Academic Magnet versus Battery Creek football
Academic Magnet did to Battery Creek on Friday what the Dolphins had been doing to other teams over the last three games.
The Raptors controlled the clock, dominated time of possession and beat Battery Creek 21-20 at Battery Creek.
Down 21-7 early, the Dolphins (3-5, 2-1 6-AA) fought back and looked like they'd tie it in the fourth quarter after Alterell Chatman's second touchdown run, but the extra point was blocked and Battery Creek wasn't able to score again.
"They did to us what we had been doing to other people," Dolphins head coach Jim Shuman said. "They took the lead; we kept scratching and clawing. We were right there at the end and couldn't get over the hump."
Dolphins star Tyrone Dilbert scored on his only carry, a 5-yard touchdown run, but had to come out after playing just four snaps because of a nagging foot injury.
"He went down on the first play of the next series," Shuman said. "I give him credit; he tried. He just couldn't do it."
Shuman said the defense played well, even though leading tackler Sonja Jones had to play in a cast after tearing a ligament in his thumb.
"De'Marquis Gadson played well defending the sweep. What they do on offense, we just don't see, and it took us awhile to get comfortable," Shuman said. "They dominated the time of possession. We may have run 30 plays tonight."