Bulldogs down Ardmore 27-12

Claim sole possession of second in district

Brad Gilbert - bgilbert@civitasmedia.com

The Altus Bulldogs whipped the Ardmore Tigers all over a very wet field to bring home a 27-12 victory.

This win puts the Bulldogs in sole possession of second place.

Altus has only two games remaining on their regular season schedule. Next Friday is a home game against Duncan. The last regular season game will be Nov. 5 at home against N.W. Classen. The Classen game will be senior night for the Bulldogs. Something really crazy would have to happen for the Bulldogs not to finish in second place in our district. Finishing in second place is a guarantee that the Bulldogs will host a first round playoff game at The Rock.

Conditions were not ideal in Ardmore on Friday night. Rain continued to gain strength from the outset of the game.

Ardmore kicked to player 33 for the Bulldogs. He returned it 55 yards, but the drive stalled from there and the ball was given over to Ardmore after Altus failed a fourth down conversion. That was the only failed attempt for the Bulldogs to convert a fourth down. On the night, Altus was 3-4 on fourth downs.

The defense set the tone early in the game. Any success Ardmore had against the Bulldogs up the middle was only a mirage. Ardmore’s speedster O.J. Walker was held in check all night. Walker tossed in 31 yards on eight rush attempts. After the first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie, the Bulldogs went on a drive that would take up most of the second quarter. After converting a key third down on the drive deep in Ardmore territory, the game was delayed and both teams were removed from the field and sent to the locker rooms. Lightning had moved into the area.

After a 25 minute break to let the storm clear out some, the Bulldogs took the field and quickly got on the board first with a 12-yard touchdown rush by #33. Gabe Barton added the extra point and the score was 7-0.

That score would remain at the half.

Ardmore reached pay-dirt in the third quarter, but failed to convert the extra point. The score was 7-6.

The Bulldogs wasted no time answering that Tigers’ touchdown with a long, sustained drive that chewed the minutes off of the clock. #33 Birdow scampered 19 yards for his second score. After Gabe Barton tacked on the extra point, the score was 14-6 headed into the final quarter.

The Bulldogs added to more rushing touchdowns by #33. The first touchdown was from 17 yards out. Ardmore quarterback, Clay Atwood rumbled in from one yard out to end the Ardmore scoring efforts for the evening. The Tigers failed on both point after attempts in the game.

Birdow added another score for Altus,this time from one yard out. The final score was 27-12.

This was a huge win for these kids and anyone involved with the program. The win on Friday was the result of a focused week of practice. The coaching staff prepared a perfect game plan to try and move the ball on Ardmore.

This game featured the Bulldogs’ defense and an offensive line that cleared space all night.

Jayden Benway may have played his best game as a quarterback in a Bulldogs’ uniform. Jayden’s game in “on-paper” statistics looks a little boring compared to some of his other games this season. However, Jayden’s mastery under center in this flex-bone attack has him making some of the quickest decisions in football. The flex-bone works like well-oiled bicycles when the quarterback’s decisions and executions of hand-offs, keeps or pitches happen so fast that it is hard for fans to keep up with the ball. Jayden pulled the ball out of #33 belly and headed down the line only to pitch at the very last minute to a Bulldogs speedster just in time before taking a big hit.

Benway inched closer to the Bulldog record books when he laid out with feet in bounds and caught at errant Ardmore pass. This not only sealed the game for the Bulldogs, it was Benway’s 17th career interception. Just three interceptions away from Byron Paul’s record of 20 set in 1974-1976.

Baylor Feller, Hassan Foye, Mikey Abuan, Sean Torres and Trevon Ridenour were dominant on defense again tonight.

This was a total team effort from the start of Monday’s practice on through the disposing of the #4 team in 5A at their field.

Great Job Bulldogs !!

Duncan is next. Don’t forget to get your chances purchased for the drawing to see who will take on the skills challenge next in a chance to win a new truck from Wilmes.


1st Quarter

No Scores

2nd Quarter

ALT: Taven Birdow 12 yd Rush (TD) 6-0

ALT: Gabe Barton (PAT) 7-0

3rd Quarter

ARD: Kydric Knox 21 yd Rush (TD) 7-6

ALT: Taven Birdow 19 yd Rush (TD) 13-6

ALT: Gabe Barton (PAT) 14-6

4th Quarter

ALT: Taven Birdow 17 yd Rush (TD) 20-6

ARD: Clay Atwood 1 yd Rush (TD) 20-12

ALT: Taven Birdow 1 yd Rush (TD) 26-12

ALT: Gabe Barton (PAT) 27-12

Game Summary Altus Ardmore
first downs 22 11
rushes – yards


receptions yards 0-0 0-0
Passing Yards 0 0
comp-attempts 0-1 0-5
TD – interceptions 0-0 0-1
fumbles – lost 4-0 1-0
penalties – yards 8-75 7-46
3rd down conv. 6-13 1-5
4th down conv. 3-4 0-4
FG made-att 0-0 0-0
Sacks-yards 0 0
time of possesion 32:23 16:38


Number Player Rushes Yards TD Fumbles
33 Taven Birdow 39 235 4 0
3 Sha’Quan French 6 28 0 1
30 Mikey Abuan 1 15 0 0
1 Jake Vargas 1 14 0 0
14 Jayden Benway 8 11 0 2
22 Tito Jones 4 2 0 1

Claim sole possession of second in district

Brad Gilbert


Reach Brad Gilbert @482-1221 ext. 2076

or bgilbert@civitasmedia.com

Reach Brad Gilbert @482-1221 ext. 2076

or bgilbert@civitasmedia.com

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