The Greenwood Bulldogs made a business trip to Northwest Arkansas to take on the Siloam Springs Panthers.
Siloam Springs would strike first and go up 7-0 on the Bulldogs with around 9 minutes left in the 1st quarter. The boys in blue were not phased at all as they would respond with a quick drive down the field to tie the game. Sr. QB LD Richmond would connect with Sr. receiver Jase Strozier for a 6-yard touchdown with 6:09 left in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7.
On the first play from scrimmage following the kick, Sr. defensive back Jayden Jasna would show his quickness and run under a deep ball for a Greenwood interception. Jasna blanketed the receiver in coverage and then made a heads up play to follow the ball and get the defensive turnover.
Not every highlight is a touchdown. On the possession following the interception, the Bulldog offense faced a 3rd down and 8 with just under 4 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. Sr. LD Richmond would drop back for a pass and be flushed for what looked like a sure sack for a loss but he would split three defenders and connect with Luke Brewer for a 9-yard gain. .
With 1:41 to go in the first quarter, the Bulldog’s would capitalize on Jasna’s big defensive play and score on a 4-yard rush by Sr. Bulldog Hunter Wilkinson. Greenwood takes the lead 14-7.
With Just under 10 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter, the Bulldogs had the ball up 14-10 and facing a 3rd down and 19. Wilkinson takes a draw play up the middle and explodes with quickness to gain 22 yards and a first down. Wilkinson left the Siloam Spring defense hanging their heads in frustration with the long conversion. The offensive line would continue to dominate the line of scrimmage as Wilkinson rushes for his 2nd touchdown of the night with 7:55 left in the 2nd quarter. The 3-yard score would put the Bulldogs up 21-10.
With 3:13 left in the 2nd quarter, the Bulldogs would add to their lead with an 18 yard touchdown pass and catch from Richmond to Luke Brewer. Although they scored with the pass, the touchdown was set up by the Bulldog rushing attack. The offensive line made large holes for Wilkinson and Jr. Cameron Krone as they ran right at the Panther defense. Bulldogs go up 28-10.
Moving to the 3rd quarter, the Bulldogs have the ball up 28-10 when Sr. QB LD Richmond decided that one highlight play wasn’t good enough, he needed more. This time he takes the QB draw to the right and showcases his quick feet with textbook stutter steps to leave two Panther defenders on the ground and then muscles his way in for the touchdown. Greenwood moves their lead to 35-10.
After a 4th down stop by the Bulldog defense, the offense had the ball on 3rd down and 8 to go. Richmond would roll out to the right and again find Luke Brewer in the corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 42-10. Brewer would run a perfect route that let him separate from two panther defenders and score virtually untouched.
With 6:50 left in the game, Sr. running back Ty Moose would follow his blockers and show some agility on a 17-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 49-10. Moose took the hand off up the middle, shed a tackle, and burst through the defense to find the end zone for the Bulldogs.
That would be your final score of the game as the Bulldogs remain undefeated on the year.
Up next for Greenwood (6-0) is a home match-up against Russellville (1-5) next Friday night.