The good news entering this weekend’s slate of playoff games is that the Boling Bulldogs were one of 64 teams that earned the right to compete in the Class 3A Division I bracket.

The Lorena Leopards were the other and by the end of their bi-district game on Friday, Nov. 13, they are now one of 32 teams that will advance to the area round.

Boling, by virtue of its 54-14 loss, ended its memorable season with a 5-5 record. Lorena improved to 8-2, and will play Crockett, which defeated Anahuac, 41-21.

Lorena took a first quarter lead off a run score that Boling was able to answer back with. 

The team traded touchdowns and were tied 7-7.

Lorena scored a rushing touchdown of 2 yards with 9:13 left in the quarter. The Bulldogs answered with a pass play from quarterback Jaxson Urbanek to Ryan O’Neal for a 19-yard score. The Bulldogs converted a fourth down and 17 for the score. Urbanek evened the score with a point after attempt at the 4:16 mark of the first quarter.

Leopards answered with a five-play, 46-yard touchdown drive and extra point good for a 14-7 lead that it would never relinquish.

Unfortunately, Lorena scored six more times unanswered. It was until the third quarter that Boling would score another touchdown. By that time, BHS was facing a 48-7 deficit.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs did find the end zone when Urbanek handed the ball off to Jastin Arbing and ran the possession in for a 1-yard score. The extra point was good to close out BHS scoring for the night.

Lorena would answer with a fourth quarter score.

The Boling defense had its trouble stopping Lorena. Still, there were some Bulldogs players who did play admirably, including Gage Eastep, who had an interception. Colby Chilek led BHS in tackles with seven, followed by six from Eastep and Christian Montalvo, and five tackles from Blake Savage.

Lorena earned around 400 offensive yards.

Boling piled up the yards on offense, nearly gaining 250 yards. Off the 11 BHS offensive possessions, there were four drives that went at least seven plays. Boling punted seven times, turned the ball over on downs three times, but it did not have a turnover. 

Urbanek went 9-of-24 for 160 yards passing. His longest pass play was 31 yards to Savage (three receptions). O’Neal had 66 yards receiving on four receptions. Running back O’Neal gained 84 yards rushing on 16 carries. His longest run was 41 yards. 

Shawn Chilek provided statistical information for this story.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The East Bernard Brahmas lost their Class 3A bi-district game to Lexington, 7-0. The game was played also Friday. The Journal-Spectator will have a follow-up story next week.

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