SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. — Dalton High quarterbacks completed all seven passing attempts, two for touchdowns, and the Catamounts rushed for 160-plus yards as they defeated Soddy-Daisy, 35-16, Thursday on a sweltering 99-degree evening at Soddy-Daisy High School in northern Hamilton County.

“I thought offensively we played really well with Harrison (Scott) in there at quarterback,” Dalton coach Ronnie McClurg said as the steamy night ended. “After that we didn’t get a whole lot done.”

Scott, a senior, engineered two first-quarter drives that gave the Catamounts a 14-0 lead they never relinquished, although the Trojans cut their deficit to 21-16 late in the third quarter.

Scott drilled a strike on a slant to Carter Crutchfield, who outran the Trojans’ secondary to complete the third-and-3, 49-yard touchdown play with 9:49 left in the first period.

The Catamounts’ Beau Blackwood, a junior running back, zipped 16 yards for a touchdown that capped a 58-yard drive on Dalton’s next possession. The score came with 2:32 left in the opening period.

“We’re strong,” Blackwood said. “We’ve got the right crew to do it this year. I was getting some good holes to run through and that’s because it all starts with our offensive line.”

Blackwood had 55 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Cats’ ground attack.

Sophomore running back Tevin Collins got into the scoring act with a 23-yard touchdown gallop in the second quarter. The drive was set up when Crutchfield, playing free safety on defense, recovered a Chris Barfield fumble at Soddy-Daisy’s 35.

Scott completed a 7-yard pass to Trae Washington to convert a third-and-3 into a first down at the Trojans’ 23 on that play. Collins scored on the next play.

With the Trojans within 21-16, the Cats launched an apparent drive to the end zone that fizzled when they were flagged for three straight penalties. On the next play, reserve quarterback Charlie Wilson fumbled the snap, lost 3 yards and set up a third-and-21.

Following a punt, Soddy-Daisy set up on its own 30. On the first play, Dalton defensive lineman Jamie Barragan recovered a Trojan fumble.

Four plays later, Wilson connected with Collins on a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving the Cats more breathing room at 28-16 with 7:53 left in the third quarter.

Scott went 4-for-4 for 74 yards and one score while Wilson was 3-for-3 for 25 yards.

Freshman Chris White scored Dalton’s final touchdown, a nifty, twisting 22-yard run that turned into paydirt with seven minutes remaining in the scrimmage. That one-play drive was also set up by a fumble recovery, this one by Reaves Coker.

Crutchfield also picked off a Trojans pass, but that play was negated by a penalty.

Senior defensive back Michael Lovingood broke up two passes and David White broke up a pass in the end zone in the waning minutes of the scrimmage.

“We started out really good,” Crutchfield said. “We were rotating a lot of guys trying to get a chemistry going. Overall I thought we did all right. It just seemed like the ball kept coming to me. I guess I was in the right place at the right times.”

Soddy-Daisy, which had 8 yards of total offense in the first quarter, had moderate success running the ball in the second half and wound up with about 98 yards on the ground.

McClurg wasn’t happy with 13 penalties.

“The problem is we’re not disciplined,” he said. “You can’t have 13 penalties and expect to beat anybody. We’ll get that corrected and we’ll learn a lot from this scrimmage. We’ve got to get a lot better before we open the season.”

The Cats open the 2007 season on Aug. 31 against Calhoun.

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