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October 20, 2013

Wallace Rose Hill keeps rolling

TEACHEY - Wallace-Rose Hill used a punishing ground attack Friday night on route to a 35-17 victory over the pesky Midway Raiders. The Bulldogs would only complete only one pass all night, but amassed 291 rushing yards on 47 carries and 5 touchdowns.

After being stopped on 3 and out on its 1st drive, Wallace-Rose Hill's punter shanked the kick for only a 10 yard net gain. This would set Midway up in excellent field position at the Bulldog 35 yard line with 8:43 left in the first quarter. Midway would strike first in this game. In just three plays, the Raiders' quarterback Taylor Calcutt would connect with his favorite target Andre Sankey for a 33-yard touchdown strike. Sankey got wide open behind the Bulldog defense on 3rd and long. The PAT was good and the Raiders would lead early 7-0 with 7:34 left in the 1st.

The Midway score seemed to wake up the sluggish Wallace-Rose Hill sideline. After picking up a quick first down, Bulldog running back Alex Lisane would explode off right tackle for a 70-yard touchdown jaunt. The PAT was good and just like that the score was tied 7-7.

The Bulldogs would control the line of scrimmage the rest of the quarter by not allowing another Raider first while pushing over another touchdown themselves. This time it would be Jhonta Wilson, who would break free on an inside counter play and go untouched into the end zone from 28 yards out. The Bulldogs missed the PAT, so they lead 13-7 after the first quarter.

Wallace-Rose Hill using a bruising running game featuring fullbacks Ashe Kiese, 14 carries for 60 yards and Dijon Kenan, would score early in the second quarter. The 6'0 260 lb Kenan would extend the lead on a 4-yard run. The 2-point conversion was good and the Bulldogs would be in full command 21-7 with just 8 seconds gone in the second quarter.

Midway would not give up in this ball game however; as they drove right back down the field. The Raider on their best sustained drive of the night gained 6 first downs all the way down to the Bulldog 5-yard line. Facing 4th and 1 inside the 5 the Raider coaching staff would decide to go for the field goal rather than a touchdown. Highly-regarded kicker Baltezar Barajas would be perfect form 18 yards out to cut the Bulldog lead to 21-10 with 4:07 left in the half. A Raider touchdown there opposed to just 3 points could have been huge. Both defenses would hold and the half would end 21-10.

Wallace-Rose Hill would come out the third quarter and steadily move the ball down the field using 5 different running backs in the drive and using 5:03 of clock. Kenan would score his second touchdown as he carried Raider defenders on the 2-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Bulldogs would lead 28-10.

Midway, behind long-time head coach Tommy Sloan would not die. In another nice Raider drive, they gained 5 first downs, used 4:27 of clock and scored again. Calcutt hit Sankey again for their second touchdown hookup of the night on a 15-yard pass. The PAT was good and the Raiders were still alive at 28-17 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter would see Wallace-Rose Hill really maximize clock usage and the Bulldog defense would stiffen by forcing two turnovers on downs. The second turnover on downs would be deep in Bulldog territory allowing for another Bulldog touchdown with just 1:05 left in the game. Kenan would get the hat trick and his third touchdown of the night from 4-yards out. The PAT was good in giving the final score of 35-17 in the Bulldogs' favor.

The Bulldogs (7-1) were led on the ground by Lisane (13 carries for 112 yards) and Wilson (8 carries for 69 yards.) Midway (6-2) was led by Calcutt, who completed 11 of 23 passes for 153 yards with 2 touchdowns and Sankey, who had 5 receptions for 105 yards.


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