By Gary Smith
Last week, the Peabody Golden Tide dominated Humboldt 56-0 in the first match-up of a five game road trip.
Operating in the fast lane on offense and defense, the Tide rolled up 353 yards of total offense, while limiting the Vikings to a microscopic 19 total yards. Seven different PHS players contributed points and four defenders were responsible for turnovers, which resulted in 21 points.
“I was very proud that we came out and got a fast start. I saw a lot of bright spots, with guys playing really well. Jarel (Dickson) ran the ball well early on and, of course, Jacquez (Wilkins) had a lot of really good runs when he got his shot. Noah Halbrook, obviously, was a bright spot tonight, coming in and playing some quarterback for us. A lot of guys got in the game tonight. I am very proud of the depth and the younger guys getting in and playing well,” explained Peabody Coach Shane Jacobs.
Trenton tallied 21 points in each of the first two quarters and a touchdown in both of the last two periods for a final total of 56 points. The Tide registered touchdowns on seven-of-eight possessions.
Scoring touchdowns were Jarel Dickson on a one-yard plunge over left tackle; Je’Nevee Robinson on a 49-yard fade route pass thrown by quarterback Courtlen Wade; Khance Hill on a 22-yard sail pattern aerial from Wade; Jacquez Wilkins on 11-, 24- and two-yard scampers; and Noah Halbrook on 15- and 18-yard quarterback keepers.
Trenton was perfect on extra points as Zach Grooms kicked six, and Isaiah Hicks booted two.
Providing turnovers were Eli Hammonds, Qua Parks and Wilkins with interceptions, and Bryce Franks, Khance Hill and J.C. Eubanks with an assisted tackle, football strip and fumble recovery all on the same play.
Statistically, Peabody registered 22 rushes for 266 yards (12-yard average) and 87 yards passing for 353 total yards and 11 first downs. Humboldt was limited to 25 rushes for 23 yards (.92-yard average) and -4 yards passing for 19 total yards and three renewed series. Tide quarterbacks completed four-of six passes with one interception and two touchdowns, and the Vikings went 4-11-3 in the aerial department.
PHS did not fumble the ball, and HHS relinquished one-of-two bobbles. The visiting squad was penalized on eight occasions for 90 yards, and the home team was flagged eight times for 60 yards.
Offensive leaders included Jarel Dickson with eight rushes for 81 yards and a touchdown; Jacquez Wilkins with five carries for 57 yards and three TDs; Noah Halbrook with five keepers for 79 yards and a pair of six-pointers; Je’Nevee Robinson with two receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown; and Khance Hill with one catch for 22 yards and a TD.
Top defenders included Marvin Cliff, Jr. with four solo tackles and two assists; Bryce Franks with three primary strikes and a trio of secondary hits; and Qua Parks with one initial contact, two help-outs and an interception.
Next, Peabody (3-1) travels to Halls on Friday for a Region 7-2A match-up. Kickoff is 7 p.m.