Bull­dogs come up bust against Bre­men

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

The Cedar­town Bull­dogs clawed and strug­gled through four quar­ters, but they couldn’t com­pletely stop a strong Bre­men Blue Dev­ils run­ning game and fell at home 13-9 last Fri­day night.

Cedar­town (1-2) tried to hold off Bre­men and make a fourth quar­ter come­back for the win, but couldn’t come up with a cru­cial first down on a fourth and six play on two in­com­plete passes from Bull­dogs quar­ter­back Taji Hud­son.

Se­nior run­ning back Tony Mathis got to score on a two yard run in the first quar­ter, but re­mained mainly sti­fled by the Blue Dev­ils de­fense for most of the night. The Bull­dogs saw the point af­ter blocked, and then Bre­men scored late in the first half to go up be­fore head­ing into the locker room.

Be­fore the half, Cedar­town was push­ing to­ward the end zone again and the Bull­dogs were get­ting close to scor­ing when in the last sec­onds a pass put up by Taji Hud­son was missed, and com­plaints were is­sued by the Cedar­town re­ceiver.

What­ever was said about the lack of a pass in­ter­fer­ence call, it prompted the ref­er­ees to pe­nal­ize Cedar­town for un­sports­man­like con­duct.

Head coach Doyle Kel­ley went to mid­field be­fore head­ing into the locker room him­self, and at­tempted to ar­gue the is­sue fur­ther and was also pe­nal­ized.

Kel­ley later said he was sorry for the out­burst, and said that emo­tion played heavy in the game.

That started Cedar­town off af­ter half­time with 30 more yards to make up on kick­off, and they were just able to re­cover an on­side kick.

Ref­er­ees dur­ing the first half also sent play­ers to the side­lines on sev­eral oc­ca­sions on both teams for shirts un­der­neath their jer­seys not be­ing tucked in prop­erly, and in one case a Blue Devil player was sent back for a kneepad not be­ing placed cor­rectly.

As the game wound down in the sec­ond half, Cedar­town was able to punch a field goal in dur­ing the third quar­ter but Bre­men re­sponded with a touch­down and a missed 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt. Nei­ther team scored dur­ing the fourth quar­ter at all.

Hud­son threw a lone pick with less than a minute left in the fourth quar­ter to bring the Bull­dogs’ chances of get­ting a last sec­ond win­ning score to an end.

Kel­ley said af­ter the game to his play­ers in the team hud­dle that he was re­spon­si­ble for not hav­ing the team pre­pared well enough ahead of Bre­men’s visit to Cedar­town Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

“We didn’t ex­e­cute on of­fense the way we nor­mally do,” Kel­ley said. “I’ll tell you that we’re a rhythm team, and we never could get into our rhythm. We were down in the 20 three or four times and couldn’t the first down that we needed or punch it in. We had our chances.”

Bre­men put up 236 yards of of­fense against Cedar­town’s 317 over­all on the night, but penal­ties hurt the Bull­dogs.

They ended the night with 14 flags thrown and 115 yards lost against them on both sides of the ball.

“We’ve got to go back to work and work harder,” Kel­ley said. “I’m a firm be­liever… it both­ers me that we had a lot of guys cramp­ing tonight. I know it hot and its hu­mid and all those kinds of things. But they should be in bet­ter shape than this. But we’re go­ing to go back and work hard.”

Kel­ley added that “the guys know what they’ve got to do.”

There’s not much time left for them to work out is­sues in prac­tice they faced on the field last Fri­day night. Two days from now, the Bull­dogs are right back into the thick of things for Homecoming night.

They face a 2-1 South­east Whit­field next Fri­day, who came off a big win of their own over Coahulla Creek on Aug. 31 in a 9-6 con­test. They got a break last week be­fore they travel to Cedar­town.

South­east Whit­field started off the sea­son with a loss at home to Wood­land, but hosted a 21-16 win over Mur­ray County on Aug. 24.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town quar­ter­back Taji Hud­son looks for an open man dur­ing the first half against Bre­men.

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town de­fend­ers put pres­sure on the Bre­men quar­ter­back dur­ing the first half in their Sept. 7 home game.

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