China Spring Defense Dominates Bullard in 33-7 Win
CORSICANA -- The Bullard offense didn't have an answer for China Spring's defense, and the Panthers fell 33-7 in their non-district matchup Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Bullard offense got nothing going offensively to start the game, as the bigger and stronger China Spring defensive line and linebackers dictated the pace. The Panthers punted in each of their first four possessions, gaining just 17 total yards over that span. A 15-yard chop-block penalty killed the second drive after a first down, but it was three-and-outs in the other three possessions.
The China Spring offense didn’t look much better in the first possession, but after the initial three-and-out, China Spring put together a five-play, 44-yard drive that was capped off by a 31-yard touchdown run by junior Keaton Dudik. The Cougars capitalized with good field position after a Bullard punt traveled 12 yards.
The Cougars added another touchdown with 10:53 left in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead after a blocked extra point. China Spring took over three minutes off the clock on the eight-play, 57-yard drive. This time China Spring scored through the air, as quarterback Kameron Coe found senior Colin Dudik for a three-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal.
Bullard was in search of points before the half, but an eight-play drive that traveled 77-yard drive was stalled on third-and-goal, forcing the Panthers into a 21-yard field goal attempt by Will McCowin. The attempt was tipped at the line and China Spring took over the ball and held the Bullard offense one more time before the first half ended.
China Spring outgained Bullard by only 24 yards in the first half, but over half of Bullard’s yards were gained on the drive that ended with a blocked field goal. On that drive, Cleet Bowman found D’Juan Martin for a 48-yard gain.
It was the only completed pass by Bullard in the first half. Rushes of 16 and 19 yards, respectfully, were gained by Brooks Parham. Parham ended the first half with 51 yards on seven carries. Keaton Dudik led all offensive players with 85 yards of total offense in the first half.
China Spring doubled its lead to 26-0 by the end of the third quarter. The Cougars scored on their first and last possessions of the third quarter. The first came on a 10-yard touchdown run by Keaton Dudik and the second came on a 98-yard touchdown pass to Cutter Haigood from Coe. On the play, a Bullard defender was in position, jumped, missed the ball and Haigood hauled it in and his feet did the rest.
Bullard avoided a shutout when Tre Crayton capped off a 13-play drive that took up seven minutes of game clock with a three-yard touchdown run. The point after attempt by McCowin cut the China Spring lead to 33-7 with 1:58 left in the game.
Crayton was a bright spot for a Bullard offense that registered 10 first downs in the second half, but only that one touchdown. Crayton had 45 yards rushing in the second half. China Spring had the second half passing advantage by 201 yards to 17.
China Spring 33, Bullard 7
At Tiger Stadium, Corsicana
Bullard 0 0 0 7 -- 7
China Spring 7 6 13 7 -- 33
CS: Keaton Dudik 31 run (Javier Sauceda kick), 3:23
CS: Colin Dudik 3 pass from Kameron Koe (Sauceda kick blocked) 10:53
CS: Keaton Dudik 10 run (2-point fail) 9:32
CS: Cutter Haigood 98 pass from Koe (Sauceda kick) 1:55
CS: Keaton Dudik 66 pass from Koe (Sauceda kick) 8:01
B: Tre Crayton 3 run (Will McCowin kick) 1:58
First Downs 14 12
Total Yards 220 381
Rushes-Yards 55-149 33-146
Passing Yards 71 235
Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-12-0 8-16-0
Punts-Avg. 6-36.0 4-41.7
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-45 3-30
RUSHING – Bullard, Tre Crayton 13-57, Brooks Parham 12-77, Luke Bowman 10-27. China Spring – China Spring, Keaton Dudik 21-136, Kameron Coe 9-18.
PASSING – Bullard, Cleet Bowman 2-7-0-54, Hood Taylor 2-7-0-14. China Spring Kameron Coe 8-16-2-235.
RECEIVING – Bullard, D’Juan Martin 1-48, Major Tennison 1-6, Nic Costas 2-11. China Spring, Tre Crayton 3-77, Cutter Haigood 1-98, Brett Cain 3-51.