Bulldogs defeat preseason favorite Dilley Wolves, 16-13
by Belinda Kopplin
Oct 15, 2008 | 728 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bulldogs defeated Dilley, the pre-season favorite to win the 31AA district for the 2008 football season, Friday night in Furlow-Johanson field before a large crowd.

Senior Logan Muniz was a part of every score with 4 pass receptions – two receptions for touchdowns and two receptions for extra points – net total 16 points.

The Dilley Wolves were all they were said to be and then some. The line was big and impressive and QB Issaik Ramirez was the athlete they had said he would be. The Wolves drove down the field like no other opponent had so far this year scoring with 3:49 left in the first quarter. Cody Carroll scored from 2 yards out with Raul Hernandez kicking the extra point.

Logan Muniz returned the kick off 12 yards to put the Bulldogs on their own 22. The Bulldogs failed to make the first down, punted, and Dilley took ball possession as the quarter ended 7-0 in their favor.

The second quarter began with Dilley in a 3rd and 5 situation. The halfback pass was incomplete due to pressure from the ‘Dog defense. Hernandez came in on the 4th and 5 and made the 23 yard field goal to put the Wolves up 10-0.

The Bulldog defense, looking flat through out the first quarter, returned to form. With 10:48 showing on the clock, Dilley went at it again hard and fast. After a 30 yard gain and then 2 plays later a 15 yard penalty assessed against the Bulldogs, it looked like Dilley would score again as they lined up on the line of scrimmage at the Bulldog 15.

The Bulldog line led by Senior Travis Escamilla made the first stop. Kameron Harless, a former player of the week for the Caller-Times, hit the QB for a 2 yard loss. Dilley connected on a 7 yard pass and then called for a time out on the 4th and 2 play. Dilley was on the Bulldog 7 yard line. Jeff Whitney made the stop and the ‘Dogs set up on their own 6 for what would be a 94 yard scoring drive.

A Garrett Luthringer to Logan Muniz pass reception was good for 6 yards. A Dilley facemask then put the ‘Dogs on their own 23. Javy Salazar, another player of the week for the Caller-Times, dozed up the middle for 4. Rico Rodriguez, Ian Smith (a Caller-Times player of the week) and Luthringer pounded it out on the ground getting through to the 40.

It was 4th and 4 and Ross came in to punt. Preston Pennington, a Caller-Times nominee for defense, shouted out to Ross and got what he asked for. Pennington caught the ball and took it 15 yards and set the Bulldogs up in Dilley territory.

The next play from scrimmage was toe to toe as you would expect and the official got the worst of the action. He went down for the count. Several minutes later, he was carried off the field and the spare official, who was doing the clock, went in. Rodney Wieding, who runs the clock for Junior High and JV games, took over the duties.

Javy Salazar busted though the big Dilley line and made an impressive run that resulted in a 32 yard gain. He then found the same hole and managed 3 more yards. Luthringer rolls and finds Logan Muniz open on the run and hits him perfect with the pass. Muniz outruns 3 Dilley Wolves and just edges into the end zone before diving out of bounds.

On the point after attempt, Ross (a Caller-Times offensive player of the week) takes just a few steps after the snap and hits Muniz for the 2. The Bulldogs are edging up on the Wolves with a score of 8-10. The Wolves didn’t know it yet but the game momentum had changed.

Dilley took the ball back with little more than 2 minutes left in the half. The Bulldog defense held tight and on the third down Pennington made the stop for a 3 yard loss to put the Wolves into a 4th and 3 situation. The half ended with the Bulldogs trailing 10-8.

The Wolves got the kick off to begin the second half. The defense held and the Wolves punted but got the ball back on the fumbled reception. The ‘Dog Defense really stepped up and held the Wolves on a 3rd and 12 to force them to consider the field goal instead of trying for the first down. The 30 yard attempt was good and the Wolves added to their lead.

Rico Rodriguez returned the kick off for 28 yards to put the ‘Dogs on their own 38. Javy Salazar ripped through the line two times in a row. The first rip was for a 15 yard gain and first down and the second rip was for 20 yards and another first down. Jeff Whitney got in on the action with two short gains before the Bulldogs got bogged down and set up on a 4th and 1 on the Dilley 24. Logan Muniz got the call and drove through that line with every bit of his 150 pounds (soaking wet) and pulled all 4 lineman with him as he made the first down.

It was a Luthringer gain for 2, Muniz for 2 and the Luthringer to Muniz pass connection for 19 yards and the go ahead touchdown. The Bulldogs lined up for the PAT attempt and Ross to Muniz connection came through again for the 2. Bulldogs led 16-13.

There was 3:33 left in the 3rd and there was plenty of hard hitting football to come. The Wolves worked their way down the field but had 3 incomplete passes in their last series before the quarter ended to end the drive.

The Bulldogs couldn’t make a first down in their next series after a 16 yard gain from Luthringer. Ross punted a short 20 yarder and the Wolves set up on their own 45 yard line. The first play from scrimmage was a pass that was intercepted by Trevor Wells who returned it 12 yards to put the Bulldogs in Wolf territory. The Bulldogs got stalled and Ross again came in to punt. This time Ross booted a 40 yard beauty to back the visitors all the way back onto their own 20.

The Wolves drive was thwarted after Logan Muniz intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards to the Dilley 48. The Bulldogs moved the ball a few yards at a time. With 3:12 showing on the clock, the ‘Dogs really needed a first down to keep the Wolves from getting another chance to take the ball. Javy Salazar got the call and on the 3rd and 2 he busted through the line and went 18 yards before five Dilley Wolves could drag him down. The Bulldogs then ran one more play before Dilley called their last time out.

With less than 2 minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs were on the Dilley 19. They elected to control the ball and run the clock out. Three plays and one penalty later, the Bulldogs are 6-0 for the season and 3-0 in district play.

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