Leading the offensive charge on the ground was Trevor Wells with 198 yards and Larry Hatten with 167 yards including a 98-yard touchdown run. Defensive leaders were senior Jeff Whitney with nine solo tackles and seven assists. Jose Sanchez doesn’t just kick the ball; he ended the night with eight solo tackles and three assists.
Freer fumbled the opening kick off. The Bulldogs in turn fumbled the first snap from scrimmage but recovered the ball after a one-yard loss. On the Buck’s 40-yard line, Trevor Wells took the ball and easily went the 40 yards for the touchdown. With 11:19 on the clock, Jose Sanchez ran in to kick the extra point as the Bulldogs went up 7-0.
Freer didn’t muster a first down in their first complete offensive series and their punter booted an impressive 49 yard punt to the Bulldog 11-yard line. The Bulldogs drive puttered out and Ross punted the ball for 34-yards to put Freer on their own 34.
The Bulldogs defense stopped the Bucks on a fourth and one to take the ball back over. Despite penalties, Wells managed a 25-yard gain, followed by a short gain by quarterback John Morgan Ross. Wells then took the ball on the next play right through the line for a 50-yard gain. Two penalties and 15-yards later the Bulldogs had been backed up to their own 38-yard line. Undaunted, Larry Hatten took care of business and took the next handoff 62-yards and into the end zone. Sanchez’s kick was good and the Bulldogs led 14-0.
On the Buckaroos next possession they were forced to punt after an incomplete pass. The Bulldogs’ drive was stalled after a few penalties and Ross came in for the punt. The Freer Buck’s watched as the ball hit and rolled off his chest onto the ground. Hatten, in full stride, reaches down and scoops the ball and raced 39-yards into the end zone. The official is standing next to the Buck who fumbled the punt return ball; he is waving his arms like a wild man pointing to the spot on the ground where Hatten had picked up the ball. If you weren’t there, you’d never have believed it. A beautiful run like that had to come back. You cannot advance a muffed punt.
Chowns and Wells move the ball from the Freer 39 to the 12-yard line. Ross and “T-House” Kaleb Tichasky connected on the next play on a pass for the touchdown. Sanchez adds the extra point and the Bulldogs lead 21-0 with 6:42 showing on the clock in the second quarter.
After some great pass coverage by Josh Perez, the Bulldogs take over on their on 43-yard line. Ross connects with Whitney on a 33-yard pass for the next touchdown. Sanchez kicks the extra point again bringing the score to 28-0.
Freer begins another offensive drive with 2:41 left in the half. Hatten intercepts the ball and returns it 34-yards. Whitney drives the ball down the field on a few running plays and then Troy Chowns draws out of the air a pass from Ross. Chowns doesn’t just catch the ball; he makes a real show out of it nearly every time. Just when you think there is no way he can catch the ball he does. The kick goes left and the Bulldogs go into the dressing room for halftime leading 34-0.
The Bulldogs come out after half and begin shuffling players. Lineman interchange and we begin alternating backs. Freer scores their first touchdown and extra point and then attempt an offside kick. Pon nails the short kick to the ground and covers up immediately. The Bulldogs drive stalls and Ross punts deep.
The Bulldogs Wells finds the end zone from 41 yards out for his final TD of the game. Sanchez kick is good and the Bulldogs go up 41-6.
Freer scores again with 7 seconds left in the third quarter but the run fails and the quarter ends with the score 41-12.
The fourth quarter begins with Hatten at quarterback and Ross gets a rest. The Bulldogs drive is respectable but ends on a fourth and 11. A few good runs by the Buckaroos’ Harley Edds who had been held in check the first half ends with a touchdown. The conversion run is good and the score looks like the game is closer that it truly was at 41-20.
The Bulldogs take the next kick off and immediately get a 25-yard penalty. Hatten lines the team up, first and 10 on the Bulldog 2-yard line and calls the signal. The snap and Hatten goes wide and down the sideline 98 yards. He is fast really fast, and scores again. Sanchez kicks and the Bulldogs go up 48-20.
Ty Brown gets the call with one minute left in the game. It is only the second time tonight he has got the call. The Bulldogs are 25 yards out and Hatten takes the snap and hands off to Brown. Like a crazed little badger Brown goes zigzag threw the mass of players and into the endzone. The Freer players could not get a grip on him. So much for trying to run the clock out, Brown just uses a few seconds and the Bulldogs lead 54-20.
The Bucks use the remaining minute to run five plays. Time runs out just before the Buckaroo player is dragged down by Wes Roberts. Hold on though, the official says there should be three seconds put back on the clock because he “looked at the clock as the boy was tackled and it showed three seconds left”.
We all thought we heard the buzzer when the clock ran out, but maybe not. Maybe we were just wishing the buzzer did sound so we could all go eat and celebrate the victory. Not that it matters when you have such a big lead, so the official lined up the Buckaroos on the “inches” line and they score the last time for their season as this is the last game for them, next week is their open date.
The Bulldogs have a showdown with the Longhorns next week to determine the 31-2A district champs.
Both teams enter the contest with undefeated district records.