By Chris Boothe
GARRISON – While weather wreaked havoc on east Texas, the Crockett Bulldogs electrified fans with a 34-20 weather shortened victory over the Garrison Bulldogs. Jordan Bedford threw for 303 yards and five touchdowns in just one half of play, as the Bulldogs were able to move past their shocking upset a week ago, and throttle a talented Garrison squad.
Early it looked like there would be a battle, as the two Bulldog squads came out swinging against one another. Bedford opened the scoring early with a 48-yard bomb to Allan Horace to give Crockett a 7-0 lead. Garrison answered back with a pair of touchdowns from Dallas Porter to take a 14-7 lead over the visiting Bulldogs.
Crockett responded in a big way, scoring on three of their next four series, with Alton Owens scoring on three straight touches. The first touchdown was Owens longest of the season, as the senior burnt the Garrison defense for a 62-yard touchdown. The next two touchdowns were of the 56-yard variety to help Crockett open up a 28-14 lead over Garrison.
Porter would bring Garrison within eight, adding an eight-yard touchdown run with 3:06 remaining in the half. Crockett of course would respond in a big way, with Bedford and Owens connecting for their fourth touchdown of the half, this time for a measly 22-yard score to give Crockett a 34-20 lead.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the game was called at the half.
Despite the shortened game, the Bulldogs still put up astronomical offensive numbers. Crockett scored touchdowns on five of eight possessions, with no drive lasting more than more than four plays.
Bedford was the engine that made the offense run. The junior completed nine of 17 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns in just one half of play. Bedford also carried the ball twice for 19 yards.
Owens was the primary target in the Bulldogs offense. The senior finished the night with five catches for 218 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, Owens scored on three consecutive touches, as Garrison had no answer for the Crockett speedster. Horace finished the night with just two catches for 65 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs rarely went to their running game with Malik Johnson getting all five carries for nine yards in the win.
Crockett will now gear up for arguably one of their most anticipated games of the season when they welcome a Houston County team to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium for the first time in over 50 years when the Grapeland Sandies take the field on Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm with a capacity crowd anticipated.