Eustace gets big, 30-16, homecoming win

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 11, 2012

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Bulldog running back Jalen Seahorn (5) pushes his way through Malakoff defenders as he leads the Bulldogs to a 30-16 homecoming win Friday.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Bulldogs got a big, 30-16, homecoming win over the Malakoff Tigers Friday.
Bulldog running back Nathan Denson scored three times, and Jalen Seahorn scored a touchdown in the matchup.
Denson had 87 yards rushing on 14 carries, while Seahorn gained 126 yards on the ground with eight carries.
Overall, the Bulldogs gained 350 rushing yards.
The Bulldogs shut down the Tigers’ running game, allowing just 63 yards on the ground.
Damontes Dowell led the Tiger running game with 39 yards on eight carries, and quarterback Tate Taylor scrambled nine times for 27 yards.
Meanwhile, the Malakoff passing game was strong, with Taylor passing for 162 yards on eight completions.
True-to-form, the Bulldogs’ preferred to keep the ball on the ground, however quarterback Ryan Brown completed one pass for 22 yards.
“We came out with a lot of energy and played inspired early,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said. “We set the tone for the game quickly and controlled the ball and the clock.”
The scoreboard remained scoreless after the first period, leading everyone to believe the score would be low, and close.
“Our defense did a great job stopping some good Malakoff opportunities,” Herman explained. “Malakoff is a very good team and typically scores 40 points per game.”
Eustace, however, opened up in the second quarter, scoring 16 points.
The first points came on a 1-yard shot with 5:20 left in the game.
Bulldog kick Kyle Purselley’s kick was true, putting Eustace on top, 7-0.
Less than a minute later, Malakoff was backed up deep in their own territory when Tiger running back Damontes was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
With 55 seconds remaining in the half, Denson again scored on a short, 2-yard run. Purselley’s kick was on target, leaving Eustace with a 16-0 halftime lead.
Malakoff failed to find the end zone in the third quarter, while Eustace scored two more touchdowns.
The first touchdown of the second half came on a huge, 61-yard blast by Seahorn with 7:05 on the clock. The PAT was good, putting Eustace on top, 23-0.
Denson scored his third touchdown of the evening on a 3-yard run with just under three minutes left in the third quarter. The PAT was good, and Eustace took a 30-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers rallied in the fourth, scoring 16 points, while holding Eustace scoreless in the final quarter.
The Tigers’ first score came on a 1-yard scurry by Taylor. Malakoff running back Damontes Dowell ran in for the two-point conversion, making the score 30-8 in favor of Eustace.
The second, and final, touchdown of the game came with 4:20 left on the game clock as Taylor nailed a 45-yard pass to receiver Dariuhn Jackson.
The two-point conversion attempt was good after Dowell ran 2-yards into the endzone, leaving Eustace with a 30-16 win.
“Our kids were excited, played hard and limited their mistakes,” Herman said.
“When all units are clicking, everybody feeds off one another,” he added.
The Bulldogs now gear up to face District 7-2A D1 foes the Quitman Bulldogs.
Quitman has one win on the season, a 31-8 victory over Grand Saline Oct. 5. After losing the week before to Winnsboro (42-28) Quitman is 1-1 in district.
The Quitman Bulldogs have dealt with a lot of injuries this season and have had to rely on several athletes playing unfamiliar positions.
“They are, however, a well-coached team that is strong on the fundamentals and technique,” Herman said.
“They have enough talent to upset some teams. They will be a good challenge for us,” Herman added.