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By Candie Fix
Managing Editor 

Bulldogs roll over DCA Eagles 54-12 in Friday night contest at home


October 19, 2022

(Herald photo by Candie Fix)

DEFENDERS MICHAEL Gerk, #3, and Kailin Kelley, #45, narrow in on DCA ball carrier on Friday night. Kelley and Gerk combined for a total of 32 tackles in the contest.

The Haxtun Bulldogs rolled over the Eagles from Dayspring Christian Academy 54-12 in a home contest at Adam Wernsman Field on Friday night. The team continues to hold the top spot in all of Colorado 8-man action and remains undefeated with a 7-0 record.

The Bulldogs are on a 22 game winning streak dating back to the 2020 season. Haxtun's last lost came on Halloween in 2020 when the Bulldogs fell to Merino by a 32-point spread.

Those two teams have yet to meet in the 2022 season but the contest is coming in the final week of regular season action.

In just under three minutes, Haxtun put their first six points on the board with a four-yard run from senior Kyle Fryrear against the Eagles on Friday. The Bulldogs fell short on the two-point conversion to keep the score at six with just nine and a half minutes on the clock. Following a long, four minute drive, Dayspring Christian punched in an 18-yard touchdown pass to even out the score. The Eagles also failed on the points after attempt to even things out a six a piece. In the Bulldog's next possession, Kailin Kelley scored on the first play of the drive with a long, 60-yard run to put the Bulldogs back on top. This time he also took care of the two-points after to put Haxtun up 14-6. With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, quarterback Ryland Wolff hit Fryrear in the end zone for Fryrear's second touchdown of the game to give Haxtun a 20-6 edge heading into the second.

Kelley and company opened the second quarter with a 90-yard touchdown run to give Haxtun a quick six and a 20-point advantage. The Bulldogs would go on to add another touchdown, this time from Michael Gerk, before half time to hold a 32-6 lead midway through the contest.

The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter, adding touchdowns from Fryrear and Wolff to active the mercy rule and keep the clock running.

Wolff added one solo touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Haxtun a 54-12 advantage at the final buzzer.

Under center, Wolff connected with five of nine passes for 148 yards in the air including one touchdown. Fryrear caught two of those five passes for a total of 79 receiving yards and one touchdown. Kelley tallied 45 yards in the air from two catches. Keegan Colglazier racked up 24 yards from one Wolff pass.

Kelley led the Bulldog ground game with 182 yards from five carries. He averaged 36.4 yards per carry and tallied two rushing touchdowns. Wolff registered 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Gerk added two rushing touchdowns and 105 yards.

On the other side of the ball, six Bulldogs tallied double-digits in the tackles department led by Gerk with 20. He registered nine solo tackles and 11 assisted. Maclin Tempel, back this week from a foot injury, tallied 14 tackles followed by Kelley with 12. Colglazier, Wolff and Brandon Nall each added 10 total tackles. Tempel and Josh Wright each registered a tackle on the Eagle's quarterback.

This week the Bulldogs are set to host the 2-5 Sedgwick County Cougars for a Saturday evening match up at Adam Wernsman Field. Game time is set for 6 p.m.


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