By Chris Boothe
CROCKETT – Jordan Bedford completed 26 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs to pull their way out an early 27-0 hole. Despite big nights from Bedford and the Bulldog offense, Crockett could not slow down the Diboll offense on their way to a 39-28 loss.
It didn’t take long for Diboll to strike, as just 53 seconds into the game D’arius McMillian broke free for a 64-yard touchdown run. Three drives and 27 points later, the Lumberjacks held a commanding 27-0 lead over the Bulldogs with 5:04 left in the half.
The Bulldogs then roared to life offensively. Bedford put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard when he connected with DeMarcus Richardson for an eight-yard touchdown. Just five minutes later Bedford connected with the electric Alton Owens for a 40-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 13 points going into the halftime break.
Crockett came out swinging to start the second half, with Bedford completing his third touchdown pass of the night, this time a 15-yard pass to Allan Horace to make it a one score came.
Diboll would finally respond, starting with a one-yard touchdown run from junior quarterback Dylan Maskunas. The Lumberjacks would fail on the two-point conversion, leaving the door open for the Bulldogs, trailing by 12 points with 15 minutes remaining.
Maskunas would pad the Lumberjacks lead by connecting with Agustin Martinez for a 26-yard touchdown and make the score 39-21. Bed
Two minutes later Bedford would connect with Richardson for the second time, this time a 36-yard touchdown to make the score 39-28. Unfortunately, that is where the Bulldogs rally would end, with Crockett dropping their first district game of the year.
Bedford put together a monster game. The junior quarterback completed 26 of 46 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 62 yards on 14 carries. Bedford did an outstanding of spreading the ball around, completing passes to five different receivers.
Owens finished the night with a team high nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Richardson added eight catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Horace snagged four catches for 43 yards, with Brice and Porter rounding out the Bulldogs receiving efforts by combining for four catches and 32 yards.
Crockett posted one of their best efforts on the ground with Bedford leading the way. Joseph Porter added seven carries for 26 yards and Malik Johnson carrying the ball three times for three yards. Jawaun Harris picked up his first carries of the year, toting the ball twice for 10 yards.
The Bulldogs now pick up a much needed bye week after playing six straight games. Crockett will return to action on October 19 when the Coldspring Trojans roll into town with a game that will feature major playoff implications. Crockett, Coldspring, and Elkhart all sit at 1-1 in district play, a half game back of Diboll and a full game behind Franklin for the top spot.
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