The Bulldogs opened up the 2019 season with a bang by defeating Lakeside 51-0. It was a total team wins with 11 different bulldogs scoring points. We also met two team goals set this summer by scoring on special teams and defense.
Offensively the bulldogs were able to move the ball with ease and working on a short field thanks to the Defense and Special Teams. As a team the bulldogs totaled 350 yards (rushing for 223 yards with 3 touchdowns and passing for 127 with 2 touchdowns). Offensive MVP was James Swank (3/6 for 86 yards with 1 touchdown and add a rushing TD). Offensive standouts were Chapman Smith (6 carries for 84 yards and 1 touchdown), Marshall Toole (1 reception for 46 yard touchdown), Isaac Dimmock (1 reception for 28 yard touchdown and 2 carries for 20 yards), Harrison Hannah (4/4 for 40 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 carries for 19 yards), and Marquis Hood added a rushing touchdown.
Defense played strong by pitching a shutout and preventing Lakeside from flipping the field most of the night. Defense only allowed 73 total yards and forced 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Bulldogs even put up a defensive touchdown. Malcolm Dawson (7 total tackles and forced double teams all night), Kristopher Williams (5 total tackles, 1 interception, and a defensive touchdown), and Marquis Hood (7 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for a loss) shared defensive MVP award this week. Justin Weaver also added an interception.
Kicking game was efficient with minimal opportunities for returns. Mekhi Lloyd (4 returns for an average of 21 yards and a 55 yard touchdown return) was the Special teams MVP with outstanding work at punt returner. Kriston Esnard had 6 touchbacks and connected on a 42-yard field goal.
The Dawg Award this week goes to Hunter Ellspermann (5 total tackles and a 95% at left tackle) for his relentless play on both sides of the ball.
Bulldogs will look forward to keeping the momentum as they take on Miller Grove this Friday night at Decatur.