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2018-10-10 / Sports

Bulldog Gridders Fall Just Short of Point

By Tom Coddington


CATCH MEANS TD — Delaware Academy’s Alex Taylor hauls in a pass and will turn it into a 31-yard touchdown during the Bulldogs’ 42-34 loss to Whitney Point on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter CATCH MEANS TD — Delaware Academy’s Alex Taylor hauls in a pass and will turn it into a 31-yard touchdown during the Bulldogs’ 42-34 loss to Whitney Point on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter DELHI — The Delaware Academy football Bulldogs came closest to a win in the season on Saturday.

In the late second quarter and the third quarter, they turned a Whitney Point lead of 30-13 to a 34-30 advantage, only to see the Golden Eagles pull away with a score of 42-34.

DA had the ball first in the game, but the possession was ended by a sack. WP took charge quickly when Trenton James ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the kickoff. The Eagles converted on a run to take an 8-0 lead with 9:26 on the clock. Later in the first frame, with 3:19 left, WP scored again on a run by quarterback Andrew Davis, and the two-point conversion was good.

The Bulldogs responded quickly, at 2:15, with a 57-yard run by Brody Silcox. Silcox kicked the extra point and deficit was 16-7. On the kickoff, a WP fumble led to more success for the home forces. Quarterback Luke Branigan ran for 12 yards, and two downs later, he delivered a pass to Alex Taylor for a nine-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock, but the conversion failed and the deficit was 16-13.


GETTING AWAY — DA’s Warren Pardee eludes a Whitney Point defender on his way to a touchdown during Saturday’s game. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter GETTING AWAY — DA’s Warren Pardee eludes a Whitney Point defender on his way to a touchdown during Saturday’s game. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter At the start of the second quarter, Davis took charge of the Eagles’ offense, and he found James in the end zone. The two-point conversion was successful, and the score was 24-13, with 8:12 on the clock.

The Bulldogs fumbled, and WP’s Carter Stone recovered. Two plays later, Davis passed to Tanner Kallfelz for a touchdown. The conversion failed and with 5:38, the visitors had a 30-13 lead.

DA got one first down in its next possession, but got the ball back when Bryce Bracchy intercepted a Davis pass and ran to the 32. Branigan found Silcox free three plays later, and hooked up with Hunter Sanford from the four-yard line with 12 seconds left in the half. The score became 30-20.


GOING DOWN — DA quarterback Luke Branigan is tackled by WP’s Elias Barden during the teams’ game on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter GOING DOWN — DA quarterback Luke Branigan is tackled by WP’s Elias Barden during the teams’ game on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter The Eagles muffed the second half kickoff and the Bulldogs got the ball. On second down, Warren Pardee raced 46 yards to paydirt with 11:47 remaining in the third half. The conversion failed, but DA was coming back and the deficit was 30-26.

A sack of Davis by Tom Ruchar and Kolby Polomcean cut down the WP offense, the punt went to the 19. On a third down, the Bulldogs pulled out a great play, Branigan vollied the ball to Mike Griswold, who delivered a pass to Taylor, who raced into the end zone from 56 yards out. Branigan passed to Hunter Sanford for the two point conversion, and DA had its first and only lead at 34-30, with 8:15 on the clock.

The Eagles, however, regained the lead and with 4:32 left in the third quarter, Davis passed to James for a 22-yard TD. The conversion failed, but WP regained the lead at 36-34.

A sack ended the next DA possession, and the visitors took the ball. Davis did most of the damage with two big rushes, and he went into the end zone from 10 yards out for the final touchdown of the game with the clock reading 7:25 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had what could have been another good drive, but it was cut down by two penalties, and the Eagles got one good drive before kneeling twice to end the game.

DA Head Coach Phil Neumann noted, “We have improved from where we started every week, but we have lost several players, including two more in this game, so we are hurting. We have Sidney this week, and that doesn’t help.”

The Bulldogs got 224 yards through the air, with Branigan completing 15 passes in 20 attempts for 168 yards and Griswold’s 56 yards. Silcox ran twice for 56, Pardee five for 59 yards and Bryce Bracchy nine for five

Taylor cought three passes for 67 yards, Silcox two for 56, Pardee five for 39, Griswold two for 27, Btacchy two for 19 and Sanford two for 16..

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