LOUISIANA, Mo. — It was an uphill battle for the Louisiana Bulldogs squad in their EMO match-up against the South Callaway Bulldogs that resulted in a 55-12 loss.
The dog fight started as South Callaway opened the game with two quick touchdowns, putting up 14 points by the 7:30 mark in the first quarter. Louisiana got their first down with 5:18 to go in the first quarter when Louisiana quarterback Mason Washington hit receiver Quincy Hutt in stride. Unfortunately, as quick as Louisiana gained some momentum it was lost when Louisiana had a fumble on the next drive, which was recovered by South Callaway. South Callaway scored again before the first quarter was over giving them a 21-0 lead.
South Callaway picked up in the second quarter where they lead off in the first with another touchdown with 8:31 to go in the half, leaving the score 28-0. Louisiana tried to spark some magic when on fourth down, Ryan Capps faked a punt, but the run came up short and Louisiana turned it over on downs. With just under five minutes to go in the half, South Callaway increased their lead to 35-0.
Louisiana wasn’t ready to give up. With 3:17 left before halftime, Louisiana quarterback Washington broke out of the pocket and gave a little shovel pass to receiver Tramaine Chatman who took advantage of the open sideline in front of the Louisiana bench to run around 70 yards into the endzone to put Louisiana on the board. The two-point conversion failed, but the goose egg was gone. South Callaway responded with another TD with under a minute to go and heading into the locker room, South Callaway lead 41-6.
As the second half started with rain falling, Louisiana had two opponents, the South Callaway Bulldogs and the clock. Both teams put up some nice defensive stands with Louisiana’s Jordan Luck getting a quarterback sack. South Callaway found the endzone with 3:27 to go in the third increasing their lead to 48-6. At the 2:10 mark Capps again made a strong run, but at the end of the play the ball popped out and South Callaway got a fumble recovery. Finally, with just seconds left on the clock in the third South Callaway made their way into the endzone once again to end the third up 55-6.
The fourth quarter, with rain falling harder, Louisiana made sure South Callaway knew they weren’t ready to call it a game. Louisiana stringed together a couple of first downs with Chatman and Wyatt Harrison handling the load to start the quarter. Harrison put his team on his back and carried Louisiana all the way to the four-yard line allowing Washington to cross into the endzone on a quarterback keeper with 6:56 to go in the game. After the missed two-point conversion and time running out South Callaway picked up the EMO conference win 55-12.
Very few penalties were called in the game and both Bulldog teams gained the most yards on the ground. Louisiana falls to 0-3 but will look to bounce back as they travel to Clopton on Friday night to take on the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks in the Eagle 102 Game of the Week. Reminder, you can always find a full recap of scores daily on the scoreboard page at kjfmradio.com and on the KJFM Radio App.