Gators fall to Dixie County amid restructuring of offensive line

Coming off a big win against Bell High School earlier this month, the Gators fell 28-0 against the Dixie County Bears on Friday.

But despite the loss, Coach Bobby Johns said the team played well defensively, only allowing one touchdown by the Bears until half way through the third quarter.

“We played hard,” he said. “Our kids really, really overachieved… We were outmatched in a lot of places, but our kids played real hard. We just made some mistakes and kind of ran out of gas as the night went on.”

“The game was 7-0 at half time… 7-0 half way through the third. We just kind of ran out of gas, and they scored, and we didn’t do a very good job on offense.”

Johns said that in the coming weeks, the team would focus on shifting around players’ positions, with early season injuries necessitating changes to the team’s offensive line.

“We’ve had to move people around,” he said. “We’ve had three kids get injured for the season. We’ve lost them for the whole year.”

“We’re just still trying to move kids around to fill in those holes… We really haven’t figured out where everybody needs to be to make us the best we can be, especially on offense. We’re playing well on defense. We’re just not playing very well on offense yet.”

With the loss, Wewahitchka moves to 1-2 on the season. The Gators travel to Bozeman (Panama City, FL) to confront the Bucks in a non-league outing on Friday, Sept. 22. The Bucks go into the outing with a record of 3-0.

“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re undefeated,” Johns said. “We’re going to have a challenge, but hopefully we can make it a good game in the fourth quarter.”

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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