The DAR Patriots hosted the Douglas Eagles in Grant last Friday. The Patriots were coming off a tough loss to Westminster the week before while Douglas was playing its season opener. The Patriots relied on the arm of senior quarterback Justin Stubblefield to open up a big first half lead and then cruised to a 49-12 win over the Eagles.
Douglas took the opening kickoff and was forced to punt three plays later.
DAR then marched 54 yards in seven plays and scored the game's first touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Stubblefield to TJ Leonard. Gareth DuVall added the extra point to make the score 7-0 midway through the 1st quarter.
The Eagles threatened on their next possession after a long kickoff return by Eli Teal to the DAR 11 yard line. Four plays later, the threat ended when Cameron Lindsay picked off Teal's pass in the end zone for a touch back.
The Patriots marched 80 yards on the ensuing possession to go up 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Stubblefield to Leonard.
After forcing another Douglas punt early in the 2nd quarter, Leonard returned a punt 62 yards for another score. Brady Largen ran in the 2-point conversion to increase the lead to 22-0.
DAR scored again before the half on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Stubblefield to Leonard to make the score 29-0 at intermission.
With 6:15 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Stubblefield extended the lead to 35-0 with a 36-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles got on the board with 11:17 to go in the game. A 2-yard touchdown run by Dakota Stewart made the score 35-6. The 2-point try was no good.
The Patriots added two long touchdown passes in the 4th quarter.
Stubblefield connected with Leonard for a 56-yard score and a 65-yard touchdown pass to Blake Tandy that increased the lead to 49-6 with 5:01 remaining.
The Eagles used their final drive to grind out 60 yards in 8 plays and scored on a 7-yard run by Alex Smalley on the last play of the game.
Stubblefield led the DAR air attack throwing for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns and also ran for another score. Leonard caught 10 passes for 120 yards and 4 touchdowns and also scored another TD on the punt return.
Tandy had 2 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Carson Dennis, Matthew Doyle, Mason Emmons and Brady Largen anchored the Patriot defense.
Tandy and Lindsay each recorded an interception.
For Douglas, Smalley had a huge night rushing for 168 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Stewart rushed 13 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Cruz Jaimes was the bright spot on defense with an interception late in the 3rd quarter to set up the Eagles' first score.
These were the unofficial stats:
Yards Passing 17-23-1 356
Total Yards 408
1st downs 10
Yards Passing 0-2-2 0
Total Yards 253
1st Downs 9
With the loss, Douglas fell to 0-1 on the young season. DAR improved to 1-1 with the win.
Region play begins this week as the Eagles will travel to Boaz and the Patriots will host Fairview. Kickoff for both games will be 7 p.m. Friday night.