things helped us get to round three by beating a good East Limestone team."
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