Bulldogs eat up yards at Thanksgiving game, beat Apponequet
With snow falling and gusts of wind twirling Wednesday night, fans were grateful this Thanksgiving for the Bulldogs closing out their undefeated season with a 35-14 win over the Apponequet Lakers.
Another impressive offensive showing by the Bulldogs was topped off by an incredible performance by Will Garcia, who ended the game with nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns.
The game opened with an attempted onside kick by the Lakers, but the Bulldogs were not fooled by the deception and inevitably recovered the kick.
In the first half, the Bulldogs were firing on all cylinders. The offense put up three touchdowns with ease and the defense completely shut out the lakers.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead after Jackson Cote ran for a 40-yard touchdown on only the third play from scrimmage.
The defense did not give much to the Lakers’ offense, but did let up a few big first downs to the running game.
A fumble by Cole McIntyre at the six-yard line set up the Lakers with a chance to score before half. The stingy Bulldogs defense again stood up well to the Lakers’ attempts.
With only a minute and 15 seconds left in the half, the Bulldogs stormed down the field and handed the ball off for another Garcia touchdown.
Following halftime, Apponequet failed to muster enough offense to score on their first possession.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Bulldogs decided to give the ball to Garcia once more for his third score of the night.
The Lakers quickly answered back on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball 80 yards for their first score. A quick three and out by Old Rochester set up the Lakers’ next drive, which ended in a highlight reel touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.
Hopes were high on the Lakers’ sideline for a late game comeback but the Bulldogs had other ideas.
With their undefeated season at stake, the Bulldogs handed the ball off to Desmond Dias who scored to finally put the game out of reach for the Lakers. Dias would also end the game with about 110 yards.
The Bulldogs now move on to play Stoneham on Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. for the Division 6 Super Bowl.