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Eustace Bulldogs beat Rice, stays undefeated

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 11, 2013

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps Eustace running back James East (21) throws a timely block to give Bulldog running back Lance Rogers (2) an open hole to run through. Meanwhile, Eustace quarterback Ryan Brown (5) fakes a pass to draw defenders away. Eustace defeated the visiting Rice Bulldogs, 24-7, Sept. 6, to remain undefeated for the season.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace running back James East (21) throws a timely block to give Bulldog running back Lance Rogers (2) an open hole to run through. Meanwhile, Eustace quarterback Ryan Brown (5) fakes a pass to draw defenders away. Eustace defeated the visiting Rice Bulldogs, 24-7, Sept. 6, to remain undefeated for the season.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Bulldogs racked up almost 400 yards of rushing to defeat the visiting Rice Bulldogs 24-7 and remain undefeated on the season.
Eustace led by running back Lance Rogers, rushed 64 times in the contest. Rogers rushed 23 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Clay Carson rushed 13 times for 87 yards and one touchdown.
Jesus Barcenas added 94 yards on the ground with 14 carries.
In typical Eustace form, passing was kept at a minimum, with quarterback Ryan Brown completing one of three passes for nine yards. The one completion was to receiver Sam Abrahamson.
Meanwhile, the sturdy Eustace defense held Rice to 96 yards rushing and just 23 in the air.
The first period was a time for both teams to feel each other out and make defensive stands.
Eustace scored the first points of the game in the second quarter on a six-yard run from Rogers. Browns PAT was good, putting Eustace on top 7-0.
Rice followed suit with a 45-yard blast into the endzone. The good extra point tied the game.
Eustace took the lead again the the third quarter on an eight-yard run by Carson. Barcenas ran three yards for the two-point conversion, putting Eustace on top 15-7.
Eustace added nine points in the fourth quarter, the first being a 35-yard field goal by Brown.
A short time later, Rogers bounded into the endzone from three yards out. The extra point missed its mark, leaving Eustace on top 24-7.
Eustace head coach Heath Ragle is seeing his team perform as he expects them to. “The guys are meeting my expectations 100 percent,” Ragle said. “They are working hard and it is paying off.”
As for the games, Ragle explained that the type of offense the Bulldogs are running is not always a high-scoring offense, but a ball and clock control offense. “The games are playing out just as expected for us,” he commented.
This week, Eustace will face the District 19-3A Rusk Eagles.
Although Rusk has an 0-2 record, Ragle sees Rusk as one of the biggest challenges his team will face defensively.
“They may have the best defense we see all year,” he said. “They (Rusk) have some very good athletes.”
Ragle explained that Rusk runs a “flex bone” offense, featuring a lot of options and toss plays to the perimeter.
Simply put, the Eustace defense will have to be well prepared.

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