DeVries leads Dublin to homecoming win

BRAD KEITH brad.keith@empiretribune.com
Dirk DeVries

DUBLIN - Dirk DeVries had a coming out party and Dublin (2-1) won back-to-back games for the first time in six years on homecoming night at Memorial Stadium Friday.

DeVries rushed for 94 yards in the second half and 113 in the game, leading the Lions (2-1) back from behind for a 10-7 win over previously unbeaten Santo (2-1).

DeVries rushed for 51 yards on the opening drive of the second half, setting up a five-yard Clay Francis-to-Jimmy Aguilar touchdown pass. DeVries added the two-point conversion himself, charging straight ahead after taking a lateral snap in the swinging gate formation to put Dublin ahead for good

Santo was knocking on the door when quarterback Zane Mauney was stripped at the Dublin one at the end of a long run. The Lions covered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.

DeVries punted Santo into a deep hole in the closing minutes of the game, and the Wildcats fumbled an option pitch into their end zone. Mauney covered the ball in the end zone and the Dublin safety finished the scoring.

Fumbles and penalties cost Santo, which rushed 55 times for 211 yards but didn't complete a pass. The Wildcats fumbled seven times and lost two and were flagged 12 times for 95 yards.

Bridger Seay put Santo up early in the second with a four-yard touchdown run, but penalties stalled two other promising drives.

A snap over the punter's head by Santo gave Dublin a chance to even the score just before halftime. But as DeVries fought to turn a 28-yard reception into a touchdown, he was stripped and Santo recovered at the eight yard line with eight seconds on the clock.

Grant Gilbert led Santo with 80 yards on 14 carries. Mauney rushed 11 times for 77 yards and Keith Chalker gained 72 yards on 18 trips.

Dublin, which visits Valley Mills next week, has already surpassed its victory total from each of the last four years.

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