ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Literally and figuratively, the lights went out on Dunwoody (2-3, 1-2) Friday night at Alpharetta Stadium as the Raiders (2-2, 2-0) outlasted the Wildcats 31-17 in a Region 7-AAAAAA matchup. The game was delayed approximately 30 minutes in the second quarter due to a power outage that sent the stadium into near complete darkness.
“Overall, I am proud of our kids,” Dunwoody coach Mike Nash said. “They played extremely well. Our effort is there and we are doing some good things. Nobody thought we could play with Alpharetta, but hopefully our kids see that we can. We need to minimize our mistakes and we will be okay.”
Wildcats’ mistakes included a fumble and two interceptions by junior quarterback Davis LeDoyen, who was 23-37 for 287 yards with a touchdown. Senior Tyler Eith had another productive game with eight catches for 136 yards.
“Turnovers always hurt, but they are part of the game,” Nash said. “We had three turnovers but a couple of them were just things you can’t control. A kid gets hit as he is catching the ball and the ball pops in the air. That’s not on the QB. I tell Davis all the time, don’t worry about it. When you are throwing the ball 40-50 times a game, you are taking a chance. That is the risk I’m taking, not him. He is playing extremely well.”
Senior linebacker Isaac Anderson continues to play well, totaling a game-high 16 tackles, 11 unassisted.
The Wildcats return home to North DeKalb Stadium Friday night to face Pope (3-2, 2-1), but without standout junior linebacker Cevon Mitchell, who is suspended one game after being ejected in the fourth quarter against Alpharetta. Mitchell was cited for retaliation against a Raiders player.
“We preach (not to retaliate) all the time,” said Nash. “But honestly, we just have to have more self-discipline not to react when you get baited.”
Dunwoody enters its matchup with Pope sitting sixth in the region standings.
“We’ve lost two tough games to two really good teams and have another really good team coming up this week,” Nash said. “We play in a tough region but our kids know that. We are not out of it by any means. We can beat any team in the region right now. These kids will stay motivated. I have no doubt about that.”