Mistakes still bugging Dogs, Ballinger wins

The Brady Bulldogs, playing in their coach’s old stomping grounds, fell to the Ballinger Bearcats in Brownwood last Saturday night, 28-8. Coach Glen Jones played on that field when the legendary mentor Gordon Wood was in his prime. Jones had hoped that his Bulldogs had improved after their loss to Coleman last week, but he said his squad is still committing too many errors. “We’ve just got to cut down on our mistakes,” he said after the game. “They are just killing us.” Last week the Dogs had 12 penalties for 106 yards. Against Ballinger, they were eight for 62 yards. Early in the game Brady tailback Prennis Williams scored on a 93-yard run, only to have it called back by a blocking in the back penalty. That marked the second week Williams had a long run nullified. Field position also was a factor in the game. “Ballinger’s average starting spot was our 49-yard line. Our average starting position was our own 21,” the coach said. There was one highlight of the game for Jones. Defensive tackle Isaiah Conrad, who is listed at 178 pounds on the program, but the coach says it’s more like 150 pounds, made an incredible 16 tackles in the game. “I know a third of them were 10 yards downfield. He also had a quarterback sack and two hurries, one of which caused an interception,” he said. Jones also said he felt his secondary did a good job against the Bearcats’ fine quarterback Scott Studer, who completed 14 of 22 passes for 154 yards. “We had linebackers trying to cover wide receivers who were a speedy group,” he said. “We had 76 defensive plays, chasing people. That was also a factor in the game’s outcome.” Ballinger scored the game’s first touchdown after the Bulldogs had held inside the 10-yard line on the Cats’ first drive. Brady QB Ruben Resendez, who Jones said played a fine game, found Brantley King for a 30-yard pass completion. A penalty hurt the drive, and the Bulldogs had to punt back to the Bearcats. They couldn’t move and in turn punted back to Brady. Williams took the ball and scored on a 93-yard punt return. Of course, a penalty erased the play and the Bulldogs were buried at their own 5-yard line. With four seconds left in the first quarter, Ballinger’s Tucker Travis scored from the one-yard line. Less than two minutes later they scored again capitalizing on a Williams fumble at the Brady 40. Down by 14 early in the second period, the Bulldogs got a 32 yard kickoff return from King, who also had two interceptions in the game, to the Brady 40. Jake Long had a 16-yard reception from Resendez, but the drive crumbled, forcing a punt by Xander Leatherwood that penned the Bearcats at the Ballinger 14. Conrad sacked Studer for an 11-yard loss to the three. On the next play Jon Langseth forced Studer to down the pass in the end zone for a safety. Later in the second quarter, a 22-yard run by Chachi Gutierrez put the ball at the 15, but the Dogs couldn’t move and a field goal attempt was wide with less that 10 seconds left in the first half. Midway in the third quarter, the Dogs got hot and made three quick first downs. Gutierrez ran for 13, Williams followed with a 6 and 12 yard run, then Resendez ran a keeper for 15 to the Ballinger 22. The drive died and Ballinger took over at their own 23. Less than two minutes later, King got his second “pick,” thwarting another Ballinger drive. As the fourth quarter began, the Bearcats marched 45 yards as Studer completed four of six passes, and Jaison Strambler scored from the one. The point was good, and it was 21-2. Brady took over at their own 20 after the kickoff, and promptly marched 80 yards for their only touchdown. Resendez completed four consecutive passes: Gutierrez 32, 11, 12 and 12 to Williams to the Ballinger 2. Gutierrez ran to the five and Williams scored on the next play. The point after failed. It was 21-8 with 7:16 left in the game. Mackenzie Hirt attempted an onside kick, but it failed, and the Cats quickly scored on three plays, the capper being a 21-yard pass from Studer to Cooper Newsom. Brady’s last drive ran out of gas at their own 40, and the Cats ran out the clock. The stats were pretty close: Brady had 262 yards in total offense and Ballinger amassed 296 yards.The Bulldogs will be at Comanche this Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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