Big plays the key to Jr. Bulldogs’ easy win

Big plays the key to Jr. Bulldogs’ easy win

Gleason can now add the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Junior Tigers to its list of trounced teams in 2010.

After dominating the South Fulton Junior Red Devils in the first game of the season, the Bulldogs put visiting Bruceton away early, 42-16, this past Thursday night in Gleason.

Relying on a fleet of quick feet, the Dawgs scored four times on the ground from three different runners, once through the air and had a 91-yard kickoff returned for six.

The Tigers opened with possession and immediately went to the tandem of Kaylon Willis and Andrew Willis. A personal-foul penalty slowed the momentum, however, and Bruceton soon faced fourth-and-long. Electing to go for a first down, Kaylon Willis’ pass was picked off by Keaton Collins and returned to the 41 of Gleason. Ian Legens gained two up the middle, but Tracy Perry took the second handoff 57 yards downfield for the touchdown. He added the two points and the Bulldogs led 8-0 with 3:38 left in the first quarter.

On the first two plays of Bruceton’s next series, the tackling combo of Legens and Hunter Corum shoved the Tigers back five yards. They gained back two, but punted on fourth down and Gleason took over to end the first quarter.

Legens opened the second with a four-yard carry, but this time Chris Copeland had the long run with a 42-yard end zone dash. Corum found Mark McKenzie through the air for the conversion and Gleason increased the lead to 16-0 with 6:55 left before halftime.

The Tigers nabbed a first down on two carries totaling 16 yards from Andrew Willis, but soon lost momentum and chose to punt.

This time it was Legens as the speedster took the handoff 65 yards to the end zone on one play. The conversion failed, but the Bulldogs led 22-0 with 2:56 remaining in the second quarter.

Andrew Willis broke loose for big gains in Bruceton’s final series of the half, but time ran out on the Tigers’ first-half touchdown hopes.

The Bulldogs picked up a six-yard carry from Perry to open the third and Copeland came through again with a 48-yard carry that resulted in six points. Legens added the conversion and Gleason led 30-0 with 7:05 remaining in the third.

Taking over on their own 47, the Tigers again went to the Willis duo and this time found luck with a 15-yard touchdown carry from Kaylon Willis. Andrew Willis added the conversion and Bruceton lit up the board, 30-8, with 5:01 left in the third.

The celebration was extremely short-lived, however, as Copeland returned the kickoff 91 yards to add to Gleason’s overwhelming total. The conversion failed, but the score jumped to 36-8.

Each squad added another score to the board — an eight-yard pass from Corum to McKenzie and a two-yard carry from Kaylon Willis — but the Bulldogs finished off the big win.

On the ground, Copeland had three carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns and a 91-yard kickoff return. Legens had 71 yards on three carries and a touchdown, and Perry had 63 yards on two carries and a touchdown. Corum finished 1-of-2 passing with an eight-yard touchdown pass to McKenzie.

The Bulldogs will next face West Carroll at home on Sept. 2.

 

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