Dunnellon knocks off arch nemesis South Sumter 42-21

DUNNELLON — The Dunnellon Tigers (3-4) put on an impressive showing Friday night in their 42-21 victory over the South Sumter Raiders (3-4), to bounce back from last week’s loss to Madison County.

But the biggest story of the night was that of quarterback Trent Townsend, starting in his first ever varsity game.

Townsend racked up the points on the scoreboard and his stat sheet, throwing for four touchdowns to four different receivers, nearly 300 yards passing, and even got in on a couple two-point conversions.

“We knew Trent had a lot of ability and threw the ball real well,” said Dunnellon head coach Price Harris.

“It’s kind of nice when you’ve got Javon to throw the ball to as well. We thought it was going to benefit us in two places where we could get some things going… and Trent did a good job delivering the football.”

The Tigers' night started on their first play of the game when Townsend found Ja’quavion Fraziars who took it all the way in for the score to go up six early.

Javon Lee, who had played quarterback for the Tigers much of this season, owned the rest of the first quarter, breaking off two big runs in a drive that he capped off with a 40-plus yard touchdown, and later added a 60-yard touchdown reception from Townsend with 17 seconds left in the quarter.

The Raiders had one score in the first half after Garhett Miller found Andra Hart in the end zone, but they repeatedly failed to capitalize on opportunities to get back in the game.

On two separate occasions South Sumter found themselves with excellent field position after Tiger errors. Once after recovering a fumbled punt inside the Tigers' own 20-yard line, and another after a muffed punt gave the Raiders the ball at the Dunnellon 32-yard line. Both ended in a turnover-on-downs.

The Tigers slowed down in the second half, scoring only once on offense while adding a pick-six from Fraziars.

The Raiders added a couple scores of their own, including a short touchdown from fullback Micheal Ruiz with just 10 seconds left to play, but not enough to make the comeback.

Dunnellon will find itself in a very tough matchup when they head to North Marion to play the Colts next Friday.