Reed leads Bulldogs past Choctaw

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM.

The 1-1 mark he was al-luding to was the Bulldogs’ district record, which sounds a lot better than their 3-4 overall mark.

That sub-.500 record, which included a four-game losing streak enter-ing Friday night, was largely the product of the Bulldogs’ fourth-quarter woes, which were illus-trated in the 41-14 deficit they had in that 12-minute frame en route to their 2-4 mark. But the Bulldogs brushed those memories aside Friday night, out-scoring the Indians 7-0 in the decisive quarter.

“We talked all week to the kids about finishing games,” Pettis said. “I thought for the year we’ve played well enough in the first three quarters to win ballgames, but we’ve had those meltdowns. Tonight, we shrugged those off and came back renewed and earned the win.”

The loss came on the heels of a 21-17 setback to Fort Walton Beach, which is tied with Navarre at 2-0 atop the district standings.

Meanwhile, the Indians fell to 1-2 in league play. It was the fifth heartbreaking loss this season for the Indians, who have been outscored by just 19 points in those five setbacks and never by more than seven in any one. That includes last week’s 21-17 loss at Navarre, a team they led 17-6 late, and once again Friday night the Indians just couldn’t close out the win.

The Indians received 117 rushing yards and a score from a John Hicks to go along with a rushing score by Sabastian Shacon and Chase Whitehead, and they also had their mo-ments defensively with three sacks and four forced fumbles. Two of those they recovered, as they looked in control through the first three quarters.

But it was the Bulldogs who struck first, and not surprisingly it was on the legs of Reed.



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