Entering Friday night’s contest, the Bulldog’s balanced attack of 900 yards rushing and 1298 yards passing was countered by Post with an old school Power I Formation running attack that came into the game amassing 2,153 yards rushing in six games with a modest 314 yards passing.
After forcing a punt on the Bulldogs first possession, the Antelopes moved the ball 38 yards for a touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. The final 9 yards on a touchdown run by A J Reed. Noah Horn took over behind center on the second Bulldog possession and guided the Dogs down to the Antelope 28, but the drive stalled on a fourth down conversion attempt on an incomplete pass attempt to Lonnie Applin. The Bulldog defense held the bruising running game of the Antelopes on the next possession and forced a punt which only netted 10 yards. Taking over at the 24 yard line the Bulldogs, with time dwindling down in the quarter, came up empty on a fourth and nine try.
To open the second quarter, Post turned the ball over to the Bulldogs and the combination of Horn and running backs RJ Smith and Steven Johnson quickly moved the ball down to the Antelope 2-yard line. On a fourth and inches, the Dogs were flagged with an off sides penalty and from the six, Horn misfired into the end zone. Post took over on downs. After another swarming defensive hold by the Bulldogs, the Stamford offense set up shop on the Post 40-yard line with about five minutes left in the half. Faced with yet another fourth down try to keep a drive alive, the Bulldogs rolled the dice again and completed a 21 yard pass from Horn to Applin to keep the offense moving. The Antelopes turned the Bulldogs away with a pass interception two plays later though. A stingy Stamford defense held the vaunted Antelope running attack with an inspired effort and forced a 3 and out. The Bulldog offense took two shots down the field but just missed completions and was forced to punt with just 46 seconds remaining. Post ran out the clock to end the first half of play with a slim 8-0 lead.
The second half started with an onside kick by the Stamford kickoff team, but A J Reed recovered it on the run and rumbled down to the Bulldog 9-yard line and on the first snap of the second half found the end zone for the second time on the night to extend the score to 15-0 after the PAT was good by Rodriguez. The Bulldogs answered with a 70-yard pass and catch from Horn to Smith and Caden Mathis drilled the PAT through to make the score 15-7. Post started their next possession from the 20-yard line and on the first play of the drive A J Reed broke an 80-yard run from scrimmage for an Antelope touchdown and Rodriguez hit the PAT to open up a 22-7 lead.
The fourth quarter opened with Post driving into Bulldog territory, but the Stamford defense turned the Antelopes away and took over on downs at their own 13-yard line. Unable to move the ball, the Bulldogs punted the ball away. The Antelopes misplayed the kick and the Dogs were in business at their own 46. On another fourth down play of the night the Bulldogs converted, thanks to a crushing block by Mathis, and kept the drive alive. At the 6:47 mark, the Antelopes took over on downs as a pass from Horn to Applin fell incomplete. Keeping defensive pressure on Post, Applin was credited with a fumble recovery on a pitch to Reed. After a pass interference call on the next play, the Dog offense was poised to score at the 19-yard line and a few plays later Johnson took the ball down to the just short of the goal line and on unofficially the ninth fourth down play of the night Steven Johnson took it in for a touchdown and Mathis booted the PAT through to make the score 22-14 with under four minutes left in the game. Feeding the ball to A J Reed, the Antelopes tried to close out the game on five out of six running plays. The Bulldogs held and forced a fourth down play with :52 seconds showing on the clock and took over on a fumble recovery at their own 40-yard line with :44 seconds remaining. After an acrobatic catch by Lonnie Applin and :16 seconds left in the game, an incomplete pass ended the Bulldogs stellar effort against a heavily favored Post team. Taking a knee on the game’s final play, Post claimed a 22-14 win over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are on a bye next week before entertaining Hawley in a big matchup as Hawley fell to 1-1 in district play after losing to Anson in week 8 action 34-21.