The 10-11 year old Bulldogs went into Saturday night’s semifinals as the underdog facing off against the undefeated Jasper Warriors. When it was all over they were top dogs and headed to the annual Harvest Bowl after beating the Warriors 13-6.
The locals will face off against North Jackson in the title game at South Pittsburg at 4:45 Saturday and Coach Evan Merrell would like a huge crowd out to support his team.
In Saturday’s win the Dogs gave up a long TD run to the Warriors early in the game to trail 6-0 but that would be the only score they would allow. The Bulldogs would score 13 unanswered points to take the win.
Luke Sweeney led the Bulldog rushing with 63 yards on 11 carries. Jacob Dixon followed with 61 yards on 8 carries and ran in a one point conversion. Michael Rollins picked up 21 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown run. Turner Cash notched 4 yards on 2 carries with a touchdown run.
Michael Rollins led the defense with 8 tackles. Josh Childers followed with 7. Turner Cash had a huge night with 6 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Jacob Dixon, Luke Sweeney, Antonio Monson, Braxton Coffelt and Gunner Meeks all had 3 tackles each with Gunner Meeks breaking up a pass. Bailey Totherow made 2 tackles and Gavin Tate had one.
“We had our least amount of offense all season in this game. It was a tough game but we found a way to win and got it done,” said Coach Merrell.
For the season, the Bulldogs have been impressive going 4-2 during the regular season. The Dogs downed South Pittsburg 25-12 in the opening game, fell 18-0 to North Jackson, defeated Whitwell 18-6, downed Dunlap 13-7 in overtime, beat Bledsoe 47-6 and then lost 20-6 to Jasper.
In the wildcard playoffs, the Bulldogs crushed South Pittsburg 33-0 and then knocked off Jasper 13-6 in the divisional playoff game Saturday to advance to the finals.