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August 25, 2013

Tornadoes destroy South Delta, 49-0

MERIDIAN —     The only thing able to stop the Philadelphia Tornadoes during Friday night's season opener was the clock.

    Head coach Teddy Dyess said after the first score it was pretty clear they were ready to play, but in all fairness, he didn't expect the night's 49-0 blowout at South Delta.

    "It's a good win for us, a long road trip into a hostile environment and taking care of business, I'm really pleased with that," he said. "I thought our kids played really well."

    Last season, the Bulldogs were 10-2 to Philadelphia's 13-1, setting up for a close game in theory. But Dyess said his team excuted plays and took control of the game to the point that South Delta had to make in-game adjustments on defense.

    "We made them want to go and do something else [on defense]," he said. "For us to go into their place and completely dominate the game, I thought was huge for our kids and our conference [games] moving forward."

    But with seven touchdowns and quarterback Romon Gray connecting on eight of 14 passes, not much seemed to work in the Bulldogs game. Jacardus Griffin helped lead the force, rushing for three touchdowns in the first half.

    Additionally, the Tornadoes converted 26 first downs to the South Delta's four.

    Gray's night started with a 60-yard pass to Kaylon Gray for the first score with 10:52 remaining in the first quarter.

    Griffin recorded his first touchdown of the night, punching through the defense for a 1-yard rush and a 14-0 lead. As the second half dwindled away, he found the endzone twice more before Kenshon Henderson ran for a four-yard score with 46 seconds left in the half, making it 35-0.

    In the third period, Gray threw a 17-yard pass to TJ Hudson in the endzone. Dontae Poe capped the night with a nine-yard rush and 4:48 to play. Kicker Josh Smith was 7-for-7 on PATs.

    Philadelphia will open their home slate on Friday again McClain at 7 p.m.

    "Supposedly you improve more from game 1 to game 2 and that's our biggest goal is to improve," Dyess said. "I mean, there's always things you've got to work on but we'll figure that out and go forth on Monday."

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