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Click's four-goal match powers D-B over Crockett

By Douglas Fritz • Mar 13, 2018 at 11:07 PM

JONESBOROUGH — There were two forms of mercy granted by the TSSAA’s rule Tuesday.

First, Dobyns-Bennett’s soccer match against David Crockett was mercifully ended when the Indians scored their ninth goal early in the second half.

Second, the game was mercifully shortened to a little over an hour on a brutally cold March evening.

Eli Click scored four of the Indians’ goals in the 9-0, Big 7 Conference season-opening win at the Pioneers’ field.

“He found a rhythm once he got going for sure,” said D-B coach Blake Rutherford. “Four goals is impressive no matter who you play against. Some of the goals he scored were phenomenal, but obviously it was set up by good team play from back to front. It was just a good day at the ballpark.”

COLD PLAY

D-B didn’t score in the first 10 minutes but punished the net eight times in the next 30 minutes for its brief disobedience to its Tribe master.

The slow start was likely caused in part by the whipping winds and near-freezing temperature.

“It was a bit cold,” Click said. “We just had to get out there and get in a groove and find the way we play, and just finish the ball.”

GOAL ORIENTED

Click said his net work was a combination of things.

“Two of them were kind of breakaways, one on one with the keeper,” he said. “And on two of them I kind of had to battle to get open and hit the shots.”

Joining Click in the goal parade were Phillip Burdge, Marshall Palmer, Jack Perry, Tucker Holt and Will Arrowood.

GOOD START

Rutherford, whose team doesn’t play again until next Tuesday at Tennessee High, said the strong-arm victory was important.

“We wanted to get the season off to a good start, against a quality team and a quality coach as well,” he said.

Click said the win gives the Indians a boost of early season confidence.

PIONEER POINT OF VIEW

Crockett coach Michael Smelser, who played at D-B and previously coached at Science Hill, saw things from the other side of the pitch this time.

“The boys were really excited and everything,” Smelser said. “But (the Indians) are a great team with fantastic players. And we’ve got a lot of stuff we need to clean up.

“We certainly helped them a lot,” Smelser said, “and they finished their opportunities and punished our mistakes at the back.”

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