Bulldogs dominate Trojans
by Emanuel County Live | October 30, 2012 5:11 pm
by RON WEATHERFORD
The ECI Bulldogs traveled to Wrightsville Friday to take on what has become a rivalry game for the two schools, defeating Johnson County 40-0. The Bulldogs have had the upper hand the last couple years, outscoring the Trojans 106-21. The previous two years saw two back and forth games with JOCO winning in 2010, when now GSU Eagle receiver Zach Walker, put on a receiving show, defeating the Bulldogs 31-24 in overtime. ECI won the 2009 affair in a 32-31 nail biter.
With the sub region championship on the line, the Bulldogs dominated the Trojans on both sides of the ball. For the third game in a row, the Bulldogs rushed for over 400 yards, while limiting their opponent to under 100, allowing JOCO just 127 yards of total offense.
The Trojans and Bulldogs traded punts on their initial drives. It was the ECI’s first punt in three games.
The Bulldogs took their next possession at their own 7 and drove to the Trojan 42. Scooter Williams took the next handoff and scored from 42 yards out giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 6:11 left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs’ next scoring drive came after a Trojan fumble at their own 21 yard line. Michael Sutton was the workhorse on the drive with four consecutive carries to pay dirt. With a true extra point by Pressey, the Bulldogs led 14-0 in the first quarter.
After forcing another punt by the Trojans, the Bulldogs first drive of the 2nd quarter ended at the JOCO 21 when a Trojan defender stepped in front a Pressey pass at the Trojan 7 yard line. After being pushed back to the one, the Trojans punted out of their own end zone, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs on the Johnson Co. 42. The Bulldogs scored three plays later when Scooter refused to go down, breaking tackles and dragging Trojans into the end zone on a 17 yard touchdown run, giving the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead.
After forcing another punt, the Bulldogs’ seventh touchdown came on the first play of the drive, when James Brown took the ball from Caleb at the 18 and out ran the Trojans for a 82 yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs now led 28-0.
The Bulldogs next drive took a little longer. After an interception by Dez Gatson, the Bulldogs took over on their own 32 yard line. On the second play of the drive, James Brown once again took the ball and raced 68 yards for his second touchdown in less than a minute. The Bulldogs led 34-0 at halftime.
With a running clock in the second half, the Bulldogs scored on their only possession of the third quarter after a 70 yard drive, when Caleb Pressey hit Keith Sapp at the five for a 28 yard touchdown. The Bulldogs led 40-0, which is how the game ended.
The Bulldogs rushed for 409 yards on the night with 42 yards passing. Leading rusher for the Bulldogs were James Brown, seven carries for 190 yards, for a whopping 27.1 average. Michael Sutton had 99 yards on 13 rushes, while Renaldo Williams added 84 on just six carries. The Bulldogs averaged 12.1 yards per rush in the game. The Bulldogs have outscored their last four opponents 206-13.
The Bulldogs defense was just as dominating holding the Trojans to just 91 yards rushing and 16 passing. The Bulldogs’ defense has allowed a total of just 19 points over the last five games.
The Bulldogs will travel to Mt. Vernon Friday to face the Montgomery Co. Eagles in the last regular season game.
Win or lose next Friday, the Bulldogs will face the defending state class A champions, the Savannah Christian Raiders for the region 3A championship on November 9. Home field has yet to be determined.