Sunday, September 7, 2008

WEEK 2: Country Day vs. Ottawa Hills

**C.D.'s Bennie Fowler turns upfield**
**C.D. Sophomore Lee Bailey dives into the endzone**
**O.H.'s Devin Ivy**
**O.H.'s Taylor Foster tries to find running room**

The Country Day offense gets so much pub around the state due to the talent that surrounds the Yellowjacket offense but Saturday afternoon it was their defense that made the noise. Country Day turned three 1st quarter turnovers into touchdowns as they took a commanding 18-0 lead.

6-2/200 pound Jason Ray gets credit for two of those turnovers, as he hauled in interception returns of 25 and 50 yards. 6-4/ 250 pound D-tackle Chris Eddins scooped up a fumble and took it inside the 5 yard line for the third turnover. O'Neil Swanson took over from there as he scored his first of three TD's.

Ottawa Hills finally got it together in early in the second quarter when sophomore Devin Ivy took a punt 70 yards to the house for to get the Bengals on the board. Country Day responded with two more rushing touchdowns to take a 30-12 lead going into the intermission. Swanson ran in his second TD while super sophomore Lee Bailey ran in the other.

Any hope Ottawa Hills had coming out of the locker room for the second half was immediately killed when Country Day's Bennie Fowler took a quick pass and raced down field for a 70 yard score. Ottawa Hills' Taylor Foster scored late in the game for the Bengals to make the final score 44-12.

GAME MVP: Jason Ray the junior safety took two first quarter interceptions to the house and his Jackets were never threatened again. Ray also helped out with the offense from his slot receiver position by catching a 2-point conversion pass.

Bennie Fowler, CD- what impressed me the most about Fowler was his defense, where he takes just as much pride in. Fowler collected two sacks at outside LB. Offensively, he had an average day at the office with a 70 yard touchdown off of a simple bubble screen. Fowler had two other catches and was a missed tackler away from breaking both of those open.

Lee Bailey, CD- the sophomore plays a key role for the Jackets. Bailey is the Jackets best 1-on-1 defender, he has great technique and speed. Bailey also gives the Jackets another tailback with break away speed.

Chris Eddins, CD- the junior tackle is built more like a D-end but he uses his speed to excel at D-tackle. He is a monster plugging up the middle and he keeps blockers off of his linebackers.

Devin Ivy, OH- Ivy was the only bright spot for Ottawa Hills. The receiver is a playmaker but the Bengals just had trouble getting him the ball in open space.

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