Ian Smith was the Bulldog standout Friday night with 127 yards rushing, two touchdowns, and defensively had three assists/two solo tackles, two interceptions – and a blocked punt. One of the TD’s brought the crowd to their feet when Smith creased through the seam opened by the offensive line and with three Cowboys trailing hard and fast he stampeded 89 yards to the end zone.
The Cotulla Cowboys first series was interrupted by a Trevor Wells interception 6:38 into the game. Wells has become a master ball thief for the Bulldogs this season and was sorely missed the first few games he couldn’t play because of his injury. The interception turned into pay dirt when Smith scored a few minutes later on his 89 yard run and Javy Salazar made the PAT.
The Cowboys stalled out their second series and suffered through a Bulldog blocked punt. Logan Muniz again used his special talent to block the punt and get possession of the ball for the ‘Dogs. The Bulldogs were on the Cowboy 19 yard line. Garrett Luthringer took the snap from Curry and in the corner was John Morgan Ross. Morgan, the other QB for the Bulldogs, made a spectacular catch and he was hit and falling into the end zone. No problem for Ross as he hit the ground securely holding the ball and showed it to the ref who then signaled touchdown. Ross QB’s in for the two point play and nails Javy Salazar in the end zone as the Bulldogs go up 15-0.
The second quarter begins with the Bulldogs on the Cowboy 32. After a penalty sets the ‘Dogs back 15 yards Ross comes in to punt and he delivers with a 40 yarder. The Cowboys work their way down the field on two big plays and score with 7:25 left in the half.
Wasting no time in their next series, the Bulldogs score again when Logan Muniz runs in from the seven yard line. The PAT was to the right and low. The Bulldogs led 21-7.
On the Cowboys possession, Ian Smith picks off a Ben Hollan pass and returns it 10 yards to set the ‘Dogs up on the Cowboy 30. A ten yard penalty and an incomplete pass force the Bulldogs to punt. Cotulla wasn’t successful on the drive and punt from their own 25. Junior Ian Smith blocked this punt like his mentor Muniz has done this season. The half ends with the Bulldogs in control 21-7.
The Cowboys receive the kick off to begin the second half. Unable to get by the Hammerhead defense the Cowboys punt a nice high 41 yarder to place the Bulldogs on their own 16. Smith, Salazar, Luthringer and Jeff Whitney keep the ball on the ground and moving. From 10:04 on the clock until a 10 yard penalty at 4:22 on the clock the Bulldogs moved the ball well.
The Cowboys then intercepted a pass on the next play after the penalty to take over on their own 25. Their first play from scrimmage saw Ian Smith return the favor. Smith intercepted the pass and returned it 20 yards. Now close to the goal, the Bulldogs wasted no time in scoring on a one yard run and Smith got the call. The Bulldogs were leading 27-7.
A big play for the Cowboys came on the next series. The Cowboys who had been kept in check most of the night had two big plays. A draw play netted them 14 yards and then a great pass play from Hollan to Luna resulted in a 40 yard gain. A TR penalty put the Cowboys within reach and they scored 1:50 in the third. The PAT was no good and the Cowboys drew within 14 of the ‘Dogs.
Muniz returned the kickoff and put the ‘Dogs in good field position. Two impressive third down conversions and the Bulldogs then find themselves on the Cowboy six yard line. Everyone thinks Rico Rodriguez has scored, but the official calls in down on about the 4 inch line. Logan Muniz takes it in on the next play. The PAT isn’t good as the ‘Dogs go up 33-13 with 9:25 left in the game.
Jonathan Luna, who plays secondary for the Bulldogs, nearly had the interception on the Cowboys next series. The ball goes into his hands and then just a second later appears to fall out for no reason. The Cowboys elect to go for it on the fourth down situation. Senior Travis Escamilla makes a big play on the next snap. Kameron Harless and Escamilla have been double teamed most of the season since the first few games but the double team won’t work long against a Hammerhead. Escamilla pushes through the two blockers to nail Cowboy Ben Hollan 12 yards back from the line of scrimmage.
Luthringer comes in the guide the ‘Dogs down the field and to run out the clock.
The Bulldogs are now 7-0 in the season and 4-0 in district play. With two games left the 4-0 record assures the Bulldogs of a play off spot. The Bulldogs have an open date this week and will resume district action October 31st in Three Rivers at 7:30 against Freer.