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April 17, 2014

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Devils Win Big At West Greene, 79-7

Originally published: 2013-10-19 01:32:58
Last modified: 2013-10-19 06:33:54
 


BY TATE RUSSELL

SUN SPORTS WRITER

Zack Finchum looked right at home on the Range Friday night as he amassed 292 yards of offense in a big Greeneville 79-7 victory over West Greene.

The Devils are now 8-0 overall (4-0) and wrapped up the District 2-AA regular season championship. West Greene fell to 4-5 and 1-3 in the league.

"I feel like we played really good as a team tonight," Finchum said. "We were challenged to play a perfect game. We had set a lot of goals before the game and we were able to come and meet a lot of them. I think we are pleased with that."

Finchum scored five touchdowns, threw for 196 yards and ran for another 96 while only playing 15 snaps the entire game. He gained an average of more than 19 yards every time he stepped on the field.

As a team, Greeneville gained a total of 452 yards of offense in the contest.

"I'm proud of how we played," Greeneville head coach Caine Ballard said. "The kids came out and did what we wanted them to do. We ran 15 plays in the first half and looked real sharp on offense."

The Devils' defense was equally impressive, holding West Greene to 36 yards of offense in the contest and -11 yards of total offense in the first half.

Austin Bailey started things for Greeneville when he darted through the line and blocked a Buffs' punt then recovered it on the nine-yard line. Quan Wilson scored on Greeneville's first play from scrimmage less than two minutes into the contest.

Greeneville scored on three of its first four offensive plays with Finchum running one in from 35 yards and then hitting Hays Culbreth on a fade route that went 70 yards.

Quan Harrison set up Greeneville's fourth score of the second half when he pulled in a screen pass and zig-zagged his way across the field for a 48-yard gain. Two plays later, Jalen Pruitt made it 31-0 with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

Greeneville's defensive front was hard to stop all night and gave the short-handed Buffaloes little breathing room. Jared Adams had the biggest impact with two sacks that resulted in losses of a combined 20 yards.

West Greene entered the game without speedster Johnathan Padgett and their primary ball carrier, Nathan Morgan watched the second half in street clothes with a lower leg injury. Without their two primary backs, the Buffs called on seven different rushers in the ball game but none of them were able to get anything going.

Finchum started the second quarter with touchdown runs of 54 and five yards to increase the lead before he added his second passing touchdown by connecting with Trevor Wright on a bomb down the visiting sideline for a 48-yard score.

Finchum said about his long scoring runs, "It's a read option and I just looked up and saw green grass in front of me and a big hole our line gave me. Once I got into the open field, our receivers gave me some great blocks and that made it much easier on me."

Culbreth scored his second touchdown on his second touch of the night when he took a punt 54 yards to the house to set the halftime margin at 58-0. Culbreth finished the game with 124 all-purpose yards.

Austin Greenlee put West Greene on the board late in the third quarter when he rushed around the left side for a four-yard score.

In the second half, reserve running backs Desmond Dabbs and Mikhail Anderson carried the load for Greeneville with Dabbs scoring twice and Anderson crossing the goal line once.

Dabbs finished the game as the Devils' second-leading rusher with 83 yards on five carries. Anderson picked up 38 yards on two carries.

 
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