The Bulldogs will make the longest road trip of their season next Friday. The boys in blue are heading to Ardmore in a match-up with huge post-season implications.
Ardmore lost in the final minute of the game against Mac, 29-28 on Friday. In a district showcase of two teams with speedy players all over the field, Ardmore took a 28-21 lead with half of a fourth quarter to play.
Ardmore stopped MacArthur on the their next possession and forced a punt. Ardmore then faced a 4th and 1 situation at their own 29 yard line. In what I thought at the time was the gutsiest coaching decision I’ve seen this season at any level, the Ardmore coach decided to go for it.
That should tell anyone interested just how confident Ardmore is in their run game. Ardmore converted that first down and kept the clock running. Ardmore advanced the ball a few more yards but was forced to punt the ball to Mac one last time. Because of Mac’s ability to block kicks and punts this season, and because Mac had nearly blocked two of Ardmore’s punts earlier in the game, Ardmore rushed to the punt.
The ball weakly fluttered off the side of the Ardmore punter’s foot and Mac took over at their own 47 yard line with 1:22 left in the game. At the 1:05 mark from Ardmore’s 36 yard line, Mac executed a double move perfectly. For some reason, Ardmore had left their cornerback in single press coverage against Mac’s best wide receiver, Javier Christon. After the pump fake on the out route, the Mac quarterback had to simply lob the pass up. Christon seemed to float under it as if he were playing hopscotch on a Sunday afternoon.
Then, needing one point to tie, the Mac coach trumped the gutsy call by Ardmore coaches made earlier on the 4th and 1.
Even though Mac possesses a more than capable kicking game, they decided to try and win it out right. They chose to attempt the two-point conversion. They only needed a simple toss out to the left side to get in the end zone.
Ardmore’s next possession stalled out with no time outs left to stop the clock. As the clock hit zero, The Bulldogs’ chances of winning the district championship dwindled to near nothing.
Anything can happen of course. There are higher goals in the Bulldogs’ sights. Their efforts in recent games not only proves they are starting to put all the pieces in place to make a deep post-season run, but they are blazing a memorable trail along their way.
The Altus school record book is getting obliterated by the 2015 version of Bulldog football – see Thursday’s game against Chickasha.
To gain over 500 yards in total offense in high school is exceptional. The record for total yards gained by a Bulldog offense was 589 yards set against Shawnee in 1971. This was the year of Altus’ only state championship. The Bulldogs had employed their version of the Wishbone option offense and Scotty Mckee pitched it right and left for huge yardage. Defenses had no idea how to stop this style of offense yet.
That record stood for 44 years until it was eclipsed by this year’s Bulldogs in back to back weeks. Against Chickasha on Thursday, the Bulldogs racked up a cool 604 yards of total offense. This is extra special when we consider it to be a true total team effort. The starters rested the entire second half of the game. Because of this, a good portion of these yards were claimed by the reserve Bulldogs.
As wonderful as it would be to have this stand as the record, it falls short of last week’s Del City victory.
In disposing of a formidable district foe, the Bulldogs chewed up 625 total yards on offense. This is the new record for most yards total offense by a team in a single game.
The Bulldogs narrowly missed claiming the team single game rushing record as well. The Bulldog’s 506 yards on the ground last week fell nine yards short of that mark. That record of 515 was set by the 1995 bunch against Chickasha.
Congratulations Bulldogs. I will keep a close eye on the books and make sure that credit is given where credit is due.
You guys have enough to worry about. Trophies shine brighter and for much longer than words on paper.
GO BULLDOGS !! Go get ready for Ardmore. This is another big one.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076