SHELBY MCKINNEY – tight end, No. 32, carried the ball once for nine yards and caught two passes for 55 yards and one TD. Outside Lindbacker Wyatt Graves , No. 50, tried to hellp keep the Pembrooke Raiders off of him. Contributed photo.
The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs traveled to class 3 Pembroke Hill (2-0) on Friday night where ElDo dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, losing 20-18.
Pembroke Hill began the evening on offense starting their first drive at their own 38-yard line. The Raiders went on a 14-play drive that ended at the Bulldogs 10-yard line after failing to convert on 4th and 7.
The Bulldogs managed to gain 16 yards before being forced to punt the ball back to Pembroke Hill. On the 4th play of the Raiders next drive, Jake Schieffer forced the ball loose from the ball carrier and Trey Babcock jumped on the ball to bring the Bulldog offense back on the field. The Bulldogs drove the ball 35-yards down the field before again punting the ball as the first quarter came to an end with the score at 0-0.
Pembroke Hill’s first drive of the 2nd quarter went 8 plays and saw them get on the scoreboard on a nine-yard run to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead. Both teams would struggle to get much of anything going on offense for the rest of the quarter and the half ended with the Raiders up 6-0.
On the Bulldogs’ second play of the 2nd half, Tanner Witt took the ball and dashed 60 yards down the field before being pulled down at the Pembroke Hill 2-yard line. Babcock plunged into the end zone two plays later to get ElDo on the scoreboard and tie the game 6-6.
The El Dorado Springs defense held firm on the next Raider drive and forced Pembroke Hill into a 3-and-out. ElDo went eight plays on their next drive, highlighted by a 22-yard run by Witt, before again being forced to punt and the 3rd quarter ended in a 6-6 tie.
The Raiders drove down to the ElDo 7 where they attempted a field goal, but the kick was blocked by the Bulldogs, with 7:37 left in regulation. El Dorado Springs brought the ball to their own 36-yard line before being forced to punt. The snap was high and bounced to the ElDo 9-yard line but Babcock did a great job of scooping up the ball and getting off a punt that was downed at the Raider 42. Pembroke Hill used six plays before they made their way into the endzone to take a 12-6 lead with 2:18 left in the game.
The Bulldogs began their drive on their own 33-yard. On the 4th play of the ElDo drive, Babcock found McKinney for a 35-yard pass. Five plays later Babcock again connected with McKinney for a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game at 12-12 with 0.8 seconds left in the game.
With the tie, the game went into overtime where Pembroke Hill won the toss and chose to go on defense first. ElDo began their possession from the Raiders 25-yard line and on the 6th play of the drive, Babcock dove into the endzone to take an 18-12 lead. Pembroke Hill then had their opportunity from the 25-yard line, where the Raiders only needed six plays to score and tie the game at 18-18. Pembroke Hill was able to get the 2-point conversion to win the game 20-18.
Coach Scroggins said, “I am incredibly proud of how our boys battled tonight. We struggled to get things going on both sides of the ball and our boys could have easily become discouraged but they never lost faith in one another and fought until the end. With two minutes left in the game, Trey Babcock did an excellent job of managing the game as he connected with McKinney on two huge passes. We knew that Pembroke Hill was a quality team coming into tonight and we didn’t take care of the little things that we need to take care of in order to beat a team like that. We need to learn from this game and get better for next week.”
JAKE SCHIEFFER – running back, No. 12, rushed nine times for 25 yards. Contributed photo.
The Bulldogs (1-1) next take on Ash Grove (2-0) in El Dorado Springs for Homecoming on Friday night.
On defense, the Bulldogs had a busy night. Trey Babcock made two tackles and had seven assists and a fumble recovery. Colton Collins assisted on two tacklesdefleced a pass and intercepted a pass. Austin Dobbs helped on three. Dylan Galette assisted on seven. Wyatt Graves helped on one. Trenton Hardie assisted on two. Blake Holder assisted on nine, made one solo tackle, and wa credited with half a Tackle For A Loss (TFL). Brayden Housh assisted on two tackles and deflected a pass. Keilan Jaques assisted on seven tackles, made one tackle and was credited with 2.5 TFL. Dakota Long assisted on 9 teckles and made four by himself. Dagan Mcintire assisted on seven and made one solo tackle. Shelby McKinnney assisted on four. Gaven Morgan assisted on one and made one tackle. Jake Schieffer assisted on 10 tackles, made one, had a TFL and forced a fumble. Isaak Shadden assisted on one tackle. Tanner Witt assisted on five tackles and made five.
On offense, Trenton Hardie carried 13 times for 44 yards. Tanner Witt ran 11 times for 110 yards. Jack Schieffer rushed nine times for 25 yards. Trey Babcock carried nine time gaining 30 yards and two TDs. Cade Whitesell ran the ball twice gaining three yards. Colton Collins carried once for two yards. Shelby McKinney rushed once for nine yards.
Passing, Trey Babcock attempted five and completed three for 63 yards, one TD and one interception.
Receiving, Shelby McKinner caught two passes for 55 yards and one TD. Trenton Hardie caught one pass for eight yards.