The Centerville Bulldogs traveled to Shenandoah on Friday night for a tough non-conference matchup. Shenandoah was able to hold off the Bulldogs for a 22-17 win.
The first half was a battle. Throughout the first quarter we saw multiple defensive stands by the Bulldogs and Raiders. Both teams turned the ball over once in the first quarter as well. The second quarter hit and the defenses continued until just about the halfway point when Shenandoah Quarterback Tanner Goff hit Blake Surface for a 31 yard touchdown pass. This giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead they took into the half.
The second half was a huge test for the Bulldogs as they were going to have to play from behind for the first time this year. The Bulldogs looked fresh out of half forcing a turnover on downs which led to a Jake Erbse 21 yard field goal. The Raiders lead was now 7-3. The Bulldogs defense then came up big forcing a Raiders punt. However for the Bulldogs, the Raiders downed the ball at the 1 inch line, which played a factor as the Raiders forced a safety. Momentum was now back on the Raiders side as they led 9-3. The Raiders got the ball after the safety and drove down the field again, scoring off a Tanner Goff rushing touchdown which increased their lead to 15-3. The ensuing drive the Bulldogs fumbled and the Raiders recovered in Bulldog territory. The Raiders pushed along into the red zone as the third quarter expired.
The fourth quarter hit, and it was a big one for the Bulldogs as they now trailed 15-3. As Shenandoah was threatening they made huge 3rd and 4th down plays to push the ball to the Centerville one yard line, before Tanner Goff was able to push himself across for a one yard score. This gave the Raiders a 22-3 lead as we approached the midway point of the 4th quarter. It was then when the Bulldogs offense really started clicking as they drove down the field, which led to a Jamari Pamplin four yard rushing touchdown. His 7th on the year. This giving the Raiders a 22-10 lead. The Bulldogs defense forced another punt, as the offense took over. The Bulldogs offense faced some adversity this drive as they had to convert on many 4th down plays to keep this drive alive. They did so leading them down all the way to the one yard line. It was their the Raiders defense made three big stops leading to a huge fourth down for the Bulldogs. Ryan Dickenson then ran the “Tim Tebow Jump Pass Special” connecting to Noah Westover for one yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs now cut the Raiders lead to just 5 points with under a few minutes left to play. The Bulldogs defense came up big getting stops on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd down, but without any timeouts the Raiders were able to take the clock down all the way to zero on their fourth down play. This bringing us to our final score of the Raiders – 22 and the Bulldogs – 17.
The Bulldogs showed a lot of fight here tonight in their loss to Shenandoah. Scoring 14 straight points in the 4th quarter pushing it to a one possession game, before running out of time. The turnovers for the Bulldogs were costly tonight as Shenandoah capitalized on good field position. Coach Padgett said after the game that “This was a good test for the Bulldogs. They needed to be tested, and to show fight. We got that here tonight from the boys, even though things didn’t go our way.” The Bulldogs will wipe this game from their minds after taking in some film on Saturday and talking about adjustments that will be made for next week.
Centerville (2-1) will host Winchester (1-2) next Friday night at home in a big Tri-Eastern Conference matchup. Winchester defeated the Bulldogs last year 42-28 at Winchester.
CENTERVILLE COACH PADGETT: