Dakory Willis led a potent Flatonia rushing attack that rolled up 399 yards as the Bulldogs (3-0) stopped the Tigers (2-1) 33-14 Friday night. Willis finished the night with 242 yards on 14 carries and three scores for the Bulldogs.
“We didn’t line up very well defensively to stop their power running game,” said Coach Cole. “They had too many big running plays that hurt us.”
Despite the yards amassed, it was the Tigers who found the endzone first. Setting up at their own 40. Colter Hill twice found Cayden Watson on big pass plays to push the Tigers to the Flatonia 1. From there Braeden West rolled in for the score. Thomas Byrd tacked on the point after and the Tigers led 7-0 with 8:53 to play in the opening quarter.
Flatonia tied the game on its second possession. A short Tiger punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Thrall 30. Quarterback Juan Netro and Chris Johnston moved the ball to the Thrall three where Willis finished off the drive for his first score. Netro kicked the point after knotting the score at 7-7 with 10:42 remaining in the first half.
Thrall answered back on its next possession. Hill went to the air again connecting with Dallas Meiske and West on two first-down pass plays. Hill called his own number on the next play to move the ball to the Bulldog 22 . Then Watson made a leaping catch over a Flatonia defender for a 22-yard touchdown.
It took Flatonia just two plays to even the score again. Willis took a handoff around the right, cut back left and was dragged down by Clayton Allen at the Thrall five. Willis got the call again and went off the right tackle for the score.
Willis found the endzone again on the Bulldogs’ next possession. Netro and Johnston moved the ball to the Flatonia 36 on the first three plays and Willis took it to the house on a 64-yard run to put the Bulldogs ahead 21-14.
The Bulldogs extended their lead on the opening drive of the second half. Flatonia continued pounding away moving the ball to the Tiger 1-yardline where Netro dived over for the score. The point after was blocked leaving the Bulldogs with a 27-14 lead.
Flatonia’s next score was set up by a Thrall turnover. With 44 seconds on the clock Johnston went to the right off tackle and rambled 34 yards to the endzone. The 2-point attempt failed, but the Bulldogs held a comfortable 33-14 lead.
Thrall will visit Hico Friday night. Hico won a storm-shortened 9-7 game in Thrall a year ago.