Bulldogs hold Hawks to zero


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Susan Moore opened up 3A Region 7 Play at home against Danville Friday night. For the second straight game, the Bulldog defense held its opponent under 100 yards. They allowed just 86 yards and no TDs, while the Bulldog offense ran all over the Hawks. Susan Moore’s offense totaled 269 yards — 203 rushing and 63 passing — as the Bulldogs topped the Hawks 33-0.

Susan Moore received the opening kickoff and wasted no time finding the end zone. Just a couple minutes into the game, Drew Justice ran the ball in from the 15-yard line for the score. Axel Silva’s point after was good and the Bulldogs had an early 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs forced a three and out, giving the ball back to the offense. But the Hawks forced a fumble on their own 12-yard line to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone. The Bulldog defense returned the favor a few plays later, recovering a Hawk fumble. Danville forced a punt on the ensuing drive and started the second quarter with the ball.

The Bulldog defense continued to dominate the Hawk offense, forcing another punt. Ben Nunez broke through the line, blocking the punt. Damian Castro scooped up the ball and ran it in for a score. The Bulldogs missed the PAT, but they had extended their lead to 13-0. Susan Moore was forced to punt on its only other second quarter possession, while the defense forced a couple more Hawk punts. The Bulldogs headed into the locker room at the break up 13-0.

Defenses continued their strong play to start the second half, with both teams punting on their first drive. But the Bulldog offense stuck with the running game, and it paid off. Justice found a seam and took off for 30 yards and his second TD of the game. Silva’s kick was good, giving the Bulldogs a 20-0 lead. Susan Moore’s defense held the Hawks on the next drive, forcing a turnover on downs.

The Bulldogs started the final quarter of play up 20-0 and with possession of the ball. It didn’t take long for Susan Moore to find the end zone in the opening minutes of the fourth. Justice scored his third TD of the game, this one coming on a 5-yard run. The PAT was no good, leaving the Bulldogs with a 26-0 advantage.

On Danville’s next drive, a tackle for loss backed the Hawks up. Travis Cook then picked off a pass bringing the Bulldog offense back onto the field. Logan Blackwell scored the game’s final points on a 22-yard run into the end zone. Silva’s kick was good for the final score of 33-0.

Justice led the Bulldog offense with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Blackwell had two carries for 32 yards and one touchdown. Trey Cook completed four of his seven passes for 63 yards. Travis Cook finished with two catches for 55 yards.

Ben Nunez led the defensive attack with 13 tackles and a blocked punt. Both Travis Cook and Brier Harper finished with six tackles while Gabriel Price finished with 5. Damian Castro recorded four tackles and returned the blocked punt for a score.

Susan Moore hits the road Friday for the first time this season. They’ll travel to Asbury for a match up with the 1-2 Rams. Their one win of the season came last week against Brindlee Mountain, leaving them 1-0 in region play.