DONELSON—After both teams had game cancelations during the week, Donelson Christian Academy reached out to Summertown to schedule last Friday night’s game and came away with a 31-14 win at home.
The Donelson Christian Wildcats took Joe Patterson Field at Ken Redmond Stadium before the first game the Wildcats played since a March 3 EF-3 tornado damaged the stadium and destroyed the elementary school.
The Wildcats were originally scheduled to face region foe Middle Tennessee Christian School. The Eagles’ last two opponents canceled games due to positive COVID-19 cases.
Even though Donelson Christian (3-0) scrambled to find a new opponent for last Friday night and didn’t have much time to formulate a game plan, its play on the field was mostly unaffected.
After scoring a combined 77 points in their last two outings, the Wildcats’ offense remained hot throughout the game.
“The guys are doing a good job understanding what we’re trying to do. We’re not doing a whole lot. We practice a whole lot of different stuff, but on game nights, we really keep it simple. Last week, we just kind of hit a good roll,” said DCA coach Paul Wade.
The Wildcats’ first possession began on the 33-yard line with 8:17 left in the first quarter. After mixture of passes and runs, Donelson Christian tied the game on a run from senior running back Jon Lewis. The score was tied 7-7 at the end of the first.
The Wildcats’ defense forced a three-and-out and a turnover on downs to start the second. The Wildcats’ offense added 10 points on the board after good field position.
Neither team was able to score in the third, thanks to stout defense and penalties committed by both offenses that killed drives.
The Wildcats imposed their will in the fourth as they forced another turnover on downs and added two more touchdowns on the ground from freshman Ashton Jones.
Summertown (2-1) opened the game with the ball on the 30-yard line. Junior quarterback Colton Shaffer opened with a 9-yard run. Junior running back Javen Edmiston followed with a 44-yard gain to put the ball on the DCA 17-yard line. After a few short gains and Donelson Christian penalties, the Eagles punched it in for the first touchdown of the game.
The Eagles scored once more by way of another Edmiston rushing touchdown with less than 2:05 left in the game.
Donelson Christian will travel to face Friendship Christian School on Friday night in a makeup region game from Sept. 4. Summertown will play host to region foe Lewis County.