By Gerald Wheelus
September 12, 2014, Bullard, TX.
The Edgewood Bulldogs traveled to Bullard, this time to face off against a bigger, stronger, faster Bullard Panthers. The Panthers came in averaging 46 points a game and the Bulldogs knew they would have to keep pace with that to have a chance of winning. For one quarter they did so. But, eventually the depth of Bullard with an enrollment of 667 and having nearly 40 players to the Bulldogs enrollment of 305 and having just 24 players proved to be their undoing with a 56-20 loss.
The Bulldogs got in an early hole with Bullard Scoring easily on their first two drives with Brent Henderson scoring first a 5 yard TD run and then on a 1 yard TD run. Zach Aldridge (a fine young kicker) added both PAT’s and they led 14-0 with 6:32 to go in the first.
However, the Bulldogs proved their moxie as they would go non drives of 7, 5 and 2 plays respectively to go up 20-14. The first 7 play drive would go 83 yards as Jackson Tyner found a grove and hit 4 of 5 passes on the drive including the TD Pass of 33 yards going to Brandon Wagers, the 2pt try was unsuccessful and the score of 14-6 was posted @ the 4:38 mark. The ensuing kick was kicked high in the air and the Bullard player would field it and make good yards up the Bullard 40 yard line where the Bulldogs Christian Davison would strip the ball and recover the fumble. The Bulldogs taking advantage of the short field then made quick work of the turnover taking 5 plays, this time Tyner was 3 of 3 on the drive hitting Kobe Huett for 15 yards on the TD pass. The 2 pt conversion failed and the score of 14-12 in favor of Bullard was posted @ 3:14. Bullard would then fumble over to the Bulldogs again @ their own 32 where Tyner and Huett would hook up again for a 14 yard TD pass again the 2pt conversion failed and the score of 20-14 was posted with 1:51 to go in the quarter.
With Bullard now settled in they would gain control of the rest of the game. They would control the ball for over 8 minutes of the 2nd quarter with long sustaining scoring drive and wearing down the Bulldog Defense. The first scoring drive of the 2nd quarter came with a continuation from the first quarter @ 11:02 to go. On a long 3 and 22 Bullard’s Connor Mebane would drop back for a heave ho pass Christian Davison would put hard pressure on him and he took off down the home sideline for a 65 yard scamper. Their next drive would go 7 plays and 80 yards with Mebane hitting Jared Alsobrook for a 27 yard TD pass with 7:30 to play in the half and their final scoring drive of the half would come with just 1:02 to go where Cade Wood would score on an 11 yard TD run . Zach Aldridge (a fine young kicker) would hit all the PAT’s of the Half and the score was 35-20 going into the half.
The Bulldogs would hold Bullard to a 3 and out on the first drive of the half. But, Bullard would take advantage of a miss handled hand off attempt from Tyner to his runner @ the Bulldog 25. Bullard’s Henderson would take just one play to score and with 9:49 showing in the third the score was 42-20. The next Bulldog drive would go 3 and out and a short Tyner punt would roll dead at the Bulldog 41. Bullard would take over and 3 plays later Mebane would hit Major Tennison from 27 yards out with 7:51 to go in the 3rd. The Bulldogs were not ready to give up just yet though as they would take the following kick at the ball at their own 7 yard line with 7:43 to play in the 3rd. This time Tyner would navigate by foot carrying the ball 5 times for 55 yards, Wagers would add 2 carries for 10 yards and eventfully see the drive stall at the Bullard 6 with 1:49 to play in the 3rd.
The final score of the game would occur in the 4th but was set up in the third as the Bulldogs would commit their 3rd turnover of the game. This time Bullard was in business @ the Bulldog 42. 5 plays and 42 yards Bullard would score on the power of Chris Bradford from 4 yards out and with 11:33 to play in the game the final score of 56-20 was posted. Bullard’s win puts them at 3-0 and the Bulldog loss puts them @ 1-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs were over matched here with a much bigger school as a foe and there is no shame in this loss as Bullard has a very good squad. Their depth proved to be the undoing of the Bulldogs on the night. However, the Bulldogs schedule is not any easier as the high powered Malakoff Tigers come to visit this next week and they are highly touted this year coming in ranked #4 (http://www.texasfootball.com/rankings/#3A-DII).