Hounds Overcome Indians in Fourth
J. C. Tilton
Dixie seniors played their last home game of the season this past Friday night. It was a dogfight with the final result in doubt until the end. Dixie scored twice in the first half and had a 12-8 lead going into the third quarter. The third quarter was scoreless which set up the last quarter showdown.
Carlisle was able to score first and had a 15-12 lead. It was gut check time for the Dixie ball club. The team had to answer and did, putting together a 13 play drive for a touchdown. Now the call was to the defense, who needed to stop Carlisle as there were still about 8 minutes left in the game and Dixie had to hang onto a slim 19-15 lead. The Indians had two more possessions in that time span and the defense under coaches Mullins and Householder held firm. Carlisle knocked at the door but did not cross the goal line. Coach Genslinger would later remark that the defense stepped it up at that point in the game, It was like the team had decided that they wanted their last home game of season to be a win, and nothing was going to stop them.
In his post game comments, Coach Genslinger said, The defense as a whole played great, the secondary stopped the long ball and they played as a team - everyone did their job. Offensively we performed when we had to, although we need to run the clock better. Leading stats for the team: Nick Miller had over 150 yards on the ground and 95 yards passing. Steven Livingston had a TD as did Eddie Bellman. When I asked how Tyler Wilson did rushing, Coach Genslinger mentioned that Carlisle had scouted well and limited his yardage, but that as blocker Wilson excelled. In games films he executed his assignments almost flawlessly.
Next week Dixie goes against league rival Brookville. A team that Coach Genslinger considers dangerous despite their record. It's still a rival game and it is the 50th meeting between Dixie and Brookville, they will be pumped up for it. It is also their 600th game overall. There is a lot riding on next weeks game, Dixie would like to finish at 5-5, their first non-losing season in years, and Brookville would like to be the ones to deny them that opportunity. Comments: email: Chris Tilton