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Dawgs’ bite hard on both sides, sting Hornets 38-0,

From the beginning, Bearden took control and opened its season with a 38-0 victory at Carter Friday, Aug. 24.

It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to get on the scoreboard, as senior quarterback Dawson Halliday capped off a five-play scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 10:26 mark in the first. The drive was highlighted by a 52-yard pass from Halliday to senior tight end Matt Williamson.

The following drive proved to be equally efficient, as senior tailback Torey Works found pay-dirt with a 10-yard run with 4:48 remaining in the quarter. Works finished with 79 yards on 13 carries.

After the defense forced another punt, the Bearden offense continued to roll as Halliday connected with senior Logan Maynard for an 18-yard touchdown with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

“That was a beautiful pass by [Halliday],” Maynard said. “He said he didn’t even see me but it was nice. It was a dog rout and he threw it right over the safety and hit me perfect in the end zone.”

Halliday finished 8-of-17 passing for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“We worked hard all off-season so we were just ready to go,” Halliday said. “We got off to a great start and started slacking back a little bit, but its good to get out here and run some things.”

After the impressive first quarter performance, the Bearden offense slowed. Penalties and mistakes prevented any more first half touchdowns.

“I thought we kind of got a little bit complacent,” Bearden head coach Brad Taylor said. “We’ve got to learn to be consistent as much as possible. We came out, had a few good series, then we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a few times. We had some penalties that we need to improve on.”

After a Brandon Reagan 32-yard field goal with 9:26 left in the second quarter, the Bulldogs took a 24-0 lead into halftime.

The game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes in the third quarter after Carter punt returned Alan-Michael Sprinkle was injured. He was conscious and moving, but he was taken off the field on a stretcher to an ambulance.

Bearden revisited the scoreboard with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter after a 33-yard touchdown run by Halliday.

Bearden’s final score came with 4:53 left in the game when Sean Cunningham ran one in from 10 yards out to make it 38-0 after the successful extra point.

Despite the inconsistencies on offense, the defense proved to be solid all game long.

“The defense played really well,” Taylor said. “We made some good adjustments. They made their checks the way they are supposed to. We’ve got a lot of really good athletes out there that can run and get to the football and they are hard to handle.”

Nobody appreciated the defensive effort more than Halliday.

“Offense wins games and defense wins championships,” the quarterback said. “If we are going to be a good team this year, that is what has to happen every game. They did a great job. Our line just took it to them. Our linebackers plugged the holes and our defensive backs shut them down, so it was great all around.”

Despite the lopsided score, the Bulldogs know they have to do a lot of improving before hosting West Friday, Aug. 31, in Bearden Stadium. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.

“We definitely have some things to improve on if we want to continue,” Taylor said. “We are going to have to be better than that for next week. We are playing a really good football team.”


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