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Dogs run wild at new-look home

Post  Kevin on Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:29 pm

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Dogs run wild at new-look home

By Daniel Youngblood
Saturday, August 29, 2009


Reporter-News Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich Wylie High School's Jon Miller runs through the Vernon High School defense during Friday night's home football game at Bulldog Stadium, August 28, 2009. Wylie defeated the Lions, 37-14.


Reporter-News Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich Wylie's Cory Ramos drags Vernon's Jake McMahan down the field during Friday night's game at Wylie High School's Bulldog Stadium, August 28, 2009. Wylie beat the Lions, 37-14.
Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News

Wylie High School’s Jon Miller runs through the Vernon High School defense during Friday night’s game at Bulldog Stadium.

After turning the ball over on three of its first four possessions and scoring just 14 points in its opener against Vernon last season, Wylie came into this year’s opener hoping for a quicker start.

But even the Bulldogs had to have been a little surprised with what they got Friday.

Breaking in a stadium that underwent nearly $4 million of renovations over the offseason, Wylie racked up 409 yards of total offense — 335 in the first half — and routed Vernon 37-14 in front of a packed home crowd.

“We suited up 56 and we played 56, so this was a big team win,” Wylie coach Hugh Sandifer said.

“We got our starters a lot of good work and then we were able to get a lot of guys in, so we’re very, very excited.”

While the 23-point win was plenty of cushion for Sandifer and his players, Wylie was far more dominant than the final tally indicated.

The Bulldogs, who play Liberty Hill next week, led 37-0 with 10:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. And most of the starters were out of the game by the second possession of the third quarter.

Senior quarterback Matt Preston, who completed 14 of 17 passes for 162 yards in the first half and busted a 29-yard run on an option play to set up the team’s final touchdown, said he was impressed with the way the offense performed.

“We had all our guys clicking on all cylinders,” he said. “Whenever we come out and click like that, they can’t really stop us.”

While the Bulldogs outgained Vernon 335-91 in the first half, it was actually the Lions who threatened first.

After Wylie was held on 4th-and-3 from Vernon’s 32 on its first possession, the Lions drove 64 yards in 11 plays to set up a first and goal from the four.

But the Wylie defense stiffened and held Vernon on 4th-and-goal from the one, shifting momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor and ending any threat by the Lions.

“That was a big confidence boost,” said linebacker Jimmy Holley of the goal-line stand. “For a while there, they were coming down on us. And we just stopped there at the end and the confidence was real high after that.”

After that stop, the Bulldogs drove 99 yards in five plays and scored on a 64-yard scamper by Keith Green to go up 7-0.

“Early in the season, in first games, everybody’s fired up but they’re kind of waiting on somebody else to make a play,” Sandifer said. “We made a nice stop, and Keith took off and made a huge run. That kind of broke the ice a little bit and then our kids loosened up and played football after that.

The Bulldogs added to their lead on the their second possession when Preston hit Cory Ramos from five yards out for his first of two touchdown passes. A missed extra point by Austin Gray made the score 13-0 with 9:12 in the second quarter.

After being held on downs on their next possession, the Bulldogs finished the first half scoring with a drive that started at their own 25 with 46 seconds left. After chewing up 66 yards in four plays and being pushed back to the 21 by an intentional grounding penalty, the Bulldogs went up 19-0 on a 21 yard jump ball that Gray went up to get over a Vernon defender.

A 23-yard interception return by Joe Nasser, an 11-yard touchdown run by Jon Miller and a 22-yard field goal by Gray put Wylie up 37-0, before Vernon scored a pair of late touchdowns against Wylie reserves to avoid the shutout.

Vernon 0 0 0 14—14

Wylie 7 14 13 3—37

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:First Quarter

Wyl—Keith Green 64 run (Austin Gray kick), 1:14

Second Quarter

Wyl—Cory Ramos 5 pass from Matt Preston (kick failed), 9:12

Wyl—Gray 21 pass from Preston (Jon Miller from Preston), 0:04

Third Quarter

Wyl—Joe Nasser 23 interception return (Gray kick), 11:16

Wyl—Jon Miller 11 run (kick failed), 8:48

Fourth Quarter

Wyl—Austin Gray 27 field goal, 10:48

Ver—Elton Watson (Jonathan Neuberger kick), 7:52

Ver—Jesus Lora 6 run (Neuberger kick), 0:23

Ver Wyl

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:First down 12 18

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5.2:Rushes-yards 49-229 31-247

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:Passing 9 162

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5.2:Total offense 238 409

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:Comp-Att-Int 1-6-1 14-17-0

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5.2:Punts-Avg. 3-34.3 1-16

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5.2:Penalties-Yards 5-35 8-80

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:RUSHING—Vernon, Devin Butler 9-80, Eric Wilson 15-69, Lora 17-67, Sidney Lewis 3-11, Watson 3-4, Akeem Hanns 1-2, Shane Handley 1-(-4). Wylie, Ryan Pease 7-69, Miller 5-68, Green 2-67, Ramos 4-35, Preston 1-29, Eric Watts 2-14, Julian Cervantes 2-5, Ivan Murillo 1-2, Colin Haris 1-1, Armen Norman 2-(-3), Team 3-(-43).

PASSING—Vernon, Handley 1-6-1-9. Wylie, Preston 14-17-0-162, Watts 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Vernon, Shad Walker 1-9. Wylie, Gray 4-63, Miller 2-49, Ramos 4-37, Austin Gomez 1-9, Steven Cottner 1-6, Joe Nasser 1-3, Green 1 -(-3).
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