Dogs explode in 3rd quarter, win 48-2

When the Brady Bulldogs started going, they got into a rhythm, and it resulted in a blowaway game at Mason last Friday night. The Dogs annihilated the Punchers, 48-2. Brady, Blanco and Junction are the only undefeated teams in District 8-2A, and the Bulldogs go to Blanco Friday night. “We went into the game against the Punchers trying to stop Mason’s QB Bryce Estes,” Brady coach Glen Jones said, “and when he sustained an ankle injury, we switched our keys to their fullback, Adam Timms.” Estes was hobbled and slowed by the injury which made things easier for the Bulldogs. Brady had a number of big plays for the first time this season. RB Prennis Williams had a big night, rushing for 178 yards on only 10 carries. He also scored on a 75- yard kickoff return late in the third quarter. Other big plays include Brantley King’s only run, a 27-yard gallop resulting in the game’s first touchdown late in the first quarter. Almost three minutes later, Williams went 57 yards for another Brady touchdown that put the Bulldogs up by 12-0. Mason had its best drive of the night when they got inside the Brady five-yard line. The Bulldogs, led by Travis Tuckness, stopped the Punchers at the one. It was a big play and probably took some spirit out of the Punchers. Three plays later, Mason’s only score came when Brady’s QB Ruben Resendez was trapped while attempting a screen pass and threw the ball into the ground for a safety. Just before halftime, the Punchers got the ball back at the Brady 18 when Williams mishandled a Mason punt, putting the ball at the Bulldog 18. Brady again held on downs and took over at their own 23. The Dogs drew a 10-yard penalty that put the ball at the 18, then Williams exploded through the line and sprinted 82 yards before he was tackled at the Mason 1. Jake Long scored on the next play, and Tuckness ran for a two-point conversion, making it 20-2 with 58 seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs came out in the third quarter and exchanged possessions with the Punchers. King returned a Mason punt 13 yards to the Mason 40. This is where the roof caved in for the Punchers. The Bulldogs scored four times in less than four minutes. It went like this: ‘ Resendez connected with end Clayton Hallford for a 47-yard TD. ‘ Long scored on a 51-yard TD. ‘ Jon Langseth trapped Timms for a safety. ‘ Williams returned the safety kickoff for 75 yards, and still another TD. At this time it was 42-2 with 1:05 still left in the third quarter. The Punchers marched from the Mason 12 to the Brady 17 where they stalled, and the Dogs took over at that spot. With sophomore Mackenzie Hirt as quarterback, the Dogs with second-stringers doing the playing marched for another Brady touchdown in 12 plays. Isaiah Conrad, a defensive tackle most of the time carried seven times for 35 yards, and he scored from the one. “I was real pleased with the way our offensive and defensive teams complemented each other. They just started feeding off each other,” Jones said. He was extremely proud of the aggressive nature that the players are showing. “Prennis had a fine game. He sets up the opponent and eludes the tacklers well,” the coach said. Jones also said that every week the games get bigger than the one before. “We just have to keep improving,” he added. Tuckness led the Bulldogs in tackles with 11, three of them for losses. Other Brady tacklers were Luke Sammons 8, Lonnie Williams 6, Jake Long 5, and Brantley King 5. The Blanco game this Friday will be the biggest one this season. The Panthers have lost only one game this season.

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