The old saying bringing a knife to a gunfight fit the Dunwoody Wildcats to a T last Friday as their injury-riddled defense was gutted by Pope’s punishing ground attack in a 45-27 loss.
Playing most of the game without five defensive starters, the undermanned Wildcats (2-4, 1-3) put up a valiant effort, but couldn’t stop the Greyhounds from rushing for 230 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 167 yards and three scores.
“Overall, I am happy with the way the defense has played,” Dunwoody coach Mike Nash said. “They have kept us in games every week. This week was tough without those guys and we need to get them back. When you play someone like Pope that (runs) something like the single wing that you only see once a year, it is tough. We can’t simulate that during the week so game time is really the first time they see it.”
Wildcats senior linebacker Isaac Anderson was stellar once again, recording a season-high 20 tackles, 13 of them unassisted. Anderson is the leading tackler in DeKalb County.
“Isaac is definitely our leader on defense, and I think he will have a chance to go play college football,” Nash said. “It will depend on whether that is what he wants to do. It sure is nice, though, to have that opportunity. He gets us lined up and makes us right. He is leading the county in tackles right now. On top of all that, he is a great kid.”
Nash also gave high praise to senior tight end Jack Hogan, who double dipped and played defense as well against Pope, recording six tackles.
“Jack Hogan is a guy that doesn’t get a lot of credit,” Nash said. “He is a four-year starter and stepped up big time Friday night. He played both ways all night long and maybe missed 10 snaps of a 170-play football game. I would like to see him get some credit. He has been a warrior and without him, we are in trouble.”
Senior wide receiver David Julian was a warrior against the Greyhounds. He not only returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, but totaled nine receptions for 112 yards and also ran for a score.
“Offensively, David Julian had, by far, his best game,” said Nash. “Pope was bound and determined to take our outside guys away, especially Tyler Eith. They did a decent job of it even though Tyler still had some huge plays, but having David play at that level is what we need to really balance our offense out a little bit.”
Dunwoody gets a much-need bye week to get healthy before hosting winless Centennial at North DeKalb Stadium on October 18.