The 3-0 Miles Bulldogs played the 0-3 Era Hornets at a neutral site in Eastland. Not much is known about Era and coming in to the game there wasn’t a great deal of information available about the team. Era is located about 1 hour due north of Fort Worth. The school has an enrollment of about 500 students in grades pre-k – 12. They had a decent record last year and made to the playoffs. They were eliminated in the first round of the 2A-2, Region III, District 9 by Bowie.
This year they’re 0-3 and only have a 17-player roster. They have averaged about 10-points per game while giving up around 44-points per game. Those stats didn’t bode well as they faced the Miles Bulldogs who have been giving up fewer than 2 touchdowns per game on average while scoring an average over 50-points.
The Bulldogs have a great deal of talent on their team this season, but moreover, they have solid leadership, focus and direction under coach Charles Boles and his staff. Talent isn’t worth much without drive and Boles’ players have copious amounts of both. They had a great spring and were already sharp when they came in to two-a-days. They started the season by defeating Ranger in Miles 58-6. Then they took a road trip to San Angelo TLCA and put a whooping on the Eagles by a score of 44-12. They came back home and welcomed the Roscoe Plowboys with a sound drubbing of 48-28. This road trip to the neutral area saw the Bulldogs maul the Hornets by a score of 56-7.
The Hornets were never a threat to the Bulldogs. Miles took control of the game early on and never let up off of the gas pedal. The Bulldogs defense held the line and were able to make plays in the Hornets’ backfield time and time again. The aggressive defensive play prevented the Hornets offense from ever gaining any momentum. The Bulldogs offense was able to move the ball at-will and keep the defense on their heels. With only a 17-player roster, the Hornets players were on the field for every down on offense and defense. Miles plays the same game plan, with the majority of their starters playing both sides of the ball during the game. It’s the conditioning that Miles has that sets them apart. Boles and his staff keep the team in shape and have their stamina and conditioning where it needs to be. And it’s only getting better as the season progresses.
Next up Miles will play at home against the 1-1 Munday Moguls. The Moguls are coming off of a 40-0 loss to the Clarendon Broncos. The Bulldogs shouldn’t have much trouble with the Moguls and have a chance to put up another 50-point game.
Winters Blizzards dismantle Ranger Bulldogs
The 2-1 Winters Blizzards were coming off of a defeat by the Bangs Dragons and were still licking their wounds when they traveled to Ranger to take on the 2-2 Bulldogs. Ranger had already suffered one Runnels County whooping when the Miles Bulldogs defeated them 58-6 to start the season.
Blizzards coach Matt McCarty is in his 5th year as the head coach and athletic director and has tuned the offense and defense to play his style of football. McCarty, the quiet, cerebral coach, plays smash-mouth, run-the-ball-up-the-gut football. The sloppier the conditions, the better the Blizzards play. The team is gritty and they’re confident. Even with started quarterback Alex Salas out, the Blizzards systematically dismantled the Bulldogs.
The Blizzards put up 33 points in the first quarter, compared to the 7 points scored by Ranger. In the second quarter the Blizzards scored 3 touchdowns with 3 successful PATS to make the score 54-7. There was no way to stopping the Blizzards Blitzkrieg running game. Quarterback Jon Kullen Busher stepped in for the injured Salas and was 2 of 2 for 17-yards and 1 touchdown. Wide receiver Malakye Kelly caught the touchdown pass.
The running game never lost momentum as they ran the ball 39 times for a staggering 557 yards and an even more amazing 14.3 yards per carry average. Cannon Collins got the lion’s share of the carries with 11 carries for 70 yards and 1 touchdown. Sema’jae Jackson carried twice for 11 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rising star Matt Jacob carried the rock 9 times for 109 yards and 1 touchdown. Busher carried the ball 8 times for an amazing 190 yards and 1 touchdown. Busher broke a 58-yard run, which was the second longest run of the game. Houston Esquivel rushed 1 time and that was a 59-yard run. Malakye Kelly had 3 rushes for 39 yards and 1 touchdown. Dayvin Oats rushed once for 30 yards and 1 touchdown. Miguel Rodriguez rushed 1 time for 5 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Sanchez rushed 3 times for 44 yards and 1 touchdown. About the only person on the team who didn’t rush for a touchdown was coach McCarty. The team shared the wealth and a lot of second-string players were able to get in the game and gain some experience. Having 9 rushers put a lot of pressure on the defensive line and secondary of Ranger. The Bulldogs never had a chance to catch their breath as McCarty ran his fast-paced offense up and down the field.
Ranger is a good team that came into the game with a 2-1 record. After their opening game loss to Miles, they then lost at home 55-0 to Cross Plains. After that they went on the road and played Inspired Vision at a neutral site, Ranger High School, and won 35-6.
Winters next plays Christoval in Winters this Friday. Last year the Blizzards destroyed the Cougars by the score of 40-14. Christoval ended the season 8-4. This year the Cougars have started off 4-0 with solid wins against Harper 47-0, Grape Creek 47-0, Van Horn 43-14 and Cross Plains 26-14, respectively.
Winters has the advantage having come off a game against a 3A team in Bangs. The Blizzards lost that game but it gave them experience playing fast, strong teams. Christoval is a contender this year, just as they have been every year in recent years. While this isn’t a district game for either team, it’s about as an important of a non-district game as each team can have. Both teams will have to fight for every yard on the field and the defenses will be grinding against solid offensive lines all during the game. It will most likely come down to turnovers and field position if both teams have trouble moving the ball.
This will be the game to watch this week. It will be a tough fight the entire game and it would be expected that neither team will have a run-away win. A game with these two teams could come down to nothing more than a missed extra point or 2-point conversions.