Tonight the Dawgs traveled to LaGrange, GA to battle the Grangers on their home soil. Although the Grangers were bigger than our Bulldogs in almost every position, our Dawgs had no fear! The young Dawgs kicked off to LaGrange to start the game and the Grangers were quick to move the ball down the field, but the Dawgs Defense decided that they would bow up;we stuffed the Granger drive by forcing a turnover on downs deep inside Dawgs territory. The Bulldogs would take advantage of the Grangers turnover when QB Bryce Speakman airmailed a beautiful pass to Da’Vion Johnson who was streaking all alone down the Bulldogs sideline. The pass would turn out to be an 84-yard Touchdown! Our PAT was no good leaving the Dawgs with a 6-0 lead near the end of the 1st quarter.
As the 2nd quarter began, the Dawgs D stuffed LaGrange’s next possession and and proceeded to drive for a 2nd score. This drive was finished by Superman Kaden Cooper who carried the Dawgs down the field. George Meyers kicked the PAT which gave the Dawgs a 13-0 lead they would carry to halftime break.
The Dawgs received the kickoff to open the 2nd half; a drive that would stall out and we had to punt. The Grangers felt good about the stop and gained a little momentum. The Dawgs D gave up a 6-play drive that resulted in a Grangers TD. The Dawgs jumped offside on the Grangers PAT attempt so they decided to go for 2. Epic FAIL! The Dawgs D stuffed it, leaving the score Dawgs 13-LaGrange 6.
On the ensuing Grangers kickoff, Jarrious “Lil J” Goodman fielded the kick at the Dawgs 15-yard line; he then busted through the beautiful wedge that was in front of him for an 85-yard kickoff return TD. PAT was good, score was now 20-6 Dawgs.
The Grangers didn’t have any quit in them as they proceeded to march 73 yards in two plays for the score on the very next drive. The PAT was good: Dawgs 20-Lagrange 13.
The Dawgs would take the next drive 73 yards. The drive stalled at the Grangers 11-yard line, and Coach Tommy Traylor sent George Meyers in to attempt his first ever HS field goal-a 28 yarder. That son-of-a-preacher man, George, kicked the ball right down the middle of the uprights while under heavy duress from the Grangers block team. That gave the Dawgs a 10 point lead that would last until the final whistle. Dawgs win 23-13.
Players of the game: Jarrious “Lil J” Goodman for the offense. Defensively, players of the game= Qualik Harry and Zayne Lackey.
Our next action will be next Monday as we are once again road warriors. We travel to Phenix City to battle the Freshman Red Devils. Kickoff set for 6:30 Eastern Time/5:30 Dawgs time. See you there and then. GO DAWGS!!!!