by Julia Barnes
The mighty Bulldogs won their first district game of the season last Friday in a rough game against West Hardin. With two rushing touchdowns and two-point conversions by Cody Walsh, one rushing touchdown by Matt Bailey, one receiving touchdown by Dalton Davis, and two two-point conversions by Harrison Brown, the team beat the Oilers 32-14. However, according to Coach Fancy Johnson, this was a defensive victory. "Friday our defense stepped up and picked up the slack for our offense," said Johnson. "Offensively we had too many missed assignments and played sluggish compared to how we have been playing." Linebacker Zack Bryan led the team defensively with seven tackles, six assists, four tackles for loss, and one pass break-up. Other tackles by Walsh, Chris Carr, and Kaleb Lindsey, sacks by Dylan Falcon and Lindsey, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries by Lindsey, Walsh, Falcon, and Chris Thedford, interceptions by Waylon Whitley and Lindsey, and another pass break-up by Whitley kept West Hardin from their ultimate goal this season: beating the Colmesneil Bulldogs. " Linebacker play and defensive line did an amazing job this week," said Johnson. The boys look to become 9-0 for the season and 2-0 for district this week as they face Iola at their last home game of the season. "Iola has a very talented quarterback, and if we can contain him we can come out on top," said Johnson. "Our offense will be back where it should be after practices this week." Senior Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. for all senior football players, band members, Scarlet Stars, twirlers, and cheerleaders, and kick-off will be at 7 p.m.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Dogs spoiled Burkeville's Senior Night in their final district game. With scores of 25-13, 25-15, and 25-7, the girls were victorious in landing a tie for second place in district and a chance to compete for the second seed going into the playoffs against Chester. "The girls came out with a goal in mind and they made sure they accomplished it," said Coach Patrick Sluga. "They could have come out complacent, but they didn't, and I was proud of them for the focus they displayed and maintained throughout the match with Burkeville. Every game we are about to play becomes the most important game of the season for us."