Jackets show improvement - Fall to 0-2

 

By BRIAN WHITMORE - Sports Editor - Union Daily Times

ROEBUCK - Chad Peake caught three touchdown passes and Dorman defeated Union 28-7 on Friday night.

Peake was the hero for the Cavaliers and did most of the damage on big plays. Dorman's R.J. Reeder had 226 yards passing and 141 of that came on two big pass to Peake, who caught touchdown passes of 81, 60 and 8 yards on the night.

"We're going to have to find a way to stop the deep ball," said Union coach Tommy Bobo. "We felt like we had everything covered, but our guys made a couple of mistakes and Dorman took advantage of it and made some big plays."

Dorman struck first, with a 5-yard touchdown run by Reeder, on its opening possession. The scoring drive covered 85 yards in 10 plays, with the biggest play being a 28-yard reception by Peake and the rest of the damage coming on the ground.

Peake later caught the 81-yard strike and the Cavaliers led 14-0. The Jackets closed the gap with their first touchdown of the season, as L.J. Mobley caught a 5-yard pass from quarterback Cameron Willis. Pip Smith had 18 yards on the drive, six through the air, and Devon Thompson caught a 19-yard pass to help set up the score. Willis also had 10 yards rushing and Dorman was called for pass interference on the drive.

Dorman led 14-7 at halftime and the Cavaliers pulled away on Peake's second half touchdown receptions.

Union had its chances, but couldn't capitalize, squandering two scoring opportunities in the first half.

Kenny Harris recovered a Peake fumble on a punt return, Stewart caught a 28-yard reception, Smith ran for 11 yards and caught a 14-yard pass and the Jackets were on Dorman's 3-yard line, but the drive ended when Kendrick Smith was tackled in the backfield on fourth down.

"That was a big stop," said Bobo.

Another chance to put points on the board ended when Gregory missed a field goal.

In the second half, Union had more chances in Dorman territory, but drives stalled and the Jackets came away with no points.

Union (0-2) travels to Gaffney next week.

"The score doesn't show it, but we improved tonight," said Bobo. "We'll keep working to get better."

GAME NOTES: Pip Smith and Cameron Willis were injured. Willis went out on the first play of the fourth quarter with a hip injury and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. L.J. Mobley took over at quarterback ... Union's defense stopped Dorman's opening drive of the second half with a sack on fourth down ... A Fred Bates interception ended another Cavalier drive ... Dorman's Chad Peake wasn't perfect, he fumbled twice on punt returns and Union recovered ... Reeder also wasn't perfect, tripping over center on fourth down to end one Cavalier drive ... Union's Dontee Stewart had several big catches and barely missed a touchdown pass that went through his hands.

STATS
First downs: Union 15, Dorman 14
Rushing: Union 30-72; Dorman 35-110
Passing: Union 15-34-1-148; Dorman 6-15-1-226
Total yards: Union 220; Dorman 336
Fumbles: Union 2-0; Dorman 3-2
Penalties: Union 5-30; Dorman 2-30

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