The Homecoming game was an offensive contest with the Bulldogs winning 44-35.
The first score of the game came with a 61 yard blast by freshman Paul Almenderez with less than a minute off the clock. Jesse Perez booted the PAT.
The first Natalia series ended when Adam Romero tipped a pass into the direction of his teammate Robert Moreno. Moreno took the ball and returned the interception 75 yards for the next Bulldog score. Perez again made a perfect kick to bring the score 14-0.
The Bulldogs fumbled and the Mustangs recovered on the next Bulldog possession, but the Mustangs’ drive ended when a bobbled ball was scooped up by Robert Moreno. The Mustangs punted, and the Big Red took possession on their own 15 yard line. On the first play from the line of scrimmage, Wesley Guzman slipped though easily and then blasted downfield 85 yards for the third unanswered Bulldog score.
The Mustangs kept plugging away and with less than four minutes left in the half Natalia scored and added a PAT to bring the score 20-7. The half ended with the Natalia QB being sacked by Tyler Bullard.
Natalia came out after the half time break on fire. The Mustangs scored two minutes into the third quarter, but the PAT attempt was blocked by Robert Moreno.
Major penalties on the Bulldogs on the next Natalia offensive series propelled them down the field to net another score. The Bulldogs led by only one point as the third quarter ended.
The Bulldogs had driven to the Mustang 5-yard line when the clock ran out in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter is the quarter that the Bulldogs always choose to own. Leading now by a score of 20-19, the owning of the fourth quarter took on a whole new meaning, because somebody had forgotten to tell the Mustangs how it was supposed to be.
The first play from scrimmage in the fourth, Wesley Guzman scored, and then ran in the conversion. ’Dogs lead 28-19. The ’Dogs had started the owning of the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs didn’t even get slightly fazed. They were going to score twice before the Bulldogs took control back. They scored on their next possession to bring the score the score to 28-27.
TR stalled out on the next series and turned the ball back to the Mustangs after a fourth and three situation didn’t net the first down.
Despite a blocked pass by Kalli Escamilla and an 8 yard QB sack by Moreno, the Mustangs scored again to go ahead 35-28.
When 3:45 showed on the fourth quarter clock, the Bulldog fans knew that it wasn’t looking too good. All the momentum looked to have swung to the Mustangs but don’t forget, the fourth quarter belongs to the Bulldogs.
The Bulldog quartet of Guzman, Perez, Almenderez and Hagan Johnston worked a magical series to move the ball down the field to score with 1:05 on the clock.
With the score 34-35, the Bulldogs choose to go for the two to go ahead. Hagan Johnston did it right and the Bulldogs’ led 36-35. The Bulldogs were going to own the fourth, and with less than a minute on the clock, Adam Romero intercepts a Mustang pass to end their attempt to score and win Romero powers down the field as if on fire and crosses into the end zone 60 yards later to put the game out of reach for the Mustangs. Guzman adds two. Bulldogs win 44-35.
Players of the game were:
Red Carpet: Robert Moreno
Offense: Hagan Johnston and Wesley Guzman
Defense: Robert Moreno
Lineman: Kalli Escamilla
Special Teams: Levi Fulcher
Scouts: Ricky Horton and Ryan Retzloff.