Football frenzy

After having a bye last week, the Boling Bulldogs started the 2020 season on a high note as they defeated the Van Vleck Leopards, 35-20, in a non-district game, Friday, Sept. 4.

Boling scored 21 points in the first and second quarters before Van Vleck got on its home scoreboard at Burl McKinney Stadium.

The first points of the game came on a turnover by Van Vleck as the quarterback and center mishandled the snap and Boling’s Cody Schindler picked up the ball and ran it in for a 17-yard fumble recovery. Jaxson Urbanek’s point after attempt gave BHS a 7-0 lead.

Van Vleck had numerous turnovers, the other coming on an interception by Ruben Becerra.

BHS amassed 386 yards of total offense, most of it coming on the ground. Blaise Hubenak led all Bulldogs rushers with 79 yards, followed by Urbanek’s 67 yards, and Christian Montalvo’s 64 yards, respectively.

Hubenak scored the second TD for BHS in the opening quarter after toting the possession for 15 yards. Urbanek connected on his second PAT.

The coaching staff also added some trick plays before Van Vleck found its way in the end zone. In the second quarter, Urbanek tossed a lateral to Trenton Jones who dropped back and threw a pass completion to Blake Savage for 26 yards. Urbanek nailed the PAT for a comfortable 21-0 lead.

After that, the teams traded scores in the second and third quarters. BHS’s 35-12 halftime lead was too much for Van Vleck to overcome. The Bulldogs didn’t score in the second half, but they didn’t need to as Van Vleck would only score 8 points on rushing touchdown and two-point conversion.

BHS rounded out the scoring in the first half on a Hubenak 2-yard run and a Jones 11-yard run.

Urbanek made all his PATs.

Van Vleck had an impressive 377 yards of total offense.

Columbia dominates Wharton

Unfortunately for the Wharton Tigers, they had to play three quarters in their game against the Columbia Roughnecks at Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium, Friday, Sept. 4.

That’s because early on, WHS looked very impressive.

The Tigers scored on their first drive of their non-district game. And they stopped the Roughnecks on a 4 down a 1 play from their own 1-yard line.

A 7-0 WHS lead came courtesy of a Sterling Harris pass play to his receiver Chandler Ford from the 22-yard line. Ford then ran passed the Columbia secondary to the 1-yard line. 

Keijon Waddell scored on a 1-yard run afterwards. Kicker Joshua Rivas’ kick was good with 10:15 left in the opening quarter.

The WHS defense then stopped Columbia from scoring on several rushing plays in its red zone. 

But, then it went downhill for the Tigers as Columbia scored on a blocked punt for a safety with 4:02 to play in the first quarter.

Columbia scored 30 points in the second quarter for a 39-7 halftime lead. The Roughnecks would score 13 points in the second half. 

WHS quarterback Harris was 7-of-18 on pass completions. Ford led with 79 yards on four receptions. Waddell had 15 carries for 86 yards.

Matthew Watkins provided statistical information for the Wharton game. Shawn Chilek provided statistical information for the Boling game.

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