The Hitchcock Bulldogs pounded the Lutheran South Academy Pioneers on the ground in their first home game of the season, 62-28.
“It felt good to get this win, these kids came back and worked really hard to get this win,” said acting head coach Cody Carney. “We got into the video room after last week and corrected a few things. We came out here and played a pretty good ballgame.”
On the Bulldogs’ second drive of the game, Pacey Jones kept the ball on the quarterback keeper for 35-yard run to the Pioneers’ 14-yard line. Bulldogs running back John Paul Lowe ran the ball to the left outside for a 14-yard touchdown, and the two-point conversion was successful.
The Bulldogs found pay dirt once again on their next drive. On the first play of the drive, running back Tyger Turner broke for a 24-yard run to the Pioneers’ 19-yard line. The next play, Lowe found the end zone for the second time in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were successful on another two-point conversion to extend the lead 16-0.
The Bulldogs’ Rodnell Mason made a fantastic play on special teams. He had a 50-yard punt return to give the Bulldogs’ great field position at the Pioneers’ 30-yard line. On the next play, Bulldogs’ Deonza McCardell takes the ball to the house for a 30-yard touchdown, two-point conversion was unsuccessful 22-0.
The Pioneers answered the Bulldogs long touchdown run with one of their own. Pioneers running back Luke Gilliam broke off the left side for a 65-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 22-7.
The Bulldogs led at the end of the first quarter 22-7.
The Bulldogs started the drive on their own 25-yard line. The Bulldogs had two big runs on the drive. The first was by Turner for 24 yards. Three plays later, Lowe had another big run, this time for 18 yards. Lowe found the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown for the third time of the first half. The two-point conversion was successful to extend their lead 30-7.
The Pioneers answered back with a two-play drive for a touchdown. Curtis Teichman caught a 67-yard touchdown pass in double coverage to cut the lead to 30-14.
The Bulldogs’ run offense struck again, this time on a one-play drive. McCardell went off the left side for a 65-yard touchdown to extend their lead 36-14.
The Bulldogs do it again to the Pioneers defense. The Bulldogs’ Xavian Hampton ran the ball straight up the middle to the house for a 71-yard touchdown to extend their lead 42-14. The Pioneers defense haven’t stopped this Bulldogs’ rushing attack at all in the first half of this game.
The Bulldogs remained in the lead 42-14 at the half.
The Bulldogs came out of the locker room with their run game still clicking on all cylinders. They pounded the Pioneers on the ground until their big back Turner broke for a 35-yard touchdown, to extend their lead 50-14. The Bulldogs went for every two-point conversion so far in the game.
The Pioneers answered on their next drive with a touchdown of their own. The Pioneers kept their offense balanced. Pioneers quarterback Tucker Yarbrough found Jake Justice for a 25-yard receiving touchdown.
The Bulldogs’ high powered offense kept on rolling in their next drive. The Bulldogs broke another long run for a touchdown. This time it was Davin Preston with a 75-yard touchdown. He was the fourth Bulldog to score a touchdown.
The Bulldogs completed their first pass of the game. The pass was caught by Preston for his second consecutive touchdown, this one went for 70 yards.
The Pioneers scored one last touchdown in garbage time. Yarbrough found Teichman in the back on the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.
“Our speed was able to support and seal off the edges,” said Carney about dominating the run game. “Our inside game wasn’t real good but we were able to get outside of them.”
The Bulldogs put on a show for their home crowd. Their running game was unstoppable and the Pioneers were not able to slow them down. The Bulldogs had three touchdowns that were 70 yards or more.