Dolphins Route Tate Behind Dittmer's Historic Night
The game between the Tate Aggies and host Gulf Breeze Dolphins was destined to be a thriller from the on-set. There were many storylines surrounding the match-up, which was the first time the two schools have met since the Aggies ended the Dolphins' storybook 2016 season in the first round of the play-offs. The 2017 meeting, which was scheduled to be hosted by Tate, was cancelled in response to Hurricane Irma so the Dolphins were chomping at the bit to get another chance to play the Aggies. Gulf Breeze would not dissapoint. In a surprising route of Tate, the Dolphins dominated in all three phases of the game, in what appeared to be an over-matched Aggie squad. Tate scored on the game's opening drive on a long touchdown pass on what appeared to be a blown coverage by the Dolphin secondary. Gulf Breeze would answer with one of senior running back Tyler Dittmer's five rushing touchdowns. The Dolphin offense exploded to score 58 points, with Dittmers five touchdowns and three touchdown receptions by wide receiver Spencer Segal. Dittmer set a single-game GBHS rushing record, rushing for 342 yards on 23 carries for five touchdowns. Segal was seeing his first full game action after recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in the Spring. The Gulf Breeze defense settled in and despite a few big plays on quaterback runs by Tate senior (UAB commit) Hunter Riggans, the defense controlled the line of scrimmage and limited Tate's play-makers. Junior Defensive tackle Tyrese Smith picked off a Riggans pass on a two-point conversion attempt and Junior safety Trey Alexander intercepted another Riggans pass in the back of the endzone, ending a Tate scoring threat. The Dolphins will face another tough challenge when they travel on the road to Pensacola to face the Pine Forest Eagles, another unbeaten 6A team, Friday night. The game is the "Friday Night Rivals" game of the week and will be broadcast locally on channel 35.
Senior Tyler Dittmer scores one of his 5 TD's Friday versus Tate
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