Bulldogs romp past Choctaw Co., 50-6
By JOSH FRYE
J.U. Blacksher’s Bulldogs got back on the winning track last Friday, September 13, upping their season record to 3-1 with a 50-6 rout of Choctaw County.
Quarterback K.D. Rabb led the Bulldogs offense, completing 6 of 7 pass attempts for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Backup quarterback Lathon Owens switched out with Rabb and completed 3 of 3 pass attempts for a total of 41 yards.
The Bulldogs started the game off strong, scoring on a 40-yard run from J.T. Tucker with 9 minutes left in the first quarter. JUB was successful on a Rabb two-point conversion run and the Bulldogs led 8-0.
The JUB defense ended the Tigers next drive early, forcing a fumble, and Rabb launched a 49-yard pass to Tucker, the duo’s second TD hook-up in less than a minute. Another two-point conversion extended the lead to 16-0.
The JUB defense continued to swallow the CCH offense, forcing turnovers on every drive.
The Bulldog offense struck the scoreboard again with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter by way of a 19-yard Jaylin Hunt touchdown. Andrew Dawson tagged on the extra point kick and JUB extended the lead 23-0
Jadaniel Nettles picked up a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left to play in the half; the CCH offense continued to struggle against the strong JUB defense, and the Bulldogs capitalized again with 3 minutes left in the half as Tucker Spence scored on a 17-yard run. Dawson tacked on the extra point and JUB extended the lead to 36-0.
A combination of penalties and missed plays continued to prove disastrous for CCH, and Rabb launched a 12-yard pass to Tucker with just over 30 seconds to go in the half, setting up a last-second, 32-yard launch to Tucker for another score.
Another successful two-point conversion put the Bulldogs in front 43-0 at intermission.
JUB struck again with 5:34 left in the third quarter, scoring on a 4-yard keeper by Rabb.
CCH finally got into the endzone with an 85-yard touchdown run with 6:53 left to play in the game. The run proved to be the only highlight for the Tigers, and the Bulldogs took a 50-6 victory.
Spence led the JUB defense with 6 tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. Hunt registered 6 tackles, one for a loss, and forced a fumble.
Tucker had a good night, winding up with 6 catches for 63 yards and 2 carries for 46 yards, Owens rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries, and Nettles ran 8 times for 43 yards. Dawson was 4 for 5 on PAT kicks, missing one due to a bad hold.
“We had a great game,” JUB head coach Wes Sims said. “Certainly, it was a better performance than last week. We have to keep working to get better. We need to have some better tackling, and our passing game can improve more. I think we have a strong group of guys and we have to keep working.”
The Bulldogs will next host Southern Choctaw this Friday, September 20.