Bulldogs lose second straight game falling to Apollo-Ridge Vikings 27-19
Written by: MATTHEW LEVENSON on Saturday, October 19th, 2019
(associate writer Jalynn Falk)
In a non-section game against Apollo-Ridge Friday night, the Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 27-19 after they pulled within one point late in the game.
The first quarter began unfavorably for the Bulldogs. After failing to move the ball on their second possession, Garrett Paxton’s punt was blocked and the Vikings recovered the ball on the Bulldog’s 23-yard line. Just a few plays later Apollo-Ridge completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to capitalize on their special team’s play and take a 7-0 lead.
For the remainder of the half, the Bulldog’s could not get their offense moving. Even after regaining the ball in Viking territory off of a fumble the Bulldogs were unable to score any points. Cole Beck was under heavy pressure, getting sacked four times in the first half. Their running game was unable to get established as well, being held to negative two rushing yards entering halftime.
With 28 seconds remaining in the half the Vikings managed to find the endzone on a 6-yard touchdown pass that gave them a 14-0 lead.
10 seconds into the start of the third quarter the Bulldogs showed a sign of life after recovering another Apollo-Ridge fumble. Following the fumble, Josh Pail found the endzone for the Bulldogs off of an 11-yard pass by Beck making the score 14-6 due to a missed extra point. Six minutes later Apollo-Ridge made the score 20-6 on another touchdown run and missed extra point.
Tyrique Campbell responded one minute later, breaking multiple tackles and taking it to the house on a 62-yard touchdown run bringing the Bulldogs within seven points.
Both teams were held scoreless for the rest of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter until Pail scored his second touchdown of the night, this one coming off of a 7-yard run. With 2:04 remaining in the game, the Bulldog’s decided to go for the win, attempting a two-point conversion. The attempt failed and the Vikings recovered the Bulldog’s onside kick. They would go down the field to score one last touchdown for the night.
Injuries have had a big impact on the Bulldog’s as the season has progressed. Coming into Friday’s game, Brett Boyd and Fernando Franco were already sidelined with injuries from the previous week. Brandon Pratte, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury and Dylan Goodrich, who received a concussion, had to be taken out of the game as well.
Injuries, as well as the Bulldog’s struggles to stop the pressure and develop their offense early on led to a 27-19 loss. This was the Bulldog’s second straight defeat after falling to Neshannock last week.
“Apollo-Ridge had a great game plan and we just didn’t execute. As a team, we have to put these past two weeks behind us. Getting healthy is the biggest priority for us right now. The offense as a whole played terribly and set our defense up in bad spots,” Beck said.
Next Saturday the Bulldogs head to Western Beaver to take on the Golden Beavers in their last game of the regular season.
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