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The first half started off with a sack. That's how the seventh-grade Fort Gibson Tiger defense set the tone against the Muldrow Bulldogs and it was a preview of the rest of the game.
The Muldrow Bulldogs finished the game in negative yardage with standout pressure from defensive tackles Logan Enger and Keaton Sloan and defensive ends Kolby Martin and Daniel Sides.
The Tiger linebackers were not idle and did not wait for the Bulldogs to get past the line of scrimmage either, giving Muldrow's offense fits and leaving them stymied as to how to scratch out any positive yards.
The secondary was waiting for Muldrow when they did make it past the line of scrimmage and kept the completions at zero for the Bulldog quarterback.
The punt return team made their presence known on the fifth play of the game. The Tiger defense left the Bulldogs offense with no option but to punt on fourth-and-a-whole-lot. The ball went right into the hands of Rusty Rudd who promptly ran it back for a touchdown.
After another 3-and-out by Muldrow, the punt return team ran it past midfield where it only took the Tigers’ offense two run plays to cover 40 yards and go up 13-0.
But special teams was not done for the night as Carter Lawson placed the onside kick in the right spot to be recovered by Chandler Ladd. It took 3 offensive plays for the Tigers to score this time.
Martin recovered a Bulldog fumble caused by Enger to end the half. The Tigers ended the night with a score of 27-0. At least seven running backs touched the ball by game’s end and three quarterbacks received time under center.
The Tigers seventh, eighth and ninth-graders play again at Oologah at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and at Catoosa at 5 p.m. Oct. 23.