Bulldogs take down county foe


Sarah King

Junior Thaddeus Evans embraces the ball after being tackled by a defensive Wildcat.

Caroline Landers and Sarah King

After winning the first game of the season, the Bulldogs enter their second game ready to play and ultimately defeat the Shelby County Wildcats in a 22-12 win, Friday, Aug. 31.

“I am really proud of our players for the way they finished the game,” coach Christopher Shelton said. “We faced a lot of adversity with a 2-hour rain delay at halftime–soaking wet, pouring rain–but our guys stayed focused in the second half and executed the game plan to get us a big win on the road.”

Shelby County had first possession of the ball and repeatedly rushed the ball but the Bulldogs’ defense held them. It was very touch and go for both teams, with neither team able to score.

After, junior Davion Gilbert fumbled the ball, the Wildcats recovered it, eventually scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Making the score 0-6.

Before halftime, there was a 2-hour rain delay due to inclement weather. After returning from the rain delay, junior Malik Inabinette rushed a touchdown, now making the score 6-6. Juniors Deon Gilliland and JJ Evans both score, making the score 22-6.

In the 4th quarter, the Wildcats answered with a touchdown of their own, missing the 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 22-12.

The Wildcats defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half, but the Bulldogs came back in the third quarter scoring 22 unanswered points. The Bulldogs came away with a 22-12 win on the road, making their record 2-0.

“Despite the rain delay we showed up and showed out in the second half of the game,” junior Rankin Allen said.

Inabinette led the team with 232 passing yards.

Gilliland had 87 rushing yards and Evans had 98 receiving yards.

Gilbert had two tackles and one fumble.

Junior Tavica Tutt led the defense with 8 tackles.

“I think we played good, but we need to play better and work harder,” Gilliland said.