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Donelson Christian’s Jacob Cook (9) celebrates after a touchdown in a previous game. The Wildcats defeated Tipton-Rosemark Academy 34-6 on Friday night in the first round of the state playoffs. BRAD JONES

Donelson Christian Academy crushed Tipton-Rosemark Academy 34-6 on Friday night at Ken Redmond Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs behind some stifling defense and strong running by sophomore tailback Jordan Turner.

“We thought we did a good job of scouting them,” said Donelson Christian coach Paul Wade. “We have a sign that hangs our wall that says if you want something you never had, you must be wanting to do something you have never done, and they took that to heart this week.”

The Wildcats and the Rebels both started the game off great, as they both scored a touchdown on their opening drives. However, the Rebels’ first touchdown would be their last. After the Wildcats forced Tipton-Rosemark to punt on its second drive, they ran away with the game. Jordan Turner started the spark when he ran for a 95-yard touchdown to give Donelson Christian a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats’ defense stepped it up and forced two turnovers. The first one was a forced fumble, which led to a 7-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jordan Cook to give Donelson Christian a 21-6 lead. The second was an interception before halftime by senior cornerback Parker Howell that kept the Rebels out of the end zone.

Coming out of halftime, the Wildcats continued their domination on both ends of the ball. On defense, Donelson Christian was in the Rebels’ backfield all night and caused havoc to the running backs and quarterback. On offense, it was a ground and pound Tipton-Rosemark just simply couldn’t stop.

“When we went 90 yards on our second drive running the ball, we thought we will just stick to that until it didn’t work,” said Wade.

Turner added two more rushing touchdowns in the second half and ended the night with more than 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“I was ready to get back out there,” Turner said. “I’ve been hurt for the past two weeks… I just want to be out there every game for my brothers.”

Donelson Christian (8-3) will travel to face Davidson Academy (8-2) to take on the Bears on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the playoffs.

“That’s a huge opponent…We’ve got a lot work to do this week to face them, and I hope our kids are up for the challenge,” Wade said.

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