CRESTLINE — On Friday night, the Crestline Bulldogs welcomed the Toledo Christian Eagles to Hutson Stadium for a 7:30 gridiron clash.
Crestline would improve their season record back to .500 at 4-4 after shutting out Toledo Christian; 31-0.
Penalties haunted the ‘Dogs throughout most of the contest with multiple infractions negating scoring plays.
After the Crestline defense caused the first punt of the game on the Eagles’ first drive, Ty Clark and the offense took over on their own 30-yard line. Clark and the “O” would use a variety of running and passing plays throughout the evening in attempts to leave the Eagles’ “D” unsettled. This was apparent on the first drive of the night when Caleb Moore busted an 18-yard run that would be called back on an offensive holding penalty. Clark would then attempt a bomb downfield to intended target Davon Triplett, but the pass sailed just past Triplett’s finger tips. Crestline would continue to drive until Clark was picked-off for his only interception thrown on the evening.
More penalties and Triplett’s fumble recovery would give the ball back to the home squad. Crestline would get their scoring started on this drive as Moore would punch in the touchdown from two-yards out. Dillon Foltz missed the extra-point attempt but the ‘Dogs took the early 6-0 advantage and would not look back.
Clark would finish the first half scoring in that first quarter, dashing in from two-yards out to put Crestline up 12-0 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.
Moore and Clark would contribute the only six points scored in the third when the QB hit Moore for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Foltz would not convert the PAT and the ‘Dogs would head to the fourth and final quarter up by a score of 18-0.
In the fourth, the Eagles’ offense continued to struggle moving and holding on to the ball and the Bulldogs would capitalize.
Ethan Clum would be the recipient of a 36-yard touchdown pass from Clark and after another failed two-point conversion, Crestline held the 24-0 advantage over the visiting Eagles. The Bulldogs offense was not yet finished and Moore would score the final points of the evening on a 21-yard touchdown run. Foltz hit the PAT to put the game at its’ eventual final score; 31-0.
For the night, Crestline posted 370 yards of total offense (193 passing and 177 rushing).
Clark finished at 11/19 through the air, good for 193 yards, two touchdowns and just the one interception. Clark would also contribute 39 rushing yards and a TD on seven carries.
Moore amassed 114 yards on 17 carries en route to the two scores. Moore also add the one catch for the 15-yard TD in the third.
Other offensive stats for the ‘Dogs on Friday were: Dakota Wireman- 3 carries, 19 yards; Bailey Woolard- 1 carry, 5 yards and 3 catches, 10 yards; Triplett- 4 catches, 79 yards; Jaxson France- 2 catches, 53 yards and Clum- 1 catch, 36 yards, TD.
Defensively, the Bulldogs racked up 14 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Triplett finished with two fumble recoveries while Woolard scooped up a fumble as well. France recorded the home team’s only interception on the night.
Next Friday, Crestline will host the Ridgedale Rockets for their second meeting of the 2017 season.
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