By Christy Suggs
Friday night Red River traveled to Lakeview to take on the Gators in the second district game of 3-2A. This was the first time the Bulldogs had played on the new orange and green Gator’s field. When the night was over Red River defeated Lakeview 40-6 to go 2-0 in district.
Gators started out with the ball. But it was short lived due to a fumble recovered by the Bulldogs. Bulldogs jumped out with a powerful first play, scoring a touchdown by Jamarion Demery at 11:35 of the first quarter. Senior Miguel Allen followed it up with a PAT making the score 7-0. One the first attempt at a punt, Bulldogs got a roughing the kicker penalty giving the gators a first down. After 3 more plays the Gators were forced to punt. After a few first downs and a penalty later, the Dawgs were forced to punt. With only gaining 2 yards in 3 plays the Gators gave the Dawgs the ball on the 29 yard line. At the end of a 12 play drive, the Dawgs handed the ball off to Jyrel Jones for a 14 yard touchdown making the score 14-0 after the PAT with 10:49 to go in the 2nd quarter. Once again the Gators were unable to get a first down so they punted to the Dawgs. After 4 plays the Dawgs were forced to punt. Zylon Newman would force a fumble giving the Dawgs the ball on their own 33 yard line. While on the LHS 22 yard line, the Dawgs would throw an incomplete pass forcing them to kick a field goal. Unfortunately, it was a miss.
The Bulldogs would force another fumble, giving the offense field position on Lakeview’s 6 yard line. Leonard Mosley made a touchdown on the following play bringing the score to 20-0 right before the half.
Bulldogs started the second half with the ball. While in the red zone, the Dawgs would complete a pass to Shaylon Newton for a 9 yard touchdown followed by a PAT. 27-0. The Gators put their only score for the night on the board with a kick return making the score 27-6 with 8:21 to go in the 3rd. Less than 2 minutes later the Dawgs score from a 10 yard pass to Shaylon Newton. 34-6
The Bulldogs recover another fumble giving them the ball midfield but had to punt after failing to make a first down. The Gators had the same bad luck as the Dawgs getting a first down so they were forced to punt. A 61 yard punt return by Jieron Calhoun made the score 40-6. No more scores were made by either team. The final score would be RR 40 Lakeview 6.
Coach Harper had this to say about the 2 district games so far. “We are very proud of how well the team is playing right now. We have played a very difficult out of district schedule to prepare us for district and the playoffs. Opening district against J-Hodge with a win was a huge boost for us. J-Hodge was a win away from playing in the Dome. They have an LSU commit playing linebacker who’s a game changer on defense. Our offensive line did a great job all night opening big holes for Leonard Mosley. Our defense played very well neutralizing their run game. This week we traveled to 4-2 Lakeview and played a complete game. Both offense and defense played very well. Offensively we had 7 different receivers with receptions. Jieron Calhoun had a punt return for a TD & Shaylon Newton had 8 receptions for 156 yards 2 TD’s. We travel to Winnfield to play the #6 ranked team in the power rankings this Friday night.”
Bulldogs are 3-4 overall with 2-0 in district.