Goats bowl over Bulldogs, 23-10, in football season opener
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Every aspect you can think of in a football game was in McGregor Friday night. Texas strong, God and football, came together under the Friday night lights observing a moment of silence for everyone affected by hurricane Harvey. The Bulldogs won the toss and deferred. McGregor kicked off to Groesbeck pinning them deep in their own territory.
The Goats went three and out on the first drive. The first play by the Bulldogs was a bomb to an open receiver that thankfully was incomplete. Mark Smith Jr and Landen Frazier sacked McGregors' quarterback to force a punt. Tyrique Carter caught a pass from Ty Hale and ran 52 yards to the Bulldog's 26-yard line, starting a drive that set the Goats up deep in the red zone. The goal-line defense of McGregor stopped the Goats on the one-yard line causing Groesbeck to turn the ball over on downs.
The Bulldogs tried everything to get out of their own end zone, but they ended up having to punt. A low snap sent the punter to his knees which resulted in a safety for the Goats. The Groesbeck offense then went to work with key runs from Ethan Davis and Ameer Lee. McGregor's defense stopped the Goats and set up a fourth down and a punt.
A fake punt direct snap to Tyrique Carter gave Groesbeck a first down and set the Goats up on the 10-yard line. On fourth and one, quarterback Tyrique Carter threw a pass to Brayden Bradley for Groesbeck's first touchdown of the season. At the end of the first quarter, the Goats led 9-0.
The second quarter was a defensive battle between both teams. Myles McGruder and Brayden Bradley combined for a sack on the quarterback to halt the Bulldog drive. Ameer Lee fielded a punt at the 20 and ran the ball all the way back to the Bulldog 24-yard line.
Some nice runs by Ethan Davis and Titus Townes put Groesbeck deep in McGregor territory. With a fourth and nine, Ty Hale dropped back to pass only to be sacked, turning the ball over to the Bulldogs. McGregor's quarterback's pass was then intercepted by Ethan Davis with 5:30 until halftime. Both teams ran an offensive set to no avail which brought us to a halftime score Groesbeck 9, McGregor 0.
Groesbeck kicked off to the Bulldogs to begin the second half. A quarterback draw set McGregor up on Groesbeck's 30-yard line. The third quarter was all about penalties for both squads. McGregor was penalized for a total of 55 yards in the third quarter along with a couple of false starts, a personal foul, illegal procedure and then a holding call. Some good defense by Ethan Davis helped hold the Bulldogs to a 35-yard field goal try which they missed. The Goats went three and out and punted it back to McGregor who couldn't get past midfield linked to great defense by Zack Wilson, Nick Mosley and Landon Frazier who teamed up for a combination sack to force a punt.
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