Brantley dominates Wildcats

Published 4:44 pm Monday, September 15, 2008

The Brantley Bulldogs continued their winning streak Friday night with a 46-10 trouncing over the Florala Wildcats, giving head coach David Lowery his 100th win during his career at Brantley High School.

After a slow start, Stephen Walker got things rolling for Brantley with an 82-yard run to put the first six points on the board with 7:56 left in the first quarter. Britt Barnes’ point after attempt was no good. The second Bulldog touchdown came within the next 40 seconds as senior Anthony Gulley raced down the field on a 35-yard run, adding six more points. Barnes’ PAT was good, and the Bulldogs ended the first quarter in the lead 13-0.

During the second quarter, Devontay Porter deflected a pass that was caught by Florala, leading to the Wildcats’ first points of the night. But Anthony Gulley answered back with another touchdown on a 55-yard pass from QB Chase Hall, with 11:23 left in the second quarter. Barnes missed the PAT, but the Bulldogs were up 19-7.

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Three minutes later, Hall threw another 55-yard pass to Gulley for his third touchdown of the night. This time Barnes split the uprights, and with 8:19 left in the second quarter, the Wildcats were down 26-7.

Florala soon added a field goal in the second quarter to make their final points for the night.

Stephen Walker finished the Bulldog action for the first half on an 18-yard pass, with Barnes adding the PAT, bringing the lead to 33-10.

Devontay Porter started the second half off immediately with another Bulldog touchdown, on a 52-yard pass play from Hall, and Barnes’ added the extra point. With 11:44 left in the third quarter, Brantley was up 40-10.

Running back Derek Holley added the final six points of the night for the Bulldogs on a one-yard run with 8:36 left in the third quarter, bringing the final score to 46-10.

All of the Bulldogs got some playing time Friday night, including sophomore quarterback Zach Johnson.

“He’s getting a lot of good experience,” Lowery said.

“We were a little flat Friday night,” he added, “so we’ve got a lot we can work on this week.”

Tomorrow night, Brantley will travel to region opponent Ariton, who is 2-1 so far this season. They’re coming off a loss to McKenzie, 42-28.

“They always play us real hard, especially over there,” he said. “It’ll be a lot more physical football than what we’ve played the last two weeks.”

Brantley’s defense was led by Anthony Gulley with 9 solos and one quarterback sack. Jared Hall had 8 solos and one sack, and Chris Walker had 7 solos. Austin Mitchell had 5 solos and one sack.

At the end of the game, Coach Lowery’s Bulldogs presented him with a signed football commemorating his 100th win over the last 10 years at Brantley High School.