Tonight the Freshman Bulldogs hosted arch-rival Auburn High’s Freshman team in the friendly atmosphere of Bulldogs Stadium and were able to subdue the Tigers 41-15.
Auburn won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Dawgs defense pushed Auburn back on 3 successive plays forcing the Tigers to punt. The Dawgs would end up punting on their opening drive as well. The next Auburn series was capped by a long touchdown pass after the Tigers converted a 4th and 12 play. The Tigers PAT was good giving Auburn the 7-0 lead.
The Dawgs took offense to the Tigers scoring first and were able to run off 41 consecutive points before the Tigers would see pay dirt again. Starting the scoring deluge for the Dawgs was Taylor Love. Love took a hand-off from QB Jackson Bates and scampered 20 yards up the middle for the Dawgs. Charles “Big Chuck” Gagliano tacked on the extra point for the Dawgs knotting the score at 7-7.
The Dawgs defense stymied Auburn on their next drive forcing a Tigers punt. The Dawgs took over on their own 23 and proceeded to march the ball down the field on the arm of QB Jackson Bates and the receiving of L.J. Johnson, who would score the next Dawgs TD. Gagliano’s extra point was good giving the Dawgs a 14-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jarell Stinson hit the Auburn return man, knocked the ball loose and then Stinson recovered the loose football. The Dawgs took over at the Tigers 38. The possession ended with Tre Roberts scoring on a TD pass from QB Jackson Bates on a 4th and 9 play. Gagliano’s PAT was wide leaving the Dawgs with a 20-7 lead.
The Tigers next possession would end up in a Dawgs TD. The Tigers center snapped the ball through the quarterback’s legs giving our Defensive Tackle Montae Hutchinson the opportunity to scoop and score. Montae took advantage of the Tigers miscue, scooped up the loose ball and ran for 40 yards for the defensive touchdown. Gagliano’s PAT was good and the Dawgs led 27-7 at the half.
The Dawgs received the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and took full advantage. Keeping the ball on the ground, Jarell Stinson put the next touchdown up with a 42 yard scamper off the right side and found pay-dirt. Extra point was good, Dawgs lead 34-7.
The next Auburn possession ended in a punt that gave the ball back to the Dawgs deep in our own territory. Stinson wasn’t satisfied with just one long run, so he took the hand-off from Bates and proceeded to rip it 58 yards down the left sideline for his second score of the night. Pat was good-Dawgs lead 41-7.
The next Tigers drive resulted in a long touchdown pass that was too little too late in the 4th quarter. The Tigers elected to go for two and were successful. Final score: Dawgs 41, Tigers 15.
Tonight was a total team effort by ALL the Freshman Dawgs! Even though he didn’t score, Marquavian Johnson ran the ball like a man possessed tonight which opened the doors for others to score. Every defensive player saw action tonight and played as well as could be expected.
The victory runs the Freshman Dawgs record to 2-3 on the season with our final game of the season to be played next Monday, October 22, at 5:30 right here in Bulldogs Stadium. See you then and there!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!