Bulldog coach Matt Woods said,” Wyatt is a monster with the ball”, after Friday night’s 32-26 win over Del Sol. Wyatt Delano did not disappoint as he scored 5 touchdowns, the last with only 27.5 seconds remaining in the game to keep the Dawgs undefeated. It was the third game in a row where the game was finally decided in the last minute of the contest. Penalties and mistakes by the Dawgs made the game closer than it should have been. “We need to finish and cut down on our mental mistakes, “added coach Woods. The Bulldogs led 20-0 midway through the second period but held on to gain the win.
The Bulldogs defense forced a fumble on Del Sol’s first play of the game but were intercepted four plays later giving the ball back to the Dragons. Bulldog Rudy Cannon pounced on a Dragon fumble setting up the Dawgs on the Del Sol 31 yard line. Three plays later Delano went in from 14 yards out. The point after failed and the Dawgs led 6-0 4.28 minutes into the game. The Dawgs stopped a Del Sol drive with a sack on first down on the Bulldogs 26 yard line. Two big passing plays of 18 and 44 yards from quarterback Mebs Hollingshead to Jake Hampsten set up a one yard plunge by Delano for his second T.D. of the game. Delano added the two point conversion on dive up the middle giving the Dawgs a 14-0 advantage after one quarter of play. The Bulldogs would add their third T.D. of the game with 4:07 remaining in the half. The drive featured a 46 yard pass to Chase Crandall and a six yard T.D. run by Delano. The Dawgs led comfortably 20-0 before the Dragons opened up their passing attack and scored cutting the Dawgs lead to 20-7 with 1:35 on the clock. An interception on a surprising Bulldog pass gave the Ball back to the Dragons. A dropped pass by a Dragon who slipped behind the Dawgs defense saved the Dawgs as the half ended.
The teams battled evenly for the entire third quarter as neither team could take advantage of each other’s mistakes. The Dragons struck quickly with their passing game cutting the Dawgs lead to 20-13 with 10:25 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs responded behind Delano’s six carries, the final for 6 yards and a T.D. upping the Dawgs lead to 26-13 with 7:05 on the clock. Despite sacks by Vicente Pinto and Dylan Wilson, the Dragons passing attack scored again with 2:45 on the clock cutting the Dawgs lead to 26-20. Everyone in the stadium knew the Dragons would attempt an onside kick on the kickoff. Despite this the Dragons kick was recovered giving them life on the Bulldogs 45 yard line. Four plays later, on a 28 yard pass, the score was knotted at 26-26 with 1:26 remaining in the game. The Dawgs behind a 13 yard rush by Delano and consecutive rushes of 8 and 27 yards from Hollingshead gave the Dawgs a first down on the Dragons 10 yard setting up the winning rush from Delano. Despite working with only 22:01 on the clock the Dragons got down to the Dawgs 38 yard line as time expired. “I’m not sure if I can take another game like this,” said Coach Woods. “This is the third intense game in a row for us. We still haven’t finished as we should. Our lines on both sides of the ball played awesome games tonight. Cannon, pound for pound (125 lbs) is the toughest kid on the field.” Cannon finished with 9 tackles, a sack and an interception to lead the Dawgs defense. Delano led all rushers with 166 yards followed by Hollingshead with 68. Hollingshead had 172 yards through the air with Hampsten and Crandall hauling in 67 and 74 yards respectfully. The Dawgs travel to Western next Friday Sept. 6 to face the Warriors. The Bulldogs should be heavy favorites but remember this is high school football and anything can happen.