War Eagles rely on defense to stifle Mosley

War Eagles rely on defense to stifle Mosley

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War Eagles rely on defense to stifle Mosley

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CRAWFORDVILLE — Mosley football coach Perry Brown and his Dolphins saw the measuring stick on Friday.

Wakulla raced past Mosley 44-10 in the season opener for both teams. The War Eagles (1-0) are fresh off a Class 5A state runner-up finish. Rebuilding Mosley saw where it wants to be.

“They played in a state championship and they showed that tonight,” Brown said. “We played with them a little, then it got away from us.”

Wakulla took control of the game with a long return, a bit of surprise and a turnover in the second quarter. The encounter went from a tight battle to one comfortably in control by Wakulla, 31-10 at the half.

“We came out really physical, which I liked,” Wakulla coach Scot Klees said.

“We ran to the football and we hit. I was really happy because we got to play a lot of people. I am really please where we are at. We hope to build on this and definitely get better.”

Mosley’s Ryan Rogers tied the score 7-7 with a 4-yard run to open the second quarter. Demetrius Lindsey stole back the momentum with a 50-yard kickoff return to the Mosley 32.

Monterious Loggins rushed for 25 yards and Jordan Franks hauled in his second scoring reception to put Wakulla ahead 13-7.

The War Eagles recovered an ensuing onside kick and three plays later the score was 21-7 following a 45-yard run by Lindsey and Dillon Norman’s 2-point conversion.

Mosley stopped the barrage with a 22-yard field goal by Christian Marsh. However, Wakulla notched the final 10 points of the half, the final three set up by a 52-yard interception return from Mikal Cromartie.

Rogers led Mosley with 74 yards on 17 carries. Mosley’s offense couldn’t muster much steam, as Wakulla held the Dolphins (0-1) to 196 total yards while amassing 376. Zach Rhodes contributed 79 of those yards through the air on 7 of 13 passing.

“I did see some good things,” Brown said. “But we learned some things. We need to be more physical and aggressive. We’re young and we’ll keep learning.”

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