For Boling (13-3), the date they had with Gunter (16-0) inside AT&T Stadium did not go well for them as the Bulldogs fell to the Tigers 43-7 in the Class 3A Division II State Championship game.
Gunter’s defense was a massive headache for Boling as they were only able to score once the entire game. The lone touchdown came from the special teams unit as Ronald Krushall returned a kick-off for an 80-yard touchdown return. His touchdown would cut the deficit to 21-7, but that would be as close as Boling got the rest of the night.
“They just outplayed us…it’s frustrating, it’s disappointing, we all are disappointed but sometimes in life that’s just the way it is and we have to move on,” proclaimed Boling head coach Stephen Dorr.
Boling was not able to catch a break in any aspect of the game, finishing with only six first downs and committing ten penalties resulting for 95 yards. Boling also had two turnovers as Gunter never took their foot off the gas pedal. Quarterback Vernon Jackson was held in check, finishing with just 39 yards rushing.
Boling has come a long way from where they were the last couple of years when they went 2-8 and 6-5. Even though they were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the journey to get back to the title game was met with a lot of positive reflection.
“The familiarity you build with the coaches and the bond that we grew and the hours that we spent hitting that gym and on that practice field and in the film room every morning 7:20 sharp. And just being there, coming all the way to here, there is no other way I’d rather finish it. It was awesome,” said senior Ronald Krushall, who was a part of the Boling squad that went 2-8 a few short seasons ago.
For Boling, it will be a rebuilding process as they will lose fifteen seniors on this squad but Coach Dorr believes this team will be back with a new identity and new result.
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