On Senior Night, the Bulldogs broke out on top with a quick four play drive that ended with a 53 yard strike from Noah Horn to Lonnie Applin to take a 7-0 lead on their first series. The momentum was somewhat short lived though as the Dogs suffered through a series of misplays which gave Hawley a short field to work with and fell behind 21-7 midway through the first half.
Hanging tough, Horn hit Applin for a second touchdown on a 13 yard strike to cut the score to 21-14. The Bearcats extended the lead to 27-14 after an interception at the 1:53 mark by their defense to set them up with another short field opportunity. With :05 left in the half a pass from Stokes sailed over the head of a Bearcat receiver that could have ended play, but the white hat ruled there was a single second left on the clock to give Hawley an untimed play. Stokes took advantage and hit Frazier on a 4 yard pass for a score and added a two point conversion to take a 35-14 advantage.
After a scoreless third quarter, Hawley scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a seven yard plunge by Frazier. The Bulldogs answered on an eight yard touchdown strike from Wesley Gonzales, who took over under center at halftime, to Caleb Young. Hawley added another score to close out the Bulldogs 49-21.
Lonnie Applin had another good offensive game pulling in 145 yards on 8 receptions and 2 touchdowns. Noah was 6 for 13 with one interception for 120 yards and Wesley ended the game 8 for 12 for 76 yards. Caleb Young had 3 receptions and a TD. On defense, Tim Chambers played a spirited and solid game; RJ Smith had an interception and Caden Mathis was 3 for 3 on extra point tries.
Hawley entered Friday night’s game looking to avoid more of the injury bug that had plagued them the last two weeks and looked to be on the mend. The Bearcats had as many as seven players banged up with a variety of ailments. Quay Stokes, Hawley’s offensive leader, played with limited mobility the last couple of games regained some of his ability to move around in the pocket and put together a solid effort with 13 rushes for 64 yards, including a rushing TD, and two touchdowns through the air was 17 of 25 for 181 yards on the night.
Hawley finished district play at 2-2 as they have a bye next week. The Bulldogs travel to Forsan for a big game with the Buffaloes in a huge regular season finale with the final play off spot on the line for both teams.