Dogs playing with confidence, shutout Sonora for 32-0 win

The Brady Bulldogs brushed off a bitter loss to Blanco last week, (here last Friday night) as they blanked Sonora, 32-0. It came as a bit of a surprise as the Bulldogs put the game with their 25 points at halftime. “This is probably the best game we’ve played this season against a good team,” Brady coach Glen Jones said. “They have a solid defense. They had been giving up only nine points a game, and we had 25 points at halftime.” The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and promptly marched down the field for their first touchdown.It took 12 plays to go 63 yards. Brady QB Ruben Resendez got the six points on a one-yard quarterback sneak. Xander Leatherwood booted the extra point, and it was 7-0 with 7:01 left in the first period. The Bulldogs put the clamps on the Broncos the entire game, giving up a total of 116 yards, compared to Brady’s 336 yards. The Broncos only had two first downs in the first half, and one of those was via a 15-yard penalty. Scoring plays in the second quarter were: ‘Prennis Williams on a 53-yard sprint, pass failed. ‘Williams on a 8-yard run, run failed. ‘Resendez pass 10 yards to Tyler Campbell, run failed. “We give our players a dog bone decal for their helmets if we score on the first series of the first and third quarters,” Jones said. He also said that he feels his team is getting better each outing. “Our offensive line is improving which helps the running backs.” “Prennis Williams and Jake Long are complimenting each other. Jake had his ‘coming out party’ against Sonora,” he said. Williams had 129 yards on 12 carries, and Long had 88 yards on 14 possessions. Jones said ‘he was very happy to see the shutout. I don’t know when the Bulldogs had a shutout.’ (It was 2004 against Coleman, 54-0). Sophomore QB Mackenzie Hirt offensively saw his most playing time of the season. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 32 yards. He also intercepted two Bronco passes, one of which led to the fourth Brady touchdown before the half. It may have closed the door on the Broncos, coming with only five seconds left in the second quarter. Late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs had a touchdown called back because of a personal foul. Brady turned the ball over to the Broncos on the first play of the fourth quarter, and on first down Sonora’s Morgan Martinez fumbled at the Bronco 39, and Long made the recovery. The Dogs scored in five plays as Long had runs of 14 and 17, the latter being for a touchdown. Leatherwood added the point, and the Bulldogs had their 32 points with 9:34 left in the game. Hirt got his second pass interception three plays later. “This enabled us to get our backup players into the game, and they were having some success,” the coach said. Jones said Monday that he planned to alternate his two quarterbacks by series. Resendez is a junior. Jon Langseth suffered a leg injury in the second half of the game. Jones said that Langseth will see the doctor Monday, but it was hoped he’d only be out for a couple of weeks. He is a running back/outside linebacker. In the tackling department, senior linebacker Luke Sammons led the team in tackles with 11. Lonnie Williams had 7 as did Daniel Salas. Isaiah Conrad had 6 tackles, but Jones said that ever since the Ballinger game, the second of the season, all opposing teams have been double teaming the 181-pound junior. “This opens up Sammons to make the stops,” Jones said. Other defensive players who made tackles were Travis Tuckness (5), Josh Behrens (4), Long (3), John Morgan (3), and Austin Rice (3). The Bulldogs will be at Comfort this Friday. Both teams are 2-1 in District 8-2A competition and they will be vying for the second place position behind Blanco, 3-0. “Comfort is one of those metroplex teams that has a lot of talent, but we are now playing with confidence. Looking back on the season, I think that the Llano game was the game that got us started,” Jones said. With two regular season games remaining, this is Brady’s records from varsity to 7th grade: Varsity, 4-4 Junior Varsity, 7-1 9th grade, 4-3 8th grade, 7-0 7th grade 3-4

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