This past Friday night, the Bulldogs won a hard fought battle against the Wilcox County Patriots in the first round of the playoffs this season. Fans cheered on their beloved home team through the very end, with a final score of 20-19.
The first quarter of the game started out tense with both teams’ defenses staying strong. In the second quarter, our favorite fullback Braden Johnson drove through the Patriot defense for a 16 yard touchdown after a 7 play, 62 yard drive. With the PAT by Libni Ramirez good, the score was 7-0. Fans were overjoyed with thoughts of the second round already playing in their minds. Soon, however, the Patriots answered Johnson’s victory with, not one, but two touchdowns. Both PAT runs were no good. At the second half, the score was 12-7, leaving everyone to wonder what was running through the minds of the Bulldogs headed into the locker room.
Towards the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs were on their fourth down and elected to punt. However, the Patriot’s defense blocked the punt and ran a short distance for their third touchdown of the night. Fans were nervous, but, with three seconds left in the third quarter, Hagen Willingham pushed through and made his way down the field for a 69 yard touchdown after one play. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at the end of the third quarter 13-19.
Fans and Bulldogs knew that the fourth quarter was going . One more touchdown for Trion would tie the game. After an 8 play 29 yard drive, Bryce Wallin pushed for a 2 yard touchdown. The PAT by Ramirez was good and the Bulldogs were up by one point, 20-19 with less than seven minutes to go in the game.
In the end, it all came down to a field goal from the Patriots. The crowd erupted in cheers as fans jumped up and down, so proud of their team. The Patriots had missed their field goal; the Bulldogs had won.
The defense held strong throughout the entirety of the game with two Bulldogs now reaching 100 tackles for the year. Braden Johnson holds 102 while Will Wyatt sits at 100. Jake Hayes blocked a punt from the Patriots, putting him at 3 total blocked kicks for the year. The Trion defense allows 17 points and 225 yards on average each game. This week the Bulldogs will travel to Schley County to compete in the second round of the playoffs.
Article By: McKenzie Hudgins
THS Journalism Staff