The Claiborne Middle School Middle School Bulldogs traveled to The Kings Academy for an evening of football. The Bulldogs scored 26 but the big plays allowed Kings to score 36.
During the first quarter Kings Academy scored first at 6:21 but the conversion failed and they led 6-0. Claiborne did not fare too well on their first possession as they went three and out. After giving the ball back to the Lions, the Bulldogs defense rallied and Jimmy Del Ervin intercepted the pass and gave the Bulldogs another set of downs on offense. The offense drove the ball down the field and then fumbled the ball away back to the Lions.
The Lions turned around and put their second TD on the board with 3:10 left on the first half clock. After the conversion, the Lions led 14-0. Claiborne finally got the offense going and placed points on the board at the 1:04 mark in the second half on a 30 yard run by Storm Livesay. The conversion failed and the score was now 14-6. The Lions quickly put points on the board to counter Claiborne’s score and with the conversion the Lions led at the half 22-6.
Chester Anderson and Eli Stone along with Livesay did the work offensively while Logan Daniels and others held down the defense.
When the third period started, the Bulldogs fans looked for the cardiac kids to make their normal second half push. They did just that on the kickoff as Daniels took it to the two yard line. Moments later they scored but the two point conversion failed. The Bulldogs had the lead down to 22-12. Livesay was the Bulldog credited for the TD.
They scored on the Lions ensuing drive when Livesay stepped in front of the Lions pass and strolled in for the score. This time the Bulldogs conversion was good and the Lions only led by two at 22-20.
The Lions quickly scored again and then the Bulldogs countered with a Stone keeper and with 2:42 the score was 30-26. The only other score went to the Lions and the game ended 36-26.
Following the game coach Brody Wells was proud of the way his team had played. He commented on their performance, “I’m very proud of them. We had some big plays on offense, defense and special teams but I’m ready for our team to quit giving up big plays to the other team.”
The Bulldogs record is now 3-2 on the season.
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