The Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the Trojans on Friday night as Hitchcock dropped a 42-0 decision to West in the second round of the Class 3A, D-I playoffs.

West (10-2) scored 14 points in each the first, second and third quarters to take a commanding lead into what ended up a scoreless final frame.

Quarterback Nathan Gerik accounted for the Trojans’ first three scores on big plays. Gerik opened the scoring on a 50-yard run then tossed touchdowns of 55 and 59 yards to receiver Romeo Hernandez to build a 21-0 advantage just two minutes into the second quarter.

Hitchcock (7-4) head coach Cody Carney said injuries suffered through the season finally caught up to the Bulldogs against a tough opponent, but the Bulldogs are already looking toward next year and defending their district title.

“After the game we talked about starting Monday, it’s back to work getting ready for next year,” Carney said. “I’m proud of the team. They really handled a tough loss well and acted with a lot of class at the end of the game.

“I hate that it ended that way, but these kids will be back and ready to play.”

West moves on to face Rockdale (9-3) in the next round of the playoffs.


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