DIERKS – The Dierks Outlaws scored 53 points in the first half and then coasted to an easy 53-7 homecoming win Friday night over the Spring Hill Bears.
The win keeps the Outlaws in the top of the mix for the 7-2A playoffs. Dierks (5-1, 6-3) currently holds the top-seed going into the playoffs and are tied for first-place with Mount Ida (5-1, 8-1) and Murfreesboro (5-1, 6-3).
The Outlaws will host the Rattlers this Thursday night in a game that will further determine the playoff spots. Kick-off is at 7:00.
The Bears saw the aerial side of the Outlaw offense Friday night with 314 yards of the Outlaws’ 464 yards of offense coming from the pass. Quarterback Caleb Adams hit 12 of 17 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Colt Kuykendall and Lane Woodruff also saw time at QB with Woodruff’s sole pass of the night good for a TD.
Woodruff led the Outlaw receivers with six catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs. Jarret Fox had four catches for 108 yards and one TD and Colton Strode’s one catch was good for a five-yard TD. Cale Adams added to the passing total with two catches for 55 yards and Turner Reed had two catches for six yards.
QB Adams also led the rushing with 49 yards and one TD. Brayden Kirby carried four times for 27 yards and one TD and Peyton Frachiseur added three carries for 47 yards and one TD. Strode also had two carries for 16 yards and Woodruff ran twice for 13 yards.
Frachiseur and Jed Morrow led the Outlaw defense with six solo tackles each and both had interceptions. Cale Adams and Darin Plowman covered Bear fumbles and Kirby returned an interception 52 yards for six points.
The Bear offense picked up 217 total yards and was shutout until late in the fourth quarter. SH’s yardage included 63 from passing and 154 on the ground.
Dierks’ scoring plays included a 24-yard TD reception from QB Adams to Woodruff with the extra-point kick by Guillermo Sanz; a five-yard pass from Woodruff to Strode; a 57-yard pass from Adams to Fox with a two-point run by Woodruff; a 77-yard pass from Adams to Woodruff with a Sanz kick; a 44-yard run by Frachiseur; a 17-yard rush by Kirby; and the “pick-six” interception by Kirby.