GILBERT – Last Thursday evening the Gilbert Lions hosted the Burch Bulldogs for a big night of middle school football action. Both teams entered the contest undefeated but only one would leave unbeaten. Dougie Dillon and Drew Hatfield, along with an opportunistic defense, controlled the game for Burch and led the Bulldogs to a 28-0 victory.
Gilbert received the ball first and used up a lot of clock during the first quarter, a fourth down stop by the Bulldogs defense turned the ball over to Burch’s offense. Before the end of the first quarter Dillon scored on a 57-yard rush. Burch failed to convert the two-point conversion and the first quarter ended with the Bulldogs up 6-0.
The Lions repeated their last drive by controlling the clock until a fourth down stop once again gave Burch the ball. On the Bulldogs second possession Hatfield scored on a 60-yard run. The Bulldogs added the two-point conversion when Hatfield connected with Gavin Farley to make the score 14-0 going into halftime.
The Bulldogs fumbled on their first possession of the second half, and the Lions recovered, but the Lions could not convert the drive into a score. The Bulldog defense once again made a crucial fourth down stop and gave the offense another chance to score. Dillon scored on a 77-yard run and the Bulldogs completed the two-point conversion when Issac Moore hauled in a catch to put the Bulldogs up 22-0.
Hatfield added the final score of the game on a 45-yard sprint to pay dirt. The Lions controlled the ball for the rest of the game but failed to score.
Dillon led the Bulldog’s ground game with 162-yards on five carries and two rushing touchdowns. Hatfield had 133-yards on four carries and two rushing touchdowns; he completed two two-point conversion passes. The Bulldogs finished with 294-yards rushing in the game.
Dale Workman led the Bulldogs on defense with 11 total tackles, two of which were for a loss of yardage. Farley and Dillon both had eight tackles. Hatfield finished with seven tackles and Dustin Ferguson had five tackles.
The Lions finished the game with 135-yards rushing on 44 carries and 35-yards on four passes.
The Bulldogs secured the number one spot in the county standings while Gilbert fell to second place. Burch will host the Matewan Tigers next Thursday for 8th grade night.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)