Sep 3 Plain dealing writeup
North DeSoto holds off Plain Dealing By Mike Schwalke Special to the Times STONEWALL Penalties and sloppy play hindered both teams in the first half but it was the North DeSoto Griffins that were able to overcome where necessary and grab a 14-6 14-6 14-6 lead at the half and hold it to win their season opener. The Griffins' offense relied heavily on the legs of their senior running back Jeremy Thomas but also received a remarkable show of concentration by Cedric Hooks on a long tliird down to get their first score of the game. The Griffins' defense also managed to make their presence felt. "We wanted to control the clock and keep our hands on the football," said North DeSoto head coach Gary Smith. The Griffins did turn the ball over, but their inspired defense was able to hold back the onslaught of the visiting Lions. "We know we can win now," sajd Smith of the first win in his two seasons as head coach. Last year the Griffins went 0-10. 0-10. 0-10. "We've got good athletes." "Everybody better watch out." said Nick Wall. The most punishing athlete was the Griffins' big back Thomas who racked up 101 yards on 24 carries and scored the last of the Griffins' two touchdowns. "I just hold on to the ball and keep on pounding," he said of his punishing punishing uthe-gut uthe-gut uthe-gut runs. The Lions' quarterback, Aldavius Johnson, was, for the most part, contained throughout the game. But Adrian Blankenship was able to gain yards receiving and on a couple of slippery end-around end-around end-around plays. Blankenship Blankenship scored the Lions' only touchdown touchdown early in the first quarter.