Quick UMS-Wright TDs too much for Opp

Published 1:48 am Saturday, November 8, 2008

MOBILE — Coming into the first round of the 4A playoffs against Opp at Ervin S. Cooper Stadium on Friday night, UMS-Wright coach Terry Curtis was concerned about his team having a letdown after last week’s win against archrival St. Paul’s.

Chris Dukes and the Bulldog defense made sure that it didn’t happen.

Dukes’ four touchdowns were more than enough, and the UMS-Wright defense made life miserable for Opp as the Bulldogs scored on its first three offensive possessions enroute to a 49-14 win.

Dukes finished the night with 175 yards on 11 carries, and had several big kickoff returns–the longest an 82-yarder that set up his first touchdown.

Bragg Foshee finished the night 7 of 11 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Six of those receptions were to Brock Reaves for 127 yards as the Bulldogs improved to 9-2 and face the winner of the Elmore County-Clarke County contest in the next round.

Opp had only two first downs and 26 yards rushing in the first half and was outgained in total offense 356-171. Bobcat quarterback Gavin Free was 2 of 7 for 26 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Dukes set up his first touchdown — a 6-yard run — with an 82-yard kickoff return. His next score — a 13 yard scamper — capped an 85-yard drive.

UMS-Wright’s defense got into the act when Ben Dickey intercepted a Free pass and returned it 55 yards for a score. On UMS-Wright’s ensuing possession, Dukes’ 5-yard touchdown run capped a six-play, 63-yard drive that was kept alive when the Bulldogs converted a second and 20 with Foshee’s 33-yard pass to Reaves.

Chase Williamson ended UMS-Wright’s first-half scoring binge with his 3-yard touchdown reception from Foshee. The score was set up when Foshee hit Reaves on a 55-yard pass play.

Dukes scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 33-yard scamper on UMS-Wright’s first possession of the third quarter to make it 42-0. Opp avoided a shutout when Free hit Treyson Short on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 48 seconds left in the third quarter.

UMS-Wright’s final score came when Brandon Lee scored on an 8-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Opp’s final score came when Richard Davis scored on a 16-yard run with 3:26 left in the game.