By Christy Suggs
Red River took on Many in district play Friday Oct. 1 at Pat Strother Stadium. KTBS was filming and highlighting the showdown between 2020 State Champions Many Tigers and the highest scoring team in the state, the Bulldogs. This was the KTBS game of the week.
The coin toss gave Red River the opening kickoff. The Bulldogs got the ball on their own 40 yard line. After making a first down they were forced to punt. The Tigers were quick to take the lead in the first quarter. Many scored 2 rushing touchdowns and converted both 2 point conversions making the score Many 16 RR 0 at the end of the 1st.
The Bulldogs were able to get on the board in the second quarter with a TD by Tre Smith but were unsuccessful when it came to the 2 point conversion. The Tigers controlled the clock the majority of the second quarter, but only put up 1 TD and failed on a 2 pt conversion attempt. Half time score was RR 6 Many 22.
Bulldog fans expected the “Dawgs” to come out strong in the second half and they were not disappointed. RR stopped Many’s opening drive and forced them to punt. The Bulldogs were set up with great field position on Many’s 35 yard line. Antron Williams caught a pass on the 1st play of the drive and scored a TD. RR went for 2 but was unsuccessful making the score RR 12 – Many 22. Many tried to make progress but were once again forced to punt. RR got the ball on their own 17 yard line. The Bulldogs ended the drive with a rushing TD by Stanley Maxie making the score RR 18-Many 22. With a little more than 5 mins to go in the 3rd, the Bulldogs were unsuccessful at an attempt for 2 points. On a 10 play drive Many once again scored a rushing touchdown with a 2 point conversion ending the quarter with a score of 18-30.
Just 10 seconds into the 4th quarter RR’s D’Evin McDonald caught a weird pass that deflected off of the cornerback’s helmet and took it in for a TD. Ryder Hogan kicked in the PAT going 1/1 for the night. This put RR only 5 points behind Many 25-30. Many followed up the “Dawgs” TD with a quick TD of their own (25-36). After interceptions on both sides, the Bulldogs were given the ball at their 7 yard line. Dawgs made forward progress slowly but steadily for 19 yards. With a pass from Tre Smith and a great run by D’Evin McDonald, Bulldogs scored a 74 yard TD. This put the Bulldogs within 5 again of the Tigers. With 7:00 to go the Bulldogs were unsuccessful in grabbing the lead. Many added 1 more TD and 2 point conversion to end the game. Final score was RR 31- Many 44.
Coach Jeff Harper had this to say about the game: “I was proud of the effort in the 2nd half…we have to do a better job in the first half. We have started slow since Mansfield which blows my mind. We aren’t executing consistently early in games. I have warned our guys that starting slow is going to cost us at some point. That finally happened Friday night. If we would have played 4 quarters of football in all three phases of the game we should have won. We outscored Many 25-22 in the 2nd half. This game was our midseason test and now we know what we need to fix moving forward. I believe we will be better for the things we learned from Friday night and we look forward to playing Menard on the road this week.”
Red River is 1-1 in district play with an overall record of 3-2. Friday night RR travels to Holy Savior Menard to play the 3rd district game. Join the caravan and support the “Dawgs”.
Stats Courtesy of Coach Jeff Harper
Tre Smith- 17/26 301 yards 3 TD 9 carries 92 yards TD
D’Evin McDonald- 5 receptions 193 yards 2 TD
Antron Williams- 5 receptions 82 yards TD
Stanley Maxie – 9 carries 23 yards 3 receptions 49 yards
Quin Lewis/Elijah Harper both had 3 receptions
Stanley Sibley 13 tackles & Interception
Stanley Maxie 13 tackles
Jyrel Jones 12 tackles
Terrell Gary 11 tackles
Trenton Grigg & Jakyius Palmer both had 8 tackles
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