The Brady Bulldogs came to Rogan Field last Friday night and left with a 34-7 victory. Three second half turnovers by San Saba changed a close game in the first half into the runaway victory.
San Saba won the coin toss but deferred to the second half. Brady received the kick and started at the 26. The Dillo defense was up to the task, forcing a punt but the return was muffed and the Bulldogs recovered at the San Saba 20. Prennis Williams scored four plays later on a 3-yard run. Xander Leatherwood came on to add the PAT and Brady was in control 7-0.
The Armadillo offense started their first drive but only earned one first down before punting the ball back to the Dogs. The defense again held and the punt by Leatherwood pinned San Saba deep in the Dillo end at the 9 yard line.
San Saba moved the ball out from the shadow of the goal posts behind the arm of George Long. An under thrown pass by Long was picked off by Ruben Sesendez ending the drive.
The Bulldogs were stymied but a face mask penalty on a play where Mackenzie Hirt appeared to be stopped for a loss, gave Brady new life on the drive. Jake Long scored on 2-yard plunge to cap the drive. Leatherwood was good on the PAT and the Dogs had a 14-0 lead.
The Dillo offense was stopped but the punt by Diego Gonzalez was dropped by Brady and Jose Garcia jumped on the ball for the turnover. A fourth and 2 run by Gary Gant at the Brady 4 gave the Dillos a first down inside the 2. Jack Whitten took it over from there. Gonzalez trotted on to kick the PAT and the score was 14-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.
A pass from Mackenzie Hirt was intercepted by Tucker Cromer late in the half but the Armadillos chose to run out the clock.
San Saba began the second half with the ball but were unable to move the ball. Brady started their drive at the 29 after a nice punt by Gonzalez.
A 52-yard run by Prennis Williams pushed the ball deep into Dillo territory. Two plays later, Hirt found a wide open Zach Jones for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Xander Leatherwood added the PAT and Brady pushed the lead back to 21-7.
The next San Saba drive ended when Seth Bozeman picked off a George Long pass and returned it 54 yards for a score. Leatherwood made the score 28-7 with his PAT.
The Dillos started moving down the field again but were stopped on a fourth down play giving the ball back to the Dogs at the Brady 40.
The defense stiffened and Leatherwood came on to try a 37-yard field goal. The kick was short and Gary Gant chose to bring the ball out of the end zone. Gant returned the ball to the 26 but suffered a separated shoulder on the tackle. It is unknown how long he will miss.
The ensuing possession ended with an under thrown pass by Jack Whitten that Bulldog Zech Conrad returned to the Dillo 37.
Bozeman capped the Brady drive with a 20-yard run for a score. San Saba blocked the PAT. The scoreboard showed San Saba 7, Brady 34.
A bad hand off between Whitten and Dustin Morgan, who had come in for the injured Gant, resulted in a fumble that Tyler Remini recovered.
The Bulldog second string came on but only gained 2 yards on four plays. San Saba got the ball back at the Dillo 21.
The Armadillos drove down the field on good runs by Whitten and Morgan. A failed fourth down play gave the ball back to Brady with 1:20 left. The Bulldogs ran out the clock. Brady remained undefeated at 6-0 and San Saba dropped to 2-5.
The Dillo offense was led by Dustin Morgan with 54 yards rushing. Whitten added 27 yards and Gant had 35 yards before getting hurt. Ryan Plumley had 3 first half catches for 68 yards to get the Armadillos out of big holes. Whitten and George Long combined to go 6 of 15 passing for 97 yards. The panel voted for 2 offensive players, Ryan Plumley for the first half and Dustin Morgan for the second half. Morgan had 55 yards in just over a quarter of play.
The defensive Dillos had no leader because it was a swarm of Dillos on every tackle. Making big stops were Gary Gant, Dustin Morgan, Tucker Cromer, Tyler McIntosh, Hayden Oliver, Ryan Plumley, Jack Whitten, Joseph Henry, Anthony Salinas, Jose Garcia, Bobby Pairett and Chase Key. The panel voted Hayden Oliver as defensive player of the game. Oliver seemed to be around the ball all night.
In other district action, Bangs got passed Comanche 35-28 and Coleman cruised by Dublin 46-7. This week sees a big showdown in Bangs as the Coleman Bluecats invade Memorial Stadium with the district lead on the line. Brady is home to the Comanche Indians and the Armadillos get a chance to see the new field at Early when they tackle the Longhorns. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Come out and support the team in Early.