A neighborhood rival has been rekindled.
In the last two meetings between Chamblee and Dunwoody, the Wildcats have handily won. Last year the Wildcats thumped the Bulldogs 39-6; the year before that, Dunwoody won 31-0.
On Friday night the Bulldogs convincingly defeated Dunwoody 38-6.
With two long drives, which resulted in ten points, Chamblee controlled the time of possession and the tempo of the first half. The Bulldogs’ defensive unit forced and recovered multiple fumbles, and only once in the first half did Dunwoody cross the 50-yard line. By halftime, Chamblee had a comfortable 17-0 advantage.
“It felt great to win in front of your home crowd. I wanted to go, especially because it was Dunwoody, and make a statement to our fans and alumni that Chamblee football is back,” said Bulldog Coach Allen Johnson, who graduated from Chamblee in 1997.
Early in the first quarter, a Dunwoody punt returner fumbled the catch, and Chamblee recovered the ball at the Wildcats’ 13-yard line. A few plays later, on fourth-and-two from the Wildcats’ five-yard line, Chamblee tailback Dezmin Reed broke two tackles and scored.
Late in the first quarter, Dunwoody coach Jim Showfety made a gutsy fourth-down call. On fourth-and-one at the Dunwoody 47-yard line, the Wildcats ran for a first down and moved into Chamblee territory, but the drive stalled a few plays later.
Executing a play-action pass, Bulldogs’ quarterback Jordan Branch deceived the Wildcats’ defense and lofted a 25- yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Davin Bellamy. The drive had started on Chamblee’s 10-yard line. In the later part of the second quarter, Chamblee mounted another lengthy drive, which ended with a 35-yard John Henry Carey field goal.
“We were basically manhandled on both sides of the ball. It was a tough night all the way around, but we knew we would have some growing pains with 19 new starters, 10 of whom were sophomores,” said Dunwoody Coach Jim Showfety, whose team amassed 117 yards of total offense to Chamblee’s 310 yards. “Our kids kept playing hard, and the varsity game experience can only help our younger players. It’s a long season, so I expect to see improvement each week.
When the Bulldogs’ Timothy Favors returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter to the Dunwoody five-yard line, the tone for the remainder of the game was set. On the ensuing play, Reed scored again from five yards away. With 7:31 to play in the third quarter, a Chamblee safety intercepted a Dunwoody pass at mid field and sprinted to the Wildcats’ 10-yard line. On the next play, Dante Boyland took an outside handoff and trotted into the endzone.
With Chamblee ahead 31-0, Dunwoody mounted their best drive of the game. The Wildcats moved the ball 70 yards and the drive was capped off with Tyler Scales scoring on a 14-yard run with 4:31 to play in the third quarter.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Branch threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Tim Favors.
On Friday, Dunwoody will play Lakeside (6-AAAAA) at 5:15 at Adams Stadium; and, immediately following, Chamblee will face Druid Hills (2-AAAAAA).