Bulldogs hammer Booker T. Washington

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 3, 2007

BRUNDIDGE - The Pike County Bulldogs rolled through Booker T. Washington 41-9 here Friday night to claim a perfect 10-0 regular-season record.

The Golden Eagles won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Pike County stumbled out of the gate and ran only four plays before punting the ball to Washington.

The Golden Eagle defense looked stout giving up only 14 yards on the opening Bulldog possession and had gained early momentum.

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The Eagles managed to gain 31 yards on their first possession but would also be forced to punt. On the return, Pike County was flagged for holding deep in their own territory and would start the drive from their own 5 yard line. The Bulldogs ran three straight ineffective plays and were forced to punt.

The Golden Eagles, still holding strong momentum, started their second possession on the Bulldog 48. A 33-yard pass completion set up a touchdown run from the Washington quarterback on the next play.

The Eagles missed the extra point attempt and led the game 6-0 with 3:20 on the first quarter clock.

Pike County returned the Eagle kickoff to their own 38 yard line. The Bulldogs were ready to respond to the previous touchdown. Two quick rushing plays gave the Bulldogs a first down, but the relentless efforts of the Washington defense forced a third straight, unheard of, Pike County punt.

The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs trailing 6-0, but they would respond to this deficit early in the second.

A one-play 49-yard drive tied the game at 6. Darrell Reynolds evened the score and the extra point gave the Bulldogs the lead with 11:20 to play in the first half. Booker T. Washington was incapable of gaining yards on their next possession

and were forced to punt deep in their own territory.

The snap sailed over the punters head toward the end zone where he knocked it out of the back for a safety. The Bulldogs led 9-6 with 8:47 left in the half.

The Bulldogs would receive the kickoff after the safety, but would again be forced to punt. Chris Moore punted the ball for the Bulldogs and it rolled out of bounds at the Golden Eagles one-yard line.

The Eagles responded quickly with an 86-yard pass that put them in business on the Bulldog 11-yard line. The drive stalled and the Eagles were forced to kick a field goal. The kick was good and the game was tied 9-9.

The Bulldogs then rolled out a seven-play 56 yard touchdown drive. Blake Beacham connected with Josh Moultry for an 18 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and the Bulldogs led 16-9 and would never look back.

The Golden Eagle offense threw an interception in the next possession and Pike County was back in business with 55 seconds left in the half. Three plays later, Darrell Reynolds scored from 6 yards and an extra point extended the lead to 23-9 at the break.

The second half started with a Golden Eagles punt and the Bulldogs responded with a touchdown. Blake Beacham scored on a one yard rush attempt boosting the lead. The extra point was no good and the lead was 29-9.

An interception quickly gave the Bulldogs the ball and five plays later another touchdown. Jonta Carlton scored from 13 yards away and the Bulldogs missed yet another extra point. The lead was extended to 26.

Pike County scored again with one minute remaining in the third quarter for the final time of the game. The extra point was no good and the game score was 41-9.

Punts from Washington and two interceptions from Pike County ran out the fourth quarter game clock en route to the Bulldog victory.

&#8220They came to play tonight. They start games well and usually hang in until halftime” said Bulldog coach Wayne Grant.

The Bulldogs clinched their undefeated regular season by dominating former Bulldog quarterback/defensive back under coach Grant and Washington head coach Mark Hurt.

&#8220We didn’t hold our ground in the second half” Hurt said. &#8220Grants up on me three games to one, but I’ll get him soon enough.” The Bulldogs host Aliceville Friday in round one of the state playoffs.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.