Pike County JV makes quick work of Goshen

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Pike County Bulldogs and Goshen Eagles junior varsity teams kicked off their 2015 schedule Tuesday night in Brundidge at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs came out running early and often and rolled to an easy 42-0 victory over the Eagles.

Pike County came out and scored in every possession of the first half and entered the half time break leading the Eagles 28-0.

The win for the Bulldogs gave first time head coach Chad Mansmann his first victory with the program.

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“It was a lot of fun out there for us tonight. It was my first game together with this new coaching staff. It was quite an experience for us tonight,” Mansmann said. “From what I hear the fans here come and support every team here so it was exciting to play in this atmosphere.”

The running game was the story of the first half for the Bulldogs they ran the ball a total of 14 times in the half, without once throwing the football.

The Bulldogs totaled 200 yards in the first half led by Rashad Reynolds who finished with a team high 93 yards in the first half. The Bulldogs’ quarterback Jayden Wilson finished with 54 yards in the half.

The big runs in the first half came on a 61-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard touchdown run by Reynolds. Wilson added a couple touchdowns himself, one a 24-yard touchdown run and the other coming on a run of 30 yards.

The first half was evidence of how far the Bulldog team has come in just a few short weeks of practice.

“As a team they have been getting better throughout the weeks. We have come a long way,” Mansmann said. “The most important thing that we are preaching to them right now is selflessness. Right now we have to start getting them ready for varsity. If we keep coaching them selflessness and they keep playing hard and for each other we can be pretty successful.”

The Bulldogs again controlled the second half, even though they only put two more touchdowns on the board as the defense stiffened up, securing the shutout for Pike County.

The Bulldogs picked up the two touchdowns on a 2- yard run by Wilson and a 75-yard touchdown by Derrick Myhand.

After starting off the season with the win the Bulldogs will look to get keep getting better throughout they year in hopes of a good season.

“We are going to get better at the things we messed up on tonight,” Mansmann said. “There was a lot of formation things that we need to reset. We also have to make sure that we are more sound offensively.”

One thing that the Bulldogs may have the upper hand on against many teams is their depth. Pike County consistently controlled the games even though they had second and third string players on the field.

“Defense did a great job, even with the third and fourth strings in the game,” Mansmann said. “They did a wonderful job for us. We have a lot of skills guys on the team we just have to get the guys that are producing into the game.

The Bulldogs will take their 1-0 record into their next week’s matchup against Elba.

“We need to be more sound on offense and defense,” Mannsman said. “We need to know where we are supposed to be. These kids no the game and they understand.”