The White Hall Bulldogs (1-0) opened up the Bobby Bolding era with a 36-20 victory over Dumas (0-1) Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
While Bolding was happy to get the win, he was also unhappy with several mistakes his team made in all three phases of the game.
“We’ve got lots of things to correct, but we still won the game,” said Bolding. “If we start cleaning up some of this maybe later down the line we can be a good football team.”
White Hall opened the game with a three play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 65-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Martinez to Kam Robinson with 10:41 left in the first quarter. A successful PAT gave White Hall the 7-0 advantage.
Dumas drove the football on their opening drive before White Hall forced and recovered a fumble. The Bulldogs then went on a 9 play, 85-yard drive that was capped off by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Robinson. The Bulldogs converted a two-point conversion to go up 15-0 with 4:16 left in the opening quarter.
The Bobcats went on a 10 play, 75-yard drive on their next possession that was capped off by a one-yard run by Chris Harris. The Bobcats attempted a two-point conversion that was stopped short, giving White Hall the 15-6 advantage with a second remaining in the opening quarter.
Both teams traded three possessions each in the second quarter before Logan Plumlee recovered the second Dumas fumble of the night with 1:48 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs struck again just two plays later on a 38-yard pass from Martinez to Griffin Johnson. The PAT gave White Hall the 22-6 advantage.
Dumas went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half, but the Bulldogs engineered a six play, 58-yard drive capped off by a two-yard run by Donte Buckner with 8:27 to play in the third quarter. The PAT was successful, giving White hall the 29-6 advantage.
Both teams traded back and forth possessions before Buckner popped off a 63-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, setting the Bulldogs up with 1st and Goal from the 1-yard line. Buckner punched it in on the first play of the fourth quarter. The PAT was successful, giving the Bulldogs the 37-6 advantage.
The Bobcats attempted to rally, starting with a 57-yard kickoff return by Marion Larkins, which gave Dumas 1st and 10 from the White Hall 39. The Bobcats found pay dirt four plays later on a two-yard run by Harris. Walker Brown ran in the two-point conversion, leaving White Hall with the 36-14 advantage.
Both teams traded possessions before White Hall picked off Brown at the 17-yard line. However, the ball was fumbled, and Dumas was able to recover. Two plays later, Harris broke four tackles on the way to the end zone with 3:52 remaining in the game. Dumas again went for two, but was stopped short of the goal line.
“Harris can make you do some of that, but we have got to be better tacklers than that,” said Bolding. “We have got to wrap up, move our feet, and take them to the ground. We played hard, we ran to the ball, and we were kind of disciplined for the most part defensively.”
The Bobcats held White Hall on their next possession and had one more opportunity to try to get a score, but Brown was intercepted a second time, this time by Ky’Ren Rodgers at the 33-yard line.
The Bulldogs were able to run the clock out at that point to earn the victory.
White Hall quarterback Matthew Martinez finished the night 15-of-26 passing for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Bolding said he was proud of the effort of sophomore.
“I thought he did a good job of handling the offense,” said Bolding. “We kept things kind of simple for him for the most part. We did do some RPO’s where he had to read the defender and decide whether to run the ball or throw the ball. I thought he did a good job. He really did for a sophomore.”
Running back Donte Buckner finished the night with 18 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Kam Robinson had four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs.