Red Boiling Springs travelled to Middle TN Christian for the second week of the 2016 season.
After leading 6-0, they lost by a final of 47-6.
Middle Tennessee Christian must have watched the Bulldogs a week before because they ran student body left and student and student body right. All of a sudden the Bulldogs found themselves down by a score of 35-6 after the first quarter. The bright spot for the Bulldogs came on a 12 yard scamper around right end by a happy Justin Bergdorff. That score would be the only one for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs would be bottled up and every time they tried to get a drive going. RBS would fumble or turn the ball over on downs or have a pass intercepted and they never came close to scoring while the Cougars would have little trouble. The Cougars ground game found big holes to run through and Middle had a first half advantage in rushing yardage with 429 while the Bulldogs managed just 111.
The second half the Bulldogs played outstanding defense, not allowing a touchdown was a bright spot for the RBS. The second half was a nightmare for the Bulldog offense. The Cougars put 11 men on the line going for a block on fourth down. The Cougars not only blocked the punt but they picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for a Cougar defensive touchdown.
There were some bright spots for the Bulldogs on defense as the defensive line shut down the Cougars and Middle had no points except the blocked punt that they recovered for a score. The Cougars were stopped 2 times going for a first down but the Bulldogs knew what was coming and that was a big help in holding the Cougars scoreless.
The first half Middle had touchdowns runs of 24 yards–77yards–18 yards-64 yards-27 yards-55 yards and a one yard run. The Bulldogs
punted for 28 yards-33 yards-38 yards-and a final punt of 38 yards. The Bulldogs had some nice Kickoff returns–Byfield for 23 yards–Byfield
38 yards–Byfield for 20 yards and Byfield foe 43 yards. Justin Bergdorff had 4 punts and they averaged 37 yards. Lee Pruitte carried the load russhing the football with help from Justin Bergfordd-Jordan Powell-and Elijah Byfield.
The most important stat of this game was the fact that no one reported any injuries and that is very important. We have said all season long that
the Bulldogs can’t afford any injuries and that is a stat we will keep you posted about. This week is Pickett County at home on Sept 2nd and a victory would do wonders for the Bulldogs. Come out and support these kids.
Photos by Tina Atkins