PLEASANTVILLE - The Pleasantville and Middle Township high school football teams had opposite offensive philosophies Friday night as they both tried to earn their first win of the season. The Greyhounds ran the ball on all but four plays, while Middle attempted to throw the ball on nearly every down.
Pleasantville's plan succeeded as the Greyhounds scored three first-half touchdowns and ended up with a 28-0 win in the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference. Quarterback Antwan Dixon scored on touchdown runs of 30, 10 and 11 yards to lead Pleasantville, which is now 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
"It feels great to get our first win," Dixon said. "I'm very proud of our linemen. They stuck to every block and made things easier for me and the other running backs. I didn't expect to play because I took a helmet in the arm (Thursday) in practice and had to get stitches (near the left elbow). But they cleared me to play."
The Greyhounds got up on Middle right away. Dixon (16 rushes for 128 yards) faked a handoff on the third play from scrimmage and ran 30 yards up the middle for the game's first touchdown with just 1 minute, 38 seconds gone in the game. It was a play the Greyhounds would repeat 10 more times, and it also produced the final touchdown with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter.
Pleasantville's other score was on a 2-yard run by Dontaye Smith (9 rushes for 109 yards) with 5:20 left before halftime.
"There was no need to throw tonight because our running game started working right away," Pleasantville coach B.J. Burch said. "Winning tonight was like a weight off our backs. I told the team I was proud of them for sticking it out and getting our first win. Everybody's pretty happy.
"In the second half we played ball control and Middle made adjustments. We didn't have any long runs. We had some penalties and I'll have to get on the kids about that, because in a closer game that could have hurt us."
Middle (0-6 and 0-5) relied on the arm of quarterback Nolan Quinn, but the passing game was ineffective in crucial moments. Quinn completed 9-of-23 passes for 78 yards, but had two interceptions (by defensive backs Kenny Brown and Dixon).
"We had a lot of dropped passes tonight, and with an offense like ours you can't drop the ball," Middle Township coach Lee Chappine said. "Give credit to Pleasantville, they came out and played tough and aggressive. We didn't execute and got outplayed."
Contact Guy Gargan:
Middle Township 0 0 0 0 - 0
Pleasantville 14 7 0 7 - 28
P-Dixon 30 run (kick blocked)
P-Smith 2 run (Dixon run)
P-Dixon 10 run (Green kick)
P-Dixon 11 run (Johnson kick)
RECORDS - Pleasantville 1-5; Middle 0-6.