Tonight in Wichita Falls the Stamford Bulldogs convincingly showed they may be the team to beat in 1A-Division I. The 12-1 Bulldogs looked dominating at times in their victory over the Quanah Indians, 48-22. The impressive thing about this game is that, despite the score, it didn’t look like Stamford played close to their best football. Stamford started very poorly giving up a 70 yard touchdown run on the second play to fall behind 8-0. Their first offensive possession was no better, a three and out including two penalties and a dropped pass. The Indians led 8-6 at the end of the 1st.
The 2nd quarter was a different story; The defense stiffened and Stamford scored four touchdowns, mostly on the arm and legs of quarterback Hagen Hutchinson giving the Bulldogs a commanding lead at the half. The Indians drove the ball early in the 3rd, but an interception and 102 yard return by defensive back James Washington essentially ended the game. The Bulldogs added several more scores to win 48-22 and advance to the quarterfinals next week.
That Stamford could play a somewhat sloppy game against a team that had won two playoff games and win by 4 touchdowns says a lot about the talent on this team. If Stamford plays 4 quarters like they played the 2nd, it’s hard to imagine the team that can play with them.