One play was all it took for the Altus Junior High School eighth-grade Dawgs to get on the scoreboard against the Lawton Tomlinson Wolves.
They knew the Wolves were tough, but had been preparing for them for the week prior to their matchup.
The Wolves did not expect Laethon Patterson to take the ball on the first play of the opening drive and split the defenders, rushing past a few and outrunning a few more, to take the ball 56 yards into the end zone.
It put the Wolves on their heels and down 7-0 after Victor Velazquez’s extra point sailed through the uprights.
Their only hope was to respond in much the same way, but the Dawgs’ defense was too much for the Wolves, overwhelming them and stuffing them to force the punt.
That is how both defenses played for the remainder of the first half. Each team tried to make something happen, but ultimately failing.
Altus retained the 7-0 lead at the half.
Tomlinson made some adjustments and came out on their first possession in the third quarter on fire. A big pass play set them up at the Altus 12-yard line, but the Dawgs’ defense came up with a huge play to force a Tomlinson fumble and take over possession.
Altus had much of the same success on their first drive of the second half, picking up first downs and driving down the field to get to the three-yard line before Patterson took the ball once more and ran into the end zone with 3:36 left in the third quarter. Velazquez’s kick was good once more and now the Wolves trailed the Dawgs 14-0.
Neither team could come up with another solid offensive possession and Altus took the win over the Wolves, snapping a three-game losing streak to get to 3-3.
Patterson piled up 128 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. Raul Facundo added 25 yards on three carries.
The Altus defense was solid once again and led by Jace James, JT Leyja, Patterson, Dylan Davis and Velazquez.
The seventh-grade Dawgs did not fair as well, taking on the unbeaten Wolves and losing by a score of 28-6.
Altus tried to get something going on their first drive, getting to the Wolves 40-yard line, but a Tomlinson defender made a costly interption and returned it for a touchdown.
It was much of the same for the majority of the game with the Wolves building a 22-0 lead over the Bulldogs until Isaiah Sharp broke around the right side of the line for a 24-yard score with 3:22 left in the game. Their conversion failed and the Dawgs trailed the Wolves 22-6.
Tomlinson finished the game with a kick-off return for a touchdown to beat the Dawgs and put them at 1-5 on the season.
Both Altus teams will take the next two weeks off before traveling to Clinton to face the Red Tornadoes.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.