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Bulldogs lose on homecoming

By B.J. Hargis
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Dugger Union freshman Austin Singleton, middle, throws a block for Bryar Marlow on a kickoff return during a homecoming football game on Saturday.

DUGGER — The frustrating football season continues for the Dugger Union Bulldogs, who lost a 69-0 decision to visiting Tri-County on homecoming on Saturday afternoon.
Tri-County improved to 7-1 while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-8.
“They are a very good football team,” said Dugger Union coach Kyle Foli. “They put up 55 on Frontier last week.
“All you had to do was look at the size of their kids and you knew we were in trouble.”
Foli said the most frustrating part is his youthful Bulldogs, who start three freshmen on both lines, are not doing what they are instructed to do in practice.
“We are not following through with our blocks,” he said. “We are pulling up instead ofstaying with our blocks.
“We go through this every day in practice. It is very disheartening and frustrating. We did not show a lot of heart today.”
As a result of the poor line play, the Bulldogs only had one first down and it did not occur until the final three minutes.
Dugger Union did have 29 positive yards in the second half, but ended the game with minus eight total yards.
“There is no doubt that the strength of our schedule has gotten tougher as the season has went along,” said Foli. “We were just dominated today.”
For the Cavaliers, quarterback Dalton Justice threw three TD passes, two to Bradley Reynolds, scored on a rushing TD and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Sam Getz had two short rushing touchdowns and Kale Lawson scored four TDs — one rushing, one receiving, one punt return and one interception return.
Dugger Union unning back Brandon Smith was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after suffering an injury to his right ankle in the second half. His status is unknown.
 The Bulldogs will play a road game at Tecumseh on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tri-County                        21 35 13 0 — 69
Dugger Union                  0    0  0  0 —  0

First quarter
TC — Dalton Justice 20 run (kick failed), 10:25.
TC — Sam Getz 4 run (Justice pass to Drew Moseley), 4:34.
TC — Bradley Reynolds 10 pass from Dalton Justice (Ewen kick), :58.8.
Second quarter
TC — Kale Lawson 30 pass from Justice (Ewen kick), 11:51.
TC — Reynolds 15 pass from Dalton Justice (Ewen kick), 7:32.
TC — Justice 48 punt return (Ewen kick), 5:10.
TC — Lawson 41 punt return (Ewen kick), 3:03.
TC — Getz 5 run (Ewen kick), 22:3.
Third quarter
TC — Lawson 33 interception return (kick failed), 11:00.
TC — Lawson 3 run (Ewen kick), 1:33.

            TC     DU
First downs         8    1
Rushes-yards        20-171    26-(-14)
Passing yards        66    6
Total yards        237    -8
C-A-I        5-9-1    2-14-1  
Fumbles-lost        1-0    5-1
Punts-avg.         0-0    6-28
Penalties-yards    3-20    5-47     
Return yards         205    131
Time of possession    28:49    19:11

RUSHING —  Tri-County, Getz 7-55, Justice 4-59, Lawson 3-36, Isaac Butler 3-12, Zach Gretencort 3-9. Dugger Union, Jackson Rogers 11-12, Jacob Cross 4-(minus 3), Bryar Marlow 5-(minus 3), Brandon Smith 4-(minus 6), Neal Gambill 2-(minus 14).
PASSING — Tri-County, Justice 5-9-1-66. Dugger Union, Rogers 2-14-1-6.
RECEIVING — Tri-County, Reynolds 3-36, Lawson 1-25, Grant Melchi 1-8. Dugger Union, Willis Martindale 1-6, Marlow 1-0.

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