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Bulldogs fall in shoot-out,
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Eustace’s Bulldogs fell to the Grace Community Cougars 36-28 in a season-opening shoot-out Thursday night at Tyler All-Saints’ new Mewbourne Field.
Now 0-1 on the season, the Bulldogs remain on the road next Friday, Sept. 5, when they visit the Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions of District 15-2A.
Fans at the opening game of the Tyler Mother Frances Kickoff Classic watched a slam-bang first half filled with big plays and strong offense from both teams.
The Cougars opened the scoring when Grant Ingram capped a drive with a one-yard sneak, and then passed to Erik Deroo for a two-point conversion with 9:48 showing in the first quarter.
Eustace came right back, moving downfield behind fullback Shawn Baldwin (17 carries, 129 yards, one TD), Trevan Johnson (11 carries, 108 yards) and quarterback Chris Compton (17 carries, 86 yards, three TDs).
Compton capped the drive with a five-yard run, and then added a two-point conversion run to knot the score at 8-all with 5:48 left in the opening period.
Grace took the lead with a big play, as Cameron Broderhausen (13 carries, 168 yards, two TDs) dashed 42 yards to paydirt and then added a two-point conversion run to put the Cougars up 16-8.
After swapping possessions, the Bulldogs caught a break early in the second quarter when the Cougars attempted to punt deep in their own territory.
The punt snap sailed over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety, making the score 16-10.
The Bulldogs took advantage of the good field position resulting from the ensuing free kick, and Compton tied the score with a nifty 27-yard dash. Zach Arambula’s PAT kick failed, but the teams were knotted at 16 with 7:20 left in the first half.
Grace put together another scoring drive, again capped by a short run (two yards) by Ingram, who then completed a conversion pass to Ben Pinkston to give the Cougars a 24-16 lead with 5:03 left.
Undaunted, the Bulldogs motored right back downfield, scoring on a four-yard Baldwin run with 1:35 left in the first half. A run for two failed, leaving the Cougars up by two, 24-22, at halftime.
Both teams added touchdowns in the third quarter, with Eustace striking first. Compton capped a drive with a five-yard run, but a try for two failed.
The Cougars came back with a quick strike, as Ingram dashed 22 yards for a touchdown less than 90 seconds later.
Grace’s run for two also failed, and the Cougars continued to hold a slim 30-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Cougar defense stopped the Bulldogs twice on downs. Between the stops, Grace moved to a clinching touchdown, coming on a 10-yard run by Broderhausen.
A try for two failed, but the Cougars had an eight-point lead with 5:10 to play.
The Bulldogs again moved downfield, but a game-clinching interception by Cougar Steven Stanley short-circuited the Eustace comeback.
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