Chrisman’s strong arm is just too much for Bulldogs

Turnovers, penalties and the strong arm of Comfort quarterback Travis Chrisman was enough to win the football game last Friday night for Comfort, 41-26. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 2-2 in district play and 4-5 overall. Blanco continues to lead the district, 4-0, and Comfort takes over second place at 3-1. Brady holds on at 2-2, while Sonora, Mason and Junction are all 1-3. The Bulldogs can take the third place playoff position in Class 2A north division with a victory over Junction here Friday night. Brady coach Glen Jones said this about his game at Comfort: “It came down to the number of ‘stops’ (possessions). We had the same number of stops on defense, but we had four turnovers to their one.” The Dogs took an early lead, marching downfield after taking the opening kickoff, going 61 yards in 11 plays to take the game’s first points, 6-0. The extra point failed. Comfort didn’t score in the first quarter, but the Bobcats put together to two drives in the second quarter for touchdowns. “I thought that was a big performance, and it should have been. We had two fumbles that hurt, but we still were able to tie up the game with a late drive. The first Comfort score came early in the second period when Chrisman, who had a hand in every one of his team’s touchdowns, ran for 39 yards, then connected with his favorite receiver, Vance Lich on a 26-yard touchdown pass. The extra point made it 7-6 Comfort. The second TD came with less than three minutes left in the first half. This one came after a fumble by Prennis Williams at Comfort’s 24. Chrisman engineered a march of nine plays, highlighted by a 31-yard aerial to Justin Ashley and two to Lich for 11 and 14. The latter was the touchdown. Gabe Lozano kicked the extra point, making it 14-6. Comfort’s kickoff didn’t go 10 yards, and the Bulldogs took over Bobcat 45. Brady scored in four plays. The first one was a 5- yard dash by Ruben Resendez. It was followed by a 27-yard run by Williams, a 10-yard end-around by Brantley King, and a 3-yard run by Resendez capping the drive. Resendez also connected with King on a pass for the two-point conversion. That made it 14-14 at halftime. “Without the fumbles, we should have been 28-14,” Jones said Monday morning. The second half began as a plus for the Dogs. As the Bobcats marched downfield, Chrisman made one mistake. He passed over the middle and safety/ QB Mackenzie Hirt intercepted it, then took it 75 yards for the touchdown. “I thought Mackenzie made a great break on the ball and then made a great athletic move at midfield,” Jones said. The run for the two-point conversion, with Williams carrying, failed. That play occurred at the 9:38 time in the third quarter. At this point, Chrisman completely took over the game. On the third play after Brady’s touchdown, Chrisman completed a 48-yard pass to Scotty Richter for a touchdown and extra point. It took less than a minute. Comfort’s next score was a duplicate of the earlier TD. It took three plays with Chrisman finding Richter on the same streak for a 55-yard touchdown. That made the score 28-20 in Comfort’s favor, with 4:10 left in the third period. As the fourth quarter started, the Bobcats had the ball at the Brady 25. This time he didn’t pass; he ran for 31yards, and Comfort’s fifth touchdown. To Brady’s credit, the Bulldogs took over at their own 30 and scored with Williams gaining 25 yards, Resendez getting 20, ChaChi Gutierrez 10, and the Dogs scoring on an 8-yard run by Williams. The extra point was blocked, making it 35-26 with 9:24 left on the clock. The Bulldogs held Comfort on three plays and took over at their own 37 after Chrisman’s punt. On the first play Travis Saur intercepted Hirt’s pass at the Brady 37. A personal foul placed the ball at the Bulldog 22. Chrisman passed to fullback J. Frank Derby for a 10-yard touchdown. The kick was wide, and it was 41-26. The Dogs, still fighting, took over at their own 20 and reached the Comfort 12 before a holding penalty moved the ball back to the 22. A play later Derby intercepted, for the ‘Cats, and it was all over. Williams had another big night rushing. He ran for 150 yards on 19 carries. For the season (nine games), Williams has chalked up 977 yards on 129 carries. “I felt that Chrisman was as good as advertized. He was able to throw some frozen ropes to his receivers, and to their credit, they caught almost every one,” Jones said. Luke Sammons and Isaiah Conrad again paced the Bulldogs in tackles. Sammons had 8, and Conrad had 7. Other tackle leaders were Daniel Salas 5, Tyler Campbell 4, Travis Tuckness 4, Clayton Hallford 4, and Chris May 4. Coach Jones, in discussing how the Brady football program stood with one regular season game remaining, said that from varsity to 7th grade, the total wins were 27 with 15 losses. The varsity stands at 4-5, JV at 7-2, 9th grade at 5-3, 8th grade at 8-0, and 7th grade 3-5. “We played five teams in non-district, and their combined records total 35-10. Every one will be going to the playoffs,” Jones said.

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