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Mitchell mashes Westover

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- That dress bet is looking pretty good ... for now, at least.

Mitchell County defeated Westover, 26-14, Friday night at Hugh Mills Stadium, giving the Eagles confidence about head coach Dondrial Pinkins' infamous preseason wager.

"We did some good things," Pinkins said. "There's still room for improvement. We can enjoy this (win) Sunday and Monday, then we gotta get back and prepare for next week against Dougherty. ... (The dress bet) is looking pretty good, though. I need two more wins."

Pinkins had said he would "wear a blue and red dress right down the middle of Broad Street with a pair of white heels" if his team went 2-8 this season, but he won't even have to put on a shoe if his players keep playing like they did against the Patriots.

"It was a good game," said receiver Justin Scott, a UGA commit who finished with three receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. "We came out and did everything we've done in practice."

Quarterback Derrick Davis made a surprise start for the Eagles and put them up, 6-0, with his 1-yard quarterback sneak with 6:57 left in the first quarter.

"I've told them day by day, we'll go with the quarterback (who's looking good) in practice," Pinkins said. "I was really impressed with (Davis). He came out and managed the game pretty well."

Mitchell County struck again early in the second, sacking Westover QB Justin Taylor for a safety that was almost recovered in the endzone.

"I think we weren't expecting (to lose) because Mitchell is a 1-A football team and doesn't have numbers (like us)," said Westover coach Octavia Jones, who was making his Patriots debut. "I think they kind of shocked us in the first half, and our guys found out they were in a football game. ... We had a miscue offensively and the floodgates opened up on us."

Literally.

Just minutes before the safety, the stadium sprinkler system accidentally went off, giving the end zone where the Patriot's offense was playing a good soaking.

Westover overcame it, though, and responded with a touchdown on a five yard run up the middle by running back Stevie Bowens with 6:35 left in the quarter.

The highlight of the night game right after that, as it took just 14 seconds for Jesse Atkins to grab the kickoff and return it 80 yards for a score.

Scott, who missed two chances in the red zone earlier, got on the board with a 26-yard reception from Davis shortly before halftime.

"The first time (had a chance to score), I just misjudged the ball," said Scott, who was double- and triple-teamed the whole night. "The second time, it was more of the quarterback wanting to throw it deep. The third one, we were on the same page and I made the play."

That play gave the Eagles a 20-8 lead, but it made more of an impact -- in a bad way -- for Westover, as Herald Dynamite Dozen member Chuck Lewis was injured and didn't return.

"Chuck's been battling a bum shoulder for the past year and a half," Jones said. "It finally popped out on him, so we're going to get him to the doctor and see what the doctor says, but there's a possibility he'll be out for the season."

The loss inspired the Patriots, as they shut down the Eagles offense until late in the fourth, when Modzelle Atkins struck for a 1-yard rushing TD for the Eagles.

Dalviness Greene ran in the last score for Westover with a minute and a half left in the game.

"(This game) showed us we can run the ball and do a little more of that (the rest of the season)," said Bowens, who had 81 rushing yards. "It's not about the individual. I'm happy with what I did, but I'm trying to fight for my team."

Jones also liked what he saw, but said the team needs to focus more if they want to meet their goal of being city champs.

"I'm still proud of some of the bright spots," Jones said. "I think we're going to be able to run the football, but we'll have to find a way to play as a team and finish drives. If we can (do that), and the defense can play a little better in the first half, we'll be alright.

"We'll keep tugging along ... we have a chance to (get back on track) next week against Albany."