“We played bad, and they’re a good team that played well,” Head football Coach Randy Palmer said. “When you have five turnovers against a good team, the score will reflect your performance.”
The Bulldogs lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions in the game, which the Indians converted into several scores.
A fumbled return on the opening kickoff set the tone for how Three Rivers’ night would play out. The turnover set up a 6 yard touchdown run by Jourdanton’s Aaron Lopez, putting the Indians up 7-0 within the 12 seconds of the first whistle.
The Bulldogs then put together an impressive that ended in a 6 yard touchdown scamper by Senior Gage Crawford. Crawford ended the game with 72 yards on 11 carries.
“After we scored, I thought we righted the ship and had some momentum,” Palmer said. “However, after they scored again and that second fumble, everything just snowballed from there.”
A second rushing touchdown by Jourdanton’s Lopez from the Three Rivers goal line midway in the first quarter put the Indians up 14-7. The Bulldogs then drove deep into the Indian’s territory, but were halted by a fumble at the Jourdanton 20 yard line.
The momentum was then owned by the Indians, and Jourdanton never looked back scoring four more times in the first half. The teams went into halftime with a 42-7 Indian advantage.
Jourdanton opened the third with a scoring drive to take the score to 48-7. On the ensuing kickoff Junior Wesley Guzman returned the kick 80 yards for a touchdown, but by that time the game was well in hand.
The Jourdanton Indians scored once more in the third quarter and a quiet fourth by both teams to brought the final score to a 55-14 Indian victory.
The loss brings the Bulldogs to a 2-1 record in non-district play. Three Rivers will travel to Kenedy on Friday looking to bounce back from last Fridays’ loss. Kickoff is slated for 7:30pm in Kenedy.