The Claiborne Middle School Bulldogs had an empty spot in the schedule Oct. 6 and the Bobcats from Bell County stepped in to fill it.
The Bulldogs had their eighth grade celebration scheduled and it might have provided a bit of a distraction to a team that would not benefit from a loss or even a win, record wise. The game was one in which provided many coaching moments as the Bobcats rolled away to a 34-0 victory.
The Bobcats offensive line set the tone early as they were able to provide big holes for the running backs to travel through while offering good protection to pass plays when needed. Their ability to both run and pass on the Bulldogs allowed them to finish the opening half of play leading 28-0.
The Bulldogs celebrated their eighth grade players and cheerleaders for their hard work and dedication to the 2016 teams and were given gifts as a small token of appreciation.
All the Bulldogs fans knew that the Bulldogs could never be counted out especially when down coming out of the halftime break. Although the team immediately responded in a positive manner, they just couldn’t find the end zone. Several drives were heading the right direction only to end with a mistake or without points on the board.
The Bulldogs defense played better during the second half and only allowed one more score before the game ended 34-0.
It was a very good learning experience for the East Division Champs but they had no answer for the Bobcats who also have a first round bye in their Kentucky playoffs. After the game, a couple players spoke out about some things they needed to improve on and their leadership was noted and appreciated by the team and coaches. The game was humbling to the Bulldogs but during that post game huddle the team grew not only as football players but as young men.
The Bulldogs will now wait for two weeks before opening the playoffs at home Oct. 20 against a team that has yet to be determined as of this date.
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.