Bulldogs shoot down Spring Garden

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By Chris McCarthy
 
There was a bit of gunslinging going on at Shinbone Ridge on Friday (Sept 18).
Operating primarily out of the pistol offense for the first time this season, Gaston posted a
28-14 victory over Spring Garden in the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.
Nursing a 14-6 lead at the start of the second half, the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1) scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the third quarter to pull away.
The Panthers (2-2, 1-2) dew within 14 points on Dakota Lambert’s 3-yard touchdown run at 10:35 of the fourth, but the visitors managed only six yards on eight offensive plays the rest of the way.
“We came out of halftime and played the way that we should play,” said Gaston head coach Swane Morris. “We weren’t getting the three-and-outs that we needed in the first half and we didn’t sustain drives early in the game.
“We wanted to commit to the pistol, and we’re going to stay with it. Out personnel fits that kind of offense and I wanted to give out kids a chance with it.”
Jashun Cammeron was the biggest beneficiary of the new offense, rushing 18 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
“Jashun ran very effectively tonight,” said Morris. “He ran downhill with his eyes to the hole.” 
Jordan Douglas was 2-for-5 in passing for 113 yards while gaining 60 yards on four carries.
It took the Bulldogs just three plays to find the end zone in the second half. Douglas’s 34-yard run put the hosts deep in Panther territory, and on first down and 5 from the 12 D.J. Pope ran it in for the score. The PAT was blocked but Gaston led 20-6 at the 11-minute mark.
Spring Garden was poised to answer on the ensuing drive after Ben Ivey’s 36-yard pass to Lambert set up the Panthers at the Bulldog 26.
But Gaston lineman Bubba Satterfield recovered a fumble to diffuse the threat, and on the next play Douglas and Dylan Gilchrist connected for a 66-yard touchdown. Douglas ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-6 lead at 9:07.
The Panthers then put together an 11-play, 76-yard series that began with a 43-yard run by Lambert and eventually produced a first and goal from the Bulldog 4.
That was far as the visitors got, as Gaston held on fourth down. Gaston drained more than five minutes off the clock with a nine-play series, then recovered a Panther fumble with 4:49 remaining.
Spring Garden wound up with a 334-304 edge in total yardage. Lambert ran 17 times for 167 yards, while Quintin Downey added 62 yards on 15 carries.
“We had some people get banged up that took us out of what were we able to do late in the game, but Coach Morris had a good game plan,” said Spring Garden head coach
Jason Howard. “Dakota Lambert ran the ball real well. I thought that our defense played well, but they ran the ball pretty well on us in the second half. We just have to get healthy and get ready for the region games.”
The Panthers scored on their second series of the game, a nine-play, 49-yard drive that was capped by Downey’s 2-yard touchdown with 1:27 left in the first period.
The extra point was blocked, however, and Gaston tied the game at 6-6 on Douglas’ 2-yard touchdown on the following possession.
Later in the quarter, the Bulldog defense once more held on a fourth down conversion attempt, and Douglas’ 47-yard pass to Alexander Allen set up Cammeron’s 3-yard score with 1:03 remaining before the half. Douglas passed for the two-point conversion to provided the hosts with a 14-6 halftime lead.
Gaston travels to Gaylesvllle next week
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By Chris McCarthy

There was a bit of gunslinging going on at Shinbone Ridge on
Friday (Sept 18).

Operating primarily out of the pistol offense for the first
time this season, Gaston posted a 28-14 victory over Spring Garden in the Bulldogs’ homecoming
game.

Nursing a 14-6 lead at the start of the second half, the
Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1) scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the
third quarter to pull away.

The Panthers (2-2, 1-2) dew within 14 points on Dakota
Lambert’s 3-yard touchdown run at 10:35 of the fourth, but the visitors managed
only six yards on eight offensive plays the rest of the way.

“We came out of halftime and played the way that we should
play,” said Gaston head coach Swane Morris. “We weren’t getting the
three-and-outs that we needed in the first half and we didn’t sustain drives
early in the game.

“We wanted to commit to the pistol, and we’re going to stay
with it. Out personnel fits that kind of offense and I wanted to give out kids
a chance with it.”

Jashun Cammeron was the biggest beneficiary of the new
offense, rushing 18 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

“Jashun ran very effectively tonight,” said Morris. “He ran
downhill with his eyes to the hole.” 

Jordan Douglas was 2-for-5 in passing for 113 yards while
gaining 60 yards on four carries.

It took the Bulldogs just three plays to find the end zone
in the second half. Douglas’s 34-yard run put the hosts deep in Panther
territory, and on first down and 5 from the 12 D.J. Pope ran it in for the
score. The PAT was blocked but Gaston led 20-6 at the 11-minute mark.

Spring Garden was poised to answer on the ensuing drive
after Ben Ivey’s 36-yard pass to Lambert set up the Panthers at the Bulldog 26.

But Gaston lineman Bubba Satterfield recovered a fumble to
diffuse the threat, and on the next play Douglas and Dylan Gilchrist connected
for a 66-yard touchdown. Douglas ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-6
lead at 9:07.

The Panthers then put together an 11-play, 76-yard series
that began with a 43-yard run by Lambert and eventually produced a first and
goal from the Bulldog 4.

That was far as the visitors got, as Gaston held on fourth
down. Gaston drained more than five minutes off the clock with a nine-play
series, then recovered a Panther fumble with 4:49 remaining.

Spring Garden wound up with a 334-304 edge in total yardage.
Lambert ran 17 times for 167 yards, while Quintin Downey added 62 yards on 15
carries.

“We had some people get banged up that took us out of what
were we able to do late in the game, but Coach Morris had a good game plan,”
said Spring Garden head coach Jason Howard. “Dakota Lambert ran the ball real well. I
thought that our defense played well, but they ran the ball pretty well on us
in the second half. We just have to get healthy and get ready for the region
games.”

The Panthers scored on their second series of the game, a
nine-play, 49-yard drive that was capped by Downey’s 2-yard touchdown with 1:27
left in the first period.

The extra point was blocked, however, and Gaston tied the
game at 6-6 on Douglas’ 2-yard touchdown on the following possession.

Later in the quarter, the Bulldog defense once more held on
a fourth down conversion attempt, and Douglas’ 47-yard pass to Alexander Allen
set up Cammeron’s 3-yard score with 1:03 remaining before the half. Douglas
passed for the two-point conversion to provided the hosts with a 14-6 halftime
lead.

Gaston travels to Gaylesvllle next week in non-region action. 

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