22-point second quarter leads Brady Bulldogs to 2nd victory

In a seesaw football game at Ingram Tom Moore last Friday night, the Brady Bulldogs rallied to win their second game of the season by defeating the Warriors, 28-24. Brady is now 2-7 overall and 1-3 in District 26-3A play. Ingram is 3-6 and 0-4. “I’m really proud of the team. They followed the game plan, executed and took advantage of what they gave us,” Brady coach Davy DuBose said. “The past two weeks we have played schools that have the same talent level that we have, and I’m pleased that we beat Ingram,” he added. The Warriors rushed to an early 12-0 lead before the Bulldogs, led by junior quarterback Clifton Tally, lighted a fire under his team with a trio of scoring passes, all in the second quarter. Ingram displayed spunk by scoring with no time left on the clock to make it 22-18 in favor of the Bulldogs at halftime. The second half was a slower pace as both defenses took better control. The Warriors could manage only one TD in the final 24 minutes of play while the Doggies rode Jody Jones’ two field goals to victory. “I felt that our offensive line gave our backs room to run and also gave Tally time to throw the ball,” DuBose said. He said that the Brady team took advantage of some misalignments and were able to exploit the Warrior secondary. “Our kids ran good routes too, and Tally put the ball on the money,” the coach said. Tally was four of four in the first half for 114 yards and three touchdowns. “I was pleased with the performances of Blake Raybion and C.J. Villegas,” DuBose said. Raybion, a senior, caught two passes for 43 yards and a TD, plus he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Villegas, only a sophomore, had three receptions for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed twice for 10 yards. The game’s leading rusher was Ingram’s Stephen Lemeilleur, only a sophomore, who really impressed the Brady coaches with his determination and running style. He carried 25 times for 157 yards and caught one pass for 23 yards and a TD. With one game left’against district leading Wimberley here Friday night’DuBose said he and his staff are just now learning what his Bulldogs can do and not do. “This win will go a long way in helping us prepare for next season,” he said. Game summary: Ingram opened the game with an onside kick, a tactic that the Warriors did every time they kicked off all night long. The Bulldogs missed the first two but caught on and snagged the rest. Starting at their own 48 after Edward Gonzales’ recovery and a procedure penalty, Ingram’s Lemeilleur broke off left tackle and rambled 43 yards to the Brady 11. A face mask penalty moved the ball to the Brady 4 where Kaku Barkoh blasted over for the touchdown on the next play. The Warriors found out they couldn’t make an extra point this time or for the remainder of the game. The kick failed, but Ingram held a 6-0 lead with less than 30 seconds into the game. The upman on the kickoff, Robert Taylor executed a perfect onside kick and Arturo Alva recovered for the Warriors at the Brady 46. This time, however, the Bulldogs held on three downs and Taylor’s punt on fourth down was fielded at the Bulldog 10 by Villegas who returned it to the Brady 16. Three running plays netted only five yards and Jeremy Shields’ punt went out of bounds at the Brady 48. Ingram got one first down before a holding penalty foiled the drive and Taylor’s punt of 22 yards died at the Brady 19. Again the Dogs were unable to advance the ball and following Shields’ punt set up shop at the Brady 40. Six plays later on the fourth play of the second period, the Warriors got their second TD, a pass from Taylor to tight end Jason Henderson that covered 16 yards. This particular time the Warriors tried to run the ball with Lemeilleur handling the chore, but the two-point conversion failed. It was 12-0 with 10:15 left in the second period and things looked bleak for Brady fans. Ingram continued its trend of onside kicks, but this time Villegas got it at the Bulldog 45. All of a sudden the Brady running attack came to life. Chris Airheart, Brady’s leading rusher with 94 yards on 24 attempts, pounded the Warrior line with runs of 2, 5, 2, 14, 5 and 2. Just as Ingram was intent on another running play, Tally passed 24 yards to Villegas, who was wide open, for the touchdown. Jody Jones added the extra point, and it was 12-7 with 6:20 left in the first half. On the first play from scrimmage at the Ingram 24, Lemeilleur fumbled and Casey Poe recovered for the Dogs at the Warrior 30. On first down Tally connected with Villegas who was running across the middle on a 30-yard scoring pass for Brady’s second TD. It took only 27 seconds after the first six-pointer. Tally then passed to Villegas for the two-point conversion, and the Dogs held a 15-12 lead with 5:53 left in the first half. As the Brady defense rose up, the Bulldogs limited Ingram to a minus one yard on three plays and Taylor’s punt of 45 yards pushed the Bulldogs back to their own 34. Not to worry, the Bulldogs went back to work. On third and long from the 37, Tally’s magic went into effect again as he and Villegas hooked up for a 36-yard pass play that moved the ball to the Ingram 27. After Airheart got three on a running play, Tally found Raybion down the sideline and hit him with an over-the-shoulder pass for the 24-yard TD. Jones toed the extra point, and the Dogs were ahead by 10 at 22-12 with 1:16 left in the second quarter. But Lemeilleur wasn’t finished. He fielded Jones’ kickoff at the two and scampered 63 yards before the kicker got him down at the Brady 35. A short run and two incomplete passes left the ball at the 33. On fourth down Lemeilleur broke off the right side and sped 21 yards to the Bulldog 12 where Raybion saved the touchdown with 16 seconds left. A holding penalty erased a scoring pass to Mayhall, but the next play was a perfect pass from Taylor to Diamond Riley in the corner of the end zone. It covered 16 yards and made the score 22-18 with 0:00 left in the half. Taking the second half kickoff, Ingram got one first down before the Warriors gambled on fourth down with a fake punt from the Bulldog 43. They didn’t make it as Lemeilleur was stopped a yard short. The Dogs got one first down on a 12-yard jaunt by Airheart across the midfield strip, but two plays later the Bulldogs fumbled and the Warriors took over at the Brady 33. Ingram ran two plays and Lemeilleur fumbled again and this time Raybion fell on the ball at the Bulldog 24. On fourth down after failing to make a first down, Shields punted and Lemeilleur returned the 30-yard kick 15 to the Brady 38. Mayhall ripped off 15 on first down then Taylor passed to Lemeilleur for the scoring, a 23-yarder. The kick, of course, failed, and the Warriors held the lead (24-22) for the first time since early in the second quarter. After Carter McBee fielded the onside kick, the Bulldogs, to their credit, bounced right back, marching from their own 47 to the Ingram 21 on three big runs by Airheart. The drive was stalled by a major (chop block) penalty, and after Tally passed 19 yards to Raybion, Jones nailed the go-ahead field goal from 32 yards. The points came with 28 seconds left in the third period and put the Bulldogs ahead, 25-24. As the fourth quarter opened, Raybion intercepted a Taylor pass and returned it 23 yards to the Ingram 15. Two incomplete passes and a five-yard run by Airheart placed the ball at the Ingram 10. On fourth down Jones kicked a 27-yard field goal that made it 28-24 with 10:13 left in the game. On their next possession, the Warriors, assisted by an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Dogs, reached the Brady 34, but Hunter Wilkinson made a massive play for the Bulldogs by sacking the Ingram quarterback for a 14-yard loss on third down. The play forced an Ingram punt that put the Bulldogs back to their own 22. Brady lost 13 yards in two consecutive plays, the first behind a two-yarder by Airheart then Tally was sacked for an 11-yard loss on the next down. After Villegas got a five-yard gain on third down, Shields got off a pressure 31-yard punt that died at the Brady 45. Ingram took possession with 3:15 left in the game and trailing by only four points. The Bulldogs’ defense stepped up and knocked down the next three passes, then on fourth down linebacker John Mata knocked down the last one. The Dogs took over on downs at the Ingram 45 with 2:42 left in the contest. Airheart got six then five for a first down to the Ingram 34. A play later Tally ran a reverse keeper for 23 yards to the Ingram 12. From their Tally knelt on the ball on three straight plays, and the Doggies had their second win of the 2001 season.

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