Morristown West was without the services of Hunter Delaney Friday night and minus their bellcow back toting the load, the offense was nearly non-existent. The Trojans gave Dobyns-Bennett the short field most of the night as the Indians left Burke-Toney Stadium with a 42-0 victory.
“We’re upset with the performance we had offensively tonight,” Sanders said. “We didn’t play very well or very hard and it showed all night. Even when we could get something going, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot. It’s hard to beat anybody when you’re doing things like that. I’m very disappointed with our offensive production tonight.”
Delaney went down on the final play of last week’s game against Science Hill with a back injury. He’ll be held out the rest of the season.
He’ll be joined on the injury report by quarterback Dylan Cribley, who suffered a lower leg injury at the end of the first half Friday night and did not return.
“We wish him (Delaney) a speedy recovery and get him back going for next season,” Sanders said. “They’re going to check Dylan out tomorrow (Saturday), but I’m pretty sure he’s fine. We’re a little banged up, but that’s no excuse for our offensive performance.”
Dobyns-Bennett (8-0, 5-0 Region 1-6A) opened the game with a clock-eating drive capped with a five-yard touchdown pass from Zane Whitson to Phillip Armitage.
The Trojans (1-7, 0-4) got a stop on D-B’s next possession, forcing a turnover as Dominick Hazeltine scooped up a misfired lateral pass to keep the Indians out of the endzone.
West’s offense sputtered, and Dobyns-Bennett didn’t waste their next possession, driving down the short field and scoring on a nine-yard pass from Whitson to Nacir Sensabaugh.
The Trojans got their offense moving in the second half, with passes from Cribley to Connor Patrick and hard-nosed running from Nick Hildebrand.
Stalling out in scoring position, Morristown West lined up for a 26 yard field goal, but a bad snap kept points off the board.
On West’s next possession, they had a 32-yard field goal attempt blocked.
Dobyns-Bennett capitalized on the extra chances, thanks to some help from Trojans’ penalties, scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Whitson to Dalton Harkelroad before the half. The Indians led 21-0 as the teams went to the locker room.
“Defensively, I felt like in the first half we gave ourselves a chance,” Sanders said. “We fought hard. We had a bonehead penalty, two personal fouls and that turned the game completely. We gave up a score and it was a different ballgame from there. We’ve got to learn to play football against the other team. We’ve got to stop beating ourselves.”
The Indians opened the second half pushing the ball on the ground with Armitage and Tyler Tesnear chewing up the turf. Whitson took the ball the final 10 yards himself on fake to put D-B up 28-0.
A dropped snap on a punt set Dobyns-Bennett up at the West three yard-line and Tesnear powered in for the 35-0 lead and running clock.