The Dumas Bobcats took down the White Hall Bulldogs 34-21 in the season-opening game for both teams Friday at Dumas.
The Bobcats' defense pitched a fourth-quarter shutout to secure the win in what was a back and forward scoring affair for the first three quarters.
Dumas struck first four minutes into the game as Kaleb Small punched it in from six yards out. The two-point conversion was successful to give the Bobcats an early 8-0 advantage.
It took the Bulldogs a little longer to get on the board as Donte Buckner scored their first touchdown of the season on a nine-yard rushing touchdown with under a minute to play in the first quarter.
Both teams combined for 22 points in the second quarter as the scoring picked up. Dumas quarterback Chris Harris showed off his versatility throughout the game, and early in quarter two, he scampered for a 34-yard rushing touchdown to give the Bobcats back the lead. However, the two-point attempt was stopped by the White Hall defense, leaving the score 14-7 Dumas.
After a quick stop by the Dumas defense, Harris showed off his arm strength with a 45-yard passing touchdown to Small. Harris then completed a pass to Trey Dale for the two-point conversion to give Dumas a 22-7 advantage.
Bulldog quarterback Josh Looney and the White Hall offense responded with a touchdown to keep the game close going into halftime. Looney found a streaking Charlie King for a 70-yard touchdown to bring the Bulldogs within nine, and Buckner punched it in for the two-point conversion to make it a one-possession game.
Coming out of halftime, the White Hall defense got an immediate stop to give the ball back to their offense. Four minutes into the second half, Buckner scored his second touchdown of the game on a six-yard rushing touchdown to bring White Hall within a point of tying the score.
However, Harris and Small continued to gash the White Hall defense. Harris hit Small on a deep pass to put the Bobcats on the Bulldogs' one yard line. Small then recorded his third touchdown of the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Trailing 28-21, the Bulldogs' offense stalled out with a turnover on downs with under a minute left to play in quarter three.
To open the fourth quarter, White Hall’s A.J. Johnson recovered a fumble by Dumas on the Bulldogs' 11 to give their offense a shot at evening the game. However, the Bulldogs weren’t able to capitalize with points off of the turnover.
Harris helped put the game away as he burst for a long run down to the White Hall 16 yard line to put them in scoring position. Moments later, Harris recorded the final score of the game on a four-yard rushing touchdown.