Bulldogs hope to keep momentum going against Iowa
by TOM PRECHT
Daily News Sports Writer
Jennings celebrated Homecoming 2013 Friday night in Jerry Simmons Stadium as they hosted district foe Iota in a battle of Bulldogs. Jennings entered the contest riding high on a three-game winning streak and Iota was on the other side of the spectrum with a seven-game losing streak. The Bulldogs of Jennings thought they would have an easy time of it with their brethren in maroon and gold. Someone forgot to tell the visitors they were supposed to play dead and roll over. They gave Jennings fits in the first two quarters of the game, putting together 91- and 76-yard scoring drives while playing keep-away from the Jennings offense. Jennings got a break to put their first points of the game on the board and Iota took the lead into halftime.
Jennings fought back in the second half and finally put the Iota Bulldogs away. Jennings scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to close the deal on the visitors. They scored on the ground, through the air, and on special teams. They also claimed two turnovers to help the cause. They will need to continue their second-half ways when they travel west this Friday.
Jennings learned that records mean nothing and you have to show up ready to play every week in this district. It’s something that Coach Rusty Phelps and his staff preach every week. Things don’t get any easier as the Jennings Bulldogs make their last road trip of the regular season to take on the Iowa Yellow Jackets in yet another key district 4-3A matchup. They battles keep getting bigger as the season progresses.
The Bulldogs have a chance to claim at least a share of the district title with a win. Every other team in the league has at least one district loss. Iowa was ranked number 5 in the class 3A last week before falling to district favorite Westlake. The loss also blemished the Yellow Jackets’ perfect record.
My how things change. Once upon a time, the Yellow Jackets were everyone’s whipping boys. They ended up being just about everyone’s homecoming opponent when they were on the road. Their PA announcer even said at one Jennings game that their defense looked like a blind dog in a meat market.
Things have changed.
They may be in a meat market but most of the time they are devouring the meat. They are no longer anyone’s whipping boys and have been frequent flyers to the playoffs for a good while.
They will enter the contest madder than a Yellow Jacket whose nest has been destroyed. They will want to get back on the winning track and get back in the district title race. A win over the Bulldogs and win in week 10 over South Beauregard will at least guarantee them a share of the title, something they had hoped to take outright. The Bulldogs are one of their big rivals who upset them last year, and the Dogs have taken the last five games played between the two teams. All these things fuel their fire.
The Bulldogs want to keep their momentum going and have the opportunity to play for the outright championship in week 10. A win also guarantees them another winning season to add to their storied history.
There will be lots on the line for both teams when they get together Friday night. Both teams have pride and want to win every week. This one has the makings of a great high school football game. Come out and support the Dogs and be the 12th man.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KJEF 1290 AM and on the streaming web at www.cajunradio.com. Follow the action in Sunday’s edition of The Jennings Daily News.For the complete story and more local news, please subscribe to Jennings Daily News by clicking subscribe or by calling 337-824-3011.
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