Emotions leading up to the first game of the season were running rapid, as the two scrimmage games, under a new coaching staff, had brought a little hope to the rocky path Red Boiling Springs had been use to traveling on.
With the football season opening this past Friday, August 20, 2009, the RBS team was eager to loan their field for battle against their new opponent, the Eagles of Oakdale.
Wow… is what can be said coming home after this game, as the Red Boiling Springs High School football team of the past had been transformed into a fierce competitor, which few opponents have witnessed in many years.
With a new found ability to put points on the board, the Bulldogs had achieved a 28-0 edge over the Eagles by the third quarter. RBS Bulldog #35 Shelton Watson ran the football into the end zone for the first score of the night, followed by the next score coming with 55 seconds left in the second quarter by #14 Brandon Kelly receiving a 16 yard pass from quarterback Cody Dickens. With no time remaining on the clock, in the second quarter, #14 Brandon
Kelly intercepted a long Oakdale pass, and returned the ball 27 yards for the Bulldog’s third touchdown of the night. All three of Kelley’s extra-point kicks were good, giving the Bulldogs a 21–0 lead at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, quarterback Cody Dickens runs the football into the end zone from 3 yards out for the Bulldogs. The kick for the extra point by #14 Brandon Kelly is good. Red Boiling Springs 28, Oakdale 0.
The Oakdale Eagles finally made their mark on the scoreboard with two runs before the conclusion of the ballgame, and both tries to for the extra points failed. Red Boiling Springs sent their upset opponent, defeated by a final score of 28-12.
Remembering the 2002 season, when Red Boiling Springs last defeat was of Pickett County by a score of 49–0, coming in week 2 of RBS football, the red & white Bulldogs plan to pick up the pace, as they host Pickett County on September 4th, with kick-off beginning at 7 p.m.
Although Pickett was able to defeat the RBS Bulldogs last year by a score of 6-0, football fans need to watch out, “especially the opponents,” Bulldog Coach Kyle Shoulders said in a previous interview, “because Pickett will not be playing the football team of the past, but a football team who has had a little taste of success, a lot more confidence, and a little swagger about them that has the potential to upset even the best of teams.”