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Dragons cage Bulldogs, 32-18

Tracy Scott: “As a whole we’re all getting better.”


Meeker’s Bulldogs ran into a buzz saw in Purcell senior Creed Smith last Friday night when the Dragons pinned a 32-18 loss on the Bulldogs.

Smith and his improving buddies are now 2-1 with a bye week this Friday night.

Smith led the team with 13 tackles on defense and was in on all five Dragons touchdowns on offense.

He had three sacks last Friday two for minus seven yards and one for minus six. Fellow senior Zicorrie Davis was right on Smith’s heels recording 12 tackles. Kash Guthmueller made eight tackles and Brodrick Smith was credited with seven stops and recovered a fumble.

Titus Mason made six tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up three other Meeker pass plays.

On the offensive side of the ball Smith tossed two touchdown passes. He and Mason got the scoring going with an 18 yard hookup in the opening quarter.

Smith scored three times on the ground, the first one a 14 yard scamper in the opening period. He followed that up with a 47 yard touchdown strike to Mason as the first stanza wound down.

Mason finished the night with 102 receiving yards while finding the end zone twice. Junior Jose Ochoa finished the evening with 27 receiving yards and senior Hayden Harp had a five yard reception.

Smith, who rushed for 136 yards on the night, scored from five yards out in the third period and bolted in from three yards out in the final quarter. He threw for 134 yards against the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Ryker Fink rushed for 81 yards and junior Payson Purcell added 24 yards to the kitty.

Overall, head coach Tracy Scott was pleased, especially with the team’s effort.

“I thought we played better,” Scott said. “We’re getting better. You always want to put someone away but after watching the film I thought we played well.

“Obviously Creed played well. Titus played well also,” the coach said. “The offensive line has gotten better. We still have a ways to go but we’re taking steps in the right direction.”

The Purcell skipper was talking about the play of Brendan Bacon, Rowan Ardery, Jace Clary, Carter Goldston, Mateo Ramirez and Jake Scott.

“Defensively Creed had a good game and so did Zicorrie Davis. Titus and Ochoa had good games at cornerback and Brodrick Smith had a good game.

“We’re getting better on both sides of the ball,” Scott confirmed. “That’s what we’ve got to keep doing. As a whole, we’re all getting better. I was pleased with the effort against Meeker. The kids got after it.”

With Friday night off, the Dragons had a bit of a different week of preparation.

Monday they had a very light workout, just doing some stretching and some running.

Tuesday was reserved for an entire practice on offense with only defense working on Wednesday.

“We went back to the fundamentals this week taking care of things we need to work on,” Scott concluded.

Dragon notes:

Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Creed Smith as the Offensive Player of the Week. Smith rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns and finished with 134 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns.

Line coach Kurt Gray nominated both Jace Clary and Carter Goldston as the Offensive Linemen of the Week. They both graded out at 75 percent against the Bulldogs.

Nominated as the Defensive Player of the Week was Zicorrie Davis, who made a dozen tackles against Meeker last Friday night.

Tavian Engert was nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He made five tackles against Meeker.


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