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November 9, 2013

No. 1 Tanner shakes off Woodland, 41-29

Rattlers in 2nd round for 9th straight season



Offensive output

Stephens, Whitt and junior quarterback JonJon Fletcher carried the offense, which amassed 401 yards and six scores in spite of a penalty-plagued game that saw 19 flags, including 11 for Tanner.

Stephens, who had seven carries of 10-plus yards, rushed 25 times for 188 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 1, 20, 10 and 71 yards, while Whitt caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

Fletcher put on a gritty performance in evading a robust pass rush by Woodland, running 17 times for 133 yards and tossing TD passes of 9 and 15 yards to Whitt with no interceptions.

Adcock, the nephew of longtime Decatur coach Jere Adcock, and his array of skill players found a few seams in the Tanner defense and also took advantage of the flurry of flags thrown against the Rattlers.

Adcock often rolled out to buy extra time to find the five receivers that snagged his passes. He went 11 of 29 passing for 148 yards, two TDs and an interception, and scrambled six times for 28 yards and a score against a defense came into the game allowing only seven points per contest.

Woodland running backs Justus Herring and Colby Spears combined for three catches for 48 yards, 17 rushes for 114 yards and one touchdown.

Game notes

• Allan Rios converted 5 of 6 extra point tries for Tanner, while Woodland’s Hunter Baldwin went 1 of 1.

• The Bobcats went for 2-point conversions on three touchdowns, converting 2 of 3. Tanner’s Austin Lewter picked off an Adcock 2-point pass in the fourth quarter.

• Tanner coach Laron White and Woodland coach Larry Strain each entered the game as 100-game winners. White, in his 11th season at Tanner, is 114-22 overall and 20-9 in the playoffs. Strain, in his 15th at Woodland, is 100-78 and 16-12.

• Blake Whitt, Seth Smith, Shamaud Baker and Tito Rubio served as Tanner game captains.

• Tanner improves to 3-0 all-time against Woodland after previously beating the Bobcats, 38-0, in the third round of the 2011 playoffs and 28-24 in the second round of the 2004 postseason.


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