Bulldogs Battle the Rams

Bulldogs Battle the Rams

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

GERALDINE, Ala. — The Geraldine Bulldogs and the Sylvania Rams gathered at Coolidge Isbell Stadium for a cold and wet showdown on Friday.  Geraldine shutout the Rams, 28-0 and earned a number 2 playoff seat which allows them the first-round game, to be held at home. 

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams.  The Bulldogs drove down the field, eating up much of the clock  before fumbling on the 10-yard line. On the Rams possession, the Bulldogs held them, resulting in a punt. 

In the second quarter, Geraldine drove down the field on a 55-yard drive.  Anthony Baldwin bulldozed his way down the field for 27-yards to score the first points of the game, with 7:59 remaining in the second quarter . The point after attempt was good.  The Bulldogs held the Rams to three-and-out.  The Bulldogs marched down the field but had to settle for a field goal attempt with :47  remaining in the first half.  The field goal attempt was unsuccessful giving the Bulldogs  the 7-0 advantage going into the half.   

Two drives by the Bulldogs eat up almost the entire third quarter. Troy Willoughby stampeded in from 30 yards out to score with 8:32 remaining in the third.  The PAT was good, giving the Bulldogs the 14-0 advantage.   Baldwin scores the third Bulldog touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.  The extra point attempt was good, making the score 21-0. 

With 7:58 remaining in the fourth, Geraldine scored their final touchdown of the night on a 36-yard run by Baldwin.  The PAT was good, giving the Bulldogs the 28-0 Region win over Sylvania. 

Anthony Baldwin led the Geraldine Bulldogs with 162 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. 

Gareth Anderson led the Sylvania Rams witht 40 yards on eight carries.

Geraldine will travel to take on Piedmont.  Sylvania will also travel to take on the Fyffe Red Devils.