By Chris Edwards
JASPER – The Colmesneil Bulldogs began their season with a most narrow of narrow victories against West Hardin.
The ‘Dogs traveled to Jasper last Thursday to play the Oilers. The game was moved up a day and the location changed due to expected incoming weather that would likely effect field conditions.
Touchdowns from the Oilers’ Kyle Taylor, on a 34-yard run and from the Dogs’ Mason Teel (on a two-yard run) in the first quarter sealed the score 6-6 all the way to the half.
Taylor scored on a short (one-yard) kick early in the third, giving the lead to West Hardin (13-6). A TD from Reed Best put the score at 12-13, with the Oilers still leading.
In the fourth quarter, the Oilers’ Weston Louviere scored on a 65-yard pass from Taylor, for a 12-19 score, however, with three minutes left in the game, Best scored on a three-yard run, with a successful two-point conversion, reversing the fortunes of the Dogs, 20-19.
Thursday was Best’s night to shine as the senior wide receiver picked up 98 passing yards and 76 yards rushing. All told, the ‘Dogs ran 64 plays for a total of 243 yards (98 passing, 145 rushing).
This week, the Bulldogs will take on KIPP East End High School in Houston.
In the weeks leading up to district, Colmesneil is facing some salty opponents, with Cayuga, Overton and
Cushing, all on the agenda for September.
The Bulldogs will start district against Lovelady on Friday, Oct. 7.