Take away one quarter of Friday’s Sundance – Pine Bluffs game and it would have been a different story but that, of course was not to be the case for the hometown Bulldogs who fell to the Pine Bluff Hornets by a score of 20 – 0.
Both teams held their respective grounds through the first quarter of the 1A conference game, holding each other scoreless but that was to change quickly when Pine Bluffs put up three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception return) in the second quarter.
Once the second half got underway, the Bulldogs regained their defensive composure and held the visiting Hornets scoreless throughout the rest of the game but, unfortunately for the home team, Pine Bluffs was able to hold the same fate for the Bulldogs who dropped to 0-3 on the season with the loss.
Caleb Bush led the Bulldog rushing attack with 29 yards on 3 carries. Albert Lenerville added 23 yards on 10 carries while Derek Yeadon scampered for 14 yards on 4 touches. Trent Bush netted 11 yards on 3 carries while Skyler Wagaman ran for 4 yards on his single carry. Ben Stoddard netted 0 yards on 3 carries.
Through the air, Stoddard completed 13 passes on 22 attempts for 88 yards and 2 interceptions. Yeadon caught 6 passes (49 yds), Trent Peplow hauled in 4 (30 yds), Kayman Martens nabbed 2 (10 yds) and Wagaman caught one (-1).
Defensively, Corey Butts was credited with a total of 14 tackles, Caleb Bush had 10 total tackles including a pair of sacks, Lenerville finished with 7, senior linebacker Derek Malo was credited with 6 total tackles and a sack, Yeadon had 6 and a sack, Jeremy Adams had a hard-hitting 5 tackles, Ashton Fritz- who terrorized the Pine Bluffs quarterback throughout the second half was credited for 4 tackles including 2 sacks, Trent Bush logged 3 tackles and a fumble recovery, Trace Steele added 4, Trent Peplow finished with 3 tackles and Wagaman was credited with 2 tackles.
Special teams were led by Wagaman who returned two kickoffs for 17 yards and Trent Bush who brought back one for 13 yards.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a Friday night game in Upton against the Bobcats (1-2) who come off from a hard -fought win against NSI last week.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.