Bulldogs top Bearkats, 41-18, in Thursday night clash
The Queen City Bulldogs kicked off their 2017 football season in an unexpected place on an unexpected day. The Bulldogs were scheduled to play on Friday, Sept. 1, at Cushing High School but instead, due to the recent severe weather, played the day before at Arp High School against the Cushing Bearkats.
The Bulldogs started the game on defense after Cushing won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Bearkats began on their own 18-yard line and moved the ball effectively until they were forced to turn the ball over on downs.
Junior defensive back Hunter Farrington denied a short pass play to give QC possession at their own 25-yard line.
Sophomore running back Kemya Hicks kick-started the Bulldog offense with a 10-yard carry down the right sideline. Unfortunately, on the following play Queen City fumbled the ball back to the Bearkats.
On the next Cushing possession, the Bulldogs gave up a couple of big gains on the ground but eventually overpowered the Bearkats’ offense effort.
Harrington broke up another pass attempt on third-down-and-13 to force Cushing to punt the ball.
The first quarter came to a close without either team scoring.
Queen City began the second quarter with an offensive drive which resulted in a loss of yardage and was forced punt the ball.
The punt immediately ended up hitting the back of a QC player and the Bearkats recovered the ball on the Queen City two-yard line.
On the next play, Cushing punched the ball in the end zone for the first score of the game. The PAT was unsuccessful and the Bearkats led 6-0 early in the second quarter.
Following the score, the Bearkats attempted an onside kick that was recovered by junior Anthony Burns. Burns showed great awareness to find and pounce on the ball quickly.
QC began their drive on the Cushing 46-yard line.
On first-and-10, the ball was pitched to Isaiah Stiger and he darted down the left side of the field for a 19-yard pickup. The Bulldogs went back to Stiger on the next play and he picked up another nine yards.
On second-and-nine from the Bearkats’ 14-yard line, the ball was handed to Colton Davis and he rumbled up the middle for an easy touchdown. Senior kicker Josue Rea connected on the extra point to give the Bulldogs a one point lead, 7-6, with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.
Cushing began its next drive on its own 23-yard line. On first-and-ten, the Bearkats’ running back fumbled the ball and Queen City recovered.
Deep in Cushing territory, the Bulldogs utilized the running game to eventually score on third-down-and-five thanks to a strong run by Hicks. The PAT by Rea was successful and midway through the second quarter the Bulldogs led 14-6.
Cushing answered on the next drive with a touchdown of its own. The Bearkats’ quarterback found a receiver down field and connected for a 77-yard touchdown. The PAT was broken up by Tyler Adcock and the Queen City lead was cut to two points at 14-12.
The Bulldogs began the next offensive drive on their own 43-yard line. The running game proved effective again as Queen City marched down the field on consecutive runs by sophomore Connor Bingham.
The Bulldogs eventually found themselves on the Cushing one-yard line and quarterback Dylan Scott would punch it in the end zone.
The PAT was successful and Queen City led, 21-12, with under two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs’ defense stifled Cushing’s attempt to maintain control of the ball until halftime as they forced a punt with 32 seconds remaining.
The Queen City offense rewarded that effort by scoring once more, this time on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Scott to senior Bradley Norton.
Rea remained perfect on PATs and the Bulldogs led, 28-12, at halftime.
Queen City opened the third quarter and continued its offensive attack. The Bearkats were unable to stop the run as four Bulldogs carried the ball on the drive and Bingham capped the drive with a ten-yard touchdown sprint. The Bulldogs widened their lead to, 35-12, early in the second half.
The Bulldogs would go on to score once more in the game on a 24-yard touchdown pass to freshman Terunte Neal, and Cushing scored once more in the contest to bring the final score to Queen City 41 and Cushing 18.
The Bulldogs play their home opener this Friday at Smith-Wall Stadium against Prairiland.
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
Queen City’s junior varsity football team defeated Mt. Vernon, 28-14, at Smith-Wall Stadium in Queen City last week.
Drake Moore scored on a 15-yard touchdown run, and teammate Vonte Frank punched in the 2-point conversion.
Adorian Booth scored twice on runs of 35 yards and 55 yards, and Demarques Gamble scored on an 85-yard run with Booth scoring the 2-point conversion.
Queen City’s JV (1-0) travels to Prairiland on Thursday, Sept. 7, with action beginning at 6 p.m.