Arnold too much for rebuilding Holmes County

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 03:09 PM.

The Blue Devils responded with a 77-yard burst by Chad Leavins on the first play of their next drive. Darcel Johnson's tackle of Leavins at Arnold's 2-yard line saved a touchdown, however, and the Marlins forced Holmes County to lose a total of 6 yards on the next four plays from scrimmage to turn away the threat and preserve the shutout.

That goal-line stand punctuated a dominant performance by Arnold's defense, particularly the defensive line, in the first half. The Blue Devils gained 1 yard or fewer on 13 of 26 plays before halftime. Outside of the one long run, Leavins otherwise was limited to 0 yards on his other 10 carries in the first two quarters.

Arnold running back Torri Cotton amassed 76 yards on six carries in the first half, but he had two long touchdown runs negated by holding penalties. The first was a 62-yard scamper midway through the opening quarter. The other was a 66-yard romp early in the second quarter.

An Arnold penalty also spoiled Darcel Johnson's 43-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half.

Cotton finished with a game-high 133 rushing yards on 11 carries, and Saunders finished with 113 yards on 6-for-12 passing.

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