Bulldogs run into a stone wall
The AlWood-ROWVA football team was shut out by Aledo-Westmer as the Bulldogs dropped its first game of the season 41-0 on Friday.
The Green Dragons scored their first touchdown with 5:49 remaining off a 1-yard run by quarterback Brett Anderson in the first quarter. A-W scored a second touchdown in the first quarter with a 17-yard run from Ethan Ball to take a 13-0 lead.
In the second quarter the Green Dragons continued to control the field, adding a 6-yard run touchdown from Ball and a 28-yard pass from Anderson to Devon Bysinger to extend the lead to 28-0.
The Green Dragons added a 1-yard TD pass in the third and an 8-yard touchdown run by Max Parkinson in the fourth frame for the final tally.
The Green Dragons gained over four times as many yards as did the Bulldogs.
“I thought ? at times ? we really played well,” said A-R coach Taul Noard. “But we had too many costly mistakes -? penalties and fumbles -? that really hurt us.”
A-W rushed for 334 yards and passed for 110 yards, totaling 444 yards. The Bulldogs managed 55 rushing yards and 46 passing yards for a total yard gain of just 101 yards.
“We kept their running game down, at least in the first half,” said Noard. “And I thought the weather helped us out. We played a pretty decent football game and played really hard.”
Cameron Teel rushed for 24 yards and Luke Brandt rushed for 18 yards to lead A-R’s rushing.
Kenny Fogerty passed for 46 yards off nine attempts, completing five passes. Tyler Carlson gained 32 yards in three attempts and Caleb Lepisto gained 13 yards in one attempt for the Bulldogs.
A-R slipped to 2-1, 0-1.
The Bulldogs travel to Elmwood on Friday to take on Elmwood/Brimfield. The Trojans (2-1, 1-0), blanked West Central 30-0 Friday night.
“We told the kids after the game we still have six games left and 2-1 is something to build on,” Noard stated.
“Our ultimate goal is 8-1 so we just have to forget about this one, go out and get ready for the next one.”