Ground game not enough to carry Quitman


Quitman was able to run the ball effectively, but it was not enough to get by district leader Harmony as the Eagles downed the Bulldogs 48-21 at Bud Moody Field Friday night.

Harmony passed for three scores in the first half and streaked to a 42-6 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs came out strong in the second half and outscored the Eagles 15-6.

The effort was led by the running attack as the Bulldogs ground out almost 300 yards.

Chris Chabaud had his second consecutive game with over 100 yards on the ground. The big senior rambled for 157 yards on 15 carries for an average of 10 yards per tote while scoring on a nine-yard run.

Trey Berry added 125 yards on 12 carries, also a 10 yard per carry average, while scoring two times. The Bulldogs had 17 yards through the air with Berry completing 2-9. Both completions were to Ty Holland. Berry scored on runs of 36 yards and five yards while Chabaud’s score came from nine yards out.

The Bulldog defense rose to the occasion holding Harmony on downs in Bulldog territory in the second half.

“Our kids played with great heart, they really did. I hate the outcome of losing the game, but the way our kids came back and played was inspiring,” Head Coach Bryan Oakes said. “Harmony did throw the ball a lot. Chris and Trey ran the ball well and our offensive line did a great job up front blocking for them. We held them defensively on a fourth down play, and there were some huge positives during the game. There were a couple of times on both sides of the ball, if we make a play, it would have been a different ball game.”

Quitman travels to Frankston Friday to take on an Indian team that has played well this year. After opening District 1-3A D2 with a 17-13 win over Arp, the Indians have dropped three straight but have played tough. They fell to Arp 36-28, Grand Saline 44-28 and Troup 38-13.

“Frankston has some good speed and they are playing really well this year. They can score some points, but so can we. If we stop them on defense we can win the game,” Oakes added. 

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-7 on the year and 0-4 in district action. The Bulldogs will be at home Nov. 1 against Alba-Golden and it will be Senior Night. Quitman finishes the season on the road at Winona Nov. 8.