The Dunham School used all facets of its team to stymie Episcopal’s high-powered offense Friday night.
The Tigers offense played keep away, holding on to the football for more than 27 minutes. Defensively, Dunham held Episcopal in check most of the night.
It all added up to a 32-15 Dunham victory in a battle of District 7-2A unbeatens at the Chapel in the Oaks.
For Dunham, the district title was the second in school history.
“It’s huge,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “Dunham has got a fine tradition, and a lot of great players and coaches have come through here.”
Dunham (8-1, 6-0) had two long scoring drives to open the game, interrupted only by an Episcopal three-and-out.
On the game’s opening series, Dunham grinded out an 80-yard drive using 17 plays while picking up six first downs. Tigers quarterback Mike Williams finished off the drive with a 3-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal.
The Episcopal three-and-out set the stage for another time-consuming Dunham drive. The Tigers used five minutes and 10 plays to move 67 yards, setting up Benton Davis’ 39-yard field goal.
“Dunham did a good job,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “Their game plan was ball control, and we didn’t have many opportunities in the first half. The ones we had, we missed a field goal and had a turnover in the red zone.”
Episcopal (8-2, 5-1) picked up its initial first down midway through the second period. Aided by a Dunham personal foul, the Knights moved inside the 20-yard line before Russell St. Romain’s 42-yard field goal try was wide left.
With less than two minutes to play in the half, Episcopal drove from its own 15 to the Dunham 19 with 30 seconds left, but Dunham’s Jordan Roberson one-handed interception of Edenfield on the right sideline stopped the drive.
Trailing 10-0, Episcopal put together its best drive of the game to start the third quarter. The Knights went 77 yards in eight plays, and overcame two holding penalties in the process. Austin Jemison’s 17-yard run trimmed the Knights’ deficit to 10-7, but Dunham had a quick answer.
One play after the kickoff, Treylon Mouton picked up a downfield block from receiver Derek Stingley and ran 62 yards for a touchdown. Dunham had regained control and was never in trouble again.
“Treylon’s run right there was huge,” Weiner said. “They scored, looked liked they had momentum, and the offensive line made a huge hole. It was a complete play. We had wide receivers blocking 20 and 30 yards downfield for him.”
Mouton added an 11-yard score on a screen pass from Williams, and Williams scored on his own 7-yard run to give Dunham a 32-7 lead with seven minutes left.
Mouton had a game-high 125 yards rushing. Williams was 12 of 18 for 156 yards passing.
Episcopal, which ran 17 fewer plays than Dunham, was led on the ground by Chris Hatzis with 62 yards. Quarterback Kade Edenfield hit on 9 of 15 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.