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November 11, 2013

Sulphur dumps Dickson, 48-20

Sulphur —      Quarterback Ryan Rackley ran for 170 yards on only eight carries and scored five touchdowns as the Sulphur Bulldogs completed the 2013 regular season with a 48-20 District 3A-4 football rout of Dickson Friday night at Agee Field.

     Rackley had TD runs of 40, 19, 3, 53 and 16 yards on five of his carries for the Bulldogs, who compiled 234 rushing yards. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 27 yards to account for all of Sulphur’s 261 total yards.

     Cole Palmer had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Bulldogs, and Nate Johnson had a 27-yard scoring run before netting 46 yards on six carries for the game.

     Rackley’s 40-yard scoring run gave a Sulphur a 6-0 advantage with 2:34 left in the first quarter.

     Then the Bulldogs scored 22 second-quarter points off a Rackley 19-yard run, Johnson’s 27-yard run and a Rackley 3-yard run as Sulphur cruised to a 28-0 halftime advantage.

     Rackley’s 53-yard TD run made it 34-0 with 11:49 to go in the third, before Dickson got on the board on quarterback Chris Bamburg’s 1-yard touchdown run.

     Sulphur picked up another score late in the third on Rackley’s 16-yard run and Palmer’s pickoff and return for a touchdown with 11:40 remaining. That was followed by Maricio Uribe’s PAT which closed out the Bulldog scoring with 11:40 left in the contest.

     Bamburg ran for 120 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns for Dickson. He connected with Brinton Mitchell on a 21-yard pass in the fourth quarter and later scored off a 26-yard run late in the game.

     Sulphur will be at Newcastle for the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night.

Gonzales helps Elmore City

streak past Stratford 35-21

     ELMORE CITY – The Stratford Bulldogs fell victim to five turnovers as host Elmore City posted a 35-21 District A-5 football victory Friday night to conclude the 2013 regular season.

     Stratford fell to 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in the district but still qualified for the Class A playoffs as they hit the road next Friday for the first round at No. 7 Talihina.

     The Bulldogs threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles as Elmore City scored 28 straight points after Stratford took a 7-0 first-quarter advantage.

     “I thought the guys played hard and competed well. The defense played well for the most part against a very good team but just gave up too many big plays,” said Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn. “Offensively, we just didn’t make enough plays to keep drives going.”

     Despite the three interceptions, Chase Bradstreet rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries and had 8-of-18 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns of 15 and 2 yards, both to Kyler Wade.

     Wade ended up with seven receptions for 106 yards on the night.

     Bradstreet’s 15-yard TD pass to Wade opened the scoring in the game with 9:32 to go in the first quarter. Clay Armstrong’s point-after kick made it 7-0.

     But a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown with 6:22 remaining in the first set the tone for Elmore City’s scoring onslaught.

     Elmore City’s Edgar Gonzales had TD runs of 35, 29 and 45 yards to give the hosts a 28-7 cushion with 3:52 left before halftime.

     Stratford finally got on the board before halftime, with four seconds to go, on Bradstreet’s 2-yard scoring toss to Wade. Armstrong’s kick pulled the Bulldogs within 28-14 at the break.

     A scoring run of 30 yards by Gonzales, his fourth touchdown of the game, concluded the Elmore City scoring with 3:45 left in the third.

      Stratford’s last score came off a 1-yard run by Matt Blackburn and Armstrong’s PAT with 1:36 remaining in the third.

Defensively for the Bulldogs, Kyler Wade registered 11 tackles while Kyle Potter and Brant Wade finished with nine apiece. Isaac Miller totaled eight tackles, and Kyle Wright ended up with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

     Stratford actually had more total yards, 271-248, than Elmore City and had a 13-5 advantage on first downs. The Bulldogs had 137 yards on the ground to go with 134 through the air.

     “Everybody is now 0-0 and once you get into the playoffs, you never know what is going to happen,” Michael Blackburn said. “We will go on the road and play a very good Talihina team this week, and we are excited about the opportunity and excited about being back in the playoffs.”

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