Bulldogs Bite

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Brantley literally ran all over Elba during its season opener last Friday night.

The Class 1A Bulldogs amassed 374 yards rushing as they cruised to a 47-26 win over the Class 2A Tigers.

"I can't complain about our running game," Brantley Head Coach David Lowery said. "I thought we ran the ball really well and I thought our line did a tremendous job opening some holes for our backs."

Sophomore running back Chris Booker led all backs with 199 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Senior Devaris Skanes also had a good night in the backfield as he finished with 156 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns.

Lowery said he was proud of his teams overall effort, but was disappointed in their play during the first half.

"I thought we played pretty good the second half," Lowery said. "The first half, I felt like we were a little shaky and just trying to get some of the rust off. I thought we played a lot better the second half than we did in the first."

Elba scored first in the game, but their lead was short lived as Brantley answered with a score of its own. The two teams battled it out back-and-forth until the Bulldogs were able to open the game up 22-12 in the second quarter.

The Tigers didn't go down without a fight as they scored just before the half to make the score 22-19 at intermission.

The Bulldogs came out the second half and scored four touchdowns and allowed only one score to claim the win.

"We came out in the third quarter and our defense stepped it up a lot and our offense kept going," Lowery said.

Sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Daniels led the Bulldogs' defense with 12 tackles. Jeremy Dorsey had five tackles and recovered a fumble. Zach Kilcrease finished with an interception.

Brantley will travel to Goshen tomorrow night in region play.

"We're working to try to correct some things we did the first week and trying to get a little bit better in certain areas," Lowery said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.