Bulldogs break tie in 4th for win

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

With the game knotted up at 9-9 late in the fourth quarter last Friday night, Wortham defensive end Brandon Coker intercepted a Dawson’s Brendan Horner’s pass at the 16-yard line and returned it for the game winning touchdown as the Bulldogs came out on top 15-9.
The win moves coach Chris Tobola’s Bulldogs to 4-0 on the season, with their final non-district game coming up tomorrow night against the Granger Lions on the road.
In Friday night’s game, Wortham struggled somewhat offensively with the absence of running back Stephon Ester, who was still sidelined with an injury suffered in Week 3.
The Bulldogs managed just 140 total yards in what turned out to be a defensive battle for both teams.
Wortham went up 7-0 in the first quarter, when quarterback Kemontrell Jackson hit receiver Riley Baker from 37 yards out.
Dawson scored nine points in the second quarter, a touchdown by quarterback Horner and a 26-yard field goal by kicker Christian Bryant, but on the point after attempt on the touchdown, the kick was blocked and Wortham defensive end Hunter Turner returned the ball 75-yards for a safety.
Both teams entered the half tied at 9-9.
Neither team scored in the third and the game looked to go into overtime, had it not been for the interception return for a touchdown by Coker.