Bolding and Griffins win despite turnovers
Fitell Bolding and Dutchtown dominated Hammond in almost every statistical category on Friday night, but because of costly turnovers, the Tornados were able to keep things close on the scoreboard.
The Griffins had double the yardage, but yet, Hammond had a chance to tie the game late.
Fortunately for Dutchtown, their defense was once again lights out and helped them clinch an ugly 23-13 victory.
The Griffins came into the contest at 1-1, fresh off of a nice road win over Central.
It was quite a different story for the Tornados. They came in at 0-2, and dating back to 2014, they had lost nine straight games.
For much of Friday night's contest, it lived up to the mismatch that it appeared to be on paper.
Dutchtown out-gained Hammond 464-176.
They also held an overwhelming 24-7 advantage in first downs. In fact, the Tornados were only able to muster one first down in the entire first half.
Turnovers kept Hammond within striking distance. The Griffins committed six of them--four of which came in the red zone.
Besides the Griffin miscues, the tornados kept finding ways to stay in the mix.
In what turned out to be their only productive play of the first half, Hammond scored on a 45-yard fake punt pass from Tyler Mcinney to Casterdale Collier.
The Tornados added their only other score in the second half after one of Dutchtown's turnovers.
Given a short field, Hammond converted a big fourth down when Gary Robertson broke loose on an 18-yard touchdown run.
They then had a chance to tie the game late after yet another Dutchtown turnover.
It appeared the Griffins were ready to put the game away as they reached the Hammond 3-yard line, but Bolding fumbled.
Down 21-13 with just over six minutes remaining, Hammond's comeback hopes quickly defused as quarterback Reed Roberts fumbled in the end zone. The Tornados recovered, but it resulted in two points for Dutchtown.
Despite coughing the ball up again in the red zone when they were trying to close things out, the Griffins were able to finally put away the 23-13 victory.
Bolding continued his torrid pace on the ground.
He rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns. One of those scores came on a 55-yard scamper.
The only negatives from his performance were two costly fumbles.
Bolding has now rushed for at least 113 yards in all three games this season. Overall, he has 455 yards.
Quarterback Jared Sparks was very proficient for the second straight week.
He went 10-14 for 154 yards, but he was picked off once in the red zone.