If Stratford had made a second quarter extra point kick, they probably would still be playing Maysville today.

Because the bad snap was bobbled by the holder, the kick was never made and the Bulldogs lost to the Maysville Warriors 7-6 in a game that had more fumbles, penalties and dropped passes than a NFL blooper reel.

Both teams came into Friday night’s game at Warrior Field undefeated and both were very lucky to come away with the score the way it was.

Maysville was very lucky after getting the ball on a failed fourth-and-eight play by the Bulldogs with 1:27 left in the game.

However, the Warriors could not get the clock completely run out and turned the ball over on downs with 15-seconds to go in the game.

In that short span of time, the Bulldogs got three shots at winning the game, but all three passes were close but no cigar.

The Bulldogs were lucky they came away with a one-point loss as the Bulldog offense gave the Warriors just as many chances in the second half to put the game away as Maysville gave the Bulldogs chances to come from behind to win the game.

All of the scoring came in the first half. Both teams traded punts to open the game and then on Maysville’s second possession of the game Warrior quarterback Nathan Powell hit Billy Robb on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:59 to go in the first quarter.

The Warrior touchdown took only four plays after Maysville took over on downs at their own 29-yard line.

Stratford had driven the ball to the Warrior 29 on a 10-play drive that started on the Bulldog 48. The drive began to stall when Warrior linebacker Tim Lee came through the Bulldog offensive line untouched to sack Bulldog quarterback T.J. Gaines on a second-and-seven pass play.

The Warrior defense kept the Bulldogs at bay for the next two-plays and took the ball over after Stratford failed to complete a fourth-and-19 pass play.

On the first play of the scoring drive, Maysville’s Matt Webb busted through the middle of the line and sprinted for 52 of his 92 total yards for the night.

Three plays later, Powell hit Robb on the pass play and the Warriors led 7-0 after the extra point kick sailed through the uprights.

Stratford’s score came in the second quarter on a Kyle Wood two-yard run with 4:29 left in the first half.

That’s when the ball was bobbled by the holder on a bad snap from center. Gaines never got a chance to attempt the extra point kick and Stratford had to fall on the ball, keeping the score 7-6.

Though the second half was marred with several fumbles and dropped passes by both teams, both defensive squads made key stops to keep the game exciting.

Three times the Bulldogs attempted to convert on fourth-down short yardage plays and all three times Maysville’s defense prevented a first-down.

The biggest stop by the Warrior defense came in the third quarter. Bulldog wide receiver Dusty Lavorchek fumbled the ball on the Warrior 26-yard line, giving the ball back to the Warriors on their own 25.

Maysville had to take a five-yard penalty on a false start flag on the second play after the fumble and then couldn’t complete a pass from Powell to Webb on the third play of the drive.

Facing a third-and-15 at his own 20-yard line, Powell stepped back to pass the ball and Lavorchek made amends for his previous sin by intercepting the ball and returning it to the 28-yard line.

The Bulldogs seemed to be in perfect position to pull ahead of the Warriors but got only nine-yards in three plays after the interception.

Wood had at times sliced through the Warrior defensive line for big yardage in the game and the ball was given to him on the fourth-and-one play. However, the Warrior defense stuffed him just inches shy of a first down.

The final minutes of the game had both sides of fans standing. Warrior fans hoping for a narrow victory while Bulldog fans were hoping for a miracle in the final seconds of the game.

Maysville travels to Wayne next Friday night for the Warrior’s first district game while Stratford will host Elmore City in a district battle.

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