Javier ‘Javy’ Salazar scored the first 10 points for the Bulldogs and Coach Tobolas’ charges put the Special in Special Teams with big play on an Indian punt late in the third quarter. Travis Escamilla and Ian Smith led the defense with over five solo tackles each and numerous assists.
First quarter action was action packed in the air with Rico Rodriguez connection with Logan Muniz for a 42 yard gain on the first play from scrimmage. The quaterback tandem of Luthringer and Ross took turns leading the offense for the ‘Dogs – Luthringer for 29 yards to Preston Pennington and Ross to Pennington for nine. The Indians attempted a 30 yard field goal at 5:02 but it went left and the Bulldogs took ball possession. The Indian defense followed the lead of the Bulldogs and held their territory safe to end the first quarter 0-0.
Second quarter Muniz, Salazar and Rodriguez led the way on the ground getting down to the Indian six. Two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in a fourth and six situation and Salazar was called on for the field goal.
It was good and the ‘Dogs led 3-0. Salazar then drove the ball into the end zone on the kickoff to end the first half.
Third quarter was a Bulldog quarter. On the fourth play from scrimmage for the Indians, after a 16 yard gain and a first down, Javy Salazar busted through the line and literally took the ball out of the hands of the tailback. Forty-five yards later the Bulldogs led 9-0. Not even winded, Salazar kicked the point after and made it good. Jourdanton fought back on the next drive and succeeded on a field goal 7:39 in the third to put the score 10-3. The ‘Dogs punted to the Indians after the offensive drive as stalled. The Indians took the ball at their own twenty after John Morgan Ross punted into the end zone with a 46 yard boomer. The Indians couldn’t move far enough down the field to keep the ball and were forced to punt. The call was made and the ‘Dogs went to block. Logan Muniz blocked and then scooped up the ball and 25 yards later earned another season touchdown to add to his season total. Salazar again made it look easy on the PAT and the Bulldogs led 17-3.
The Indians took the kickoff and made a nice return, but on the next play from scrimmage a big hit from Jeff Whitney caused a fumble and Salazar recovered. The Bulldogs had possession as the quarter ended.
Fourth quarter action say the Bulldogs held in check by penalties. Ross punted for 35 yards to give the Indians their first possession in the fourth with 7:36 on the clock. The second play from scrimmage for the Indians was a pass – and Trevor Wells picked it off and returned it six yards for the touchdown. Salazar for one and the Bulldogs had locked in the lead 24-3. The ‘Dogs kicked off and then it got a little ugly.
The Indians, frustrated by the Bulldog defense, finally reached pay dirt with three minutes left in the game. The PAT was good as the Indians pulled within 14 points of the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs took the kickoff on the Jourdanton 30 after a failed onside kick attempt. The Indians amassed 25 yards in penalties on the next few plays and had a player ejected. The ‘Dogs had 1:57 left on the clock and elected to kneel and take a delay of game penalty to run out the clock instead of trying to run any more plays. The Bulldogs won the game both on the scoreboard and in demonstration of character.