The Winterboro Bulldogs crushed the Coosa Christian Conquerors 33-6, giving Alan Beckett his first win as the Bulldogs’ head coach in the team’s home opener Friday night.
“I thought a lot of our players contributed to this win,” Beckett said. “That’s a good thing. When it’s one guy that’s carrying everything and that one guy is stopped, you know you’re in trouble. I thought our line did well. We had some young guys there who filled in for some veterans.”
The Bulldogs, led by quarterback Clay Twymon, put together a methodical eight-play, 62-yard drive capped by a 3-yard run by Jutorrius Cook, who played some reps as a short-yardage back. Cook missed the extra point, but Winterboro took a 6-0 lead over Coosa Christian.
After securing a first down, Coosa Christian’s first drive stalled when senior quarterback Johnny Grizzard was sacked by defensive end B.J. Twymon on a third-and-eight play.
On their second possession, a 58-yard scramble by Clay Twymon set up a 1-yard touchdown run by B.J. Twymon. Cook converted the two-point conversion with a two-yard run, increasing Winterboro’s lead to 14-0.
Five plays later, Coosa Christian punted the ball back to Winterboro following a three-and-out series.
Clay Twymon drove the Bulldogs inside the red zone, but when a penalty and sack wiped away the progress, Beckett opted to send the punt team on for fourth-and-25 from the 33-yard line.
Coosa Christian gave the ball back to Winterboro one play later, when Conquerors running back Randy Washington fumbled on an off-tackle carry to the left side.
Winterboro running back Jaquan Jackson carried the ball twice for 16 yards on a four-play, 23-yard scoring drive sealed by his 10-yard run. Cook missed the extra point, leaving the score 20-0 in Winterboro’s favor.
Grizzard continued his night under duress, taking another sack from Winterboro’s aggressive pass rush.
The woes continued when punter David Kim shanked a 15-yard punt, giving Winterboro possession on their own 43-yard line.
Bulldogs backup quarterback Brady Wideman came off the bench, and within two plays completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Phillip Cook. Jutorrius Cook missed his third extra point of the night, but Winterboro had a commanding 26-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
The turnover bug bit the Coosa Christian kick return team, and after a fumble, Winterboro had the ball yet again on the 28-yard line.
Jackson only needed one play to carry the ball 28 yards for the Bulldogs’ fifth and final touchdown of the evening. Jutorrius Cook connected on the extra point, extending Winterboro’s lead to 33-0.
Grizzard would finally score a touchdown for Coosa Christian on a 2-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, but by that point, the damage had been done. Coosa Christian failed to convert the two-point conversion.
“There were too many mistakes, too many dropped balls and too many missed tackles,” Coosa Christian head coach Jason Touart said. “We weren’t ready to play. We had two fumbles in the first half. We’re young, we’re learning and we’re getting better every week, though. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’ll get better.”
Winterboro’s defense forced four turnovers en route to the 33-6 victory.
“Marcus McMeans defensively had a good night for us,” Beckett said. “He directed traffic and got us in the right places. He got an interception and made a lot of tackles.”
The game was not pretty on either side, as both teams combined for more than 35 penalties, including two block-in-the-back calls in one drive that erased scoring plays for Winterboro.
“We’ll correct the penalties,” Beckett said. “The way I looked at it as an offensive coach is, that was more plays we got to practice and work people. But you’re exactly right. In a close game, that can be a difference maker.”
Beckett credited his team for putting forth a solid effort in the win, naming nearly half his roster as key contributors to the victory.
“When you’re calling out that many names, it’s good that a lot of people contributed,” Beckett said. “A good thing, too, is we got to play a lot of people, and that’s the way you develop players, by playing them.”
Despite the penalty problems, Beckett seemed pleased with the team’s first win under his leadership.
“This is just a start, to see if we can get to a good starting point and continue to get better,” Beckett said.
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