Bulldogs win first district outing, 43-32
by Belinda Kopplin
Oct 18, 2012 | 1152 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bulldogs are now 1-0 in district play after getting past the Yorktown Wildcats 43-32 in an offensive battle that went to the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs scored first on a 15 yard scamper by freshman Paul Almendarez, and Jesse Perez added the PAT. The Wildcats answered back on a 5-yard run, but the run for the 2-point conversion was stopped. The Wildcats kicked off after the hard earned score, and Wesley Guzman ran it back 18 yards to put the Bulldogs on their own 27 yard line. The first play from scrimmage and Almendarez flew 73 yards down the field to score. The first quarter ended on a defensive tackle by Kalli Escamilla that resulted in loss yardage for Yorktown.

The second quarter was a scoring fest for both teams. The defense for both teams had a hard time containing the offense of their opponent. Yorktown scored first in the second quarter to go ahead and brought the score to 14-13. Albert Moreno returned the kick-off 26 yards to put the Bulldogs on their own 41. Wesley Guzman scored on a self-earned 13 yard sweep to put the ’Dogs back up and then Almendarez added the 2. The Wildcats weren’t going to be outdone and found a hole that allowed a 55-yard trip downfield to bring the score to 21-20.

The Bulldog trio of QB Hagan Johnston, Guzman and Almendarez put together an offense drive behind their linemen Kalli Escamilla, James Lee, Tanner Johanson, Shane Edens and Aaron Meineke. Other offensive linemen doing duty during the drive were Levi Fulcher, Charlie Johnston and Chris Lopez.

Wesley Guzman took the ball in from 31 yards out. The 31 yards began with a hole created by a big block from Jesse Perez. Guzman, weaving in and away from the Wildcat secondary, eased into the end zone and put the score to 27-20. Guzman then added the conversion and the lead looked good.

On the Bulldog on-side kick-off, the always-ready and alert Ryan Retzloff recovered the ball for the Bulldogs. Guzman found the end zone to put the score 35-20 at the half.

Yorktown began a second half that was to prove to be a defensive battle. The Wildcats suffered through a 6-yard loss by Charlie Johnston and a big hit by Hagan Johnston. The hit by Johnston was so massive that he had to take a break from the action for the next play. Yorktown was to score on a 1-yard QB push, but the pass for two was batted down by Wesley Guzman.

The fourth quarter began with a Bulldog fumble. With the score 35-26, the Wildcats were on a mission to score on this drive. After a pass completion good for a 39 yard gain, the Wildcats lined up and snapped. The QB stepped back and let the ball fly – right into the hands of Bulldog Albert Moreno.

The Bulldogs ran a few plays, and then another fumble. The Wildcats got another chance, and this time, with 5:59 on the clock they scored on a 45 yard run. The conversion run was stopped by Escamilla and Lee. The score was a tight 35-32, and the game could go either way. With 5:25 left in the game, the Bulldogs went to work. A few short gains and a 10-yard penalty.

The call is made; it is to be the famous “peanut” play. Almendarez fakes, Johnston slips in the ball to Almendarez and then pulls out and runs. Guzman looks to be the pitch receiver and isn’t. Almendarez goes left and Johnston crosses the line of scrimmage before raising his arms up and yelling “I don’t have the ball”. Almendarez was running down the field, 68 yards to be exact, to put the game more securely into the Bulldogs favor. Wesley Guzman adds the two. Bulldogs push score to 43-32.

The Wildcats have 2:05 to try to pull out a miracle win. Wesley Guzman intercepts the pass on the Wildcat play and returns it 48 yards before being brought down. The Bulldogs last drive simply runs out the clock to end the game and begin the plans for the next weeks’ contest.

Albert Moreno was the defensive player of the week. Moreno had three assists, six solo and one tackle for a loss. He broke up one pass and had one interception.
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