Bulldogs Narrowly Escape Generals in District Semi-Final

Dunbar football squeezed out a win in their game against Lafayette.


Avery Pearcy

Players getting ready to start the 2nd down for the Bulldogs in the first quarter; leading to the first touchdown of the game.

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Dunbar players were excited after blocking Lafayette’s extra kick point making the score 7-6 bulldogs. (Avery Pearcy)

On Nov. 5, the Dunbar Bulldogs faced off against the Lafayette Generals in the 43rd District semifinal game.

The Bulldogs struck the first blow of the game to take the lead by a score of 7-0, with Quarterback Cole Colony scoring on a 1-yard run.

The Generals kept up a defense around the Bulldogs and the score at halftime was 7-0.

At halftime, the Dunbar boys’ soccer team was recognized by Principal Rains for their recent state championship game victory.

The weather got considerably colder during the second half after the sun had gone down, but the action was more plentiful, as Dunbar scored twice and Lafayette scored once. 

At one point, the Generals trailed the Bulldogs by a score of 14-13. Special teams came up big for the Bulldogs.

They blocked a point-after attempt and the momentum gained by this helped carry Dunbar for the rest of the game. 

Lafayette scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter but had to go for a two-point conversion since they were down two points. 

They were unsuccessful in their conversion and could not take the lead for the rest of the game.

#20 cornerback Manning Baker intercepted a pass from Lafayette quarterback Tanner Pace. Baker intercepted the pass in Dunbar territory and prevented Lafayette from scoring again.

#13 Grant Angel shined on defense for the Bulldogs, as he recovered two fumbles.

As a team, the Bulldogs had 203 rushing yards and 69 passing yards. The Generals had 224 rushing yards and 93 passing yards.

#6 Cole Colony led Dunbar in rushing yards with 108 yards on 22 attempts. He also scored one rushing touchdown. Colony also led the team in passing yards with 69 total passing yards on 15 attempts. He also scored one touchdown.

#10 Kamarion Robinson also contributed to the Bulldog rushing attack with 65 yards on 22 attempts. He also scored one touchdown.

#3 Jakobe Biggerstaff led the Bulldogs in receiving. He had 35 receiving yards on one 1 reception that scored a touchdown.

#28 Justin Bayubahe and #25 Terry Tinsley led the Bulldogs in tackles. They both compiled 5 tackles each. 

Placekicker Ryan O’Hara also went 3-3 on point-after attempts for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs will look to carry the momentum from this game into the district championship game where Dunbar will play Tates Creek at 7 p.m. at home on Nov. 12.