Time works against Bulldogs
A late rally by the junior varsity football Bulldogs wasn't enough to stop the Paola Panthers from handing them their third straight loss of the season.
The Bulldogs started off sluggish as they did in the past two games which turned out to be costly for the now 2-3 Bulldogs.
"We came out flat," said coach Tom Harman.
The offense moved the ball up and down the field but couldn't get it in the end zone in the first half. At the end of the first period the score was 14-0. The Bulldog's lone score of the half came on a quarterback sneak by sophomore Cal Heinrich. At the half it was 24-6.
"We were not giving 100 percent in the first half," said sophomore Luke Davis.
The offense started to heat up late in the third quarter when the Bulldogs did a little trickery to slow down Paola's defense. Senior Erol Kinkaid ran a reverse, broke a couple tackles and was gone for a score. Paola's offense countered for a score of its own.
"The defense didn't play as well as we hoped," said Harman.
The defense did make a stand a few plays later when they forced a punt. It turned out costly for the Panthers when they kicked it to freshman Micah Mason who broke free for a long punt return for a touchdown. That was the last score for the Bulldogs though. The time ran out and the game was over. The final score was 34-18.
"If we had more time I think we could of made it a lot more respectable and maybe even won," said Davis.
Their next contest will be at home against Louisburg on Monday. It will be their last game of the season and their last chance to finish their season with a .500 record. The team did miss out on one game against rival Wellsville, as it was canceled because of lightning and was not able to be rescheduled.