2011-10-05 / Sports

Bulldogs take game away from Cougars

By Tim Meyer
Contributing sportswriter

Sometimes you can’t win for losing, it just seems like the deck is stacked against you. And that’s the way last Friday night’s loss at Clinton Central went.

The Cougars took the opening kickoff at their own 40 and the first series ended with a fourth down punt. The host Bulldogs started their first series at 9:36 in the first quarter. From their own 36, the Bulldogs marched down the field. With 7:57 to go in the quarter Carroll’s Brandon Dillon intercepted an ill-advised Bulldog pass and the Cougars were on the move. The two teams fought back and forth the entire first quarter that ended scoreless.

The second quarter was much of the same with a good variation of passing and running from Carroll - Daniel Huckstep passing to Jarrid Robertson, Ryan Spesard and Dillon with a mix of hard running by Brady Noonkester and Dillon moved the ball into Bulldog territory several times. This quarter ended scoreless as well.

The first score of the game came at the 7:42 mark in the third quarter. Spesard lit up the scoreboard for the Cougars after a 42-yard run followed by a touchdown run off the right side of the line. Brady Wiles kicked the extra point. Carroll 7, Clinton Central 0.

On the next series, Carroll’s defense came to life, forcing the Bulldogs to punt. Robertson, Jacob Bush, Jonathan Courtney, Xavier Lewis, Huckstep and Spesard all made key tackles. The Cougars took over on their own 20 with 5:18 left in the third quarter. This is when everything changed. A chop block call on the Cougars started a trend of questionable calls - a horse collar penalty, massive late hits, ball placement from where the ball was downed by as much as 5 yards. Flag after flag and the result – great field position for the Bulldogs who would get their first TD. Carroll 7, Clinton Central 7.

After having to punt the ball away, Carroll had another good defensive stand. The Cougars were stopped on their next series. After a Cougar punt the Bulldogs started at the Carroll 37. A hold call, a late hit, an offside penalty and with a fourth down play at the Carroll 20, with 28.5 seconds left in the game, Clinton Central’s hail Mary pass resulted in a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, but the game was over. Clinton Central 13, Carroll 7.

Despite the penalties, this was a great defensive effort for the Cougars and offensively, a better effort.

The Cougars host the Frontier Falcons fora7p.m.kick-off.ThisisSenior Night with special recognition at half-time.

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