The Stamford Bulldogs pulled into Olney looking to get back on track after a slow start in the pre-district season. They had every reason to feel confident against the Cubs, holding an 84-7 advantage over the Cubs in their last two meetings.
On a beautiful fall night Olney took the opening kickoff from the Bulldogs at their own 30. The Cubs showed their game plan early trying to control the clock with a 16 play drive that covered 44 yards, helped along with two fourth down conversions. The Olney drive stalled at the Bulldog 26 yard line but did take almost nine minutes off the clock. In stark contrast, the Dogs covered 74 yards in 5 plays with RJ Smith capping the drive on a six yard run to take 6-0 lead and Caden Mathis hit the extra point to make it 7-0 in just under 90 seconds. On the first play of the Cubs next drive, Michael Clayton picked off a tipped pass to set up the Bulldogs in great field position at the Olney 42 in the closing seconds of the first quarter.
After the short delay to open the second quarter, the Bulldogs cashed in on the short field on a two yard plunge by Steven Johnson and kick by Mathis to run the score to 14-0. Following a defensive stop on the next Cub possession, the Bulldogs again took over in great field position near midfield. The offense moved right down the field to score on a 40 yard TD pass from Wesley Gonzales to Austin Ramos. The PAT was no good to hold the score at 20-0 at the 3:29 mark in the second quarter. A ferocious Dog defense, led by Mathis and Quinton Adkins stuffed the Cubs on the 26 yard line after a failed 4th down pass was broken up. On first down, Gonzales hit RJ on a 26 yard pass to light up the score board again. Mathis hit the PAT to up the score to 27-0. In the closing seconds of the half, Smith took a 60 screen pass to the house and Mathis line-drived his kick through the uprights for a commanding 34-0 lead.
In third quarter action, Lonnie Applin, on a 19 yard toss and run from Gonzales and a Mathis PAT, put the Bulldogs on the board again to extend the lead to 41-0. The Bulldogs blocked a punt and ended up in the end zone for their seventh touch down on the night on Olney’s first possession of the second half. After enjoying fantastic field position all night, the Bulldogs showed they could score from anywhere on the field when Noah Horn led the Dogs on a 97 yard march to up the score to 55-0 after Mathis hit his 7th PAT in 8 tries.
The fourth quarter was played in quick fashion with the Bulldog defense chalking up the shutout on some great work and the offense ran out the clock to claim a 55-0 victory. Next week the Bulldogs take on the Anson Tigers in the district opener at home with a 7:30 kickoff. The Tigers were beaten in a mini upset by Windthorst 52-48.
Unofficial stats: RJ Smith had 68 yards on 5 carries and 121 yards on 4 receptions for 3 TDs. Wesley Gonzales was 8 for 12 and 4 TD passes. Lonnie Applin had a TD reception as did Austin Ramos. Noah Horn picked up a rushing TD, Steven Johnson had a rushing TD and the defense had a TD on a blocked punt.
Congratulations to RJ Smith for being the Bailey-Toliver Chevrolet Player of the Game for his outstanding night.