In a game that featured big plays on both sides, the Bulldogs held off the Munday Moguls with a defensive stand in the closing minutes to preserve the win. On the opening possession of the game, Matt Medford picked off a tipped pass for the Dogs. A few plays later, Ligon West scored on a 4 yard keeper up the middle for the first score of the night. A failed two point conversion left the score 6-0, Bulldogs.
Early in the second quarter, the Bulldog defense had the Moguls pinned down near their own goal line, but on a third and long from their three yard line Dav’veon Dockins hit Tamerick Reagins on a 97 yard touchdown and with the extra point by David Serrato the Moguls took a 7-6 lead. The Bulldog offense moved into scoring position but misfired from the red zone after a TD pass to Alex Ortega was called back on a holding penalty. After a dropped pass in the endzone and a sack the Moguls took over on downs. Day’veon hooked up to Tamerick on a long pass, but Reagins had the ball stripped and Hayden Lewis scampered downfield to pounce on the loose ball to end the Mogul drive.
With 37 seconds left in the half, Ligon hit Garrett Ramos, who streaked past the defense on his way to a 65 yard touchdown. The play took all of 8 seconds and staked the Dogs to a 12-7 lead after the try for two came up short.
In the second half, the Bulldogs charged to a 26-7 lead. Zai Zai Smith sliced through the defense on a 6 yard TD run; the two point try came up just short. On the next possession, Ligon hit Aggassi Alvarado-Hernandez on a 66 yard TD pass and then connected to Michael Clayton for the two points. Jared Muhlstein had a big fumble recovery deep in Mogul territory at the fourteen yard line, but the offense couldn’t convert at the close of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Munday made it interesting and had the Bulldogs scrambling, but they answered the challenge. Reagins pulled in a one handed 58 yard touchdown strike to trim the Bulldogs lead to 26-13. Later in the quarter, Dee Hemphill scored on a 15 yard TD run and after a two point conversion pass to Reagins Munday trailed by only five, 26-21. With 4:52 on the clock the Dogs lost the ball at their own 30 yard line on the ensuing kick off.
As the clocked ticked down to inside three minutes the Moguls were chipping away, but the “Bend but Don’t Break” defense came up with big stops and after Reagins came up empty on a diving attempt in the back of the end zone, Ligon tipped a desperation pass on fourth down to himself at the goal line with 2:28 remaining to take over on downs. The Bulldogs picked up a critical first down and then ran out the final seconds to preserve a 26-21 win.
Next week, the Bulldogs travel to Merkel to take on the Badgers who dropped their game to Anson 30-14. Kick off is set for 7:30.