For the second week in a row, the El Dorado Springs varsity Bulldogs have shown the characteristic of their mascot: never quit, just keep hanging in their. They came within six seconds and a field goal of winning last week when the score looked impossible at half. This week, they did it convincingly.
Pierce City led 12 – 0 after a quarter and 18-13 at the half after the Bulldogs outscored them 13 – 6 in the 2nd quarter. The Bulldogs came out from halftime fired up taking the 3rd quarter 24-12. That put them up 37-30, not a comfortable lead with the fire power of the Pierce City offense.
The Bulldogs owned the 4th quarter with the offense putting 13 more points on the new score board while the defense completely shut down the Eagle offense.
The new board, for the first time, showed a Bulldog win, an impressive 50-30.
Head Coach Bob Ramsey told the Sun on Monday, “It was an exciting game, a game of two halves. We were a little frustrated at halftime. We felt like we needed to come out and play with intensity. Maybe we thought it was going to be easy. I don’t know.”
“We tried to tell the kids that their running back, No. 19, was as talented as any kid we have played all year. He proved it in the first half.”
Q. He proved it the first play from scrimmage, didn’t he?
“I would say that would be right. Our goal was to keep him under a hundred. He had almost all that on the first play.”
Q. He got 191 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s about all they have, but he’s a good running back.”
Q. James Dubois had 186 and one TD rushing and one catching a pass. Tanner Hixson had 185, two TDs running. Derrick Taylor had 74 and one TD. Kason Schwalm only had 24 yards but two touchdowns.
“That’s the second week in a row that I thought we had a lot of success offensively. I think that is because we got the misdirection going off of the option. We’ve done a good job of throwing just enough play action to keep people honest and playing off the line of scrimmage. You throw it just a little bit and you scare defenses enough that they stay backed off of you which helps your running game.”
“James Dubois is a good, strong kid. He’s one of those kids that worked his tail off in the off season, gained some weight and some strength. It really shows up.”
Q. Derrick Taylor is a slippery little guy.
“He needs to be. That’s two weeks in a row that he made some night runs. It keeps the defense honest. We are starting to get all four guys going a little bit.”
Q. We don’t want to leave out Tanner Hixson. He’s a workhorse.
“That’s the key. If you get him going it opens up all that other stuff.”
Q. Was the team excited?
“They were excited. They were frustrated a half. We told them we were really proud of how they played that second half and met the challenge. No they are excited about going down to Sarcoxie.”
“Sarcoxie is 7-0. They are ranked No. 3 in Class 2A. The only comparison we have is that Sarcoxie beat Pierce City 54-44. You can’t really compare scores.”
“We match up against them pretty well. They ran the ball for 440 yards against Pierce City and we ran the ball for 464. It’s going to come down to blocking and tackling.”
Q. How’s their passing game?
“They have thrown the ball 20 times the entire season, so they rely on that running game. If we can get out in front of them and make them have to play catch-up, that takes them out of what they want to do. That’s our game plan. We want to try to hit them early so maybe they will have to play catch-up and get out of that offense they like to run.”
Q. How is Lamar ranked?
‘They are sitting at No. 2. So we have the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in our district.”
Q. What about the whistle when we intercepted the ball down at the south end and started to run it back?
“That’s our 4th inadvertent whistle this year. Remember we had a couple at Stockton and one at the Knob game. Tanner stepped in front and intercepted the ball and the official whistled it dead thinking it was dropped. Then he looked up and saw Tanner running with it. Tanner said the official just put his hands on his head and shook his head because he realized what he had done.”
Q. Did Tanner have a clear shot for a touchdown?
“I think so. It would have been close.”
Q. Anything else to tell the folks?
“We hope several of them can come down to Sarcoxie and support us.
Statistically: The Bulldogs had 19 first downs to nine for the Eagles. Rushing the Bulldogs gained 465 to 246 for the Eagles. Schwalm completed four of nine passes for 74 yards and one TD and two interceptions to six of 19 for the Eagles, two TDs and two interceptions. Each team lost one fumble.
On defense, Kyle Collins made seven tackles, 1.5 of those a tackle for a loss (TFL). Jacob Bowman had seven tackles. Kason Schwalm made four tackles. James Dubois had four tackles, 2.5 TFL. Austin Jones made four tackles. Colton Hedrick had 3.5 tackles sharing a TFL. Derrick Taylor made 2.5 tackles. Tanner Hixson had three tackles and two interceptions. Robert Keith and Koty Steward each made 1.5 tackles. Haden Harper and Jakob Studer each had one tackle. Steven Taylor made half a TFL. Lance Molz had half a tackle.
THREE MUSKETEERS – The Pierce City varsity was not ready Friday night for the triple threat of James Dubois (No. 2), who rushed for 186 yards and one TD, Tanner Hixson (No. 37) who rushed for 185 and two TDs and Derrick Taylor (No. 26), who rushed for 74 yards of one TD. Ddubois also caught three passes for 67 yards and a TD. Hixson caught one for seven yards. The Bulldogs kinda held Pierce City’s big threat, Cedric Ohara (No. 19) (not pictured) in check to 191 yards rushing and two TDs.