Bulldogs burned by turnovers in loss to Eureka
MISSION — The Bulldogs' three-game win streak was snapped after turnovers cost them in a 35-0 loss to Eureka at home Saturday.
The Bulldogs coughed the ball over six times – five fumbles, one interception – in the District 7-B loss that put their backs against the wall in the hunt for the conference’s final playoff spot.
“For us to make it on our own, we need to win out. If we don’t win out we’ll need to ask for help from somebody the last game,” Mission coach Peter Hamilton said.
For the Bulldogs to have any hopes of making the playoffs, they will need to beat the Savage Horsemen in Hot Springs Friday.
Turnovers plagued the Bulldogs last year, but this year they’ve avoided them, especially in their recent win streak, but that wasn’t the case Friday. Besides the Lions’ first touchdown on a 5-yard run by Taylor Vaughn, all of Eureka’s points came after the Bulldogs turned the ball over.
“It’s hard to win when you turn the ball over six times,” Hamilton said.
To make matters worse it seemed like all the Bulldogs turnovers came right after they had a big play.
“We moved the ball. We moved it and moved it and then fumbled,” Hamilton said.
The Bulldogs finished with 153 yards on the ground and 23 in the air. Austin Durglo ran for 80 yards on 14 carries. The Bulldogs’ offense was hampered when running back Chris McKay injured his shoulder in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs defense did their best to keep them in the game. They pounced on three fumbles, picked off one pass and sacked the Lion QB five times.
Josh Durglo recovered a fumble, had a sack and finished with 11 tackles. Lane Wheeler had an interception to go along with his eight tackles. Chad Anderson had six tackles and two sacks.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in district play with only two district games remaining on their schedule.
Eureka 35, Mission 0
Eureka 14 15 6 0–35
Mission 0 0 0 0–0
E - Taylor Vaughn 5 run (kick failed)
E - Vaughn 65 pass from Colin Gillard (Chris Ibach run)
E - Gillard 1 run (Bryton Guckenberg pass from Gillard)
E - Ryan Holder 4 pass from Gillard (Holder kick)
E - Vaughn 46 run (pass failed)