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Defense Corrals Conway

Fayetteville Shrugs Off Slow Start, Forces Mercy Rule

Posted: November 17, 2012 at 3:07 a.m.

Taryll Henry, top, a Fayetteville senior defensive end, sacks Conway senior quarterback Cody Rhoades on Friday during the first half of play at Harmon Stadium.

The mission for the Fayetteville defense was simple. Attack Conway from all angles and keep the pressure on the Wampus Cats.

GameBreaker

Fayetteville 38, Conway 17

Why the Bulldogs won

Fayetteville sacked Conway quarterback Cody Rhoades six times, recovered two fumbles late in the first half and held the Wampus Cats to 57 total yards before intermission. The Bulldogs also got a productive night from tailback Brice Gahagans, with 97 yards on 13 carries, and receiver Cole Harris, who had 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Why the Wampus Cats lost

Conway moved the ball well on its first possession but had little success on offense the rest of the game against Fayetteville’s starting defense. Running back Jeff Anderson rarely found open holes and the Wampus Cats watched a close 10-3 deficit turn into a rout with costly turnovers late in the second quarter.

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