Bulldogs play hard to the end, lose 35-0
by Derek McCaleb Contributing Writer
By Derek McCaleb
The Red Boiling Springs football program entered week 5 with very tough competition. The Bulldogs hosted 2A Goodpasture Cougars last Friday night, October 4. Goodpasture came to RBS with a record of 2 wins and 4 loses.
Quarter by Quarter play, 1st quarter:
The RBS Bulldogs received the football in the opening of the game. During the first series of downs, the Bulldogs could not move the ball. On the third down, Bulldog #11 Elijah Byfield’s pass was incomplete to #21 Michael Tirjan. With the Bulldogs on the 33 yard line, they elected to punt to Goodpasture with 8:57 left in the first quarter. Goodpasture’s opening series of plays faired far better than the Bulldogs.
Goodpasture scored on their first down of the game on a 65 yard run. The extra point was good making the score 7 to 0 in favor of Goodpasture. With 6:49 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs were still having trouble advancing the football. On their last down, on the 18 yard line, the Bulldogs elected to punt once again. This time, the punt was blocked by one of Goodpasture’s defensive players who picked it up and ran into the end zone for another Cougar touchdown. The extra point was good leaving the score 14 to 0. With the kick-off landing in the end zone, the Bulldogs received the ball on the 20 yard line. During this series, the Bulldogs moved the ball a total of 5 yards but were not successful in advancing to a first down, forcing them to punt once again.
With Goodpasture taking over the ball on their 34 yard, the Cougars maneuvered their way past the Bulldog defense, scoring on the first down with a 66 yard run. The extra point by the Cougars was good leaving the score Goodpasture 21 and RBS 0 with 4:03 until the second quarter. The Bulldogs once again took the ball on their 20 yard line. This series of downs for the Bulldogs played out much better than the previous sets. The Bulldogs moved the football 24 yards, with the help of #15 Josh Tirjan and #22 Dakota Dickens, but they not able to make it to the end zone before the buzzer sounded ending the first quarter with Goodpasture on top of the Bulldogs 21 to 0.
2nd quarter: With the start of the second quarter, the Bulldogs had the ball on the 43 yard line, with it being fourth down and a short half yard to go to advance to first down. The Bulldogs snapped the ball but was quickly stopped with the blow of the whistle and a flag thrown. The penalty was offsides against Goodpasture. This penalty allowed RBS to advance to a first down and put them on the 48 yard line. The Bulldogs were able to pick up a few yards but on Goodpastures 40 yard line, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball. The fumble was picked up by Goodpasture who ran it in to the end zone for another Cougar touchdown. The extra point play by Goodpasture was good making the score Goodpasture 28 and RBS 0 with 8:20 left until the half. The remainder of the second quarter went back and forth between the two teams without either team making it to the end zone. When the half ended, the scored remained 28 to 0 with the Bulldogs trailing the Cougars.
3rd quarter: The Bulldogs were hoping with the start of the new half that their momentum would pick up. The third quarter saw the football switching sides frequently. The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff of the half on the 20 yard line on a touchback. The Bulldogs had one of their best series moving the ball for around 51 yards but that momentum quickly changed when they fumbled the ball which was recovered by Goodpasture. With the Cougars recovering the ball, the Bulldogs were determined to stop them any way they could. The defense of RBS held strong only allowing their opponents to move the ball around 10 yards during the four downs. The Cougars were forced to punt to the Bulldogs. Taking over the ball on the 44 yard line, the Bulldogs struggled to advance the ball. After 3 plays, the buzzer sounded ending the third quarter with Goodpasture still leading the Bulldogs, 28 to 0.
4th quarter: The Bulldogs had one more play to advance to a first down and they received that chance when Goodpasture was called for being offsides. The Bulldogs had another good series of plays with #22 Dakota Dickens rushing for around 30 yards in the first two downs. The Bulldogs saw their team inching very close to the goal line which was a first of the game. With high hopes of scoring, the Bulldogs spirits were quickly crushed when they fumbled the football on the goal line. The fumble was recovered by Goodpasture who took over the series on the 20 yard line. The Cougars would go on to score during this series on a 73 yard run. The extra point was good, making the score 35 to 0. With the game clock ticking close to zero, the Bulldogs had one more opportunity to end the game with some points on the board. The Bulldogs had a successful series moving the ball, but unfortunately, RBS Bulldog #5 Justin Bergdorff made it to the one yard line and was tackled as the buzzer sounded ending the game narrowly missing the opportunity to score.
RBS head coach Kyle Shoulders spoke highly of his RBS Bulldogs after the loss. “Our guys continue to play on a competitive basis as our district forces us to do so on a weekly basis,” said Shoulders. Shoulders went on to say that he was proud that his players didn’t lay down on the game but played hard and fought through the entire four quarters. Coach Shoulders also stated that as long as the players continue to play hard and have better execution then good things will happen.
“Right now we are going through growing pains as we are a young team”, says Shoulders, “and at any given time we have 6 to 8 freshmen on all three teams (offense, defense, and special teams) on the field”. Coach Shoulders says as they prepare for week six, he expects his guys to play as upperclassmen. At the end of week 5, the Bulldogs have a record of 1 win and 6 loses. The RBS Bulldogs travel to Clinton Co., KY next week, Friday, October 11 with game time at 7:00.
Individual and Team stats include:
The RBS Bulldogs had 16 first downs, rushed 43 times for 201 yards, attempted 10 passes, completing 4 passes for 26 yards for a total of 227 yards. The Bulldogs had 3 turnovers and no penalties.
#11 Elijah Byfield completed 4 passes of 10 attempted for 26 yards and rushed 8 times for 0 yards.
#22 Dakota Dickens rushed 20 times for a total of 94 yards.
#21 Michael Tirjan rushed 8 times for 26 yards
#9 Rodney Pruitte rushed 3 times for 13 yards
#5 Justin Bergdorff rushed 3 times for 61 yards
#13 Billy York rushed 1 time for 5 yards
#87 Mason Hewitt received once pass and ran for 9 yards
#15 Josh Tirjan received 3 passes and ran for 17 yards
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