One quarter is all it took for the Big Spring Bulldogs to subdue the James Buchanan Rockets.
The Bulldogs, who led 7-0 at halftime, scored 3 touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter to pull away with a convincing 33-8 win over JB on Friday night in a non-league game at Rocket Stadium.
The lopsided third quarter swayed in the Bulldog’s favor by a lot.
In that quarter, Big Spring (2-0) had 3 possessions, running 17 plays, gaining 216 yards and scored 3 touchdowns, 2 of which took only 3 plays each.
The 3 TDs were: a 3-play drive capped off with a 45-yard shuttle TD pass from Jack Shulenberger to Adam Degregorio; an 8-play drive which ending in a 2-yard TD run by Anthony Gaudosio and another 3-play TD drive that Shulenberger finished with a 33-yard TD pass to Javaun Moore.
And the Bulldogs started a fourth drive in the third quarter, but it didn’t end with a touchdown until 11:19 left in fourth quarter. Again, a quick 3-play drive, covering 62 yards, ending with a Nathan Fetchkan 2-yard TD run.
James Buchanan (1-1) on the other hand kept spinning its wheels in the third quarter. The Rockets had 4 possessions, ran 14 plays, but only gained 24 yards and got zero touchdowns. Three of the possessions resulted in 3-and-outs.
“I think this was an effort thing,” JB coach David Miller said. “I think we also started to feel sorry for ourselves a little bit. I was not happy at all with our second half play.”
The Rockets offense was a little better than last week (19-14 win over York Vo-Tech), especially the run game which got a team-high 36 yards from Hunter Smith and quarterback Sebastian Wise did throw for 122 yards, but he also was sacked 8 times and there were 4 more dropped passes.
“The long and short of it is we need to play 48 minutes of football,” Miller said. “We did see some positive things like the running game, but we’re still missing too many blocks and dropping too many passes.”
JB was able to breakup the shutout as Wise connected with Grant Ellis for a 16-yard TD pass with 2:39 left in the game.
Big Spring 33, James Buchanan 8
Big Spring 0 7 18 8 – 33
James Buchanan 0 0 0 8 – 8
BS – Anthony Gaudioso 7 run (Eli Hasco kick), 3:12
BS – Adam Degregorio 45 pass from Jack Shulenberger (kick failed), 9:55
BS – Gaudioso 2 run (kick failed), 4:04
BS – Javaun Moore 33 pass from Shulenberger (kick blocked), 1:25
BS – Nathan Fetchkan 2 run (kick failed), 11:19
BS – safety, 5:14
JB – Grant Ellis 16 pass from Sebastian Wise (Colton Hartman pass from Wise), 2:39
First downs – BS 21; JB 8
Rushes-yds. – BS 46-274; JB 26-18
Passing – BS 7-9-0-162; JB 11-22-0-122
Total yds. – BS 436; JB 140
Rushing – BS, Dillon Wakefield 11-79, Gaudioso 8-70, Shulenberger 9-48, Fetchkan 10-48, Ethan Eisenberg 1-11, Grant Long 1-10, Hasco 2-3, Connor Black 2-(-1); JB – Hunter Smith 8-36, Logan Miller 7-12, Neamiah Nunley 1-6.
Passing – BS, Shulenberger 7-9-0-162; JB, Wise 11-22-0-122.
Receiving – BS, Degregorio 2-53, Gavin Pritchard 2-38, Joshua Russell 2-38, Moore 1-33; JB, Caden Stoner 4-28, Ellis 3-59, Hartman 2-19, Mason Line 2-16.