By Chris Edwards
COLMESNEIL – A game with three whole quarters of play without a single score is an obvious sign that both teams’ defensive mechanisms are firing on all cylinders.
The Colmesneil Bulldogs took on the Cayuga Wildcats last Friday on Taylor Field, and although the ‘Dogs came up short by eight points in the end (16-8) marking the first Colmesneil loss of the young season, it was an impressive contest, defensively.
Ultimately, the Wildcats held the ‘Dogs to a total of 118 total yards; 85 passing yards and 33 rushing on 34 plays ran. A single score in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats, on an 83-yard run on a first and 10, lit up the scoreboard for the first time of the night.
Another score on a 30-yard run put Cayuga in the lead for good. Turnovers on offense gave the ‘Dogs a chance to seize the reins, but the Wildcats’ defense held them off on two occasions, without a first down.
Colmesneil goes into Homecoming this Friday against the Overton Mustangs with a 2-1 record. The game begins at 7 p.m.
The last time the ‘Dogs and Mustangs met up, Colmesneil shut them out, 32-0.
The ‘Dogs have one more home game after that against Cushing, next week, before starting district with a road game against the Lovelady Lions.
For Homecoming week activities, there will be a community pep rally at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday on Taylor Field, followed by a bonfire near the baseball field and track. Prior to Friday’s game, at 6:30 p.m., the Homecoming Court will be presented on the field, with the crowning of this year’s queen.
Cross-country team results
The Colmesneil High School and Junior High cross-country teams took part in the Broaddus Invitational meet last week.
According to Athletic Director Cody Day, the run was on a “very hot and difficult” trail in Broaddus.
The cross-country teams competed Wednesday at West Sabine in Pineland. Results from that meet are unavailable at press time.
The top finishers from Colmesneil were:
• Lillian Jalomo finishing 11th for varsity girls
• Daniel Hoover finished 31st for Varsity boys
• Carson Fasske finished 28th for the JH Boys
• Kimber Squier finished 43rd for the JH Girls.