Year in review: Bulldogs win Bi-District Championship

Evan Hays: Sports Editor
Staff Writer

Sports Editor
November 16, 2015
The Borger Bulldogs rallied for an epic victory in Midland Saturday night as they claimed the bi-district championship by beating Clint, 34-27. Borger went down 14-0 early in the game, but pulled ahead in the fourth quarter to get the win over the Lions to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs received the opening kick off Saturday night, and had trouble getting the offense going early in the ball game. Borger would gain one first down to begin the game, but the offense stalled out soon after forcing an early punt from Bryce Day. However, the Clint offense couldn’t muster any offense either, so they punted it back to the Bulldogs. Borger would have some success on the next possession with a seven play drive, but it too stalled out and Borger punted. Clint would strike first on the next drive as quarterback Sal Gonzalez broke free for a 74 yard touchdown run, so Borger found themselves down, 7-0. The first big mistake of the evening would come on Borger’s next drive as Bryce Day went back for the punt, the long snapper hiked the ball over Day’s head, and the Lions fell on the ball at the one yard line. Borger would give up a heck of a fight in the one yard line, but Clint eventually punched the ball in for a two yard touchdown, and Borger was suddenly down 14-0 quickly. The Bulldogs would instantly answer back as Dontae Chambers returned the next kick off 95 yards for a touchdown. However, Borger missed the extra point, and trailed 14-6. After one quarter of play the Bulldogs were down 14-6.
The next mistake of the night would also belong to Borger as Clint punted the ball to the Bulldogs the ball touched a Borger player, and the Lions fell on it. After a four play drive, Clint would find the end zone again on a two yard touchdown run, so Clint lead, 21-6. Borger wide receiver Jud Tyree would play a big role on the next possession catching two long passes to get Borger into Clint territory. As time in the first half expired, Bulldog quarterback Bryce Day fired the ball into the end zone, and wide receiver Eaya Lewis climbed the ladder and caught the ten yard touchdown. Borger failed on the two-point conversion, so Clint had the lead at the half, 21-12.
Clint would receive the second half kick off, but had two costly penalties on their first possession causing a punt. Borger would respond with a four play drive to get back into the end zone. Bryce Day would pull the ball down and scamper into the end zone from 27 yards out to pull the Bulldogs closer at, 21-19. Clint would be the next team to make a mistake on their next possession as quarterback Sal Gonzalez was stripped of the ball, and Borger’s Landon Ibarra would fall on the loose ball giving Borger great field position. Borger would capitalize on the turnover scoring on a five play drive ending with a 17 yard touchdown pass from Bryce Day to Dontae Chambers giving Borger their first lead, 26-21. However, Clint would respond immediately with a five play drive of their own with Daniel Zacarius running it in from 19 yards out. Clint failed to convert a two-point conversion, so the score was, 27-26.
On the Bulldogs next possession they mover the ball back down the field, but would stall in Clint territory and turn it over on downs. The Lions couldn’t take advantage of the turnover, and would kick it back to the Bulldogs. On Borger’s next possession they used a clutch catch from Jud Tyree of 26 yards to help get them back into Clint territory. JyUius Bumpus would then break free for an 11 yard touchdown run, and Bryce Day would convert the two-point conversion with less than three minutes in the game, and Borger led, 34-27. Maverick Wilkinson would seal the deal on Clint’s last possession with a sack, and Borger won the contest, 34-27. Borger linebacker Miguel Rangel had an outstanding game for Borger, as he seemed to be every where Saturday night in Midland. The Bulldogs will now face Abilene-Wylie with time and place yet to be announced.