Red Devils turn up gridiron heat on Bulldogs

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

Bulldogs fought hard but fell hard to ninth-ranked Coquille, 6-63, on the road on Sept. 29.

“They’re legitimately a to-play-for-the-state-championship kind of team – probably the best we’re going to see all year,” said Creswell Head Coach Scott Worsham. “They were really good last year, when they made it to the semifinals, and I think they’re even better this year. I’ll be surprised if they don’t make it to at least the semifinals again.”

The Bulldogs managed to stop the Red Devils’ first drive, standing them up at the 1-yard line to force a turnover on downs. But the momentum quickly shifted, as Coquille tackled Dylan Miller in the end zone for a safety on Creswell’s first play of their second series.

The Red Devils then pounded in touchdowns to end the first quarter 36-0. “We hurt ourselves, too, with three fumbles and an interception,” Worsham said.

Coquille stretched their halftime lead to 57-0.

“We tried to stop them, and it wasn’t pretty,” Worsham said. “They’re fast, they’re big; they’ve got a 6-(foot)-9 receiver and three fast, hard-to-take down running backs. We couldn’t stop them no matter what we did.”

Because of the point spread, “the whole second half was running clock, so it was basically JV vs. JV after that,” Worsham said.

Coquille scored a touchdown in the third and Creswell answered with a TD in the fourth, on a 15-yard pass from Dylan Miller to Dallton Dewey, to cap scoring.

Starting Bulldog QB Colton White completed 8 of 17 passes for 15 yards. Miller was 2-for-4 for 36 yards, including the touchdown, and Chase Gallegos was 1-for-1 for 14 yards on a sweep play to Dewey.

Dewey made three catches for 33 yards, including the touchdown.

Logan Johnson led the Bulldogs with six tackles.

Creswell netted just 81 yards total offense – only 16 of those rushing. “We had a hard time running the ball, our short passing game was nonexistent – we had a tough time moving the ball at all, really,” Worsham said.

The Dawgs host 15th-ranked Harrisburg for Friday’s Homecoming game. “It’ll be tough – they’re a good team,” Worsham said. “But we’ll work hard and see if we can compete – and if we play well we have a chance at winning.”