-MU Line dominates in 28-13 win
By Brett Barnes
At 9:45 PM in New Lebanon, Ohio, an audible sigh of relief rose from a visitor’s sideline hungry for victory number one, and no sweeter sound was heard then when the M-U Bulldogs gathered in front of their faithful and began, “Drive, Drive on down the field men of the red and the white…”
The M-U Bulldogs pounded the Dixie Greyhounds Friday night on a beautiful October evening. From start to finish M-U dominated line play on both sides of the football. The Bulldogs first drive went 6 plays, 70 yards (all runs) and ended when Chase Martens scored untouched from the two. Alec Newman added the extra point, and the Bulldogs led 7-0.
Dixie would have the ball three times in the first quarter with nothing to show for it. A punt, a turnover on downs, and another punt after two Josh Simpson sacks, gave the football back to the Bulldogs on the 20 yard line. 80 yards later, the Bulldogs had found the end zone again when London Cowan hit Sam Morgan with a beautiful pass from five yards away. Again, Newman was true, and the lead ballooned to 14-0.
The Greyhounds finally responded with a 62 yard drive. Quarterback Justin Leonard hit Austin Fisher from 7 yards away, and the lead was trimmed to 14-7 at the half.
The third quarter started poorly for the Bulldogs when three plays netted a -9. After a defensive stop featuring another Bulldog sack, the turnover bug that has bitten the Bulldogs all year long raised its ugly head once again. Cowan dropped back to throw and was stripped of the football. The Greyhounds recovered at the M-U 38 yard line.
It took one play for Dixie to score. Leonard threw a strike to Logan Watts, and the home sideline exploded ready to tie the score after the extra point. The tie never came. Matt Bracci,continuing the line domination, broke through and blocked the extra point preserving the Bulldog lead at 14-13.
From that block on, the Bulldogs dominated play. Dixie would gain only 15 more yards the entire game and the Bulldogs capitalized. Cowan connected with Holden Kimmel on a fourth down late in the third quarter, and Kimmel scampered 31 yards for the touchdown to raise the score to 21-13.
Bracci, Simpson and Andrew Lynn harried, hurried, and harassed Leonard into three costly turnovers in the fourth. First, an interception by #6 Joey Swafford ended a promising drive at the Bulldog two yard line.
Later in the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs blocked a punt with Jake Roberts returning it to the Dixie 9 yard line. KentonDickison scored from 6 yards away, and Newman continued his perfect night making it 28-13 with just four minutes left.
Three plays later, Roberts intercepted Leonard again, and after two first downs, the Bulldogs went into victory formation.
Dixie ended the evening with 198 yards of total offenseincluding a -18 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs finished with 355 yards, and its first victory of the season.
Next week the Bulldogs travel to Waynesville to take on the Spartans.