Dorman over Union 20-10

 

By GRAHAM WILLIAMS
Managing Editor - Union Daily Times

If Charles Dickens had watched Union's game with Dorman Friday night, he might have written, "It was the worst of halves, it was the best of halves" to describe the Yellow Jackets' 20-10 loss to the Cavaliers.

Union lacked intensity in the first half, according to coach Tommy Bobo, and found itself trailing 14-0 at halftime.

"We were in a fog," he said.

The Yellow Jackets seemed to regain the momentum early in the third quarter when  Cameron Willis combined with L.J. Mobley on a 40-yard scoring pass, but the play was nullified because of an illegal shift.

Two  plays later, matters got worse. Willis fumbled the ball while being sacked and the Cavaliers' Antwon Zubair snatched it out the air and ran 54 yards for a touchdown. Dorman led 20-0 after the PAT kick failed.

A different Union team took the field after that, one that played with more determination and fire.

"We played with more intensity in the second half," Bobo said.

Union's defense , which had allowed Dorman to rush for 130 yards in the first half - 92 of them from running back Lamont Cartledge and 38 from quarterback Randy Garrett - shut down the Cavaliers in the final two quarters. Dorman had minus-19 yards rushing, 0 yards passing and did not manage a first down during those 24 minutes.

That intensity resulted in a pair of safeties - both of which came when punter Jacob Robinson ran out of the end zone to prevent possible Union touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets' offense relied on the running of Fred Bates, who gained 73 yards on 18 carries in the second half and got Union to within three yards of the end zone. The drive ended, however on fourth-and-goal when a pass from Willis to Mobley was stopped at the 1-yard line.

After Dorman's second safety, Union took the free kick and drove from its own 35-yard line Dorman's 25, as Willis connected with Mobley on passes of 19 and 25 yards. Willis injured his hand, however, and sophomore Bo Whitney stepped in and finished the job, hitting Rodrick Gilmore for 16 yards to the Dorman 9 and then finding Mobley in the end zone for the touchdown with 2:56 left in the game.

Dorman recovered Union's onside kick attempt and the comeback ended. After the game, Bobo spoke to his players about their performance.

"We can't wait until you're backs are on the wall," he said. "We'll be as good as you want to be; we'll be as good as you're willing to be."

The road doesn't get any easier for Union (0-2). Arch-rival Gaffney comes to town next Friday.

Dorman  7  7  6   0 - 20
Union   0  0  0  10 - 10

Dorman - Garrett 22 run (Robinson kick)
Dorman - Cartledge 6 run (Robinson kick)
Dorman - Zubair 54 fumble return (kick failed)
Union - safety, punter ran out of end zone
Union - safety, punter ran out of end zone
Union - Mobley 9 pass from Whitney (pass failed)

Unofficial statistics
First downs: Dorman 6, Union 12
Yards rushing: Dorman 111, Union 96
Yards passing: Dorman 9, Union 123
Passing, A-C-I: Dorman 1-4-0, Union 12-23-1
Fumbles--lost: Dorman 0-0, Union 2-1
Penalties: Dorman 9-58, Union 7-50
Punts: Dorman 3-44.6, Union 4-38

 

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