BOSQUEVILLE — Friday was senior night for the Bulldogs— the last time that some of these players would have the opportunity to play at Bulldog Stadium.
Bosqueville (5-5,4-1) was looking to send these players out with one last home victory and a district championship, but the only problem with that plan was they were playing Mart. The Mart Panthers (9-1,5-0) had not given up a single point to district opponents entering the game. The Panthers crashed the Bulldogs party on their way to an impressive 77-14 victory and the District 8-2A Championship.
Bosqueville was able to do something no other team in district has been able to do this season: score points The Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Webb found Jackson Zander on a slant and he was able to carve his way through the Panthers defense and make it across the goal line. The Bulldogs touchdown broke a 289-0 scoring differential between Mart and district opponents.
Mart was able to take the first lead of the game, as Tyrek Horne exploded on a 56 yard touchdown run. The Panthers were able to do something they’ve become unaccustomed to, break a tie ball game that wasn’t 0-0. Jace Terry connected with Anthony Sauceda on a 51 yard bomb and the Panthers reclaimed the lead 14-7 with 2:57 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs had success early on throwing the ball to the left side of the Panthers defense. Bosqueville was able to march drive the ball down the field on Mart when attacking the left side, but a few overthrown balls and dropped passes staled the drives.
“This was an emotional game before it even started you know playing for a district championship.”Mart Head Coach Jerry Hoffman explained. “We made some mistakes on both sides of the ball and we shot ourselves in the foot, but our kids settled down. We didn’t really make an adjustment (for the left side of the defense), but we just settled in and took care of our assignments.”
Mart was able to block a punt inside the Bosqueville 15 yard line, but the ball was given back to Bosqueville with a fresh set of downs. The Mart coaching staff and fans were very displeased with the call, but sound disciplined defensive play by the Panthers prevailed.
Coach Hoffman was proud of his defense and was pleased that they were able to win the turnover battle “Anytime you win the turnover battle you have a great chance of winning the game and we pride ourselves on defense and getting turnovers. I thought we had another one, but a couple of them didn’t go our way that I thought we had, but were happy where we’re at right now.”
The Panthers found their groove and they never looked back. Mart’s running back duo of Shatydrick Bailey and Tyrek Horne each broke away on multiple touchdown runs and all were homerun type plays for a long distance.
Hoffman said he was pleased with his offensive line and the play of his running backs “Tyrek is a special back all he needs are little holes and he’s gone and Shatydrick is the same way. Our line is awesome and they’ve done a great job, they opened up some holes and we hit them big.”
Mart and Bosqueville will head to the postseason with the teams they’ll be facing to be determined.
Brought to you by: