Dwyer High football team in the pink during shutout win over Santaluces
Friday, October 12, 2012
by Steve Dorsey
Dwyer senior defensive end Malik Brown likes the way he looks in pink. The Panthers certainly played well in their new colors Friday night, rolling to a 47-0 win against visiting district rival Santaluces on senior night.
Wearing pink jerseys as a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the unbeaten Panthers registered their fourth shutout and their sixth consecutive victory. They also snapped a two-game winning streak for Santaluces, which drops to 4-3 and was saddled with its worse defeat this season.
Brown and the Dwyer defense completely bottled up the Santaluces running game, limiting the Chiefs to 13 yards rushing and 129 yards total offense.
"Everything tonight was for my grandmother," said Brown, whose grandmother is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. "I love the pink."
Dwyer had a balanced offensive attack, rushing for 168 yards and passing for 189 yards.
"They go against our defense every day and it's a battle," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said of the Panthers' offense, which has scored at least 30 points in each of its six games this season. "Our defense is helping our offense, and our O-line is starting to come together."
Dwyer reached the end zone on the seventh play of its first possession, with quarterback Clay Meister connecting with Johnnie Dixon on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Santaluces had a chance to tie the game when the Chiefs had a first-and-goal on their next possession, but Anthony Williams returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown to give Dwyer a two-touchdown advantage.
"The momentum really shifted on the pick-6," Santaluces coach Daryl Drinkwater said. "(Williams) made a great play. That wasn't on our quarterback. Their kid just made a great play."
Dwyer erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to take a 41-0 lead into the locker room and initiate a running clock for the second half.
A 7-yard touchdown run by Clint Stephens extended Dwyer's first-half lead to 20-0 before Meister and Dixon hooked up again on a 65-yard scoring pass. Ezra Saffold returned a punt 61 yards for Dwyer's next touchdown and Meister scored on a 4-yard run to complete the first-half scoring.
Backup running back Alonzo Smith's 47-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter accounted for the final points.
Dwyer did not punt in the game, was flagged for only 30 yards in penalties and had nine running backs contribute to the offensive output. Dixon had six catches for 133 yards.