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Football: Denmark pitches fourth shutout, sets stage for showdown with Blessed Trinity
Kenon Dicks
Denmark defensive back Kenon Dicks, right, celebrates with teammate George Turnipseed Friday after intercepting a pass in a 49-0 win at West Hall. Photo by David Roberts

OAKWOOD — Make it four. 

Denmark running back Jordan Brunson ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, West Hall's offense passed midfield just two times and the Danes pitched their fourth shutout of the season Friday, dominating the Spartans 49-0.

West Hall joined the ranks of Cherokee Bluff (41-0), North Springs (61-0) and Chestatee (58-0), who have each been shut out by Denmark this season.

"Well, we continued to play very good defensively," Denmark head coach Terry Crowder said. "As long as we keep doing that and getting better, we're going to be really tough to mess with. I'm really proud of us defensively. There are some things we're going to have to get fixed, I'm sure, but we're very physical on defense."

The closest West Hall got to Denmark's end zone came in the second quarter when the Spartans had first-and-10 on Denmark's 44-yard line.

West Hall running back Solomon Riley was tackled for a 2-yard loss on first down, then quarterback Clayton Jenkins threw an incomplete pass before an interception by Kenon Dicks ended the Spartans' drive.

"It seems like we're getting a little bit better on defense every game," Crowder said. "We better be, because our next two are going to be really good [teams] offensively, and we know that. We just don't get full of ourselves, stay humble and work to get better."

Denmark (5-0, 2-0 Region 7-4A) will travel to No. 4 Blessed Trinity next week before hosting No. 2 Marist.

Blessed Trinity (4-1, 1-0 Region 7-4A) did not play Friday, but Marist (6-0, 2-0 Region 7-4A) beat Chestatee 56-13.

Nick Carozza
Denmark linebacker Nick Carozza tackles West Hall running back Josiah Henriques during Friday's 49-0 win at West Hall High School. Photo by David Roberts
"Marist and Blessed Trinity blew us out (last year), so we've got a little chip on our shoulder now," Denmark senior Nick Carozza said. "We're pissed off about it, so we're going to get after it."

West Hall (0-5, 0-2 Region 7-4A) had nine drives Friday, with six ending in a punt. The Spartans also turned it over on downs, threw an interception, and Denmark junior Jake Stewart recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to end a one-play drive.

Denmark quarterback Aaron McLaughlin was 9-of-17 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Both of McLaughlin's touchdowns went to Ze'Vian Capers, whose 67-yard score in the third quarter was the longest play of the game.

Facing a blitz, McLaughlin heaved the ball down the right sideline for Capers, who caught the ball and ducked out of a tackle before sprinting to the end zone to make it 28-0.

Capers, who led all Denmark receivers with 82 yards on two catches, also reeled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from McLaughlin.

Zach Ogbogu scored a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and McLaughlin ran for two scores — one 16-yard touchdown and one from 15 yards out.

Marcus McFarlane
Denmark running back Marcus McFarlane scores on an 8-yard touchdown run Friday during a 49-0 win at West Hall. Photo by David Roberts
Sophomore Marcus McFarlane added an 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

As a team, Denmark averaged more than nine yards per carry on the ground, tallying 359 yards on 39 carries.

Defending state champion Blessed Trinity, which beat Denmark last year 47-6, will present a stiffer challenge for the Danes.

"They're the ones," Crowder said. "We know that we've got to get them first. If we want to be region champs, you've got to go through Blessed Trinity, in my mind."