By DONOVAN STEWART,
TN High School Football Examiner
COOKEVILLE- Friendship Christian used the recipe of a hard charging running game, and an opportunistic defense to shut out Dresden 34-0 in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl state title game Saturday afternoon at Tucker Stadium.
For Friendship Christian (12-3) it is the first state football title in their second appearance. The Commanders lost to Jackson Christian in the Class 1A championship game in 2006.
Friendships defense was lights out as they held Dresden (12-3) to only 216 yards of total offense.
The Commander defense allowed only 8.6 points a game this year was even better on Saturday as they was able to get a lot of pressure on Dresden quarterback Gatlin Hatchel.
I think our defense won the game for us, Friendship coach John McNeal said. They have been great for us all season.
McNeal now adds a football title with a baseball title he won at the school in Class 1A back in 2007.
The Commander defense had 10 tackles for loss and intercepted Hatchel twice and had 12 quarterback hurries on the day.
Senior free safety Dalton Patterson led the Friendship defense with 12 tackles and an interception to garner Defensive MVP honors.
The shutout in the game is the first one in the 2A game since David Lipscomb shutout Mitchell 28-0 in 2002.
Senior running back Dekolas Reeves led the Commander rushing attack with 98 yards and scored one touchdown. He was named the Offensive MVP for his efforts.
Friendship had a balanced ground game as four players -- Reeves, Kyle Wood (two touchdowns), Tallon Mehlhoff (one touchdown) and Austin Taylor (one touchdown) scored on the day.
For Dresden coach Scott Hewett it was a rough way to end his coaching career at Dresden as he has tendered his resignation.
As assistant principal, its hard to balance football and administration so, Im going to let a new guy come in and lead our young men, Hewett said.
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