by Julia Barnes
The Colmesneil Bulldogs broke 33 years of tradition when they became Bi-District Champions and advanced to the second round of playoffs last Saturday. The team faced the Axtell Longhorns in an exciting, competitive match.
"Saturday our boys stepped up to the plate and did what it took to win," said Coach Fancy Johnson.
An interception by Matt Bailey three plays into the game fueled the Bulldogs' fire, and a touchdown run by Chris Carr kept the energy going for the boys. The Bulldogs began the second quarter 6-0, but the Longhorns did not lay down. Three plays later, Axtell made a great run for their first touchdown, but the Bulldogs returned the favor when Bailey scored a touchdown run after teammates Cody Walsh, Kaleb Lindsey, Rodney Fawcett, and Carr helped him advance the ball down the field. Another rushing touchdown and two two-point conversions by Carr, two receiving touchdowns by Lindsey, and one two-point conversion by Bailey secured the 36 points the Bulldogs needed to win, but the Longhorns were not ready to give up. With 45 seconds on the clock, Axtell made it to the red zone at 34 points and was prepared to steal the victory, but an interception in the end zone by Carr sealed the deal for the Bulldogs. The game ended with a close score of 36-34 Colmesneil.
"They played together, played with grit, and with pride. That represented Colmesneil very well and I am extremely proud of them," said Johnson. "There is no quit in these boys."
On offense, Carr had 17 carries for 138 yards, Walsh had 15 for 93, Bailey had 12 for 78, and Lindsey had one for four. Bailey also made eight complete passes for 145 yards, Lindsey had four catches for 93 yards, and Carr had two for 15. Defensively, Zack Bryan led the team with 12 tackles and 10 assists, followed by Hayden Langston with nine tackles, Carr with seven tackles and four assists, Dylan Falcon with seven tackles, Bailey with five tackles, and Walsh with four tackles and five assists.
On Friday, November 22, the Colmesneil Bulldogs will compete against the West Sabine Tigers in the area round of playoffs. "West Sabine is a very good ball club. They are well coached and have some great athletes, but so do we, and we are very excited to be playing them this Friday." The game will be played at Lufkin Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
More season highlight photos are on page 7B in this issue. Good luck on Friday, Bulldogs!