Buoyed by playing their first sub-region game of the season at North DeKalb Stadium, the Chamblee Bulldogs [5-0, 1-0 in sub region] prevailed over the Redan Raiders [1-4, 0-1 in sub region] 21-7 in front of a homecoming crowd.
In Redan’s first four offensive plays, the Raiders fumbled twice. In their first possession of the game, the Raiders fumbled the ball on their own 20-yard line. In the second possession, Chamblee forced another fumble.
The Bulldogs did not capitalize on the first scoring opportunity, but they did not waste the second. Chamblee tailback Dezmin Reed forced his way through the first and second levels of the Raiders’ defense for a 22-yard rushing score.
Midway through the first quarter, Chamblee’s Quincy Watford scored on a 52-yard punt return. Although Watford dropped the catch, he scooped up the ball and broke free to the wide-side of the field and eluded the ensuing defenders.
On the opening play of the second quarter, Chamblee got a lucky bounce. Quarterback Jordan Branch fumbled the ball, but tailback Tomas Harris grabbed it and ran 40 yards to the Redan 27-yard line. Chamblee advanced the ball to Redan’s goal line, but the Bulldogs failed to score on two rushing attempts.
Chamblee did not suffer the consequence of not scoring because the Bulldogs’ defensive unit forced the fourth Redan fumble of the half. Chamblee defensive end Davin Bellamy picked up the loose ball and sauntered 5 yards into the end zone, which gave Chamblee a 21-0 advantage.
In the third quarter, Redan threatened to score. The Raiders moved the ball down to the Chamblee goal line. On fourth-and-goal, Redan was called for a false-start penalty. The miscue moved the ball back to the Chamblee 6-yard line. The Raiders opted for the field-goal attempt, which a host of Chamblee defenders blocked.
Midway in the fourth quarter, Redan moved the ball inside Chamblee’s 20-yard line. On 4th-and-5 at the Chamblee ten-yard line, the Chamblee defense snuffed the play.
At the mid-point of the season, Chamblee and Marist [4-1, 1-0 in the sub region] are tied for first place in sub-region A of 6-AAAA.
On Friday, Chamblee will travel to Avondale Stadium and play Columbia [2-3, 0-1 in the sub region]. Despite losing the last two games, the Eagles have played well. Two weeks ago they suffered a 28-27 defeat to Carver-Atlanta [5-0], and last week they lost to Marist 16-0.
Entering the game, Chamblee’s offense was sixth in DeKalb County. The Bulldogs’ balanced attack has amassed 671 rushing yards and 622 passing yards. Reed has scored six rushing touchdowns, and Branch has thrown seven touchdown passes.