By Chris Boothe
CROCKETT – The Crockett Bulldogs has been described as high flying and explosive all year. While the Bulldogs remained explosive against the Coldspring Trojans, they did it in a much different way. Crockett completed a season-low three passes, while rushing for a season high 303 yards on their way to an impressive 34-7 victory on Friday night.
Crockett featured three running backs with at least 50 yards rushing, and their first 100-yard rusher of the season in sophomore Joshua Hudson. Hudson was limited in his carries, toting the ball just 10 times in the win, but the sophomore was very efficient with 125 yards and two touchdowns.
While the Bulldogs rolled, it was Coldspring that struck first, on a 22-yard run by Jeromy Harden.
After that, it was all Crockett, as the Bulldogs would go on to score 34 unanswered points.
The first touchdown came through the air, as Jordan Bedford connected with Demarcus Richardson for a 44-yard touchdown. That would be the only passing touchdown of the night for the Bulldogs, and one of three completions, all of which were to Richardson.
Crockett then took the ground. Malik Johnson got on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run to give Crockett their first lead. Hudson would score the next two touchdowns, a 13-yard dart before breaking loose on a 56-yard run to give Crockett a 28-7 lead.
Joseph Porter would get the Bulldogs final score of the night, a two-yard bruising run to cap off a 34-7 victory for the Bulldogs.
All-in-all it was big night for the Bulldogs offense that tallied over 370 yards of total offense. Crockett punted the ball only once in the win, as Crockett was efficient and was able to convert on their drives throughout the night.
The running game led the charge with 303 yards of their own. While Hudson led the team in yards (125) and touchdowns (2), it was Johnson that got the bulk of the carries. The senior finished the night with 17 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown. Porter added eight carries and 54 yards in the balanced rushing attack.
The Bulldogs passing attack was limited with Bedford completing three of eight passes for 69 yards and a score. Richardson caught all of the passes for Crockett in the win.
Crockett will return to action on Friday night when they travel to face the Elkhart Elks in a game that will have big playoff implications. Elkhart is coming off a 41-14 loss to Diboll on Friday night, and is need of a win to help their playoff positioning.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm from Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium in Elkhart.
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