Battle of North DeKalb

Matthew Welsh, Staff writer

The lights shined bright on a sea of gold Friday night, as the stands were filled with those supporting childhood cancer through Chip’s Nation at the annual “gold out” game between the Chamblee Bulldogs and Dunwoody Wildcats.

Chamblee looked to defend their home turf and snap a four-game losing streak against their bitter rivals after what some would call an underwhelming start of the season. The Bulldogs were itching to return to the win column, and to hand Dunwoody their second loss of the season.

The atmosphere inside North DeKalb Stadium was electric for the season’s first home game, and the Chamblee faithful saw their Bulldogs take an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter backed by a swift running game and a formidable defensive wall.

The Wildcats were on their heels, but as the game wore on, Dunwoody began to rack up yards, points, and momentum, scoring two unanswered touchdowns to make the score 14-7 at halftime. But the Dogs were by no means out of it, within one score of their cross-town rivals.

However, the second half saw no relief for the Bulldogs as the offense struggled to move the ball and were pinned into an early third quarter safety. Dunwoody’s attack managed to score one more touchdown in the fourth, and their defense blanked the Bulldogs throughout the entire second half.

Chamblee may have landed the first blow. But once again, Dunwoody came out on top of this mid-season classic by a score of 23-7, leaving the Bulldogs to turn their attention to their next opponents: Pickens High School.