The Boling Bulldogs earned their first district victory of the season Friday against Hempstead, 40-20.

The victory improves Boling’s district record to 1-3 and 4-5 on the year.

Hempstead’s last opportunity to threaten came after a Boling turnover inside of six minutes to play.

Boling’s Kameron Taylor intercepted a Hempstead pass at the 5, but the Bulldogs fumbled it back at the 35 a few plays later. 

Hempstead (0-4, 0-9) took advantage and scored on a short pass to cut its deficit to 33-20 with 5:29 left in the game. 

The Bulldogs responded by going 49 yards on five plays. Trenton Jones bulldozed his way into the end zone from 10 yards for the score. Jaxson Urbanek’s point after attempt closed out the scoring with 2:33 left.

The team iced the game when Taylor recovered the ball after a Bobcats muffed on the kickoff. 

The Bulldogs then ran out the clock.

Boling had a 27-13 halftime lead thanks to scoring runs. Montalvo scored twice as did Jones, O’Neal once time each. 

For the game, Boling was led by Christian Montalvo, who earned 123 yards on 17 carries with three scores.

Jones added 111 yards off 19 carries, and scored twice.

Ryan O’Neal rushed 11 times for 80 yards and had one score.

Nick Gutierrez gained 50 yards on the ground on three carries, and caught two passes for 51 yards. 

Urbanek was 4-for-5 passing for 61 yards, with Jones and O’Neal each getting 5-yard receptions.

Boling plays its final home game of the regular season next Friday against Columbus. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Shawn Chilek provided statistical information for this story.

East Bernard victorious

The East Bernard Brahmas remained undefeated in district play as they cruised past Tidehaven, 31-10, Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Brahmas (4-0, 8-1), who played on Parents Night, spread out the offensive scoring in both halves.

A 14-0 first quarter cushion ensured the Brahmas to play with a comfortable lead.

Quarterback Dallas Novicke was in on both TDs within the first six minutes of the game as he passed to Caleb Magness for 31 yards, and then rushed for the second score on a 26-yard keeper.

Kicker Cristian Ruiz connected on both point after attempts, going 4-for-4 in that department throughout the game. He also booted a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.

East Bernard scored twice more in the third quarter. The Novicke-Magness duo connected on a 30-yard pass play with 2:53 left in the quarter. 

The Brahmas then scored again two minutes later on a Reid Morton interception return for 53 yards.

East Bernard had 191 yards of total offense. Novicke passed for 89 yards on 6-of-15 pass completions. Magness had 70 of those passing yards.

Novicke also led Brahma rushers with 63 yards on 13 carries.

Tidehaven had 264 yards of offense. But, it was 3-of-12 on third down conversions. The team also had 10 penalties.

Tidehaven falls to 2-2, 4-4 with the loss.

East Bernard travels to Van Vleck next Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Roland Orsak provided statistical information for this story.

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