The Altus High School Bulldogs honored the seniors on Senior Night by clobbering NW Classen 68-21.
It was an emotional night for many fans at this game. In perhaps the most emotional moment of the night, the Bulldogs took the field on offense with only 10 players. Jayden Benway took the snap and downed the ball by taking a knee for an intentional loss of yards. This was, of course, by design.
The Bulldogs honored 16 seniors last night. The class was without their 17th teammate. The late Brandon Beach, who passed at age 7, was remembered on that first play from scrimmage. Well done Bulldogs. It was a great moment for all of us. You coaches are total class.
After that, the game fell quickly into a sideshow of Bulldogs scoring. A few things that should be mentioned include the outstanding efficiency that this team used to dispose of a weaker opponent. That is another sure sign of a great team. There is no need to piddle around with a team that has no business being on the field with the Bulldogs.
Classen’s program is as down as a 5A team could be. Only 21 Classen players were in uniform last night. Those that continued to battle the Bulldogs on every play should be commended. They were in a tough spot.
The Bulldogs had a full lineup of reserve players in the game, with the starters out of harm’s way on the bench resting with three minutes left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs were up 42-0 at that point. As quickly as the Bulldogs could gain possession, they scored.
At halftime with the score 54-0, the Bulldogs had run just 16 plays for a whopping 325 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jayden Benway had 45 yards on four carries and a touchdown. It was Benway’s defense that again gets the attention.
At the same time that Taven Birdow’s acknowledgement that he had broke his own school single season rushing record on his previous 25 yard scoring scamper, Benway was interception a pass for a pick six.
Benway is now just one1 interception away from tying the all-time school career interception record. That’s not bad for a quarterback. Or, maybe he plays a good option game for a cornerback.
However you want to describe his game, Benway leads his 9-1 Bulldogs into a first round playoff game against tonight’s loser of the Guthrie/Deer Creek game.
The off-season is months behind us. The pre-season came with expectations that were lived up to in the regular season.
It’s time for the post-season run. Only the best remain. Brace yourselves Bulldog fans. Here we go. This is what we have wanted.
The Bulldogs are relatively injury free, talented, and ready to make a run.