Pike County looking like ‘old dawgs’ as team readies for Daleville

Published 10:56 am Friday, October 5, 2012

From the opening kickoff of last Friday’s win over Luverne, Pike County dominated the Tigers. The Bulldogs used big offensive plays, and a stingy defense to knock off visitors from Crenshaw County 21-7.

The Bulldogs looked like the “old dawgs” of the early 2000’s by controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and forcing turnovers on defense.

“We are really happy to get a win,” said Pike County head coach Fred Holland. “We are trying to teach our kids how to win and celebrated that win for a day, but now it is time to get ready for Daleville because they are on top.”

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Pike County rolled up yards on the ground, with Raheem Pearson romping for 190 yards on just 16 carries. The win gave Pike its first win over Luverne since 1989.

The Daleville Warhawks come to Bulldog Stadium on Friday night looking to keep their winning ways going. Daleville re-enters region play with a perfect 5-0 record, and ranked number 10 in the Alabama Sports Writer Association rankings.

The Warhawks survived a wild 55-48 shootout with G. W. Long last week. Daleville’s offensive attack is not centered on one particular player, but has three backs doing the majority of the work.

Jonathan Pittman is a dual threat at quarterback. In the win last week, Pitman passed for 53 yards and ran for 110. DeMarcus Flowers and Jalen Boyd are also threats to break a play the distance at any point.

Flowers averaged over 10 yards per carry last week, rolling up 263 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Holland said that a win for the Bulldogs against Daleville would be big for the rebuilding of the program.

“We have a lot to compete for this week,” said Holland. “It would mean a lot to the kids and for us in the region to get a win. We expect a hard, physical football game.”

A win for the Bulldogs would also put them back in the playoff race.