Dogs put bark “back in their bite” with win
by TOM PRECHT
The Jennings Bulldogs regained their winning ways last week when they traveled to Crowley to face the Gents in a Thursday night game. The game was played on a Thursday because of the Rice Festival. It turned out not to be a bad thing. Most coaches don’t like to play on Thursdays because it breaks up their routine. Changing their routine did not seem to have too much effect on the Bulldogs. They played hard as they always do and entered the fray focused on the job at hand. They could have easily overlooked the Gents, who entered the game with only two wins on the season. But their district mark was better than the Dogs at 1-1. The Dogs had a 4-3 mark on the year but had slipped in both their league games.
Good teams seem to find a way to overcome adversity and the Dogs did just that. The Bulldogs rebounded and played Jennings Bulldog football. They put the bark back in their bite.
The Gents got the first points of the night on their opening drive to take their only lead of the evening. The Dogs stormed right back and scored a touchdown of their own and a two-point conversion to steal the lead.
The Bulldogs dominated the line of scrimmage on offense the whole night. Former legendary Jennings coach Eddie Harleson would have been proud of the Dogs’ ground attack. They stayed exclusively on the ground for three quarters before putting the ball in the air in the final frame. Their only pass resulted in six points. The Dogs rushed for over 300 yards controlling the clock, scoring four rushing touchdowns. The ball control offense also helped to keep the explosive Crowley offense on the sideline watching the game.
The Maroon Wall flexed their muscles holding the wide-open Gents to only two touchdowns on the evening. The Dogs gave up a few big pass plays, but the Gents could not turn them into points. They held Crowley out of the endzone on four tries in the red zone, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs.
The special teams also got into the act for the Dogs. They recovered a muffed kickoff and also kicked a field goal for their final points.
The Dogs will host their last regular season game of the year Friday night. They will host district foe South Beauregard. The Trojans enter the fray looking for the first district win and would like nothing more than to throw a monkey wrench in the Bulldogs’ playoff plans. A win for the Dogs will add needed power points to their resume. The Dogs are out of the district title race but still have lots to play for. A win Friday almost guarantees them a playoff spot, but not necessarily a home game. They still need to take things one game at a time and take care of business.
Jennings and South Beauregard have little history between them. They first met last year with the Trojans moving up from class 2-A to 3-A. South Beau was coming off good years in class AA but have fallen on hard times since moving up a class. The Trojans played with the Dogs last year for the first two quarters before the Dogs pulled away in the second half.
These seniors will be making their last regular season stand in the Dog Pound; Jaylon Boutte, T.J. Davis, Keaton Bertrand, Peyton Phelps, Brandon Hayes, Keagan Deaville, Andre Gant, Landon Solari, Jarquis Brown, Charlie Matte, Jonathan Hebert, Lesley Barker, Garrett Petry, Trey Gotte, Andrew Lamb, Ross Edwards, Keijun Levi, Blaine Berkin, Gage Lopez, Reggie Sanders, Chris Broussard and Josh Newman.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Jerry Simmons Stadium. If you can’t make the game, it will be broadcast on KJEF 1290 AM and the web www.cajunradio.net. Airtime is 6:30 p.m.
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