Pauls Valley Democrat
The Stratford Bulldogs bounced back from last week’s loss at Konawa with a huge road win over previously top 15 Rush Springs Friday night. A defensive battle turned offensive for Stratford as the scored 21 straight second half points for a 21-6 win.
Late in the second half the Redskins broke up the scoreless battle as Braydon Moreno hauled in a 47-yard pass from Aaron Morrow as Rush Springs took a 6-0 lead into the locker room at the break.
Stratford tied the score midway through the third quarter as Kyler Wade caught in a 36-yard pass from Chase Bradstreet and Clay Armstrong’s kick gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Wade and Bradstreet would hook up again late in the third quarter again from 36 yards out and Armstrong would give Stratford a 14-6 lead.
The Bulldogs would tack on some insurance in the fourth quarter as Montie Thomas capped off a scoring drive with a 6-yard run.
The Stratford defense played well in the second half keeping Rush Springs out of the end zone.
“The guys came out and played our best half of the season so far in the second half,” head coach Michael Blackburn said. “It was a good win for us as we begin district play.”
Stratford had a pretty balanced attack against the Redskins. They had 322 total yards, 186 of those on the ground and 136 through the air.
Kyle Qualls was the workhorse for Stratford with 23 carries for 108 yards. Thomas had 12 carries for 59 yards and the touchdown. Bradstreet added 11 yards and Wade 8 yards.
Bradstreet had all the passing going 8-for-13 for 136 yards and no interceptions. Lane Martin was his favorite target with 5 catches for 51 yards. Wade had two catches for 72 yards both for touchdowns and Eli Savage had one catch for 13 yards.
The defense allowed 220 yards in Rush Springs offense. The Redskins had 101 yards on the ground on 28 carries and 119 yards through the air on 9-of-17 with one interception.
Thomas had the interception for the Bulldog secondary. Isaac Miller and Michael Hannon lead the team in tackles with 9 each. Kyle Potter had 8 tackles and Savage two. Miller had a sack to go along with his 9 tackles.
“Now we look forward to starting district play this week against Caddo,” Blackburn said.
The Bulldogs will host the Bruins at Blackburn Stadium Friday.