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Tough way to end the season

Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to West Marion to take on the Trojans in the first round of the playoffs. Prentiss was looking to make a deep run in the playoffs after a tragic first round lost last year.

West Marion won the toss and deferred to the 2nd half, so Prentiss got first possession. West Marion would force a quick 3 & out. After a subpar punt, the Trojans started their first drive with good field position. West Marion would lead early after a touchdown run. Prentiss would get the ball back and again go 3 & out. West Marion would once again take advantage of the field position and go score. They made the 2-point conversion and the score was 14-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Prentiss moved the ball more efficiently but still weren’t able to put up any points early on. The Bulldog defense would show up not giving up any points. The second quarter ended at the same score it started, 14-0.

In the third quarter, West Marion started with the ball. On the first play, the Trojans threw a touchdown pass putting them up 22-0 after the 2-point conversion. Prentiss would not give up and slowly fought back. With about 5 minutes left in the quarter, Prentiss finally got on the board. Deantye Crockett found Damien Perkins on 65-yard touchdown pass. Justice Reese ran in the 2-point conversion. The defense would get a timely stop, giving the offense back the ball with some momentum. After driving halfway down the field, Deantye Crockett found his twin, Devonte Crockett, on fourth down for the touchdown. Although the 2-point conversion was no good, Prentiss had all the momentum going into the fourth.

At the start of the fourth, Prentiss got the ball after a fourth down stop. Prentiss was looking to score to tie the game up. The offense didn’t produce at all the drive, putting all their faith in the defense to make another stop. After the punt, the Trojans started at about the 35-yard line. They were moving the ball and converted one first down. Then the Bulldogs forced another 3rddown situation. The Trojans’ quarterback floated the ball up to his receiver, but Anthony Walker came up with a big play and got the Interception. The momentum was once again with the Bulldogs. The crowd was loud and motivating the team to get the job done. It was about 5 minutes left in the quarter and the Bulldogs could tie the game up with a score and a 2-point conversion. The drive started with a screenplay to Tim McNair, Jr. for about 9 yards. The next play Deantye Crockett tried to throw it deep to Donte Ford but the pass was intercepted. West Marion would take advantage and score again making the score 28-14. The clock would run out on the Bulldogs season soon after that.

The Bulldogs ended the season at 7-4, best record in almost 15 years. So the Bulldogs didn’t accomplish their major goal, which is a State Championship, but they did make some noise and accomplished some things that they set out to do. I speak on the behave of all the players when I say, “Thanks to all the fans that supported us all season long. It is greatly appreciated.” Thanks for a great season!

Donte Ford – 13 rushes 79 yds; Threw 2/3, 21 yds.

Deanyte Crockett – 10/19 135 yds, 2 TD, INT.

Devonte Crockett – 1 catch, 12 yds, TD.

Damien Perkins – 1 catch, 65 yds, TD.

Andrew Smith – 5 tack, 1 sack.

Kevin Hall – 5 tack, 2 sack.

Eric Powell – 8 tack, 1 sack.

Isaiah Gatlin – 8 tack, 3 sack.