Bad start dooms Dragons

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 29, 2004

PROCTORVILLE - A bad start in the game led to a bad start in the season.

The Fairland Dragons fell behind early and never recovered as they lost their season opener 33-7 Friday to the Portsmouth West Senators.

West used a 46-yard punt return by Matthew Auger early in the first quarter to set up a 25-yard scoring run on the next play by Jerrod Pendleton. Auger kicked the point after and it was 7-0 at the 7:19 mark.

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A fumble recovery plus a personal foul moved the ball to the Fairland 12. Two plays later Pendleton scored and it was 14-0.

Matthew Morgan hit Johnny Rawlins with a 49-yard pass to start the second quarter and Pendleton scooted 26 yards for a touchdown to cap a 75-yard, seven-play drive.

The kick failed and it was 20-0.

Fairland showed some life with a 43-yard, eight-play march of its own. Michael Hill found Todd Maynard open on a 5-yard scoring pass and Adam Fuller's conversion kick cut the deficit to 20-7 at the break.

But the Senators went 61 yards in six plays capped by a 34-yard pass from Morgan to Rawlins and it was 27-7.

Sean Bower had a 2-yard scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter to complete the scoring as West went 62 yards in 12 plays.

Pendleton ran 19 times for 128 yards and Morgan was 5 of 9 for 136 yards and two interceptions. West had 306 total yards.

Hill hit 15 of 36 attempts for 116 yards and an interception. Fuller finished with 59 yards on 10 rushes.

Sam Huff and Fuller each had interceptions for the Dragons. Bower had two picks for West.