Pioneers over­whelm Bull­dogs

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - By Mike Eck­els meck­

GEN­TRY — In the sec­ond week of the 2017 foot­ball sea­son, the De­catur Bull­dogs trav­eled to Gen­try to take on the Pioneers in a non­con­fer­ence game at Pi­o­neer Sta­dium on Sept. 8.

In week one, the Pioneers de­feated Lavaca, 50-0, while the Bull­dogs lost their sea­son opener to 4A Ber­ryville, 61-0.

Dur­ing the open­ing se­ries of the first quar­ter, Gen­try scored on a touch­down run by Pey­ton Wright from the De­catur 15-yard line. The point af­ter was good, mak­ing it a 7-0 ball game On the third play of the Bull­dogs’ first pos­ses­sion, a short pass by quar­ter­back Joseph Arm­strong to Tay­lor Hais­man at the Gen­try 25-yard line re­sulted in a 75-yard run and the first touch­down of the 2017 sea­son for the Bull­dogs. The point-af­ter was good, mak­ing it a 7-7 game. This would be the only time De­catur would see the end zone dur­ing the first half. Gen­try, how­ever, took con­trol of the half and scored six more times be­fore the break.

Gen­try’s quar­ter­back, Jon Faulken­berry, found Bran­don At­wood on the left cor­ner of the end zone for the Pi­o­neer’s sec­ond touch­down. Faulken­berry scored twice, once on a quar­ter­back keeper half­way through the first quar­ter and again on an in­ter­cepted Joseph Arm­strong pass in the sec­ond quar­ter. At­wood found the end zone two more times, while team­mates Myles McFer­ron and Ja­cob Lothes each scored once.

De­catur suf­fered a se­ries of in­juries in the first half, in­clud­ing Takota Par­sons, who sus­tained an an­kle in­jury which side­lined him for the rest of the con­test.

Be­cause of in­juries and the wide mar­gin on the score­board, the De­catur coach­ing staff de­cided to for­feit the game to Gen­try prior at the start of the sec­ond half. The fi­nal score: Gen­try 56, De­catur 7.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

De­catur’s Tay­lor Hais­man es­capes Gen­try’s Dy­lan Ray­burn (left) and Jon Faulken­berry (back, right) as he car­ries the ball 75 yards for the Bull­dogs’ only touch­down at Pi­o­neer Sta­dium on Sept. 8. Gen­try de­feated De­catur 56-7.

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