The Bulldogs’ win over Del City Friday evening, 49-33 was special to witness. Several notable performances entertained those Bulldog fans in attendance.
One very rare performance in particular left fans to ponder if their eyes had deceived them. Taven “T-Bird” Birdow put on a show that dazzled onlookers and caused some Bulldog fans to doubt their own memories of what they saw.
When the game began, Birdow was 144 yards shy of the Altus career rushing record. This was a very reachable number by Taven and the boys in blue. The timing was right for him and the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs needed some offensive confidence back, and to get a win.
Taven needed a game which would grant him opportunities to shine while taking less damage than he did during the Mac game last week.
Taven was roughed up some last week against Mac as he earned 134 yards against a very stout Mac defense through shear will. This week was a different story.
“Every time I was given the ball tonight,” said Taven, “all I saw was wide open spaces ahead of me. My boys ahead of me on the line went after these yards just as hard as I did. These records are as much their records as they are mine. We will always have this together. It’s something we won’t soon forget.”
None of us will Taven.
Birdow needed 144 yards for the career mark at Altus. When the clock ran out at the end on the Bulldogs win, Taven had amassed 371 yards on 30 carries. This eclipsed the old school record by 227 yards. Taven still has five regular season games this year to continue to put the record way off into the distance. There is no telling what number Taven will have next to his name in next year’s program that lists all of the school records. The record Taven broke last night had already stood for 61 years.
This is an amazing accomplishment for sure. So, now is a good time to remind all of us that Taven can’t count any of his junior season stats while in Florida. Once that settles on our minds, this begins to look like the sports version of some kind of paranormal activity.
However, that wasn’t enough excitement for us. Taven scored four touchdowns. Two TDs on game breakers of 85 and 72 yards. It looked like Taven was having an early season try-out for the Spring track team.
His 371 (three – hundred and seventy-one) yards completely obliterated the single game school record for rush yards at Altus. A record Taven already held.
Now, Taven is at 1,177 yards this year. This puts his old mark of 1,796 yards for a single season in jeopardy.
T-Bird has me digging through any source I can get my hands on to see where Friday’s performance lands on the State and National list for high school performances by a running back.
Taven’s out of body efforts Friday came at a cost though. His record breaking night totally overshadows a very impressive night by Jayden Benway, and the entire team for that matter. Benway scored two TDs as he played the option game like a wizard magician.
Any Bulldog that saw playing time Friday night could get singled out for how great they played. That still doesn’t cover it. Del City’s quarterback, Terry Wilson turned in another gem of a game for his highlight reels. Del City was in a panic mode and desperate for quick scores. Wilson was slinging it 50, 60 and near 70 yards for some quick strike bombs.
Bulldog fans got a front row seat on Friday for a close up version of what it’s like for Big XII teams trying to stop Baylor or TCU from scoring.
I will confidently state right now that Wilson looks like a mega star on the collegiate level. I really hope Oregon is not on any of our favorite teams’ schedules in about three years.
Look to Tuesday’s edition of the Altus Time sfor some great post-game words from Altus Bulldogs Coach Jeremy Reed.
Bulldogs, I believe I can speak for all of your fans that span this globe by saying, “Thank You. Our cups are out of space to contain the pride we have in you.”
GO BULLDOGS !! GO GO GO
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