By Christy Suggs
Red River played the Bunkie Panthers in the 4th district game of the season at the Pat Strother Stadium Friday night. It was a packed house due to Senior Night.
The Bulldogs started out with a bang by capitalizing on the 1st drive of the game. Stanley Maxie ran in a Touchdown and Ryder Hogan followed up with a PAT. (7-0) Both teams were forced to punt on the drives following the TD.
Bunkie scored a 1 play TD on their 2nd driver tying the score 7-7.
Next, Wide Receiver D’Evin McDonald caught a 20 yard pass from QB Tre Smith and scored putting the Bulldogs ahead once again. The score at the end of the 1st was RR 14- Bunkie 7.
Red River started on the Bulldogs 39 yard for the 2nd quarter. The Dawgs capped off a 12 play drive with an 8 yard scramble from QB Tre Smith (21-7 Ryder Hogan with the PAT) with 8 mins left in the half.
A failed 4th down conversion by the Panthers turned into an interception by Stanley Maxie giving great field position on Bunkie’s 35 yard line. However, this drive failed to turn into a TD for the Dawgs. Red River went to the locker rooms leading 21-7 at the half.
Bunkie received at the start of the second half. After several plays Bunkie went for a field goal and missed giving the Bulldogs the ball on their own 20 yard line. A few plays into the Dawgs drive, QB Tre Smith threw a pass that deflected out of Bulldog Eli Harper’s hands into the Panther’s hands. The turnover turned bad for the Bulldogs because Bunkie was able to score on their drive. The 3rd quarter ending score was RR 21 BHS 14.
The next Bulldog drive was a failure but thanks to a great punt from kicker Ryder Hogan the Panthers were forced to start the drive on the 3 yard line. The Dawgs defense was outstanding and forced a Bunkie Panthers punt from their 2 yard line. This gave the Bulldogs excellent field position at the Bunkie 32 yard line. Sadly, this drive ended with the Dawgs being stopped on 4th down giving the Panthers back the ball.
Once again the Dawg Defense held strong forcing a fumble getting the ball back to our offense. With a great effort from Leonard Mosely the Dawgs ran in for TD bringing the score to 28-14.
With another Bunkie turnover, the Dawgs got the ball at the 36 yard line and instantly turned that into a rushing touchdown by Stanley Maxie making the score 34-14. Ryder Hogan’s PAT was blocked by a Panther.
With it being senior night, Coach Harper changed things up a little by making the kickoff team all seniors, D’Evin McDonald, Stanley Maxie, Stanley Sibley, Tre Smith, Keenan King, Ryder Hogan, Jack Clark Jr. Ashanti Cole Jr., Ronald Perkins, Antron Williams, and Ja’Kyus Palmer. The Dawg defense held off and no harm was done, finishing the game with a Bulldog win. Final Score 35 to 14.
Red River’s record is now 5-2 for season and 3-1 in district. The Red River Homecoming and last regular season home game is Friday against Lakeview Gators. Let’s Fill the stands and support this winning team.
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