Priceville falls flat against Central

Charley Gaines

Hartselle Enquirer

The Priceville High School Bulldogs lost their third game of the season Friday at home against Central High School.

It was the least energetic game the Bulldogs have had this season. The young team seemed to leave the vibrancy and determination they usually have in the locker room as their time on the field lagged throughout the game.

“You’ve got to get a good push, and we didn’t get a good push,” said Head Coach Dirk Strunk. “This is by far the worst we’ve played this season. We came out flat tonight, and we’ve got to get better.”

Flat was a good way of describing the team’s lack of enthusiasm on the field. The term “play like freshmen” in college ball usually applies to the young team as they work to try to prove themselves, but Friday’s performance lacked feeling.

There were brief moments when the spark seemed to flare, but it didn’t turn into a flame that meant conversions or big plays of any kind.

The first touchdown for the Bulldogs came at the end of the first half with 56 seconds on the clock. Starting quarterback David Strunk  took the ball into the end zone. Both teams had issues getting the ball between the goal posts throughout the entire game, so the Wildcats were up 18-6 at the half.

At the beginning of the season, Coach Strunk said the team would be running a tight offense with a reduced amount of throws from the quarterback. After the last two games, the coach is rethinking the strategy.

“What everybody saw tonight with us being in spread and then getting under every once in a while is probably going to be a lot of what we’re going to be doing,” Strunk explained.

One of the changes Strunk threw into the mix was a change with the quarterback position. Starter David Strunk went to the outside as a wide receiver and Patrick Johnson (22) replaced him. The switch came after the Wildcats managed to run up the score 38-6 as the game went into the fourth quarter. Struck and Johnson worked together well and got the Bulldog’s second touchdown of the night as Johnson was able to find Strunk who took the ball in with 8:39 left in the game making the score 38-12. The Wildcats were able to answer the Bulldogs,with a touchdown right after that making the score 44-12.

The Bulldogs were able to make it into the end zone one last time before the game was over as Steven Vo (42) took the ball in with 5:29 left in the game. The game ended with a score of 44-19.

Priceville plays Deshler High School at Deshler Fri., Sept. 16 at 7.

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