The Hamilton Herald-News Thursday, October 24, 2013 Page 1B
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Bulldogs snare Wolves 22-20 in Colorado City The long trip to Colorado City for the Hamilton Bulldog football team last Friday seemed a little shorter coming home as they relished in a potentially season-saving 22-20 victory over the Wolves. With a blue norther arriving just before game time, it was a cold, blustery night in west Texas. The victory, the first of the season for the Bulldogs, gives them a 1-1 district record and puts them squarely in the race for a playoff berth with four teams advancing this season from the six-team district. After a lot of narrow defeats this season, the Bulldogs finally came out on top, but to be sure this was another hard-fought game that went right down to the final tick of the clock. With the Bulldogs ahead 2220, the Wolves had two shots at a game winning field goal from inside the one yard line with nine seconds remaining in the contest. The first attempt bounced off the upright, but the Bulldogs were called for being off sides. On the second attempt, the holder bobbled the ball and then tried to run, but was stopped by a Bulldog charge led by Dylan Frederick and Riley Reich. The game not only ended on a high note for the Bulldogs, but also started that way. Hamilton received the opening kick and marched down the field to pay
PASSING GAME- Bulldog quarterback Adam Beckner (3) was three for six passing in Colorado City for 43 three yards, but they included a couple huge completions to hig favorite target, Riley Reich, for 14 and 25 yards. File Photo GAME AT A GLANCE
HamiltonColorado City First Downs 14 16 Rushing 49-254 33-144 Passing Yardage 43 192 Total Rush/Pass 296 336 Passes 3-6-0 14-22-1 Fumbles Lost 1 1 Punts 3-30 avg. 3-23 Penalties 5-33 3-25 Score by Quarters Hamilton 6 8 8 0 22 Colorado City 7 0 6 7 20
dirt. With 8:12 on the first quarter clock, fullback Jake Luker plunged into the end zone from about the one yard line. The twopoint conversion attempt was stopped short, but the Bulldog held a 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs got the ball right back, when Reich recovered a fumble on the kickoff. But this time the Hamilton offense was unable to move the chains and was forced to punt. Colorado City started from near midfield. With 5:25 left in the opening stanza, David Sanchez evened the score with a 39-yard touchdown run for the Wolves. Alan De Santiago put the Wolves ahead with the PAT boot. The Bulldogs were again forced to punt on their next possession, but got the ball back when Kolten Kunkel knocked the ball loose from the Colorado City ball carrier and Christen Guevara recovered it for the Dogs inside Colorado City territory near the 40. On the first play of the second quarter, Luker picked up a first down for the Bulldogs on a fourth and short with a tough run. With 10:56 remaining before the half, Christian King broke for a 15-yard touchdown run for the Dogs. He took a pitch from quarterback Adam Beckner to add the two-point conversion. Both teams would threaten again before the half, but neither found the end zone. The half ended with Reich intercepting a Colorado City pass in the Hamilton end zone and returning it out to the 30. The Wolves received the opening kick of the second half and matched the Bulldogs’ opening possession of the game. After moving down the field, Dillon Gainey scored for Colorado City on an 11-yard run with 9:59 left in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs held on to the lead, 1413, when the PAT boot failed. The teams swapped a couple of possessions with neither doing any damage. Starting from deep in their own territory, the Bulldogs put together what would prove to be the winning drive of the game. In the drive, the Bulldogs had to overcome a 15-yard penalty that wiped out a big gain by King. Two plays later, the Bulldogs moved the chains with a 25yard pass play from Beckner to Reich. With 16 seconds left in the third quarter, King made a great run around the right end for 17 yards and the TD. King also went around the right to add the two-point conversion that proved to be so important. The fourth quarter started with Hamilton ahead 22-13. With 10:14 left in the contest, Gainey connected with Trinnon Jackson for a 20-yard touch-
down pass. Santiago booted the PAT to cut the Bulldogs lead to 22-20. The scoring was over, but the excitement wasn’t. The Bulldogs managed to move the chains three times and eat up some of the clocks with hard running by Luker, King and Jared Slack, but after being penalized for a false start, the Bulldog drive ran out of steam at the Colorado City 29, and the ball went over on downs. The Wolves were able to move across midfield before the Bulldog defense led by big stops by Frederick, Luker and Kunkel brought it to a stop. Hamilton took over on downs. Hamilton got the ball back on their own 41 with 3:40 left in the game. The Bulldogs could not move the chains, but a big punt by Marques Banda penned the Wolves inside their own six with only 2:10 left on the clock. They got breathing room on the first snap with a pass completion out to the 25. Another pass moved the Wolves to midfield. The Wolves continued to move the ball down the field as the clock moved inside a minute to play. Colorado City moved inside the Hamilton 10 yard line before spiking the ball to stop the clock with 13 seconds remaining. A quarterback draw got all the way to inside the Bulldog one before being stopped. But the Wolves were forced to use their final time out with nine seconds left and elected to try the field goal on third down - when the Bulldogs dodged the bullet – twice! It was a huge victory for the determined young Bulldogs with three games remaining in the district schedule. This week the Dogs will host the Cisco Loboes before traveling to Ballinger the following Friday. The regular season ends for the Bulldogs at home Nov. 8 against Hawley. The Bulldog racked up 297 total yards of offense against the Wolves, 49 carries for 254 yards and three pass completions for 43. Two Bulldogs topped the 100 yard mark in rushing. Luker had 20 carries for 108 yards and King 15 for 104. Slack added 38 yards on 10 totes. Beckner was three of six passing for 43 yards. Reich had two receptions for 39 yards and Luker one for four. Frederick and Kunkel topped the Bulldogs tackle chart with 14 and 11 respectively. Frederick had 13 assists and one primary, while Kunkel had eighth assists and three primary. Jace Oglesby contributed to nine stops, Banda and Beckner eight each, Ethan Wagner seven, Bryce Sims and Guevara six each and King and Riech five. Banda had a quarterback sack.
Dogs to host Cisco Loboes The Hamilton Bulldogs will host the state-rated, undefeated Cisco Loboes this Friday at Kooken Field for an important district contest. The Bulldogs improved their District 4-2ADII record to 1-1 and moved into the playoff race with a 22-20 victory last Friday in Colorado City over the Wolves. Meanwhile, the Loboes kept their season’s record spotless and improved their district standings to 2-0 by defeating Coleman 47-7. The Loboes are not only perfect on the season, they really haven’t even been threatened. In pre-district games they sailed past Early 54-8, Clyde 48-14, Comanche 42-14, Godley 47-19 and Stamford 54-14. In district play, the Loboes opened with a 64-12 thumping of Hawley before pounding Coleman last week. Cisco is rated number two in the state by the Harris High School Football Rating Service in 2ADII, behind only East Bernard. Also in Harris top 10 are Rogers, Cooper, Hughes Springs, Canadian, Refugio,
Garrison, Waskom and Corrigan Camden. The Loboes advanced to the area round of the state playoffs last year with a 9-2 overall season record. They have 14 lettermen back from that squad, including six starters on each side of the ball. The Loboes were undefeated in district play last year, but the Bulldogs can take some heart in knowing they played them one of the closest games of the season. On a cold, windy night in Cisco, the Bulldogs were edged 14-21, but were in the contest from start to finish. Hamilton’s junior fullback Jake Luker had one of his best outings of the season, picking up 111 yards on 20 carries. The Bulldogs will be hoping for big things from him again this year. As a team, the Bulldogs actually had an advantage in total offense over the Loboes last season, 349 yards to 312 and 21 first downs to 20. To give an idea how close the Dogs came to an upset last year, Hamilton had two drives die on downs inside
the Cisco 10 yard line. The Bulldogs will hope to take the success they had last year and the confidence they gained with a victory last week into this Friday’s matchup and come out with what would have to be seen as one of the biggest upsets in the state. Harris did not see the game as close enough to give it a line, but the Dogs will have a different idea. In the other district games this week, Harris picks Coleman over Ballinger by 19 and Hawley over Colorado City by eight. Currently in the district standings, Cisco is 2-0, Hamilton 1-1, Hawley 1-1, Ballinger 1-1, Coleman 1-1 and Colorado City 0-2. With four teams advancing to the playoffs, things should be interesting in the final three weeks of the regular season. After this week, the Bulldogs will travel to Ballinger and then host Hawley. In some other area games of interest this Friday, Harris picks Comanche over Clyde by three, Goldthwaite over DeLeon by 31 and Hico over San Saba by 21.
RUNNING ROOM- Christian King (5) finds running room against the Wolves last Friday in Colorado City. The Bulldogs brought home a huge distirct win, 22-20, to stay in the playoff race. Photo courtesy of the Colorado City Record.
Jonesboro whips Robert Lee 64-14 The Jonesboro Eagles improved their record to 8-0 last Friday, defeating Robert Lee 64-14. Jonesboro scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, three in the second and ended the game with four more trips to the end zone in the third. Spencer Lord scored six of Jonesboro’s touchdowns while rushing for 219 yards on 14 carries. He now has 1,097 yards rushing for the year. Robert Robuck and Kolby Taylor each added a touchdown on offense for the Eagles and Logan Snoddy had an interception return for another. Robuck had 79 yards on five carries.
Scores of Interest
Cisco 47, Coleman 7 Hawley 13, Ballinger 7 DeLeon 28, Santo 14 Jonesboro 64, Robert Lee 14
WARRIOR HUNT- David Marks, a 17-year Hamilton County landowner and VP of Stripes Convenience Stores, hosted a Wounded Warrior hunt on his property last weekend. Local business owner Jason Coalson and Jason McGregor helped host and guide the hunt. The soldiers are all combat veterans from Fort Hood. The hunt was successful, and the soldiers had a great time.
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