’Dogs’ season ends with tough, 58-0, loss

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 21, 2012

Eustace vs Daingerfield

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Bulldog Jalen Seahorn (5) works with another Bulldog defensive player to bring down the Daingerfield quarterback.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

BULLARD–The Eustace Bulldogs’ football season ended with a heartbreaking, 58-0, loss to the Daingerfield Tigers in the first round of the playoffs Friday in Bullard.
“They had so much speed and size that wherever we went, they were there,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said.
Even though Eustace managed to move the ball well against the Tigers, the Tiger defense held strong, preventing the Bulldogs from the explosive and big-yard plays.
“They (Daingerfield) were vulnerable in several aspects when we ran certain plays,” Herman said. He went on to explain that Daingerfield quickly compensated.
It didn’t help that by the end of the game, Eustace was playing with seven junior varsity athletes on the field thanks to injuries.
Eustace started the game with four starters out, and lost three more during the course of the game.
The Eustace defense was strong, holding the larger Tigers to just 289 total offensive yards.
However, the Tiger defense held the potent Bulldog rushing game to 173 total yards.
Herman also noted penalties as a driving force in the lopsided score. The Bulldogs had 10 penalties for 77 yards.
In the first quarter, the Tigers rumbled out to a 14-0 lead after scoring on a kick return early, and a two-yard run after a lengthy drive.
They added 21 points in the second period to take a 35-0 lead into halftime.
Daingerfield scored 14 more in the third period, and tacked on nine more points in the final quarter of play.
Tiger quarterback Keris Alexander passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
For Eustace, Adam Carson led the offensive attack with 101 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Jalen Seahorn added 63 yards on 10 carries, and John Bradburn had 14 yards on six carries. Powerhouse running back Tyler Folsom was out of the game due to an injury sustained against Lone Oak last week.
“Daingerfield is a very athletic and big team. They have nine guys who weigh 250 pounds or more, and several who run a 4.3 40,” Herman said.
The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season with a 5-6 overall record, and their sixth straight playoff appearance.