Bulldogs stun Abbeville, pick up key region win

Published 12:27 am Saturday, September 21, 2013

By Devin Smith

ABBEVILLE – The Pike County Bulldogs got back on track Friday evening, running over the Abbeville Yellowjackets 28-0.

Head coach Fred Holland was impressed by his squads overall performance in the victory following a slow start in regional play.

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“I thought we played very well,” said Holland. “I told them that we’ve had a couple of bad breaks this season with turnovers and penalties, and tonight we did a great job limiting that.”

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start on the road, taking an early 14-0 lead.

Abbeville would settle down soon after, forcing a Pike County fumble on their own 5 late in the first quarter.

The Yellowjackets held off the Bulldog offense until a 7 yard run by LaMarcus Adair with just over 2 minutes in the half gave Pike County a 3-score advantage.

He would finish the game with 19 rushes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

“Well he had been nursing a shoulder bruise so we held him from a lot contact this week,” said Holland. “We just told him that when it got tough he was going to have to grind.”

The Bulldogs controlled the game from the line of scrimmage and were able to run the ball almost at will, finishing with 257 yards on the ground as a team.

The defense was equally dominant for Pike County.

After a rough day at the hands of Dale County last Friday the Bulldogs were very stingy and posted its first shutout of the season.

Abbeville head coach Alphus Shipman thought that his team outmuscled and out-hustled by the Bulldogs.

“Pike County was more physical than us, said Shipman. “They wanted it more than we did, we were beaten by a good football team.”

Now with the first regional win of the year under its belt Pike County will look to build momentum on the road against the Luverne Tigers.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.