Varsity Bulldogs get first win of season


Keelan Melton

Junior Karmello Downey is tackled by a DuQuoin Indian after catching the ball in the third quarter.

Ayden Price, Staff Writer

The varsity Bulldogs won their first game at DuQuoin Sept.2 against the DuQuoin Indians.

After a 28-29 loss to the East Alton Oilers, the team worked hard all week to try to win the next one. The hard work was worth it according to junior quarterback Jack Ford.

“(It’s) definitely a better feeling than the week before” said Ford.

Junior Karmello Downey was happy to give the fans a look at what he feels the Dogs are capable of doing.

“It feels great to pick up our first win, give people just a glimpse of what we had to show for ourselves this season,” Downey said.

The game ended with a score of 25-14. Senior Walker Hicks hopes this win sets the tone for the rest of the season.

“I think if we keep working hard in practice and don’t get ahead of ourselves , I think we will be a great team this season,” Hicks said.

Fans are excited to see what the Dogs have to offer.

“I expect a great season, from what I’ve seen. We have a lot of very quick and strong players,” senior Sidney Neal said.

Cheerleader Andra Murphy was excited that the Bulldogs have their first win.

“ I think they played wonderful. They definitely didn’t let the loss last week get to them,” Murphy said.

Head coach Matt Griffith was pleased with his team’s performance.

“DuQuoin is a really hard team to beat,” Griffith said. I was excited that we won, (and) hope we can keep our streak going.”

The Bulldogs will play the Paris Tigers Sept. 9. It will also be military appreciation night at Taylor Field.