Destin Peewee Dolphins lose to Lynn Haven, still advance to playoffs

Bryan Wetzel
Maddox Hayles (high) and Braxton Beard (low) take down a Lynn Haven player for a loss.

It was a tough 14-0 loss last Saturday for the Destin Peewee Dolphins in an away game versus Lynn Haven to end the regular season with a 5-3 record. Despite the loss, the Dolphins are still in the playoffs that begin this weekend.

The usual dominant Dolphins defense had a hard time stopping Lynn Haven’s march down field last Saturday. The Dolphin offense couldn’t quite get into their rhythm either. The hour-and-a-half drive to the 8 a.m. show-time Saturday morning following the Destin Elementary Fall Festival the night before may have contributed to some of the slower play from the Dolphins.

In the end, three key plays tilted the game in Lynn Haven’s favor in the nearly even match-up.

The first was a fumbled Dolphins kickoff return. The second was an untimely holding call while the Dolphins were in the red zone on the 2-yard line. The third was a number of missed tackles during a long Lynn Haven touchdown run with just seconds left on the clock in the first half.

The Dolphin defense did present challenges to the larger and faster Lynn Haven offense. Free safety Mason Wetzel led the defense with eight tackles. Defensive ends Maddox Hayles and Kadon Chapman brought down the ball carrier six times each. Linebacker Braxton Beard and defensive tackle Will Blanchard each had five tackles. Calvin Blackman and Cadin Wells made three tackles a piece, while Owen Davis and Baylen Knox each had two.

The Dolphin offense, while scoreless, was not without their own impressive play.

Quarterback Hayles led the way with 12 carries for 94 yards. Running back Wetzel ran hard for 59 yards in eight carries. Chapman got an impressive 20 yard in his three carries, and Davis moved the ball 17 yards in six carries.

Team captains were Gunnar Smith, Landon Ulrich, Wetzel and Beard.

On Saturday the Dolphins will face-off against No. 1 seed Shalimar Black team in a 9 a.m. game at Destin Elementary.