Coolidge unable to shut down Union Hill’s running game for 64-14 loss

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Coolidge’s football season came to a close this past Friday night, as they were unable to shake off a talented Union Hill Bulldog team, mainly junior running back/athlete Gabe Nelson. The Yellowjackets put up a great fight, but ended up falling to the east Texas team from Gilmer, 64-14, in the Class 1A regional playoff game that was played in Mineola.
Coolidge had the Bulldogs backed up to their one-yard line, but Nelson was handed the ball and slipped through the Yellowjacket defense for a 79-yard touchdown to give Union Hill the early 8-0 lead.
Less than three minutes later, the Bulldogs were back on offense with Nelson taking a handoff from the Union Hill 31, finding a seam and taking the ball in from 49 yards out to make it 16-0.
Fellow teammate Omar Aguillon got in on the scoring, closing out the first quarter with a 28-yard touchdown run as Union Hill led 22-0.
In the second quarter, Nelson threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to receiver Keelon Caffey. Aguillon added the extra-point kick to give the Bulldogs the 30-0 advantage.
Coolidge answered a minute later, scoring their first points of the night when Jordan Brown took off through the Union Hill defense for a 71-yard touchdown scamper with 8:49 left before the half. The extra-point try failed and the score stood at 30-6, Bulldogs.

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