By Pamela Holloway
It was as if the LaFayette Bulldogs picked exactly where they left off last Friday. Bombing the Loachapoka Indians on Friday night in a 48-24 thrashing.
From the first kick-off it was business as usual for the Dogs. Senior stand out Jatarvious Whitlow would take the opening kick-off 88 yards for a touchdown and the Dogs would never look back.
While the Indians were pulling all stops to slow down the Dogs rushing attack, Whitlow would put on a passing clinic for the Bulldogs.
In just three quarters Whitlow would rack up 328 yards passing on just 10 of 14 passes with 6 passes going for touchdowns. He would pass for over 200 yards in the first half alone. His first three touchdowns covered 60, 70, and 66 yards respectively. His shortest touchdown was 23 yards.
So it’s not just cliche when I say the Bulldogs Bombed the Indians.
After the Bulldogs opened the game with a score, the Indians responded with an answer of their own. It took just three plays as Steven Harris would connect with Kyle Dawkins on a 55 yard touchdown, and thats when the passing frenzy begin. The first of the six touchdown passes would begin with a 60 yard pass to standout receiver Jamarquez Boston-Gaines as he would go up over a Poka defender and haul in the touchdown. Four minutes later Whitlow would connect with fellow senior receiver Jamarious Beaty as he sprinted down the middle of the field for a 70 yard score. That score would put the Dogs up 20-6 to end the first quarter.
In just a little over three minutes into the second quarter, Whitlow would hit senior wide out Shabasken Holloway on a 66 yard pass and he would cut behind the lead block of Beaty and go in for yet another score. On Loachapoka’s very next possesion Kyle Dawkins would take a reverse hand off and go down the sidelines 76 yards for the score.
But the Bulldogs weren’t finished yet, as the Whitlow to Holloway connection would hook up again this time for a 23 yard touchdown to leave the score 34-12 at the half.
As the third quarter began the Bulldogs didn’t wait long before striking again. Senior athlete My’Kale Trammell would join in on the scoring frenzy as he hauled in a pass from Whitlow then dashed up sideline 46 yards for yet another Bulldog score. In wouldn’t be long before Whitlow and Trammell would hook up again, this time it would be a 50 yard strike to Trammell for the touchdown.
By the end of the third quarter the Dogs would have this game under control, leading the Indians by a score of 44-12.
Coach James Lucas would rest his starters for the entire fourth quarter and allowed some the younger players to get some game time experience.
Loachapoka would score two late touchdowns in the fourth making the final 44-24 Bulldogs.
The offensive line blocked well all night. Courtland Holloway, Trevor Vines, Zy Ingram, Josh Holloway, Marchariah Walton, Dewanduez Briskey, and Omar Turner all played well on the O-line.
The Bulldogs now 2-0 will begin region play as they travel to Vincent. Game time starts Friday, September 2, 2016, 7 p.m. cst. “GO BULLDOGS”
photos by Pamela Holloway