Shane Davis has been named the new head football coach of the Waldron Bulldogs. Davis will take over at the helm of the Bulldogs after winning the 2A State Championship last season with another group of Bulldogs at Strong High School. Davis was named 8-2A Coach of the Year in 2010 and followed that up with Little Rock Touchdown Club 2A Coach of the Year last year.
Coach Davis is 36 years old and is married to Brandy. They have three daughters: 12-year old Ashlyn, eight-year old Maddy and two-year old Peyton. Davis is also a Math teacher and will be leaving Parkview Baptist Church, where he was the Youth Pastor.
“I’m really excited about this great opportunity for me and my family,” said Davis. “Waldron hasn’t won a lot, but I’m getting the chance to build something from the ground up.”
It’s no secret that the Bulldogs haven’t been successful in the past several years; in fact, they haven’t made the playoff since 2003. Coach Davis implied that's getting ready to change. “Look, the past is the past and we can’t go back and change that, but we can prepare for the future,” explained Davis. “This will be a new process and that process starts when I get to Waldron.”
Coach Davis graduated from Smackover High School in 1994 and went on to get his degree in Kinesiology at the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2007. During his final two years of college, Davis was an assistant coach at Riser Middle School, where he worked with the receivers and acted as the offensive coordinator. In 2007, Davis returned to his alma mater, Smackover High School, and coached for the next two seasons as the quarterbacks coach as well as play-caller and offensive coordinator. In 2009, Davis joined Strong High School as an assistant coach, again with the offensive coordinator responsibilities. In 2010, Davis took over the head coaching duties and guided his Bulldogs to a 10-2 overall record and went two-rounds deep in the playoffs. The 2010 Bulldogs lost to the eventual 2A State Champion Rattlers of Magazine (Leftwich). Last season Coach Davis led the Bulldogs back to the playoffs and this time returned home with the 2A State Title.
Coach Davis is excited about the challenges he will face taking over the program and looks forward to turning things around. “It’s easy for a coach to take over a winning program, but to build one from the ground up, that’s a challenge,” said Davis. “Waldron will be a winning program.”
One of the points that Coach David drove home is to take care of the things that he can control, not to worry about other teams and their size or speed, but to worry about things within his own team. “We will work on us,” Davis said. “We will work on our discipline, our team, we’ll be the best we can be, and if we do that, we will give ourselves a chance.”
The number of football players going out for football has been down the last several years and Coach Davis is looking forward to turning that around also. “We have to concentrate on getting players out,” said Davis. “I want them to know they come first and I will always be there for them and they will be part of a winning program. I can’t wait to get there, meet with the players, get new players involved and get everyone headed in the right direction.”
While the specifics of what type of offense and defense can’t be buttoned up until Coach Davis meets with his players and coaches and evaluates their talents, one thing echoed during my phone interview, “I will never be content on finishing a season at week 10,” exclaimed Davis. “It might not happen immediately, but it’s not a question if it’s going to happen, we will get to the playoffs.”
Positivity is one of the major things that Coach Davis brings with him to Waldron and wants the community to jump on board and back him. “Get ready Waldron,” said Davis. “There is a new brand of Bulldog football coming!”
Waldron Bulldog Head Coach Shane Davis
Waldron Hires New Head Football Coach
The nearly three and a half month wait is finally over, Waldron High School has named Shane Davis the new head football coach. Davis will take over at the helm after former head coach Larry Klatt resigned in mid-November. Davis joins the Bulldogs after leading his former Bulldogs, Strong High School, to a 2A State Championship last season.
UR HOMETOWN SPORTS Proudly welcomes new head football coach Shane Davis and his family to Waldron. Head Coach Shane Davis, his wife Brandy and their three daughters Ashlyn (left), Maddy (middle) and Peyton (bottom). Of course Coach Davis is sporting the 2A State Championship Hardware he won at Strong High School last year.
New Brand of Bulldog Football Has Begun...
Waldron Bulldogs new head football coach Shane Davis has started the process of implementing a “new brand of Bulldog football.” With a week of spring practice under his belt, Davis is excited and optimistic about the future. “The first week is over and I’m excited about what we’ve done,” said Davis. “We accomplished a lot and the team worked extremely hard.”
By Norm Betz, Editor
May 14, 2012
Waldron Bulldog first-year head football coach Shane Davis meets with the players after their first spring practice of 2012. (Photo by Norm Betz)
Davis replaces former head coach Larry Klatt (4-36) who resigned at the end of last season after four years of leading the Bulldogs. Davis comes to Waldron after winning the 2A State Championship last season at Strong High School. Davis was also named 8-2A Coach of the Year in 2010 and followed that up with Little Rock Touchdown Club 2A Coach of the Year last season.
“The team is in better condition, even after the first week,” explained Davis. “We’ve worked hard and all the kids have remained extremely enthusiastic, and that’s exciting.” The Bulldogs had a total of four practices last week and were rewarded with a day off on Friday. Coach Davis and the Bulldogs traveled to Rogers to watch their spring scrimmage. The purpose of the trip was not only to reward the players for a good week of practice, but to watch Rogers High School, as they run a similar offense that Davis is planning on running.
“Rogers runs the flex-bone and that’s a new offense for Waldron, so I wanted the team to see it in action and what better way to see it than to attend a spring scrimmage,” said Davis. “It was also a reward for the kids for really working hard this week and it was good for us to spend time together as a team.”
There have been a lot of new things taking place on the practice field of the Waldron Sports Complex and many parents and community members have taken advantage of seeing the “new brand of Bulldog football” by watching these practices. “It’s great to see cars out in the parking lot checking out our practices and this is spring ball,” said Davis. “I want to personally invite the community out to practice this week as it will be our first week in pads. Come out and check out the “County Fair” that everyone is talking about!”
The Bulldogs will put on the pads this week and practice will take place from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. Practices are held on the practice field of the Sports Complex. “I’m anxious to put the pads on Monday and see how the kids respond,” Davis added.
The players are excited too, “I was worn out after the first practice,” said upcoming senior Bryson Betz. “That was the first practice I’ve had as a senior and I can’t wait till tomorrow. I’m stoked.” Upcoming senior Dakota Wagner reiterated Betz’s comments, “I’m lovin it,” said Wagner. “I’m exhausted after practice, but I can’t wait to get back on the field the next day and do it all over again.” The enthusiasm has also carried over to the coaching staff as well. “Everyone has been in a great mood,” said assistant coach Eric Warrington. “We’ve worked the kids hard this week and they’re ready for more every day, that’s exciting. We’re definitely headed in the right direction.”
It’s no secret that the Bulldogs haven’t been successful in the past several years; in fact, they haven’t made the playoffs since 2003. Coach Davis implied that is getting ready to change. “Look, the past is the past and we can’t go back and change that, but we can prepare for the future,” explained Davis. “This is a new process and it’s great that the players and coaches are all on the same page.”
Coach Davis is excited about the challenges he will face taking over the program and looks forward to turning things around. “It’s easy for a coach to take over a winning program, but to build one from the ground up, that’s a challenge,” added Davis. “Waldron will be a winning program!”
The number of football players going out for football has been down the last several years and that has already changed under the direction of Coach Davis. “The numbers are up,” said Davis. “We’ve had 45-50 kids out every day this week. We’re a young team, a lot of underclassmen, with the bulk of our numbers being sophomores.”
Coach Davis plans on keeping the numbers up and wants the players to know that he will take care of them. “I want them to know they come first and I will always be there for them and they will be part of a winning program.”
“I will never be content on finishing a season at week 10,” exclaimed Davis. “It might not happen immediately, but it’s not a question if it’s going to happen, we will get to the playoffs.”
Coach Davis talked about the fact that he chooses to be positive about the upcoming year and plans to stay that way throughout the season. “Yelling and screaming at the kids is not going to work,” said Davis. “We are going back to basics, starting over, teaching and getting the kids to believe in themselves.”
With 116 days until the kickoff of the 2012 season Coach Davis would like to fill the parking lot this week so you can see the changes and grab a piece of the excitement that is happening on the Waldron practice field. Come out to the field and support Coach Davis, the assistant coaches and the Bulldog football team as they all embark on a new journey together. Practices will be from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the practice field of the Waldron Sports Complex. (Monday will be a shortened practice due to the Winter/Spring Athletic Banquet. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with awards to follow starting at 6:00 p.m.)
Get out and support the Bulldogs and the “new brand of Bulldog football.”
The Waldron Bulldogs are looking forward to starting a new era of football under the direction of new head coach Shane Davis. Waldron hasn’t made it to the playoffs in nine years, while Davis comes to Waldron after winning the 2A State Championship last season at Strong High School. Davis was also named 8-2A Coach of the Year in 2010 and followed that up with Little Rock Touchdown Club 2A Coach of the Year last season.
“Look, the past is the past and we can’t go back and change that, but we can prepare for the future,” said Davis. Of course it can’t be fixed overnight, but the changes are already taking place. “This is a new process and it’s great that the players and coaches are all on the same page.”
The Bulldogs enter the 2012 campaign very youthful with the bulk of the roster being made up of sophomores. Last year Waldron graduated nineteen seniors and there are just six seniors on this year’s team. “We are young, which will present some problems, but the experience will pay off down the road," explained Davis.
In fact, the Bulldogs only have two returning starters on each side of the ball. Senior Dakota Wagner will take over the quarterback responsibilities this season, while senior Bryson Betz will remain at the wide receiver position on offense. Both played as defensive backs last year.
More importantly is the fact that the coaches and players alike have bought into coach Davis’ system and are ready for a productive season. “We definitely have a great core group that have been here every day this summer, working extremely hard and they keep coming back for more,” said Davis. “As far as the coaches, the enthusiasm is great and we’re all on the same page. At this point we just need to get a few wins to let the kids know that hard work does indeed pay off.”
One thing coach Davis has worked on that was clearly overlooked in the past is how important conditioning is, “We’re happy where we are, we’re in good shape,” said Davis. “We’re not however where we need to be offensively and defensively, but we will get there.”
Waldron attended several team camps this summer, which included some tough competition in the likes of Pulaski Academy and Fountain Lake, in an effort to gauge where the team is and what they need to work on before the season begins on August 31st against rival Mansfield. “Of course the Mansfield game is huge on a number of levels,” said Davis. “Most importantly it sets the tone for the year.”
The 2012 coaching staff includes: Chris Lipham – Offensive Coordinator; Eric Warrington – Defensive Coordinator; Jim Emberson – Offensive Line Coach; Joey Majors – Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs; and Head Coach – Shane Davis. Davis will enter his first year as the Bulldogs head coach sporting a record of 20 wins and 5 losses as a head coach.
1. Dakota Wagner Senior 5’8” 150 lbs. QB/DB
2. Bryson Betz Senior 6’4” 160 lbs. WR/DB
1. Irvan Ledesma Senior 5’7” 195 lbs. OL/DL
2. Charles Luna Senior 5’7” 210 lbs. OL/DL
3. Dakota Crabtree Senior 5’8” 185 lbs. RB/LB
4. Garren Carpenter Junior 5’10” 145 lbs. RB/DB
5. Jonah Tull Junior 5’10” 140 lbs. QB/DB
6. Ber Chang Junior 5’4” 120 lbs. RB/DB
7. Zach Dye Junior 5’10” 160 lbs. RB/LB
8. Jacob Armstrong Junior 5'8" 140 lbs. WR/DB
Prior to the start of season, the Bulldogs will have one final tune-up in the way of a scrimmage against the Danville Little Johns, who went two rounds deep in the playoffs last season. The scrimmage is set for August 20th at Danville, with a start time of 6:00 p.m.
Bulldogs Hold Scrimmage
Black Team Defeats White Team 12-8
By Norm Betz, Editor
August 16, 2012
The wait is finally over. Football season is upon us. The Waldron community got their first look at the 2012 football team at the yearly Orange and Black Scrimmage on Thursday night at the New Bulldog Sports Complex. Well over 200 fans turned out to catch a glimpse of the “new brand of Bulldog football.”
“We really had a great crowd here tonight,” said first-year head Bulldogs coach Shane Davis. “It’s
been a long time coming and it was great to see the fans in the stands.”
The teams were split up into two teams, which ended up being Black and White instead of the traditional Black and Orange.
White opened the game with junior quarterback Jonah Tull leading the team under center. After three plays the White team could only muster a three-yard gain behind the legs of sophomore Charles Strozier. White team elected to punt the ball away and Black took over on their own 25-yard line.
Senior Dakota Wagner guided the Black team for the first half. Wagner picked up three on first down and then junior Jaylin Brumbelow added four more. On third and three, the Black team was able to draw the White team offsides with the result being the first, first-down of the game. Wagner scrambled from left to right on the following play for a nice 34-yard gain. Brumbelow added four more yards before the drive stalled when Wagner was sacked by Strozier for a nine-yard loss. On fourth and 15, the pitch from Wagner to sophomore Garren Carpenter skipped across the grass, was recovered, but turned over on downs.
The White team took over on their own 40 and two plays later reached pay dirt when Tull hit a wide-open junior Winchester Ingle for the 63 yard TD. Strozier added the two-point conversion and the White team took the early 8-0 lead.
After picking up three first-downs on the drive, Wagner’s second and 15 pass attempt was intercepted by sophomore Donovan Pace and returned 50 yards down to the Black’s 10-yard line. Brumbelow did gallop for a 14-yard gain prior to the interception and Wagner also completed a 10-yard pass to sophomore J.W. Tomsha.
The White team couldn’t convert the turnover to points; however they did pick up a first down on a fourth and seven from the eight-yard line. The Black defense bowed up and kept the White team out of the end zone eventually forcing them to fumble on third and goal from the two-yard line. Junior Ber Chang pounced on the loose pigskin giving possession back to the Black team.
The Black team put together an eight-play 90 yard drive to cut the lead to 8-6 with just :09 showing on the clock until halftime. Wagner started the drive off with an impressive 40 yard gain out to midfield. Brumbelow added six yards before Wagner jumped back on his horse and rode it 21 yards down to the White 23-yard line. Brumbelow picked up 10 yards on a pair of carries, before Wagner again scrambled for a touchdown. There was a fumble on the two-point conversion and the Black trailed the White, 8-6 after the first half.
The Black team took the ball to start the second half and marched 80 yards to the end zone on six plays with sophomore Marshall Ingle taking over the QB position. Sophomore Allen Falconer started off the drive with a 12 yard run that was followed up by a 16 yard gain by Chang on an inside end-around. Carpenter grabbed the pitch on the next play and sprinted 41 yards down to the White 11-yard line. After a pair of plays went for losses, Brumbelow lost 15 more yards on an unsportsmanlike penalty backing the Black team up to the 45-yard line. Ingle lost seven yards on the next play and was looking at a third and 44, when he dropped back and tossed the ball to Carpenter in the flats. Carpenter did the rest as he bobbed and weaved his way to pay dirt, putting the Black team up 12-8 with 8:07 to play in the contest. The two-point conversion was not successful as center sophomore Jakob Johnston stepped back on the foot of M. Ingle dropping him for a loss.
Tull picked up a first down on a 14 yard completion to W. Ingle, and senior Dakota Crabtee added seven more on a run over the left side, before the drive stalled and went the wrong direction. Tull was dropped for a loss of three by Tomsha and Johnston, and then for five more by Tomsha and M. Ingle. Junior Trever Jones was also dropped for a two yard loss with senior Bryson Betz doing the honors.
The Black team went the wrong direction on their next drive and on fourth and 18 M. Ingle’s pass attempt was intercepted by Tull and returned 11 yards to the White’s 35-yard line.
Let the fumble fest begin. The two teams managed to fumble the ball back to each other five times in the final two minutes of the game. Tull fumbled after a 10 yard gain and sophomore Taylor Boman grabbed the loose ball for the Black team. Two plays later, M. Ingle dropped the ball and it was kicked around and finally recovered by W. Ingle for a 19 yard loss.
The White team did pick up a first down on their next drive before they too would turn the ball back over with just :56 to play. W. Ingle picked up seven on first, Tull loss a yard on second and then scrambled for an eight yard gain and a first down. Tull added four more yards before he was dropped for an eight yard loss by M. Ingle who turned around and jumped on the loose ball for the Black team.
You guessed it, one play later Brumbelow lost the handle and turned the ball back over to the White team with :44 on the clock. Junior Jacob Armstong kept the White team’s hopes alive when he recovered the fumble.
W. Ingle picked up six yards on the first play and the drive stalled and after a fumble was recovered by the White team. They lost it again on the next play when Tull was hit from behind. Bowman grabbed his second fumble recovery of the game and the Black team ran out the clock, gaining the 12-8 victory.
“Offensively we had some good moments and we had several plays that should have been big, but they didn’t pan out,” said Davis. “I thought defensively we played really well. As far as conditioning, I’m really happy. We didn’t get tired out there!”
“We saw some good things tonight on offense and defense,” added defensive coordinator Eric Warrington. “Now when we’re all playing on the same side of the ball, we’re gonna have something special.”
All the coaches were in agreement that they are looking forward to the scrimmage on Monday night at Danville. “We’re tired of playing ourselves,” explained offensive coordinator Chris Lipham. “We’re ready to play against another opponent. We’re ready to hit someone else.”
“Overall the scrimmage was a great success and the community support was really good,” said Davis. “I really want to thank the community for all the laundry detergent, soap, and towels. They really came out and supported us and I want them to know we appreciate it.”
(*Note: White team had 61 interception return yards already added to total yards.)
Rushing: Jonah Tull 14 carries for 11 yards, Dakota Crabtree five carries for nine yards, Winchester Ingle three carries for five yards, Charles Strozier 1 carry for 3 yards and Trever Jones three carries for minus six yards.
Receiving: Winchester Ingle two catches for 77 yards.
Rushing: Dakota Wagner nine carries for 97 yards, Jaylin Brumbelow 11 carries for 54 yards, Garren Carpenter three carries for 36 yards, Ber Chang one carry for 16 yards, Allen Falconer five carries for 14 yards and Marshall Ingle three carries for minus 16 yards.
Receiving: Garren Carpenter one catch for 45 yards and J.W. Stomsha one catch for 10 yards.
Waldron Had Productive Scrimmage Against Danville
Bulldogs Fall to Little Johns 21-0
By Norm Betz, Editor
August 21, 2012
The Waldron Bulldogs traveled to Danville for their first scrimmage against an opponent in different colored jerseys on Monday night. The Bulldogs lost the first eight-and-eight scrimmage 6-0 and then lost the two 12 minute halves 21-0.
Before anyone jumps to too many conclusions, the ending statistics will prove that it was closer than the 21 point shut out would indicate and the Bulldogs are indeed headed in the right direction. “I just
Junior Jaylin Brumbelow reaches for extra yardage against Danville in the scrimmage on Monday night. (Photo by Norm Betz)
want to remind our fans that we are building something special here,” said first-year head Bulldog coach Shane Davis. “This was our first scrimmage against an opponent and Bulldog fans need to remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
The Bulldogs lost the contest by 21 points but returned home with some valuable playing time against a tough 3A Danville team. The Bulldogs finished with nine first downs, while the Little Johns finished with seven. Waldron rushed for 65 yards, while Danville rushed for 122. The Bulldogs passed for 38 yards, while the Little Johns threw for 81 yards. Waldron finished with 119 yards of total offense to Danville’s 201. Bulldogs had 35 total plays and Little Johns had 24. So the Bulldogs need to alleviate some of the big plays and the score isn’t so one sided. “We gave up some big play gains on defense,” said defensive coordinator Eric Warrington. “We have to tackle better and shut down the big plays.”
Prior to the start of the 12 minute halves each team had eight offensive plays. Waldron picked up a pair of first downs and rushed for 35 yards on five carries, while Danville picked up three first downs and rushed for 11 yards on five carries. Each team passed twice, the Bulldogs went 0-for-2, while the Little Johns went 2-for-2 for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Junior Garren Carpenter led the way with two carries for 25 yards. Junior Trever Jones had one carry for seven yards and Junior Jaylin Brumbelow added six yards on one touch. Sophomore Allen Falconer had one carry for minus three yards. Junior quarterback Jonah Tull threw two incomplete passes on the opening drive. Waldron had one penalty, a holding call for minus 10 yards on offense and then had a pair of five yard penalties on defense.
On the flip-side, Danville only rushed for 11 yards on five carries, but completed a pair of passes for 31 and 34 yards, with the latter coming in the way of six points. The Little Johns had no defensive penalties, but had three penalties for minus 15 yards on their possession.
The scrimmage started with Waldron kicking off to Danville and then held them to three and out after two incomplete passes and a two yard gain. However, the Bulldogs offense sputtered worse and went backwards on three consecutive plays with losses of one, three and seven yards. Senior Dakota Wagner punted the ball 28 yards and Danville regained possession on their own 31 yard line.
Six plays later the Little Johns put the first points on the board after back-to-back completions for eight and 49 yards. The Danville drive started with a pair of eight yard runs by #10 (not listed on roster). Senior Dakota Long threw his third incomplete pass in as many tries before connecting with junior Brett Wilkins for an eight yard gain and then #10 for a 49 yard gain down to the Waldron one yard line. #10 punched it in straight up the middle and then senior Kevin Dominguez added the point after the touchdown to put Danville up 7-0 with 6:47 to play in the first half.
After an offsides penalty on the kicking team, Waldron took over on their own 29 yard line when the ensuing kickoff was tipped off sophomore Marshall Ingle and then touched by Jones before it squibbed out of bounds.
The Bulldogs did pick up a pair of first downs on their next possession, but the drive ultimately stalled when junior Winchester Ingle couldn’t get a handle on a Wagner pitch and it was recovered by Danville on their own 46 yard line. J. Brumbelow had three carries for 11 yards on the drive and Wagner also completed a pass to W. Ingle for a 20 yard gain. But Waldron also had a pair of five yard penalties and lost nine yards on the fumble.
Four plays later the Little Johns increased their lead to 14-0 when Long scrambled to pay dirt from 17 yards out. Long also started the drive off with a 17 yard gallop and completed a 12 yard pass to sophomore Cole Tate on the drive. Dominguez added the PAT and the Little Johns were up 14 with 2:07 to play in the opening quarter.
Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 16 yards out to the Waldron 33 yard line. Wagner threw an incomplete pass on first down and then was dropped for no gain on second down. Falconer gained six yards, but Wagner was dropped short of the first down on a fourth and four play from the Waldron 39 yard line.
Danville capitalized on the great field position and it only took nine seconds for them to add their third TD to the scoreboard. Tate sprinted 40 yards right up the middle for a touchdown. Dominguez added the PAT and the Little Johns increased their lead to 21-0 with :26.2 remaining in the first half.
Dominguez kicked the ensuing kickoff into the end zone and Waldron took their last snap of the first half from their own 20 yard line.
The first two plays were shut down by Danville and on third and 10 Wagner hit W. Ingle for an 18 yard gain and a first down. J. Brumbelow was dropped for a three yard loss on first down and then Wagner recovered his own fumble on second down. Wagner was sacked on third down and Waldron was forced to punt on fourth and 18 from their own 30 yard line. Wagner’s punt traveled 35 yards and Danville started their next drive from their own 35.
The Little Johns picked up a pair of first downs and moved the ball down to the Waldron 25 yard line before their drive was halted when senior Bryson Betz knocked down a fourth and one pass attempt by Long.
Tull took over at quarterback and the Bulldogs drove 72 yards on 15 plays only to end up on the Danville three yard line as time expired. J. Brumbelow led Waldron with seven carries for 43 yards, W. Ingle and Jones each carried once for 15 and 11 yards respectively. Tull carried three times for three yards and threw three incomplete passes on the drive.
The Bulldogs look forward to opening the season on the road on August 31 when they battle the Mansfield Tigers at 7:00 p.m.
Final Score 0 21
First Downs 9 7
Rushing Yards 65 122
Passing Yards 38 81
Comp/Att/Int #2 2/3/0 #10 0/3/0 4/10/0
Total Yards 119 201
# of Play 35 24
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 3/25 4/25
Punts/Ave 2/31.5 1/28
3rd Down Conversion 4/9 2/4
4th Down Conversion 1/2 0/1
Rushing: Jaylin Brumbelow 12 carries for 51 yards, Trever Jones one carry for 11 yards, Allen Falconer one carry for six yards, Jonah Tull three carries for three yards, Garren Carpenter one carry for zero yards, Winchester Ingle four carries for minus one yard, and Dakota Wagner five carries for minus five yards.
Receiving: Winchester Ingle two catches for 38 yards.
Rushing: Cole Tate two carries for 42 yards, Dakota Long two carries for 34 yards, #10 three carries for 17 yards, Caleb Short two carries for 16 yards, Grant Cathey two carries for six yards, Alex Xayadeth one carry for four yards, and Drake Penzo one carry for three yards.
Receiving: Brett Wilkins one catch for 49 yards, Cole Tate one catch for 12 yards, Steven Ramirez one catch for 12 yards, and Drake Penzo one catch for eight yards.
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Tigers Too Tough to Tame Defeat Bulldogs 47-6
By Norm Betz, Editor
September 6, 2012
The Waldron Bulldogs traveled up Highway 71 to Mansfield with high hopes of starting off the season with a win, but returned home without the plaque and a 47-6 loss to the Tigers.
“Obviously that wasn’t the start we wanted,” said new head coach Shane Davis. “We will fix things and we’re going to keep on grinding.”
Mansfield came out the gate quickly, scoring just 11 seconds into the game. The Tigers took the ball
Bulldogs get ready to break the huddle against Mansfield on Friday night. Bulldogs lost the contest 47-6. (Photo by Norm Betz)
on their own 40 yard line after the kickoff and one play later scored on a 60 yard run up the middle. The point after the touchdown was added and Mansfield led 7-0 with 11:49 to play in the opening quarter.
Waldron picked up seven yards on three plays before they returned the ball to the Tigers after a 24 yard punt by senior Dakota Wagner. Wagner and junior Jaylin Brumbelow each added three yard gains, while junior Jonah Tull added one yard.
Two plays later it was deja vu as the Tigers reached the end zone on a 49 yard run similar to the first. The PAT was good and Mansfield quickly increased their lead to 14-0 with 8:56 to play in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs did pick up their first first down of the game on three straight running plays by Brumbelow, but after a holding penalty Waldron was forced to punt again on fourth and nine.
For the third straight possession, the result was the same. This time it was a six play drive that covered 65 yards, including a 51 yard gallop right up the middle. With 3:50 to play in the first Mansfield increased their lead to 21-0 after the PAT was added.
The Bulldogs put together a two first down 25 yard drive to end the first quarter on the Mansfield 33 yard line. Wagner carried the ball five times for 21 yards, while Brumbelow and junior Winchester Ingle each carried once for two yards each. The drive ended to start the second quarter when Wagner’s pitch to Ingle only went for four yards on a fourth and 14.
Tigers scored again on their next possession which ended with a 27 yard pass completion for a touchdown. The PAT was no good and the Tigers lead was now 27-0 with 8:24 to play in the first half.
Waldron’s next possession was highlighted when junior Garren Carpenter followed a block by senior Bryson Betz around the right side for an 18 yard gain and a first down. However the drive ended like the last as the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs when a fourth and eight pass completion to Brumbelow went for six yards.
Mansfield turned their fifth possession of the game into their fifth touchdown of the game on a 77 yard drive that included a 30 yard pass completion and a 31 yard run and ultimately a four yard TD run. The PAT split the uprights and the lead was now 34-0 with 1:06 to play in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs had three possessions in the third quarter and all three possessions ended with fumbles being lost. The Tigers had two possessions in the third and like the first two quarters, every time Mansfield had the ball they crossed the plane for a touchdown. Tigers led 47-0 after three quarters as the mercy rule was invoked and the clock continued to run for the rest of the contest.
Each team put their second team offenses on the field in the fourth quarter and Mansfield finally turned the ball over on downs on a fourth and seven on the Waldron 37.
Tull took over as QB and guided the Bulldogs to an eight play 63 yard TD drive to put Waldron on the board. Trever Jones picked up 13 yards on his first touch of the game, while Tull added 11 more on a pair of carries. Tull connected with Betz on a slant for a 14 yard gain and a first down and then hit Jones for a 23 yard touchdown. Tull’s two point conversion was not successful and the Bulldogs trailed the Tigers 47-6 with 1:52 to play.
Waldron (0-1) will travel to Paris (1-0) on Friday night to battle the Eagles in another non-conference game. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.