By GERARDO RECINOS
On a night when Miramonte put up a 49-6 win, the Bulldogs nearly matched the Matador output by scoring 48 in a win over the Washington-Fremont Huskies Friday night.
The win puts the Bulldogs at 3-1 overall, and sets up a dream match-up for the start of Diablo Foothill Athletic League play.
Last year that game was the impetus behind the Bulldogs’ push towards the playoffs at the end of the season. The Bulldogs were down 34-14 at the half before coming back to win 43-40.
In their win against the Huskies, the Bulldogs also made a strong correction to a slow first half, only allowing a last second touchdown in garbage time after holding Washington scoreless for nearly 2 1/2 quarters.
“One of our defensive linemen was having some trouble with a bad ankle, so we made a switch with Dante (Abono), and moved (Alex) Contreras and that really slowed down their run game,” Hern said after the game.
Abono and Contreras led the defensive unit that took the ball away three times, including two defensive scores in the second quarter that fired up the crowd.
The first came at the start of the quarter. Contreras and Abono had both gotten to Huskie quarterback Robby Muniz, but both times the sophomore from Washington was able to get rid of the ball and avoid damage.
On a second and long play Contreras pinned his ears back, got the quarterback and forced an errant throw that was picked off by senior Josh Ramirez. The senior defensive back looked like he was forced out of bounds at one point, but took the ball across the field 95 yards to pay dirt to tie the game up 14 at that point.
Junior Jackson Norried picked off Muniz four minutes before halftime to give the Bulldogs a lead going into the break only 1 minute and 4 seconds after Zach Elliott scampered in from 14 yards to tie the game.
In the second half, the Bulldogs made adjustments and dominated the battle at the line of scrimmage, which resulted in a break out game from not only Jonathan McCart (12 carries for 145 yards) but from their wide receiver corps of Norried, Ramirez and Leonard.
Late in the third quarter Elliott released a deep shot on the run against his body and put it on Norried from 56 yards out to make it a three-possession game at 41-20. McCart sealed the victory with a 5 yard run in the fourth quarter; only a late consolation score from the Huskies with the second-team defense in the game blemished an otherwise spotless second half.
“They’re getting better every game, and this was a tough test, because some of those guys are big,” said Hern of the opponent. “It’s good to see our guys respond to that situation and sort of respond to that problem.
“It didn’t look great in the beginning but we stuck with it, and they persevered through that difficulty, and finished the game out.”
Next week the Bulldogs host a hot Miramonte team that will come into Knowles Field with a perfect 4-0 record as the DFAL season kicks off at 7 p.m.