By JOEY ODOM
News Sports Writer
This past Friday, Sept. 7, J.U. Blacksher High School Bulldogs suffered another crushing loss of 40-15. Blacksher started the game with the ball on their own 29 but turned it over to Cottage Hill Christian just 4 plays into their possession. Cottage Hill Warriors took advantage of their first possession and put up 7 points with 6:47 left on the clock in the first. The Blacksher Bulldogs took the ball at their own 12-yard line and struggled to move forward, resulting in another turnover. Cottage Hill took the ball and made a quick turnaround putting another 7 on the board making the score 14-0 with 3:27 left on the clock in the first. The Bulldogs managed to hold possession into the second quarter but could not score on their drive.
At the beginning of the second quarter the Bulldogs turned over the ball on downs on Cottage Hill’s 16-yard line. Just 2 plays into their drive Cottage Hill gave the Bulldogs the ball on an interception with 6:49 in the second. The Bulldogs quickly turned the ball back over to Cottage Hill on a fumble. The Cottage Hill Warriors wasted no time and scored in just 3 plays. The extra point was no good, making the score 20-0 with 5:11 left on the clock in the second. The Bulldogs couldn’t score on their possession and gave the ball back to Cottage Hill with 3:26 left on the clock. The Bulldogs managed to hold fast and not allow the Warriors to score again before halftime.
To start the second half the Bulldogs kicked the ball off to Cottage Hill. The Warriors took possession on their own 39, and drove it to the end zone in just 5 plays. The extra point attempt was good making the score 27-0 with 10:15 left in the third. The Bulldogs and Warriors fought over possession until the Warriors scored with 1:37 left on the clock in the third. The extra point attempt was good making the score 34-0.
At the end of the third quarter the Bulldogs took over possession. After a 9-play drive with a completed pass to junior defensive back and running back #14 Justin Heffington and a series of runs the Bulldogs managed to punch one in and follow it with the 2-point conversion. This made the score 34-8 with 10:11 in the fourth. The Bulldogs could not stop the Warriors on the kickoff and allowed the kick to be returned for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked by junior defensive back and wide receiver #4 JT Tucker.
After a series of exchanges of possession the Bulldogs ended up with the ball and scored a touchdown with the extra point with 2:03 left in the game. This made the score 40-15. The Warriors took possession and kneeled the remaining time off of the clock.
Overall the Bulldogs had 19 passing yards. Sophomore defensive back and quarterback #2 KD Rabb completed 5/15 passes. Heffington had the most completed passing yards totaling 15 yards. The Bulldogs had a total of 19 passing yards. Rabb led the team in rushing yards totaling 64 rushing yards by himself. The Bulldogs had a total of 223 rushing yards. Overall the Bulldogs had a total of 242 offensive yards.
Defensively the Bulldogs gave up 141 yards over 27 rushes. The Bulldogs gave up 257 passing yards over a total of 25 passes 15 of which were completed.