Pauls Valley Democrat
The Stratford Bulldogs overcame a slow start with a big second half and a 25-13 win over the Caddo Bruins.
Stratford did score first in the game on a Kyler Wade 8-yard run but Caddo responded early in the second with a Tanner Grace 6-yard TD run and took a 7-6 lead at the break.
Stratford came out of the half time locker room and scored 19 unanswered points. Wade would give Stratford the lead for good on a 4-yard TD run early in the second half.
On the Bulldogs second possession of the second half Kyle Qualls broke off a long run from near the mid field stripe scoring from 48-yards out as Stratford took a 19-7 lead into the final quarter.
Chase Bradstreet would get into the scoring action a few minutes into the fourth quarter as he capped off a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Caddo would come right back and make the game interesting. Just over a minute after Stratford’s touchdown, Corey Savoy hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Wright to cut the lead to two scores.
The defenses shined over the final 7:30 with neither team able to sustain a drive as Stratford won its district opener by 12.
Stratford had over 300 yards in offense, all of it coming on the ground. Qualls was once again the workhorse with 17 carries and he finished with 128 yards. Wade had 125 yards on 10 carries; Bradstreet added 42 yards and Montie Thomas 9.
Thomas led the defensive charge that held Caddo to 187 total yards with 12 tackles. Isaac Miller added 9 tackles and Kyle Wright 8.
“We have got to get off to better starts,” Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn said. “I was really proud of our effort in the second half.
“It was good to start off with a win in district play. We are out of district this week with a homecoming game against Marietta.”
Game time for Marietta is 7:30 p.m. Homecoming festivities will be held prior to the start of the game.