The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs lost 30-31 against the East Newton Patriots on Friday night.
The Patriots opened the night on offense and the Bulldogs held East Newton to -1 yard on the first two plays of the game but a 5-yard facemask put the Patriots in a 3rd and manageable situation. On 3rd down, an East Newton running back ran up the middle untouched, thanks to some misdirection, for a 57-yard touchdown where the Patriots took an 8-0 lead.
The Bulldogs responded on their next drive as they covered the length of the field in six plays where Dayton Austin found his way into the endzone from 26 yards out to bring the score to 8-6.
East Newton then went 61 yards in eight plays to give the Patriots a 16-6 lead.
Three plays later Austin out ran the East Newton defenders for a 67-yard touchdown. Riley Boyd added the two-point conversion to make it a 16-14 game with the first quarter nearing its end.
The Patriots then put together an 11-play drive into the ElDo redzone where the Bulldogs clamped down and forced a turnover on downs.
On the third play of the ElDo drive Boyd hit Jake Schieffer on an 8-yard out route where Schieffer made a defender miss and dashed down the sideline for an 88-yard touchdown. Boyd added the 2-point conversion and ElDo took a 22-16 lead.
The Patriots again drove into the ElDo redzone but again came up empty as the Bulldog defense forced another turnover on downs. The Bulldogs went 3-and-out and were forced to punt.
With the half coming to a close the Patriots took some shots throwing into the endzone but the ElDo defense stood strong and took a 22-16 lead into the half.
Opening the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 16-play drive for 61-yards that ate up seven and a half minutes of the 3rd quarter, resulting in a Trenton Hardie 2-yard touchdown run. Boyd added the 2-point conversion to put ElDo up 30-16. On the ensuing kickoff the East Newton returner jumped up to field the ball at the 10-yard line and after fumbling the football, made his way behind a wall of blockers and scored on a 90-yard return to make it a 30-24 game.
On the next ElDo drive, penalties killed the drive and the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs.
In the fourth quarter the Patriots utilized 30 yards of questionable penalties to get into the endzone and took a 31-30 lead. The Bulldogs would get two more drives in the fourth quarter to try to regain the lead but penalties plagued each drive and ElDo fell to the Patriots by one point.
Coach Scroggins said, “I’m incredibly proud of the effort our boys played with tonight. We came into the game knowing that they had a significant size advantage and that they were a physical football team but we didn’t back down and we were the more physical team. In the end, we had some costly penalties on both sides of the ball, had missed assignments and that ended up being the difference.”
El Dorado Springs next hosts Pierce City for Senior Night this Friday at 7 pm.
Ethan Dubois made six tackles and had 14 assists, three TFL (tackle for loss) and one fumble recovery.
Keilan Jaques made one tackle and had nine assists, four TFL and one sack.
Dayton Austin made two solo tackles, assisted on 10 and had one TFL.
TreyBabcock assisted on seven tackles, had one TFL and deflected one pass.
Riley Boyd made one solo tackle, assisted on five, had one TFL and deflected two passes.
Blake Holder assisted on 10 tackles.
Nate Marsh made one tackle, assisted on five and had two TFL.
Dylan Gallette had one tackle, assisted on four and had one TFL.
Shelby McKinney assisted on four tackles and had one TFL.
Wyatt Graves made three tackles and assisted on three.
Colton Collins had one solo tackle and assisted on two.
Dakota Long assisted on two tackles.
Jordan Gallette assisted on two tackles.
Jake Schieffer assisted on one tackle.
TD – Dayton Austin scoots untouched over the goal line for on of his two touchdowns Friday night against East Newton. A missed two point conversion was the margin of victory for the Patriots over the Bulldogs 31-30.
LOOSE BALL – A Patriot fumble on a punt attempt provided quite a bit of excitement last in the game. Finally, Ethan Dubois covered the elusive ball.