The Dunwoody Wildcats may not have collected many style points in Friday night’s game against the Chamblee Bulldogs, but they scored more than enough points to rout their rivals from inside the perimeter, 37-0, to notch their first win of the season. It’s Dunwoody’s first shutout since blanking Chamblee two years ago.
“The defense is playing out of its mind right now,” Nash said. “We have faced a run team and a pass team and the boys have done well. They are playing better than we ever expected considering we have only one returning starter from last year.”
The Wildcats (1-1) knocked Chamblee’s starting quarterback, Finn Allers, out in the first half, and then kept his backup, Fabian Walker, under pressure all game. Dunwoody intercepted three passes and limited Chamblee to just 121 yards of total offense. Senior lineman Isaac Anderson was a one-man wrecking crew with 12 tackles, including one for a loss.
“The guys deserve a ton of credit,” Nash said. “It will get tougher from here as the offenses become more complex, but we have confidence that they will rise to the challenge.”
Junior quarterback Davis LeDoyen threw four touchdown passes, two to senior David Julian, as the Wildcats (1-1) raced out to an early lead and never looked back.
“Davis has real talent at QB,” Nash said. “He is also a student of the game. We have to make sure we don’t get ahead of ourselves. He has enough talent that sometimes I put too much on him and I have to watch out for that. We need to execute our game plan each week and not get too fancy.”
Despite the solid performance by LeDoyen and the 37 point out-burst, Nash says the offense has room to improve. Dunwoody had just 200 yards of offense and fumbled twice.
“We did not really play very well offensively,” Nash said. “We can’t fumble the ball if we want to compete for a playoff spot in this region. That being said, it is always better to come out with a win when you don’t play to your potential.”
The Wildcats now face Cambridge on Friday night in Milton in their first region game of the season.
“We need to win this one,” Nash said. “Our goal is to make the playoffs. We are close enough to the kitchen to smell what they are cooking, but now we need to take a place at the table so we can eat!”