Stratford shuts out Allen Mustangs

Stratford tailback Gus Smith (5) tries to rush past Allen defender Chisum Leee (45) during their matchup Friday night at Blackburn Field. The Bulldogs blanked the Mustangs 21-0.

STRATFORD – Gus Smith ran for 198 yards and a touchdown, and the Stratford Bulldog defense limited the Allen Mustangs to 80 total yards in a 21-0 victory Friday night at Blackburn Field.

Smith carried the ball 31 times and scored the first TD of the game off a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the Stratford defensive unit held Allen to 42 rushing yards and 38 through the air. The Bulldogs also forced four Mustang turnovers – three fumbles and an interception.

“I thought our defense played well tonight. The guys played physical and ran the ball well,” said Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn. “Offensively, we had way too many penalties and mistakes, which we need to get cleaned up as we move forward. Credit Allen with a good game plan defensively and for playing hard and physical against our offense. It was a good win, with several things to correct as we get closer to district play.”

The game was nearly a scoreless affair through one half until Smith scored off his 1-yard run with 3:57 to go before intermission. The point-after kick failed.

It remained at that six-point margin until Luke Miller scored off a 2-yard run, and Smith ran in the 2-point conversion with 1:06 remaining in the third to make it 14-0. Miller netted 40 yards on eight carries for the night.

The Bulldogs then put the finishing touches on the win, as Laken Dempsey scored from five yards out and Smith booted the extra point with 1:14 left in the contest.

Defensively for Stratford, Brody Savage topped the tackle chart with 12 and Smith totaled 10. Russell Caton was credited with seven tackles, while Britt Bradstreet and Dempsey had six apiece.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs had 308 yards of offense with 299 on the ground. The other nine yards came off a 9-yard completion from Payton Wood to Dempsey.

Stratford, 2-0 on the season, plays Friday night at Wayne while Allen (0-2) visits Dibble.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.