Prep Football: Black Knights roll over Thomasville

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

On the first play from scrimmage for North Davidson, Kennedy McKoy took the handoff and darted around the right side, breaking free for a 21-yard touchdown run.
It was just that kind of night Friday for the Thomasville Bulldogs at Palmer Field, as they were handed a 34-0 defeat in Week 1.
The 4-A powerhouse did not play like a team that was among the final four teams competing for a state championship last season. As it turns out, it did not have to in a game that saw Thomasville deal with some jitters on opening night.
Special teams woes for Thomasville directly led to a pair of scores for its opponent. A punt that netted zero yards set up the Black Knights’ first touchdown. Turnovers also helped write the script. Perhaps the most problematic, however, were breakdowns in the backfield that forced THS players to run for their lives.
The Bulldogs were unable to keep North’s defensive line, led by Shy Tuttle, from barging through the line of scrimmage. Thomasville attempted to establish the running game early, but was unsuccessful at finding holes for tailback Demoris Payne.
Following a 20-yard punt return by Jordan Santana just before halftime, McKoy got loose for his second touchdown of the game. With two minutes left until the break, his 31-yard run made the score 14-0 in favor of the Black Knights. North tacked on another score just before the quarter ended and broke open a three-score lead.
Twice the Bulldogs were at the doorstep of the end zone, and twice they were denied. With five minutes to go in the first quarter, North’s punter had a snap go over his head. He fell on the ball at the 9 yard line, setting up Thomasville with 1st-and-goal.
Payne ran once for one yard, while two rushes and an incomplete pass on fourth down by Marsh left them six yards shy of the end zone. A nine-play, 61-yard drive in the second quarter ended for the Bulldogs when a fumbled snap at the 2 yard line nullified their most promising scoring opportunity.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.