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Heath Bulldogs bark loud in blowout win over the Indian Valley Braves @inter_valley @HEATHHSFOOTBALL @NewarkAdvocate

Written by: on Saturday, November 6th, 2021

 

 

Last night after having my plans changed through a series of events I found my way to Heath High School to cover the Bulldogs home playoff game against the Indian Valley Braves. This was one of those rare games where the visiting crowd was much larger than the home crowd.

The Bulldogs completed their first two passes but on pass number three Bulldogs quarterback Brayden Bayles was picked off by Trevor Myers who made a nice leaping catch to give the Braves offense their first chance of the night. The Bulldogs defense was up to the task as they held the Brave to just two yards on the drive.

Bayles and the Bulldogs offense would need just three plays to go the fifty-one-yards needed to get their first score that came on a thirty-five-yard catch by Reece Huber after Angelo Barcelona booted the point-after kick the scoreboard read 7-0 Bulldogs, with 4:57 left in the opening quarter.

The last big play of the quarter came from Ashton Snedeker who got to Sam Carter for a five-yard loss. Carter had rushed for a big first down earlier on the drive to convert a third and five.

Just eighteen seconds into the second quarter the Brave would convert another third down when Tyson Pryor picked his way to a gain of thirteen yards. The drive had looked promising until Conner Toomey pounced on a Braves fumble at the Bulldogs twelve.

The Bulldogs would get a thirty-five-yard catch by 6-4 Keylan Williams to convert a third and long. The drive would fizzle out a short time later as the Braves defense found its feet. Williams would go on to have a nice all-around game on both sides of the ball.

Pryor would be knocked down for a two-yard loss by Gavin Postelwaite to slow down the Braves drive. The drive would end with points with Kolton Thomas racing in from seventeen yards out, with 5:15 left on the second-quarter clock. Daniel Miller point after kick would lock this one up at seven apiece.

Bayles would find Huber for a twenty-six-yard gain at the 3:47 mark of the quarter. Connor Corbett would be hit by the Braves Brayden Parsons for a short loss then Myers got his second pick of the night to put the Braves offense back on the field.

Carter would hit Thomas for a twenty-six-yard gain to get the Braves a big first down, with 1;39 left nit he half. Myers would make a catch for forty-one yards to help set up a one-yard run from Cole Lancaster to put the visitors up 13-7, with 4.3 seconds left in the half.

The Braves would get a seventy-two-yard touchdown catch by Parsons on the second play of the third quarter to go up 20-7. At the time it looked like the Braves were in complete control of this one but the Bulldogs seem to come alive shortly after the big catch.

Bayles would scramble to a twenty-four-yard gain on second and twenty-eight. Then on fourth and four Bayles found Mitchell McClain for the first down. Bayles would follow that up with a long pass to Huber taking the ball down to the Braves fifteen. McClain would catch the fifteen-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 20-14, after the point after kick was nailed.

After getting the ball back the Bulldogs got two passes from Bayles. The first to Corbett for nineteen yards then a seventeen-yard touchdown pass to Williams to give the Bulldogs the 21-20 lead, with 2:52 left in the third.

Carter would be sacked for a loss of eight by Gavin Postelwaite. The Bulldogs offense had come to life in the quarter but it was the defense who really righted the ship after the early score in the quarter. Through the first three quarters, the Bulldogs biggest problem seemed to be stupid penalties that really kept them from leading by more.

The Bulldogs would close out a five-play, forty-six-yard drive on a two-yard run from Bayles to go up 28-20, with 11:21 left in the game. The much larger crowd on the visitors side had gotten as quiet as the small crowd got loud during the third quarter.

Postelwaite continued to be a third in the side of the Braves when he sacked Cater for a loss of nine.

The Bulldogs defense was biting hard and often in the second half that would see them give up just seventy-two unofficial yards in the second half.

The Braves defense would get another pick this one by Tanyon McComb. with 8:12 left in the game.

On the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs would save their best play when then held Thomas short on a fake punt attempt.

Bayles would scramble to a twenty-two-yard gain to keep things going for the home team. The drive ended with a six-yard touchdown run from Corbett to go up 34-20, with 3:11 left. Then ten seconds later Williams picked off a pass thrown by Myers and he returned it for another Heath score making this a 41-20 game, which also turned out to be the final score.

UNOFFICIAL STATS

Braves

62 Plays

282 Yards

Passing 7-11 1 TD 1 INT

Bulldogs

55 Plays

363 Yards

Passing 20-30 3 TD’S 3 INT’S

 

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