The Bulldogs got the opening kickoff and ran it to the 32 yard line. Troy Chowns took the ball on the first play and ran for eight yards.
On the next play, Larry Hatten took the ball 32 yards to get the Bulldogs into Mustang territory. Gage Crawford got the ball on the next play and ran it for five yards to get the Bulldogs inside the red zone behind great blocking by offensive lineman Taylor Noble, Xavier Briseno, Jacob Muniz, Robby Stoddard, Jake Baker, and Landry Newport. Hatten then took the ball outside to get inside the five yard line.
Chowns then rumbled in from the four yard line for the Bulldogs first touchdown of the night with 6:53 left in the first quarter. On the PAT, Ryan Saenz carried to ball outside to convert and put the Bulldogs up 8-0.
The Mustangs got the ball and scored just before the end of the first quarter to tie the game 8-8.
The Bulldogs got the ball back and carries by Saenz, Crawford, and Chowns got the ball close to midfield. Quaterback Hatten then carried the ball outside for a 38 yard gain.
Hatten then connected with Ty Brown who made a great catch for an eight yard gain. Hatten then attempted a pass to Crawford in the end zone and the Mustangs were called for pass interference. Again, Chowns carried the ball into the end zone to put the Bulldogs up 14-8. The PAT was no good.
Natalia answered the Bulldog score to tie the game, but a great defensive stand by the Bulldog defense held Natalia out for the PAT to keep the game tied at the half 14-14.
The second half began with great defense by Three Rivers with stops by Chowns, Nathan Morin, Saenz, and defensive tackles Brodie Ruiz and Soph Pon. The Bulldogs got the ball back but fumbled on first down on their first series in the second half.
Natalia capitalized on the turnover to go ahead 22-14. The Bulldogs got the ball back as Chowns had runs of seven, nine, and 15 yards behind good blocking by the offensive line and wide receivers Michael Casarez, Josh Perez, and Patrick Jarratt. Another Bulldog fumble gave the ball back to the Mustangs in the fourth quarter.
Again the Bulldogs stepped up on defense and held the Mustangs to third and long after tackles by Jake Baker, Nathan Morin, Saenz, and Ruiz. On third and eight, the Bulldog secondary of Ty Brown, Garrett Wieding, and Crawford came up big as Wieding intercepted a Mustang pass to give the Bulldogs the ball back with a chance to tie.
Chowns carried the ball for seven yards then Hatten carried the ball for nine yards. Carries by Chowns, Saenz, and Crawford got the ball to the two yard line. The Mustangs then held the Bulldogs on the goaline by recovering another fumble.
The Bulldogs got the ball back with 1:03 left in the game. Hatten completed a pass to Crawford for eight yards.
On second down, another fumble gave the ball back to the Mustangs who ran the clock out to preserve the win.
The Bulldogs will be back at home for the first time since the opening week this Thursday following the Junior High games which begin at 5 p.m. at Furlow – Johanson Field.