Eagles outlast Bulldogs

Susan Moore hosted the Vinemont Eagles Friday night. After eight lead changes, 860 yards, and 13 touchdowns between the two, Vinemont came away with a 50-42 win. The Bulldogs accumulated 450 yards of offense, passing for 297 yards and running for 153. While the defense held Vinemont to 71 passing yards, the Eagles ran for 339.

Derek Doty got the Bulldogs on the board first with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cam Gilliland at the 7:39 mark of the opening quarter. Axel Silva’s extra point made it 7-0. Vinemont made it 8-0 with 2:09 left in the first with their first TD and two-point conversion.

A total of 43 points were scored in the second quarter. Thirty-five seconds into the quarter, the Bulldogs added seven on Doty’s 16-yard TD pass to Angel Pacheco followed by Silva’s extra point. At 8:09, Doty ran it in from the 1-yard line. After Silva’s extra point, the Bulldogs were up 21-8. Vinemont scored the next two touchdowns, converting the two-point play on both to retake the lead, 24-21. With 0:26 left in the half, Doty found Gilliland again, scoring on the 16-yard reception. Silva’s kick gave them a 28-24 lead. But, the Eagles weren’t done, scoring one last touchdown with only 0:01 on the clock. They took a 30-28 lead into the locker room.

The defenses took over in the third quarter, but Susan Moore finally found the end zone again with 3:10 left on the clock. Doty ran it in for a 44-yard touchdown and Silva hit the extra point to put the Bulldogs back on top 35-30. Vinemont answered with their fifth touchdown of the game as the third quarter came to close. After failing to convert the two-point play, the Eagles held a 36-35 lead as the final quarter got underway.

Less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs made it 42-36 on Doty’s 10-yard TD pass to Ramon Maldonado and Silva’s extra point. With 4:13 left in the game, Vinemont tied the game, and with just 1:41 on the game clock, the Eagles found the end zone one last time to take the lead and the 50-42 win.

Doty completed 17-of-28 for 297 yards and four touchdowns. Axel Calderon caught six for 140 yards; Maldonado caught four for 73 yards and a touchdown; Gilliland caught six for 68 yards and two touchdowns; and Pacheco caught one for 16 yards and a touchdown. Doty’s 86 yards rushing led the Bulldogs’ running attack. Gilliland added 33 and Zac Reeves finished with 20.

A. Calderon’s 12 tackles led the defense. Gilliland finished with 11, Jose Calderon had nine, Ben Nunez and J.P. LaRue had seven, Logan Blackwell recorded five, Tucker Stephens finished with four, and Maldonado had three. Nunez and Stephens both finished with two tackles for loss.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in 2A Region 6. This week they travel to Holly Pond to face the 3-4, 1-4 Broncos who lost 0-46 at home against Winfield last Friday.