Farmersville struck quick on three touchdown passes by quarterback Michael Bagwill in the first quarter to take an early 20-0 lead and the Farmers stout defense shut down Quitman’s offense on the way to a 62-0 District 7 Class 3A win.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-7 on the year and 0-3 in district play with undefeated Mt. Vernon coming to Bud Moody Stadium on Friday.
Quitman senior running back/linebacker A.J. Dunn returned to the line-up only to bang up his knee again early in the second half forcing him to sit out the rest of the game. The Bulldog running attack ran into the Farmer’s solid front line on defense gaining just 55 yards on 41 attempts. Trey Berry ran 19 times for 38 yards while Dunn added 27 on seven carries before the knee injury ended his night early in the third quarter.
“What I do see is our kids are finally starting to go in the right direction offensively and defensively. Our biggest problem is we don’t always do it at the same time. If one man doesn’t do his job the right way, it messes up the whole play,” Head coach Bryan Oakes said.
“I know it’s hard to see when you look at the score, but there are some positive things going on out there. We knew coming into the season it was going to be tough, but this team and this coaching staff will not quit. We are in it for the long run,” Oakes said.
The Farmers dominated on offense with 451 total offensive yards, 358 of it on the ground. Farmersville running back Jaquez Simpson rushed 13 times of 203 yards while teammate Cade Twyford ran for 100 yards on 10 carries and scoring on runs of 17, 45 and 15 yards.
“We had some instances where our line blocked right, but the back didn’t hit the right hole or the back would be right and the line would block wrong or not finish a play. That one mistake has to be corrected if we are ever going to be successful on a consistent basis,” Oakes noted. “We have to begin to trust each other on the field. We need to know each one of our players is doing his best each play, the kids need to believe in each other.”
Oakes said the Bulldogs have a tough battle coming up for homecoming this Friday. “Mt. Vernon is very good. They are fast and they play very hard and come off the ball hard,” Oakes said. “Mt. Vernon doesn’t have any weaknesses. They are very solid at each position.”
The Bulldogs will probably be without the services of Dunn for the Mt. Vernon contest.
“We have to be careful with A.J. We want to be absolutely sure he is able to go. It definitely means a lot to the team with him in there, but we don’t want him hurt again,” Oakes added.
Quitman did make a switch moving Josh Medlin to wide receiver and moving running back Berry to the quarterback slot. They also used Garrett Taylor and River Chaney running the ball on a pair of instances with Ty Holland toting the ball 13 times. “Josh (Medlin) made the one really good catch for a first down and Trey (Berry) stood in there and got the ball to him,” Oakes said. “Our kids do what we ask, we just have to keep them from getting down on themselves. It may come when you least expect it, but we are going to win.”
It is homecoming week for Quitman. Activities and the crowning of the queen and king will begin at 7 p.m. prior to the 7:30 p.m. kick-off at Bud Moody Stadium this Friday.
Mt. Vernon comes into the game with a sparkling 8-0 season record and 4-0 in district action. They are coming off a 60-21 win over Mineola. The Bulldogs will be on the road at Grand Saline Nov. 3 and finish the season at home on Senior Night against Commerce Nov. 19.