Dunwoody wins fourth straight Golden Spike over Chamblee

Dunwoody running back Robby Hardin scored on an 11-yard yard. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Emotions were high Sept. 1 for the Dunwoody Wildcats as they played their first game after the death of co-defensive coordinator Kent Davis.

While grieving for their late coach, the Wildcats were able to pull out a 16-0 win over rival Chamblee in the annual Battle of the Golden Spike at North DeKalb Stadium. It was Dunwoody’s fourth consecutive win over the Chamblee Bulldogs.

Dunwoody recognized Davis before the game and players tried to put their emotions aside during the game. But between their grief and the intense rivalry between the two north DeKalb schools, tensions rose often and led to several instances of after-the-whistle pushing and shoving.

Dunwoody coach Michael Nash said his players have to keep their composure at all times.

“We’ve had a tough couple of weeks with the passing of coach Davis, and I don’t feel like our kids were focused the way they needed to be and we didn’t execute—it’s the bottom line,” Nash said. “We didn’t execute. Hats off to [Chamblee], but we just didn’t execute.”

The first quarter was a defensive battle as both offensives struggled to get in the end zone. The Wildcats’ offense got going in the second quarter, led by running back Robby Hardin, who scored on an 11-yard run, giving Dunwoody a 7-0 lead.

Dunwoody cornerback Jordan Battle avoids a Chamblee player after intercepting a pass. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Dunwoody cornerback Jordan Battle avoids a Chamblee player after intercepting a pass. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Before halftime, Chamblee had an opportunity to score, but quarterback Stuart Steele’s pass was picked off by Dunwoody’s Jordan Battle. The third quarter was another defensive battle with a few shoving matches and personal foul penalties.

Dunwoody extended its lead to 10 on a field goal by Jamie Morrison. The Wildcats sealed their win on a three-yard touchdown pass from Zach Pankey to Chris Sturken bringing the final score to 16-0.

Dunwoody (2-0) now enters the region portion of the schedule beginning with North Atlanta on Sept. 8. Nash said his team has to regain its focus if they want to get to 3-0.

“We have to get past what we’re dealing with right now emotionally,” he said. “And after that we have to [stay] focused and control the things we can control. That’s just not on Friday nights, but it’s on Monday through Wednesday. We have to practice hard on Monday through Wednesday and be focused and understand that we can’t get complacent in Georgia football. We’re 2-0 right now and if we’re satisfied with that then we’re never going to be 3-0. We have to continue to work.”

Dunwoody will take on North Atlanta at North DeKalb Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


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