High School Football: Bulldogs top rival Rangers in low scoring affair
MULDROW — The Bulldogs’ offense recorded two touchdowns in the first half and their defense made them stand up as Muldrow defeated rival Roland 13-8 in a non-district high school football game on Friday night inside Aubrey J. Henshaw Bulldog Stadium.
Muldrow’s Logan Crain ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 7:36 remaining in the first period to put the Bulldogs on the board before Alex Nelson kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0. The two-play, 26-yard drive started after Alex Foster recovered a Roland fumble. Muldrow quarterback Lawson Daugherty completed a 15-yard completion to wide receiver Levi Pace on first down and after a Roland penalty Crain scored the first points of the game.
The Bulldogs’ Zayne Trimm recovered a fumble at the Muldrow 41 moments later but the Rangers’ defense held and forced a punt to the Roland 16.
Early in the second stanza Roland’s Javonte Youngblood had an 85-yard touchdown run called back because of an illegal shift. Four plays later Roland punted from its 7 and Foster returned the kick 12 yards to the Rangers’ 32. On fourth-and-6 from the 27, Brecken Allen caught a tipped pass at the 12, and on fourth-and-1 Logan Nipper rushed for a 3-yard touchdown with 5:37 left before the half. The point-after kick was right of the uprights and Muldrow would take its 13-0 advantage to the locker rooms at the half.
Roland’s Jackson Kemp returned the second-half kickoff 16 yards to the Rangers’ 40, and six plays later Youngblood’s 8-yard touchdown run put the Rangers on the board at the 9:05 mark. Quarterback Elijah Dalton threw to Dakota Bush for the two-point conversion, and key plays in the scoring drive were a 22-yard run by Cole Davis, Youngblood’s 14-yard rush and Logan Wolfe’s 13-yard run.
Later in the quarter Roland reached the Muldrow 26 but an incomplete pass on fourth down ended the scoring threat.
With less than three minutes remaining in the contest Ethan Johnson’s 41-yard run took the Bulldogs to the Roland 21 but three plays later the Rangers recovered a fumble at the 12. The Rangers took over with 1:48 showing on the clock but Roland couldn’t move the chains and turned the ball over on downs with 55.9 seconds to go.
Muldrow’s leading tacklers were Elijah Hixon (8 total tackles), Noah Vessell and Nipper (7 each), Nolan Gray (6) and Trimm (5).
Foster and Trimm recovered a fumble apiece and Johnson and Nipper caused the fumbles.
Roland’s top tacklers were Kendall Muncy (8 total tackles), Chase Pyeatt and Tyler Perceful (6 apiece) and Jacob Cantrell and Colyn Tuck (5 each).
Muncy and Everett Bergwall each recovered a fumble for the Rangers and Drake Davis caused a fumble.
Johnson was the game’s leading rusher with 72 yards on 14 carries and Nipper had 14 yards on seven attempts for the Bulldogs.
Daugherty completed 5 of 12 passes for 56 yards. Pace caught two throws for 20 yards and Allen (14 yards), Crain (11) and Foster (5) each had one reception.
Davis ran the ball five times for 33 yards to lead the Rangers and Wolfe (six for 27) and Youngblood (nine for 26) followed closely.
Dalton completed 2 of 7 passes for 20 yards and Davis (20 yards) and Dakota Bush (3) caught one pass apiece.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Muldrow head coach Terry Jones said. “Our offense is still struggling but the defense played pretty well except for their opening drive in the second half. “On offense we’re killing ourselves with penalties and we’ve got to get that cleaned up.”
“We were very disappointed we didn’t win,” Roland head coach Waymon Potts said. “We didn’t have our best game offensively. I thought defensively we played pretty well but offensively we didn’t play very well.
“We didn’t execute. We missed blocks all night long and there were a lot of things we didn’t do. We didn’t block very well on the back side of our plays.”