By Lonnie Turner
The Dillon Wildcats continued their onslaught on the gridiron Friday evening racking up 357 yards in the first half and putting 18 points on the scoreboard in the first ten minutes of play, all on the way to its second straight shutout, blanking the Lake View Wild Gators, 41-0.
Leading the way for the Cats were Nemo Squires and TyQuan King, with five touchdowns and 213 yards between them, Squires scored three times and King took the ball across the goal-line twice. Freshman Nigel George was used most of the second half with thirteen carries for 72 net yards and a touchdown and the defense had another safety to its credit.
Near the end of the first half in a Lake View punting situation at the Wild Gator 24-yard line, the football was snapped over the head of Gator punter Jalik Roberts and out of the end-zone to give the Wildcats a 34-0 lead at halftime.
On George’s third touch in the third quarter, he romped 26 yards for thee score with 8:31 left in the quarter. Malachi Bember kicked his third of four extra point tries to put the finishing touch on the shut-out.
Squires and King had long runs of 74 and 67 yards respectively for the first two touchdowns and prior to consecutive scoring runs of 15 and one yard in the second quarter by Squires, King scored on a three-yard run to end the first quarter scoring.
Defensively, the Wildcats allowed only minus 12 yards on 24 carries for the game and quarterback Adarrian Dawkins completed only four of eight pass attempts for minus 4 yards. Leading the way for the Cat defense was junior defensive end Isaiah Benjamin and senior end Shakai Jeanty with 7 put-downs apiece. Freshman Travon and junior Jaziah Evans added six tackles apiece in the middle of the line.
By substituting freely in the game, all totaled, the Wildcats had 26 players making tackles during the game.
The Wildcats will be idle for the second time in the first five weeks on September 14 as they have another open date prior to their big match-up with 4-A power Marlboro County in Bennettsville on the 21st.
The Cats are hitting on all cylinders this season scoring 130 points while giving up only 20 and all those came from another 4-A team, the Lumberton Pirates in this year’s opening game.
The Dillon coaching staff are expecting a maximum effort out of the Bull Dogs in two weeks to derail the Wildcats, so they are looking for a huge following to Marlboro County.
The Lake View Wild Gators fell to the Dillon Wildcats on Friday night. Here is a photo gallery from the game:
PHOTOS BY JOHNNIE DANIELS/THE DILLON HERALD
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