The Altus Bulldogs overcame some early adversity Thursday night at Chickasha before lighting up the scoreboard in a 54-20 win over the Chicks.
After falling behind 6-0 on the second play of the game, The Bulldogs quickly grabbed the momentum back on their side. Quarterback Jayden Benway bounced 38 yards for a 7-6 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter.
After the Bulldogs kicked off to Chickasha, the Chicks fumbled the ball and Baylor Feller picked up the ball. Feller scooped up the ball and scored.
Baylor’s touchdown put the Bulldogs up 13-6 with 1:16 left in the first quarter. The extra point snap wasn’t executed and the run-in attempt was stopped short.
Just 12 seconds later, the Bulldogs’ Sean Torres recovered another Chickasha loose ball. Following a Bulldog punt, Chickasha punted back to Altus and the ball was downed at the two yard line.
Jayden Benway quickly moved the Bulldog offense to the 12 yard line. From there, Benway added another 88 yards to his already huge total yardage stats as he found the end zone for his second touchdown. Jayden narrowly missed setting a record. The longest run from scrimmage by a Bulldog is 91 yards. This put the Bulldogs up 20-6 at 7:06 left before halftime.
In less than a minute later, Baylor Feller accomplished something really unique. At the 6:08 mark in the second quarter, he scooped a Chickasha botched punt snap and rumbled the six yards for his second defensive touchdown of the half.
Since recovered fumbles for touchdowns are rare, no record exists for either a team or an individual. By scoring and putting the Bulldogs up 27-6, Baylor set a brand new single game record for a player, and his team, in one play.
Once again, the Chicks failed to mount much of an attack offensively. It is tough to gain yards when Bulldogs are in the backfield chasing ball carriers at a high level. The Bulldogs enjoyed the energy brought on by Treyvon Ridenhour, Marcus Molina, Baylor Feller, Hassan Foye, Shannon Ybarra and Sean Torres.
Sean Torres was moved to nose guard, and just like most decisions made by this Bulldog defensive staff, the move proved very successful.
Torres was in the backfield disrupting plays as fast as the snap. However, the Bulldogs’ offense wasn’t done. At the 3:37 mark, Benway connected with Sha’quan French for another touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 34-6.
As the Bulldogs worked their one minute offense, the Chicks picked off a Benway pass and returned it the distance for a score. The score was then 34-13.
The Bulldogs didn’t like that turn of events, and with enough time to run a play, the Bulldogs brought the fans to their feet once again. Jayden Benway dropped back and launched a deep jump ball pass. A Bulldog went up and pulled in the 71-yard score.
The Bulldogs went into the half up 41-13.
The second half was highlighted by Jake Vargas with an 81-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs first play from scrimmage. The Bulldogs were able to substitute the entire team in the second half. This gave them some very valuable experience.
The Bulldogs will make the long road trip to play against the powerhouse Ardmore. The outcome will define the district standings.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext.2076