The visiting Bulldogs experience their second loss of the season in Week 2. The powerhouse Toreadores, with over 90 players on their roster, shutout Gridley 49-0 in their season opener.
The Toreadores quarterback James Hill III marched his way into the end-zone from 32 yards out on the third play of the game to start the rally of scoring. On a Gridley 4th down, the punt was caught by Donte Murphy who took off for a 65-yard score, still in the first seven minutes of the game.
We've seen this before. Special teams and defense.
Tatum Tucker picked off quarterback Emery Haddy in the second quarter, which was followed up by a 32-yard touchdown run by Kyle Neeley just seconds later.
On the next set of downs for the Bulldogs, Haddy was kicked off again. This time the INT. was by Logan Hunter who took the ball 50 yards into the end-zone.
It just got worse with a 24-yard run and score by Jonathon Hawkins to end the half 36-0.
The second half was completed by a 67-yard run by Hill and a 44-yard run by Ambrose Narvaez.
Lets be honest, the game was a little overmatched and too far of a travel in the first place.
But as I have said before, playing these big schools is what gets you ready for league.
And especially ready for this Friday night for the county border battle between the Bulldogs and the hosting Live Oak Lions, the annual Harvest Bowl.
This game might not matter statistically at the end of the season, but it definitely gives the boys something to brag about for the next year.
The Lions come into the game with a 3-0 start to their season, scoring a total of 86 points and only allowing 34 points to be scored on them. The Lions look to be set at all levels: running, passing, and receiving. Their defense is powerful as well.
In order for the Bulldogs to come out on top and upset the Lions, the defense is going to need to put 11 hats on the ball every single down. Special teams cannot afford to make any more errors. If they can accomplish that, then quarterback Emery Haddy is going to need to show the leadership skills that we know he has and bring the offense together.