Multiple Teams · Badgers Slip by Dogs


After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs were pinned deep in their own territory by a punt that went out of bounds at the four yard line. Wesley Gonzales hit Lonnie Applin on a 21 yard pass completion on what looked like a first down. A holding call in the end zone however, negated the play and resulted in a safety for the Badgers to stake them to a 2-0 lead. Merkel extended their lead to take a 9-0 lead into halftime.

Late in the third quarter the Dogs got on the board with a score, but the extra point try was wide left to leave the score a 9-6. A lightning delay was issued, but quickly cancelled and when play resumed the Bulldogs took the lead to set up a wild fourth quarter on a touchdown and kick conversion 13-9. On the next possession, the Dogs drove deep into Badger territory and on 4th and 17, scored on a pass from Wesley to Lonnie Applin in the corner of the end zone to bump the score to 19-9. The extra point attempt was blocked.

The lead was short lived, however, as the Badgers went on to score on two touchdowns in the next four minutes and closed out the game with a fourth and one conversion at the Bulldog 27 to run out the clock and preserve a 22-19 win. On the night Lonnie had 9 receptions for 163 yards, Steven Johnson had a rushing touchdown on nine carries for 54 yards, R. J. Smith snatched two interceptions and Wesley accounted for 256 yards of total offense with 54 yards on the ground and 202 yards through the air.

Next up for the Bulldogs are the Haskell Indians, who lost to Baird in the closing seconds of their game.